Jacqueline du Pré was one of the most outstanding cellist of our time.
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When I heard the news that Jacqueline du Pré had passed away – 30 years ago – I was saddened. I’d never met her, or even seen one of her live performances. But I’ve heard her recordings, and completely was absorbed in the way she made her instrument come to life. I was hoping that her music could still stay alive. These old recordings with her husband as Conductor are a great tribute to her love of music and how it speaks to us. I’ve always enjoyed listening to the Haydn Cello Concerti, and the way they are performed with majesty in these recordings will always speak to me.
Composer: Joseph Haydn, Luigi Boccherini
Performer: Jacqueline du Pré
Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra
Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
Number of Discs: 1
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 1.88 GB
Cellist Jacqueline du Pré passed at the summit of her career but no doubt this compilation confirms her place in the pantheon of cellists.
This compilation consists of Cello Concerto No.1 in C by Haydn and Cello Concerto in B flat by Boccherini. Once again it recapitulates du Pre’s agile, oracular power of communication. The famous 1967 recordings of these concerti still may raise eyebrows amongst today’s authentic performance hall.
The Haydn C major, under du Pré’s rendition, truly accentuates its formal elegance and economy and its fresh, spirited thematic ideas. Few cellists could even compete with her phenomenal dexterity of fingers and bowing wrist which manifested in the delicacy of the nuance. Each of the three movements of the C major is in full sonata form. The imposing but asymmetrical main theme dominates the first movement. Du Pré takes up and richly embellishes the principal theme. The mid development culminates in a powerful ritornello that pulls the music back to C major for the recapitulation.
As many listeners have known, a German composer and cellist by the name of Friedrich Grützmacher in 1895 did a major overhaul of Bocherini’s Cello Concerto in B flat, giving it a romantic quality Boccherini never would have known. The most outrageous arrangement was the replacement of the slow movement with a more bold, intense adagio movement that lends the piece’s romantic touch. And again du Pré’s rendition is immaculate.
These are only two of du Pré’s greatest performances that are probably unmatched even by today’s standards.
|Haydn – Cellokonzert C-Dur|
|A1||Moderato – Kadenz – Tempo I||9:28|
|A2||Adagio – Kadenz – Tempo I||9:45|
|Boccherini – Cellokonzert B-Dur|
|B1||Allegro Moderato – Kadenz (Von Gruetzmacher) – Tempo I||9:24|
|B2||Adagio Non Troppo||6:52|
|B3||Rondo (Allegro) – Kadenz (Von Gruetzmacher) – Tempo I||6:18|
Analyzed Folder: /192k Haydn, Boccherini – Cello Concerti – Du Pre, Barenboim
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR11 -0.70 dB -15.95 dB A1 Haydn – Cellokonzert C-Dur – Moderato – Kadenz – Tempo I.flac
DR12 -3.90 dB -21.01 dB A2 Haydn – Cellokonzert C-Dur – Adagio – Kadenz – Tempo I.flac
DR12 -1.11 dB -17.17 dB A3 Haydn – Cellokonzert C-Dur – Allegro Molto.flac
DR12 -0.55 dB -18.33 dB B1 Boccherini – Cellokonzert B-Dur – Allegro Moderato – Kadenz (Von Gruetzmacher) – Tempo I.flac
DR13 -5.91 dB -24.35 dB B2 Boccherini – Cellokonzert B-Dur – Adagio Non Troppo.flac
DR12 -0.89 dB -17.44 dB B3 Boccherini – Cellokonzert B-Dur – Rondo (Allegro) – Kadenz (Von Gruetzmacher) – Tempo I.flac
Number of Files: 6
Official DR Value: DR12
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