Jacqueline Du Pre - The Complete Warner Recordings

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Catalog: WCL661138.2
Format: CD

Jacqueline du Pre

Born to play the cello "She was undoubtedly born to play the cello," noted the New York Times in 1967. Jacqueline du Pré was already considered one of the most outstanding cellists of the 20th century during her lifetime; her early death made the unique musician a legend in her own right. Not even thirty years old, the effects of her MS disease forced her to retire from the stage. The box set now being released contains on 23 CDs all the recordings that EMI Classics was able to realize together with the exceptional artist during her only short, twelve-year career. This diverse collection includes recordings of works from Beethoven to Chopin to Richard Strauss. The latter's tone poem Don Quixote, together with large-scale concertos by Delius, Dvorák and Haydn, form symphonic highlights. Jacqueline du Pré also chose intimate chamber music for her recordings, which she recorded in changing constellations together with Daniel Barenboim. Thus, among the albums is a first release from 1968, namely Brahmsʼ Clarinet Trio in A minor with Gervase de Peyer on clarinet, Jaqueline du Pré on cello and Daniel Barenboim on piano. The conductor himself said wistfully of his wife, "I never again met anyone for whom music was such a natural form of expression as it was for Jacqueline ... She had the ability to imagine sound in a way that I have never again encountered in any other musician."

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