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Sir John Barbirolli - Elgar: Cello Concerto/Sea Pictures

 (Stereo Version)


EMI Testament



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AEMI 655
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180 Gram Vinyl Record

180 Gram LP  

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Janet Baker - Sea Pictures/ Sir John Barbirolli conducting London Symphony Orchestra

Jacqueline Du Pre's career lasted just 11 years, but within that space of time she achieved a reputation as one of the finest cellists of the twentieth century. Not long afer her debut in 1961, at the age of 16, she played the Elgar Cello Concerto in public for the first time with great success. In August 1965 she recorded the work for HMV. Her conductor was Sir John Barbirolli, a famous Elgar interpreter who as a young man had known the composer. Though Du Pre went on to make many other superlative recordings it is in the Elgar "Concerto", and this recording, that she is most remembered. The work's richly romantic, nostalgically autumnal mood is a fitting and appropriate memorial to an artist who performing career was cruelly cut short by a disease at the age of 42.

In August 1965, Barbirolli made a second Elgar recording with another outstanding young artist, the mezzo-soprano Janet Baker, whose finely sung, imaginative interpretation of the beautiful song cycle "Sea Pictures" makes an ideal coupling for Du Pre's performance.

The famous LP is available in Testament's audiophile reissue. Authentic analogue techniques have been employed in making transfers from the original recording, and high-quality 180 gram pressings have been made from virgin vinyl. The record is issued in a special limited collectors' edition.

Side One

Concerto in E Minor Op. 85
Band 1 - 1st Movement: Adagio - Moderato
Band 1 - 2nd Movement: Lento - Allegro molto
Band 2 - 3rd Movement: Adagio
Band 2 - 4th Movement: Allegro ma non troppo

Side Two

Sea Pictures, Op. 37
Band 1. Sea Slumber Song
Band 2. In Haven
Band 3. Sabbath Morning at Sea
Band 4. Where Corals Lie
Band 5. The Swimmer

Customer Reviews (4.00 Stars) 1 person(s) rated this product.

A classic performance

posted on 05/16/2005
4 Stars
A classic performance (now also re-issued on CD/SACD) - wonderfull playing by Du Pre and an excellent recording, which stands up to the recent digital re-issue. Very slightly marred by some crackling noises during the first minute of the record.

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