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This review is from: Elgar: Cello Concerto; Enigma Variations; Pomp and Circumstance Marches No. 1 & 4 [Great Performances] (Audio CD)I'm sorry. As an event this account of the Cello Concerto was exquisitely moving. But as a performance it is totally over the top. What moves me is a feeling of ... well, almost of embarassment. This is an early manifestation of celebrity culture: du Pre was a great musician, her illness was tragic, the emotion of a period when her illness was briefly in remission must have been intense for her and for her husband. I don't think they exploited it - like today's celebs do - but our reaction, like this performance, is just too sentimental for me. Her great performance of the Elgar was with Barbirolli. Record companies and Amazon reviewers should not mislead potential buyers that it is this one.
The rest of this record is OK (3 or 4 stars) - good but not unmissable performances. The two stars are for the Cello Concerto.
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Initial post: 23 Jun 2011 17:00:41 BDT
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Craig Stuart says:
Thanks for that - makes sense. Heard the Barb. one this morning.
Posted on 18 Jun 2012 23:22:32 BDT
Phillip Bernard says:
You're obviously someone bringing your own baggage to a listening of this recording. You are embarrassed by emotion. And you are reading your own gossipy extraneous trash into the performance. Potential buyers should not be misled by this thwarted personality from hearing a superb musical interpretation.
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