Elgar : Cello Concerto

Elgar : Cello Concerto


Elgar : Cello Concerto, Sea Pictures

Jacqueline du Pré (cello), Dame Janet Baker (contralto), John Barbirolli conducting the London Symphony Orchestra


Testament Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934) :
Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85
A1 - Adagio - Moderato
A2 - Lento - Allegro molto
A3 - Adagio
A4 - Allegro - Moderato - Allegro, ma non troppo
Sea Pictures, Op. 37
B1 - Sea Slumber Song, poem by Roden Noel
B2 - In Haven (Capri), poem by C. Alice Elgar
B3 - Sabbath Morning At Sea, poem by Mrs. Browning
B4 - Where Corals Lie, poem by Dr. Richard Garnett
B5 - The Swimmer, poem by Adam Lindsay Gordon

At the premiere of Elgar’s Cello Concerto in 1919, John Barbirolli, himself a cellist, was playing in the London Symphony Orchestra. When he recorded the work in 1965 he chose Jacqueline du Pré as soloist and she remains inextricably linked with this elegiac, but passionate work. Barbirolli’s special affection for Elgar’s music is just as evident in the glorious account of Sea Pictures with Janet Baker.

Jacqueline du Pré brings characteristic exuberance, passion and color to Elgar's Cello Concerto. In his memoir A Life In Music, Daniel Barenboim wrote: "I have never encountered anyone for whom music was such a natural form of expression as it was for Jacqueline … She had a capacity to imagine sound such as I never met in any other musician."

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

This Testament Records LP, revived from the EMI-Columbia catalogue, was remastered at EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London, using pure analogue components only, from the original studio tapes through to the cutting head, and was pressed at Pallas.