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5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful CD, 24 April 2007
This review is from: Elgar: Cello Concerto / Sea Pictures / Overture 'Cockaigne' (Audio CD)
All of these three recordings are mesmeric. The du Pre 'Cello Concerto has been an iconic recording ever since it appeared, and it is completely convincing in its own terms, full of passion, beauty and melancholy. It is fair to say that it is not the only way to approach this work - a gentler, more measured, more thoughtful interpretation such as that of Tortelier is equally valid - but as you listen to it, it is impossible not to be bowled over. The 'Sea Pictures', far less well known as a piece and saddled with some truly awful mawkish words, are in fact very beautiful and characterful in musical terms, and Janet Baker's performance does them absolute justice, mingling delicacy and poetry with ringing commitment. 'Cockaigne', not Elgar's most subtle piece but very lovable, is played for all it is worth and is throughly enjoyable. This CD brings back happy memories of all these wonderful artistes and this is the repertoire they excelled in.
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