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Elgar: Cello Concerto; Bach / Du Pre, Barbirolli, Bbc So


Release Date: 03/14/2006 
Label:  Testament   Catalog #: 1388   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Sir Edward ElgarJohann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jacqueline Du Pré
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There had been calls for Jackie to record the Elgar Concerto immediately after she had made her enourmously successful orchestral début in London on 21 Mrch 1962 with the BBCSCO under Rudolf Schwarz. She had then astounded critics and audience alike by the depth of her understanding of Elgar's 'autumnal' score. Du Pré's association with the piece was further strengthened by her four consecutive Prom performances (between 1962 and 1965), which became something of a ritual for Londoners. One might add that she developed a special relationship with the BBCSO. She toured the USA with the orchestra in May 1965, and made firm friends with its leader, Hugh Maguire. Maguire also became her official trio partner for several months. As Read more he recalled, her effect on the orchestra was magical; there were smiles all around, and the musicians sat up and gave their utmost when she played concertos with them. From the various BBC radio recordings of her Eglar Concerto peformances (made between 1962 and 1967), it is evident that Jacqueline's perception of the piece maturede and developed considerably from her initial accomplishment. As the security and technical prowess of her cello playing increased, so did her complete musical freedom. In the evolution of her Elgar interpretation du Pré acknowledged the influence of Barbirolli's vision. Sir John had early on acquired deep insights into the Elgar performing tradition. Barbirolli was probably the only musician from whom du Pré would accept advice. She always gave careful consideration to Barbirolli's suggestions about the Elgar Concerto, and he was always touched that she unfailingly absorbed his ideas. (Extract from the booklet not © Elizabeth Wilson, 2005 Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Cello in E minor, Op. 85 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Jacqueline Du Pré (Cello)
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1919; England 
2.
Suite for Cello solo no 1 in G major, BWV 1007 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jacqueline Du Pré (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
3.
Suite for Cello solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1008 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jacqueline Du Pré (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 

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