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Elgar: Cello Concerto

Natalie Clein/Vernon Handley/Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
24 Sept. 2007 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 24 Sept. 2007
  • Release Date: 24 Sept. 2007
  • Label: EMI UK
  • Copyright: (C) 2007 EMI Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 54:57
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  • ASIN: B001IORN7A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,929 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Adamos on 24 Jan. 2011
Format: Audio CD
I'm moved to review this performance less because of its own qualities than that reading the reviews here you might think the only other performance worth a consideration is du Pre's. First, Clein: this is indeed a fine performance, refined, subtle, her tone and technique gentle and expressive, never lacking emotional depth, if in places a little more reserved. In the first movement Clein begins gently and wistfully, perhaps too much so - there were indeed times when I was half expecting the bow to fall off the strings- but it grows in emotional weight. In fact that is true of the whole performance. The tone, expression and shaping of the slow movement are sublime and Handley is a most sympathetic accompanist, utterly at home in this music. The moment at the end of the piece when the opening chords intrude on the reflective mood of the slow movement material, as if the composer is saying "pull yourself together Edward", grip the heart strings and pull the structure together superbly.

So the question I'm left with is: would I choose this over du Pre? Well, perhaps I might, but there are other places worth looking also. Forgetting the awful recording she made with her husband, Daniel Barenboim, the performance we all know best, made with that greatest of Elgarians, Sir John Barbirolli (by the way, a fine cellist himself), remains extraordinary, emotional, gritty, intense, but utterly unrelenting, constantly heart on sleeve. But sometimes I want a little more restraint to balance the emotive outpouring. After all, this is Elgar, a product of Victorian/Edwardian England.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mart TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Nov. 2007
Format: Audio CD
After seeing Natalie Clein perform the Elgar Cello Concerto live at the Royal Albert Hall earlier this year (Classic FM's 15th Birthday Concert 27th September 2007) I felt sure this recording would be exciting.

Seeing Natalie perform was to witness a musician truly dedicated to her art, from the flamboyantly long and flowing dress to the confident manner and easy relationship with the orchestra, and no doubt many in that audience were already drawing comparisons with Jacqueline du Pre even before the first notes were played.

Natalie's comments in the CD sleeve notes hint at the legacy which du Pre has left to this piece of music:

'It has taken me ten years to get to the point of feeling 'ready' to put down an interpretation of this beloved piece onto disc'.

I was pleased with this interpretation, for it has a light, agile feeling which is in contrast to the familiar (1965) du Pre recording which at times is so full of emotion that it becomes almost overbearingly tragic. I think this version, while still retaining those sensitive emotions, puts back into the music a little of that Elgarian 'typically English' characteristic.

It's a lovely version of the concerto, and one which should stand Natalie in good stead for future recordings with the EMI Classics label.

In complete contrast the remainder of the CD offers six short lighter-hearted pieces, all by Elgar, transcribed from their various original instruments to the cello. These works put the finishing touches on a very satisfactory 'all Elgar' CD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A/Burrows TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 Dec. 2013
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I was very privileged to hear Natalie Clein play Elgar's famous Cello Concerto live with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Glasgow in 2010. Before this Concert she had recorded it in 2007 with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Vernon Handley for EMI. Along with the Concerto she and the RLPO/Handley also recorded six other Elgar pieces, including La Capricieuse, Salut D' Amour and Chanson De Matin, in which Miss Clein really shines. She is blessed with a very rich string tone and excellent technique ability, but was this enough to propel her interpretation of Elgar's Cello Concerto into the same league as Jacqueline Du Pre's?. Well not quite, but she certainly gives it a damn good try and for her effort I'm willing to award this CD five stars. Bless you Natalie.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr Swallow on 20 Sept. 2008
Format: Audio CD
About 13 years ago, Natalie Clein won the BBC Young Musician of the year with a memorable performance of the Elgar. She has lived with it some years now and this recording is no disappointment. It is a wonderfully sombre reading of the piece that Elgar intended as a requiem to the dea of the First World War. More restrained than Du Pre's wonderful version, I wonder if it didn't hit an even deeper note at times. But comparisons are odious. Both have great music making to enjoy. One slight disappointment is in the fairly meare fill-up of salon pieces. Would have liked to hear Clein in another concerto. But this record also acts as a memorial to the fine British conductor, the late Tod Handley, so that's another reason for buying it.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Robert Manser on 29 Oct. 2007
Format: Audio CD
It's a brave move for Natalie Clein to record a piece so obviously associated with Jacqueline Du Pre. However, Natalie's interpretation is more than worthy of a place in anyone's collection, and stands on its own as a great recording with lovely tone and clearly very well thought out phrasing.

Comparisons with Jacqueline Du Pre's interpretation are inevitable, and I found that Natalie Clein's playing lacked the extremes of emotion offered by Du Pre, whose powerful telling of the concerto's angst and sadness still move me to tears even after hearing the recording thousands of times.

The other Elgar pieces on the CD are light in comparison, and provide a contrast to the main recording, rather than a parallel.

I'm a great fan of Natalie Clein's playing, but I would have to recommend Jacqueline Du Pre's recording more highly. However, for those already familiar with Du Pre's seminal recording, Natalie Clein's recording is a must.
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