Printer Friendly

Haydn: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 Boccherini: Cello Concerto in B flat. Jacqueline du Pre, cello; Daniel Barenboim, English Chamber Orchestra; Sir John Barbirolli, London Symphony Orchestra. EMI CDU 7243-5-66948.

Haydn: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 Boccherini: Cello Concerto in B flat. Jacqueline du Pre, cello; Daniel Barenboim, English Chamber Orchestra; Sir John Barbirolli, London Symphony Orchestra. EMI CDU 7243-5-66948.

Owing to the popularity of the recent movie about her, Jacqueline du Pre's work is being given a deserved new life. After her tragic death in 1973, her legacy was lost to all but avid music lovers. Thanks to EMI's "Great Performances of the Century," her Haydn and Boccherini are now remastered and sound better than ever.

Her style, as always, is sweetly expressive, warmly singing, broadly passionate, and perhaps by today's standards a little old-fashioned. Certainly, that's the way the music comes off compared to the less-adorned period-instrument renditions. She is best in both of the Haydn slow movements, where her natural affection for the music and for her instrument shine through most effectively. The finale of the first concerto is a delight, too, full of youthful intensity and exuberance. The Boccherini is another story, through no fault of Ms. du Pre. In its familiar late-Romantic Grutzmacher arrangement, any resemblance between this piece and Boccherini is purely coincidental. It is so lushly orchestrated it could hardly be called Boccherini, and Ms. du Pre plays it in appropriate 19th-century fashion, long-winded and luxuriant.

The newly remastered sound of the first Haydn concerto and the Boccherini, recorded with Ms. du Pre's husband Daniel Barenboim and the English Chamber Orchestra in 1967, is ultra smooth and adequately revealing. It is not so clear, however, as either of the newest releases I reviewed recently from Chang-Sinopoli (EMI) or Isserlis-Norrington (RCA), although it is closer to Chang in performance and closer to Isserlis in audio quality. The sound in the second Haydn concerto, recorded a few months later with Sir John Barbirolli and the LSO, is very slightly better defined. None of this matters much as the ear adjusts quickly to the beauty of the playing rather than reflecting on any sonic imperfections. Besides, unless you were to put on the newer discs as I did for direct comparison in two identical-sounding CD players, you would find little fault in the sound of the 30-year-old recordings. Du Pre gets my whole-hearted endorsement.
COPYRIGHT 1999 Sensible Sound
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 1999, Gale Group. All rights reserved. Gale Group is a Thomson Corporation Company.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:Review
Author:Puccio, John
Publication:Sensible Sound
Article Type:Sound Recording Review
Date:Dec 1, 1999
Words:368
Previous Article:Graupner: Two Overtures, G 14 and D 5; Cantata for the Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity. Max Hermann, Das Kleine Konzert. CPO 000 592-2.
Next Article:Herbert: Babes in Toyland; The Red Mill. Keith Brion, Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra. Naxos 8.559025.
Topics:


Related Articles
Haydn: Cello Concertos in C and D; "Lo speziale" (Overture). Han-Na Chang, cello; Giuseppe Sinopoli, Sachsische Staatskapelle Dresden. EMI CDC 7243 5...
Mahler: Symphony No. 5. Sir John Barbirolli, New Philharmonia Orchestra. EMI Classics CDU 7243 5 66962 2.
Mozart: Horn Concertos Nos. 1-4; Quintet K. 452. Dennis Brain, horn; Herbert von Karajan, Philharmonia Orchestra. EMI Classics CDU 7243 5 66950 2.
Haydn: Cello Concertos in C & D; Sinfonia Concertante. Steven Isserlis, cello; Sir Roger Norrington, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. RCA...
Simply Baroque.
Yehudi Menuhin Conducts Mozart.
Dvorak: Violin Concerto; Piano Quintet.
Elgar: Cello Concerto; Sea Pictures; "Cockaigne" Overture.
Trumpet Concertos.
Cello Works of Tchaikovsky, Faure, Saint-Saens, and Lalo.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2022 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters |