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# Composer: Edward Elgar
# Performer: Jaqueline du Pré, Janet Baker
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: John Barbirolli
# Vinyl (1965)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac (tracks)
# Label: EMI
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# ASIN: B000002RX7
# Size: 1.82 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory
There is no greater recording of this piece–everything is flawless: peerless solo playing from DuPre, totally sympathetic accompaniment from Barbirolli, and recorded sound that sounds like it was done yesterday. The sheer emotion from both soloist and conductor is almost shocking–fierce, lamenting, nostalgic, wistful; whatever the piece calls for, they supply it. It’s interesting how a very young soloist (DuPré was 20 when the recording was made) and an older conductor (Barbirolli was 66) should seem so simpatico with one another. Indeed, it’s amazing how penetrating DuPre’s interpretation is for someone so young–she doesn’t just play the piece, she IS the piece!
The cello concerto is one of the 2 or 3 greatest ever composed. Sea Pictures is a lesser work–not a masterpiece, but the performance here is so definitive that Baker and Barbirolli almost make it SOUND like a masterpiece. Mediocre poetry, very good music, and a great recording. Again, the sound is first class.
For years, EMI had a series of recordings called “Great Recordings of the Century.” This is surely one that earned the moniker.
This is rightly regarded as the finest recording of Elgar’s attractive and elegiac Cello Concerto. It’s held in almost irrationally high esteem in the UK, largely because of the universal affection for Jacqueline Du Pré, the wife of Daniel Barenboim, whose early death from multiple sclerosis cut short what would have been a stellar career. This disc is equally noteworthy for Janet Baker’s magnificent singing of the Sea Pictures, the composer’s only orchestral song cycle. It’s not Elgar’s fault if the tune of the last song sounds like an excessively inflated version of “Hello, Dolly!” A classic then, even if neither work is a raging masterpiece. –David Hurwitz
Cello Concerto recorded 19 August 1965 in the Kingsway Hall, London.
Sea Pictures recorded 30 August 1965 at Abbey Road Studio 1, London.
|Concerto In E Minor Opus 85|
|A1||1st & 2nd Movements||12:14|
|A2||3rd & 4th Movements||17:18|
|Sea Pictures, Opus 37|
|B1||Sea Slumber Song||4:59|
|B3||Sabbath Morning At Sea||6:12|
|B4||Where Corals Lie||4:08|
Analyzed folder: /192k Elgar – Cello Concerto-Sea Pictures – Du Pre-Baker-Barbirolli
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR16 -1.04 dB -23.45 dB A1 Elgar – Cello Concerto E-minor Op. 85 I. Adagio – Moderato.wav
DR16 -0.17 dB -24.15 dB A2 Elgar – Cello Concerto E-minor Op. 85 II. Lento – Allegro Molto.wav
DR14 -6.94 dB -27.83 dB A3 Elgar – Cello Concerto E-minor Op. 85 III. Adagio.wav
DR16 -0.51 dB -22.21 dB A4 Elgar – Cello Concerto E-minor Op. 85 IV. Lento – Allegro – Moderato – Allegro Ma Non Molto.wav
DR14 -4.59 dB -25.34 dB B1 Elgar – Sea Pictures Op. 37 – Sea Slumber Song.wav
DR11 -8.73 dB -25.84 dB B2 Elgar – Sea Pictures Op. 37 – In Heaven.wav
DR13 -0.53 dB -19.47 dB B3 Elgar – Sea Pictures Op. 37 – Sabbath Morning At Sea.wav
DR12 -0.26 dB -17.92 dB B5 Elgar – Sea Pictures Op. 37 – The Swimmer.wav
DR11 -4.39 dB -21.89 dB B4 Elgar – Sea Pictures Op. 37 – Where Corals Lie.wav
Number of files: 9
Official DR value: DR14
- RCM: Okki Nokki
- TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
- Cartridge: Sumiko Black Bird
- Phono stage: Pro-Ject Phono Box RS
- ADC/DAC: RME Fireface UC
- Pre Amp: Unison Research Unico Pre (Tube)
- Finals: Opera Consonance 9.9 Mono (Tube)
- Speakers: Dali Helikon 400
- Connections: MIT Terminator, Audioquest Emerald, Audioquest Quartz
- Software: iZotope RX Advanced v2.02, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
- Light de-Clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removing, no De-Noising
If You hear some clicks and pops here and there, Who cares?
Id rather have a few light anomalies instead of destroying the music. Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops.
- DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
- Converting Wave -> Flac: Twisted Wave 1.9
- Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5
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