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The Profound & Moving Live Performance by Du Pre,
This review is from: Elgar: Cello Concerto; Enigma Variations; Pomp And Circumstance Marches No. 1 & 4 [Great Performances] (Audio CD)
Personally, I think this live performance of Elgar's Cello Concerto, with Daniel Barenboim, is the most profound and moving of all. There's an uncanny rapport between the cellist and the orchestra, and the longer pauses in crucial moments, especially in the slow movement and the finale, only increase the sense of deep Elgarian longing and inevitability of fate. It is a miracle that the couple sustains the perfect marriage of expressive freedom and noble control. This is definitely the one of those performances in which the emotional concentration is so intense and focussed that the music transcends this world.
The performance of Enigma Variations already shows the signs of Barenboim's greatness as a conductor to come. Again, he captures all the subtle nuances and deep lyricism of the music, allowing each voice of the orchestra much freedom to express, while his intellectual grasp of the architecture of the whole work never wavering. There is a timeless quality in this performance, as in Barenboim's account of Elgar's two symphonies.