Super HD-Vinyl 24/192 (EMI) Edward Elgar – Cello Concerto/Sea Pictures (Du Pré/Baker/Barbirolli)

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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. 

Track Listing

  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  
B2   In Haven 2:06  
B3   Sabbath Morning At Sea 6:12  
B4   Where Corals Lie 4:08  
B5   The Swimmer 6:02  

 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

Ripping Infos

  • 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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49 thoughts on “Super HD-Vinyl 24/192 (EMI) Edward Elgar – Cello Concerto/Sea Pictures (Du Pré/Baker/Barbirolli)

  1. Hallo Alf,
    nach tagelangem Versuch Teil 4 zu laden, scheint die Datei wohl endgültig ins Nirvana abgerauscht zu sein. Wenn du so nett wärst, diesen nochmals hoch zu laden 🙂
    Hatte dich ja schon auf der Schwesterseite nach der Berg-Aufnahme von Edith Peinemann gefragt. Aber die ist wohl schier nicht zu bekommen. Bei euch hier aber zumindest auf CD, schön. Ich selbst habe eine Aufnahme mit Kremer/Davis, wenn Bedarf besteht.
    Zurück zu Elgar: Hast du das Violinkonzert? Ist zwar nicht ganz so bekannt wie sein Cello aber dennoch wunderschön.

    • Hi Jo…ich werde es gleich neu laden. Was das Konzert von Elgar angeht…eheheh…habe eine Einspielung von einem, als Erwachsener, der schon mit 16, unter der Leitung von Elgar selbst, das Konzert gespielt hatte…ja, google mal 😉
      Werde ich demnächst posten.

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