Label: Warner Classics WCLP 76534
A true genius of the cello, full of joy and life, Jacqueline du Pré passed away on October 19th, 1987, after many years fighting multiple sclerosis and aged only 42.
This LP comes from the 5-LP boxset released in November 2017 to mark the 30th anniversary of Jacqueline du Pré’s passing; the three other ones will be released later, on a monthly basis. It uses the 24-BIT/96kHz remastering made at Abbey Road in 2011 for Japanese SACD version.
Cellist Jacqueline du Pre is joined by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim for this 1970 recording of Dvorak’s Cello Concerto, Op. 104.
‘She clearly was born to play the cello,’ wrote the New York Times of Jacqueline du Pré in 1967. Just five years later her career was cut tragically short by illness.
The cellist provides evidence of what her teacher, William Pleeth, described as the ‘perfect balance of youth and maturity.’
“Jackie was always the most exciting cellist. It would be hard to think of another that took as many risks as she did … always for expressive reasons. There is no other artist who can transfer that sense of excitement onto vinyl.” – Yo-Yo Ma