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Elgar: Cello Concerto

Jacqueline du Pré Audio CD
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Born in Oxford on 26 January 1945, Jacqueline du Pré was the second child of Derek and pianist Iris du Pré. At four Jacqueline heard the sound of the cello on the radio and asked her mother for "one of those." She started with lessons from her mother before beginning study at the London Violoncello School at five. Before long she was winning local music competitions ... Read more in Amazon's Jacqueline du Pré Store

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  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Composer: Edward Elgar
  • Audio CD (11 Jan 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Music UK
  • ASIN: B000026KLA
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,751 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Adagio - Moderato
2. Lento - Allegro Molto
3. Adagio
4. Allegro - Moderato - Allegro, Ma Non Troppo
5. Sea Slumber-song
6. In Haven (Capri)
7. Sabbath Morning at Sea
8. Where Corals Lie
9. The Swimmer

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Amazon.co.uk Review

First issued in 1965, few recordings have lasted so well and, in the case of Sea Pictures, carried on getting better. Du Pré's account of the concerto, made when she was barely 20, made her a star overnight and remains the work with which she's most often identified. Her forceful, highly emotional performance won't be to all tastes or occasions but it brings the work to life like few others. Not just the poignancy of the opening or the aching nostalgia of the "Adagio" but the quicksilver brilliance of the "Scherzo" and cumulative energy of the finale are really made to tell. Barbirolli gives marvellously understanding support here and in Sea Pictures. It also established its soloist--Janet Baker and remains the deepest and most perceptive recording this song-cycle is ever likely to have! Baker makes light of the sometimes gauche poetry and awkward word-setting, giving the music a sweep and nobility typical of Elgar at his best. --Richard Whitehouse

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Chris Pearson VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
If you only buy one recording of Elgar's haunting Cello Concerto, du Pre's outstanding performance has to be it.

Words can't really do justice to her interpretation. Other perfomances are just simply inferior.

The Sea Pictures aren't my cup of tea. This disc is worth the price for du Pre's performance alone.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two classics for the price of one! 28 May 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As a student I was privilleged to see a perfomance of the Elgar given by Ms. Du Pre, and over the decades scince I have owned a copy of this wonderful account of the Cello Concerto. One could try and compare recordings, for instance I treasure performances by Pini, Casals and Tortelier, to name but three!! Ultimately I find I return again and again to this particular performance, masterfully accompanied by Sir John Barbirolli. This Concerto, written when it was, is the essence of Elgar.
Wow! Janet Baker - I cannot think of any other performance of these pieces, that start to compare with these gems! A singers singer if ever there was one. In lesser hands these songs could and have on occasion sounded trite. But with Sir John at the helm and the gloriously full range of voice that Dame Janet so eloquently uses, we are again able to hear these pieces as they should be given. One last word.....DICTION!!!!What a truly great singer she was.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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I love this CD. It is one of my all-time favourites. Sir John had the capability of coaxing superb performances from both of his soloists. Baker gives what is for me the definitive version of "Sea Pictures", while du Pre
communicates the depth, beauty, and passion of Elgar's greatest instrumental work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SIMPLY THE BEST 15 Dec 2006
Format:Audio CD
This has to be one of my favorite concertos of all. I was fortunate enough to see Julian Lloyd Webber play this at the Royal Albert, but alas it was not nearly so good as Du Pre's performance recorded hear. If you are going to buy this concerto this is definately the recording you want, full of passion, melancoly and pure joy. As for the Sea Pictures, im not a fan but that doesnt make the CD not worth the money.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The essential version of the Cello Concerto 26 Sep 2000
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Format:Audio CD
I have yet to hear a rendition of the Elgar Cello concerto which is more moving or more passionately executed than this. Anyone who appreciates the work of Elgar must have this recording as part of their collection.
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