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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music played as only she could..., 7 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Jacqueline Du Pre: The Complete EMI Recordings (Audio CD)
Du Pré did not live long enough to develop to the same level as Pablo Casals or Mstislav Rostropovich, but she was a truly great and individual voice, and deserves her place among the great cellists...

This box does what it says on the tin, 17 CDs of music, with few repetitions of repertoire).

There really is no point trying to pick out 'highlights' from this box, the performance standard from all concerned is that high, most obviously from her husband Daniel Barenboim.

The remastered sound is excellent and suitably full bodied. The sturdy box is nicely compact.

The booklet, however, is frankly woeful. Track list/recording details, and a (thankfully) short, embarrassingly gushing 'tribute' by one Mr Nupen which, if you started knowing nothing about Du Pre, you would finish it in much the same state. And that's your lot. I know this is a budget release, but Du Pre deserves better than Mr Nupen's drivel.

But the music is such that even this is soon forgotten...

All in all a highly recommended box set for all lovers of good music.
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Initial post: 7 Feb 2009 02:42:48 GMT
Last edited by the author on 7 Feb 2009 18:52:01 GMT
M. Bucci says:
For those who wish to explore the life and performances of Jacqueline du Pre on DVD, I highly recommend viewing the films made by Christopher Nupen (see Allegro Films). Nupen knew Jackie personally from when she was age 16 at a time she was to make her first gramophone recording for EMI, and has produced documentary films about her music, performances and life that are indispensable.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Feb 2009 20:20:24 GMT
I would hope that the documentary is considerably more informative and better written than the notes he churned out for this box set.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jun 2010 21:20:25 BDT
Paul Smith says:
I agree with M. Bucci, Nupens' films are superb and informative

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jun 2010 22:53:05 BDT
I shall try to find time to check them out.
Makes it even more of a pity that his notes for this box set are so embarrassingly bad.

Posted on 4 May 2013 09:52:58 BDT
Jacqueline Du Pre: The Complete EMI Recordings
This set is excellent value of course.With the addition of the BBC Elgar & Sony Elgar a lover of Jacky will everything they need.
However I agree it's shocking EMI doesn't provide decent notes.Why not add the DVD,for those who want it.At £30,say,it would still be a bargain.
I also collect rock reissues and those by King Crimson & Caravan are a wonderful example of proper reissues.EMI don't seem to care about their wonderful legacy.
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