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Jacqueline Du Pré - The Complete EMI Recordings Box set


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Born in Oxford on 26 January 1945, Jacqueline du Pré was the second child of Derek and pianist Iris du Pré. At four Jacqueline heard the sound of the cello on the radio and asked her mother for "one of those." She started with lessons from her mother before beginning study at the London Violoncello School at five. Before long she was winning local music competitions ... Read more in Amazon's Jacqueline du Pré Store

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  • Composer: Camille Saint-Saens, Edward Elgar, Joseph Haydn, Frederick Delius, Max Bruch, et al.
  • Audio CD (October 23, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 17
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B000V9P4YM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,179 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Portrayed in Hilary and Jackie , notorious for her marriage to Daniel Barenboim and mourned for the life and career she lost to multiple sclerosis, Jacqueline du Pr+ª is still best remembered as one of the finest musicians Britain has ever produced. Few cellists could hope to achieve the level of mastery and emotion she poured into her treasured EMI recordings, collected here in complete form on 17 CDs: her stunning interpretations of Elgar, Dvorak, Beethoven, Schumann, Bach, Chopin, Haydn, Brahms, Strauss and more!

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By K. MIURA on April 18, 2009
Format: Audio CD
CD 1
Edward Elgar
Cello Concerto in E minor Op. 85
London Symphony Orchestra
Sir John Barbirolli
(Recorded: 1965)

Frederick Delius
Cello Concerto
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Malcolm Sargent
(Recorded: 1965)

Camille Saint-Saens
Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor Op. 33
New Philharmonia Orchestra
Daniel Barenboim
(Recorded: 1968)

CD 2
Antonin Dvorak
Cello Concerto in B minor Op. 104
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Daniel Barenboim
(Recorded: 1970)

Antonin Dvorak
Silent Woods Op. 68
(Recorded: 1970)

Robert Schumann
Cello Concerto in A minor Op. 129
New Philharmonia Orchestra
Daniel Barenboim
(Recorded: 1968)

CD 3
Matthias Georg Monn
Cello Concerto in G minor
London Symphony Orchestra
Sir John Barbirolli
(Recorded: 1968)

Joseph Haydn
Cello Concerto No. 2 in D major Hob. VIIb2
London Symphony Orchestra
Sir John Barbirolli
(Recorded: 1967)

Joseph Haydn
Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major Hob. VIIb1
English Chamber Orchestra
Daniel Barenboim
(Recorded: 1967)

CD 4
Frederic Chopin
Cello Sonata in G minor Op. 65
(Recorded: 1971)

Cesar Franck / arr. Delsart
Cello Sonata in A major (after Sonata for violin & piano)
Daniel Barenboim, piano
(Recorded: 1971)

Max Bruch
Kol Nidrei Op. 47
Gerald Moore, piano
(Recorded: 1962)

CD 5
Johann Sebastian Bach
Cello Suite No. 1 in G major BWV 1007
(Recorded: 1962)

Johann Sebastian Bach
Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor BWV 1008
(Recorded: 1962)

Georg Fredric Handel / arr.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Discophage TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 8, 2008
Format: Audio CD
These are bad times for the world at large - as I write, the US financial system is threatening a giant systemic collapse, the US are mired in Irak and Afghanistan, with Russia occupying half of Georgia a new Cold War is looming large, Chinese babies are dying by the hundreds from poisoned milk, Iran and Korea won't be stopped from becoming nuke, and Paris Hilton is off her medication again - but these are great times for the music lovers and buyers of CDs (are there many of these left?). Now EMI is releasing these gigantic boxes with the complete EMI recordings of such and such, and at prices so low they are tantamount to steals. This one cost me less than 3 dollars per CD, postage included, and it's even cheaper now on the marketplace, three months later. A complete Karajan is out (88 + 72 CDs in two boxes and I've just bought the first one for 1,70/CD), Oistrakh, Rostropovich, Richter, Marcelle Meyer (and that box adds non-EMI recordings as well, from Hispavox and Columbia), Yves Nat, and Cziffra is announced. What a boon!

More, of course, for those who, for whatever reasons, did NOT already purchase the individual issues or reissues whenever they appeared - which happens to be my case with Du Pré's CDs (choice will be more agonizing for Oistrakh and Cziffra). One possible reason is that Du Pré's choice of repertoire was a little too Catholic for my taste. Had she recorded, say, Bloch's Schelomo and Voice in the Wilderness or Kodaly's Solo Cello Sonata, those are probably CDs I'd already have in my collection. Her Elgar with Barbirolli is considered a benchmark recording - but unlike many I personally don't warm up too much for Elgar's Cello Concerto - and no offense to those who think otherwise. So the only one I had was the Brahms Sonatas with Barenboim.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By J. Grant on March 18, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Wow! what a bargain. Seventeen discs (about 14 of which are excellent) for around $50 on a major label. All of the concertos are terrific, including her unequaled calling card, the Elgar. The Dvorak & Schumann, while perhaps not as good as Casals or Rostropovich, are still quite appealing. The Haydn and Boccherini are top notch performances, as well as the Beethoven & Brahms sonatas with Barenboim. Also included is an underrated set of Beethoven's piano trios (including the variations) with Barenboim and Zukerman. The only subpar performances in the set are the Franck and Chopin sonatas. It is clear she is struggling with her painful illness (M.S.), which would soon force her into retirement and a tragically early death. All in all, this is a stunning set of stellar recordings showcasing the youthful exhuberance of a highly gifted artist(s). Plus, I got it for $30 at a local store due to torn shrink wrap, which made it an even better bargain. 4 1/2 stars
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Johannes Climacus on August 19, 2008
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That Jacqueline du Pré was a great musician, as well as an extraordinarily courageous human being, is beyond dispute. Though her recorded legacy, most of which is included in this inexpensive box, tends to be uneven, given the circumstances of a career tragically cut short by a debilitating illness, one must still regard every track as precious.

There are many first-rate performances included here. Her ripely expressive Elgar concerto with Barbirolli is an all-time "classic of the gramophone" (as they would put it in the UK), and many of the other concertante works are given splendidly passionate, deeply expressive treatment by this youthful artist. One might wish for a less fulsome tone in the Haydn, Boccherini-Grützmacher and Monn concerti (listeners concerned for period manners may be put off by Du Pré's heavily romanticized readings), but she triumphs in the Schumann and gives a remarkably involving, if wayward, account of the Dvorák. She is overparted as Strauss's Don Quixote--one of her less successful ventures--but makes ample amends in an elegant live performance of the Lalo Concerto and a fragrantly earthy rendition of the Delius.

It could be argued that Du Pré's finest legacy remains in the field of chamber music, where she consistently engaged in intimate, soulful and playful conversation with some of her closest companions (as well as husband Daniel Barenboim).
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