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.