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Du Pre Live Is More Enthralling Still...,
This review is from: Cello Concerto/Cello Suites Nos. 1 And 2 (Barbirolli, Bbcso) (Audio CD)
You should definitely consider getting this if you already have the studio recording made by these artists for EMI, a year or two earlier. If you don't own either, I say get this one. For one thing, you'll be showing some wisdom in choosing Du Pre - the most celebrated Elgar cellist - but you won't quite be following the crowd who all bought the studio effort and promptly declared it incomparable.
This live recording from Prague is, for me (a late convert to Du Pre's art) a more emotionally engaging document than the studio recording. Sometimes the orchestral accompaniment is mightily (effectively) emphatic but one comes back to the great sensitivity of the soloist. Recorded sound is wholly acceptable.
The accompanying music is a rarity: Du Pre playing Bach's Cello Suites. Maybe she can convert me to Bach, now.