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There can be no closer association between a great musician and a piece of music than that of cellist Jacqueline du Pré and Elgar’s Cello Concerto. This iconic recording, made just after the remarkably gifted 20-year-old joined the London Symphony Orchestra, established du Pré as a major recording star and revealed the concerto as the composer’s late masterpiece. Unabashedly romantic, the recording became even more significant following the cellist’s untimely death at 42. It remains the benchmark recording of the work. The album also includes an exquisite performance of Elgar’s “Sea Songs” by another major English artist, singer Janet Baker.

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This is the definitive recording and performance of the Elgar Cello Concerto. It is said that even the great Rostropovich removed it from his repertoire upon hearing this performance. This is a moody, wistful, melancholic and powerful rendition of a concerto written after the First World War and in response to the loss that people felt - not only of lives, but of a golden age. The fact that it was performed by a tremendously talented cellist who died before her time only adds to the mystique. The Sea Pictures are an OK add-on but the main reason you would buy this is for the tremendous cello concerto.


Born: January 26, 1945 in Oxford, England

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s

English cellist Jacqueline Du Pre began playing cello at age 5 and debuted professionally at age 16 to critical acclaim. For 10 years she was hailed as one of the most exciting and creative musicians in classical music, collaborating and recording with conductor/pianist Daniel Barenboim, who also became Du Pre's husband. Sadly, her career was cut short when multiple sclerosis caused her to lose sensation in her hands. She died of the disease at age 42, but her life and music were captured in the...
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Elgar: Cello Concerto & Sea Pictures, Jacqueline du Pré
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music, Orchestral
  • Released: 1965

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