Jacqueline du Pre: The Complete Warner Recordings | Warner 9029661138

Jacqueline du Pre: The Complete Warner Recordings

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Label: Warner

Cat No: 9029661138

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 23

Release Date: 3rd June 2022

Contents

Works

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Cello Suite no.1 in G major, BWV1007
Cello Suite no.2 in D minor, BWV1008
Viola da Gamba Sonata in D major, BWV1028

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Allegretto in E flat major for piano trio, Hess 48
Cello Sonata no.1 in F major, op.5 no.1
Cello Sonata no.2 in G minor, op.5 no.2
Cello Sonata no.3 in A major, op.69
Cello Sonata no.4 in C major, op.102 no.1
Cello Sonata no.5 in D major, op.102 no.2
Piano Trio no.1 in E flat major, op.1 no.1
Piano Trio no.2 in G major, op.1 no.2
Piano Trio no.3 in C minor, op.1 no.3
Piano Trio no.4 in B flat major, op.11 'Gassenhauer' (with clarinet)
Piano Trio no.5 in D major, op.70 no.1 'Ghost'
Piano Trio no.6 in E flat major, op.70 no.2
Piano Trio no.7 in B flat major, op.97 'Archduke'
Piano Trio no.8 in E flat major, WoO38
Piano Trio no.9 in B flat major, WoO39 (Allegretto)
Piano Trio no.10 in E flat major, op.44 'Variations on an Original Theme'
Piano Trio no.11 in G major, op.121a 'Kakadu Variations (10)'
Variations (7) on 'Bei Mannern, welche Liebe fuhlen' for cello and piano, WoO46
Variations (12) on 'Ein Madchen oder Weibchen' for cello and piano, op.66
Variations (12) on 'See the conqu'ring hero comes', WoO45

Boccherini, Luigi

Cello Concerto no.9 in B flat major, G482

Brahms, Johannes

Cello Sonata no.1 in E minor, op.38
Cello Sonata no.2 in F major, op.99
Clarinet Trio in A minor, op.114

Britten, Benjamin

Cello Sonata in C major, op.65
» II Scherzo-Pizzicato: Allegretto
» IV Marcia: Energico

Bruch, Max

Kol Nidrei, op.47

Chopin, Frederic

Cello Sonata in G minor, op.65

Couperin, Francois

Les Gouts Reunis or Nouveaux Concerts
» no.13 in G major

Delius, Frederick

Cello Concerto

Dvorak, Antonin

Cello Concerto in B minor, op.104
From the Bohemian Forest, op.68 B133
» no.5 Silent Woods (Waldesruhe), B182

Elgar, Edward

Cello Concerto in E minor, op.85

Falla, Manuel de

Suite populaire espagnole

Faure, Gabriel

Elegie in C minor, op.24

Franck, Cesar

Cello Sonata in A major

Handel, George Frideric

Oboe Concerto no.3 in G minor, HWV287 (arr. as Cello Sonata)

Haydn, Franz Joseph

Cello Concerto in C major, Hob.VIIb:1
Cello Concerto in D major, Hob.VIIb:2 (op.101)

Lalo, Edouard

Cello Concerto in D minor

Mendelssohn, Felix

Song without Words in D major for cello and piano, op.109

Monn, Matthias Georg

Cello Concerto in G minor

Paradis, Maria Theresia von

Sicilienne

Saint-Saens, Camille

Carnival of the Animals
» The Swan
Cello Concerto no.1 in A minor, op.33

Schumann, Robert

Cello Concerto in A minor, op.129
Fantasiestucke (3), op.73

Strauss, Richard

Don Quixote, op.35

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Piano Trio in A minor, op.50 'In Memory of a Great Artist'

Artists

Jacqueline du Pre (cello)

Works

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Cello Suite no.1 in G major, BWV1007
Cello Suite no.2 in D minor, BWV1008
Viola da Gamba Sonata in D major, BWV1028

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Allegretto in E flat major for piano trio, Hess 48
Cello Sonata no.1 in F major, op.5 no.1
Cello Sonata no.2 in G minor, op.5 no.2
Cello Sonata no.3 in A major, op.69
Cello Sonata no.4 in C major, op.102 no.1
Cello Sonata no.5 in D major, op.102 no.2
Piano Trio no.1 in E flat major, op.1 no.1
Piano Trio no.2 in G major, op.1 no.2
Piano Trio no.3 in C minor, op.1 no.3
Piano Trio no.4 in B flat major, op.11 'Gassenhauer' (with clarinet)
Piano Trio no.5 in D major, op.70 no.1 'Ghost'
Piano Trio no.6 in E flat major, op.70 no.2
Piano Trio no.7 in B flat major, op.97 'Archduke'
Piano Trio no.8 in E flat major, WoO38
Piano Trio no.9 in B flat major, WoO39 (Allegretto)
Piano Trio no.10 in E flat major, op.44 'Variations on an Original Theme'
Piano Trio no.11 in G major, op.121a 'Kakadu Variations (10)'
Variations (7) on 'Bei Mannern, welche Liebe fuhlen' for cello and piano, WoO46
Variations (12) on 'Ein Madchen oder Weibchen' for cello and piano, op.66
Variations (12) on 'See the conqu'ring hero comes', WoO45

Boccherini, Luigi

Cello Concerto no.9 in B flat major, G482

Brahms, Johannes

Cello Sonata no.1 in E minor, op.38
Cello Sonata no.2 in F major, op.99
Clarinet Trio in A minor, op.114

Britten, Benjamin

Cello Sonata in C major, op.65
» II Scherzo-Pizzicato: Allegretto
» IV Marcia: Energico

Bruch, Max

Kol Nidrei, op.47

Chopin, Frederic

Cello Sonata in G minor, op.65

Couperin, Francois

Les Gouts Reunis or Nouveaux Concerts
» no.13 in G major

Delius, Frederick

Cello Concerto

Dvorak, Antonin

Cello Concerto in B minor, op.104
From the Bohemian Forest, op.68 B133
» no.5 Silent Woods (Waldesruhe), B182

Elgar, Edward

Cello Concerto in E minor, op.85

Falla, Manuel de

Suite populaire espagnole

Faure, Gabriel

Elegie in C minor, op.24

Franck, Cesar

Cello Sonata in A major

Handel, George Frideric

Oboe Concerto no.3 in G minor, HWV287 (arr. as Cello Sonata)

Haydn, Franz Joseph

Cello Concerto in C major, Hob.VIIb:1
Cello Concerto in D major, Hob.VIIb:2 (op.101)

Lalo, Edouard

Cello Concerto in D minor

Mendelssohn, Felix

Song without Words in D major for cello and piano, op.109

Monn, Matthias Georg

Cello Concerto in G minor

Paradis, Maria Theresia von

Sicilienne

Saint-Saens, Camille

Carnival of the Animals
» The Swan
Cello Concerto no.1 in A minor, op.33

Schumann, Robert

Cello Concerto in A minor, op.129
Fantasiestucke (3), op.73

Strauss, Richard

Don Quixote, op.35

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Piano Trio in A minor, op.50 'In Memory of a Great Artist'

Artists

Jacqueline du Pre (cello)

About

Jacqueline du Pré was recognised during her brief prime as one of the supreme cellists of the 20th century, with an intense commitment and a well-honed technical mastery to back up her heaven-sent talents. She seemed to inhabit every piece she played and the public responded joyfully to her interpretations of such concertos as the Elgar and the Schumann, as well as the sonatas of Beethoven, Brahms, Franck et al. She was also at the centre of an extraordinary group of young friends who set the classical musical agenda for the 1960s. The way her career was snatched away from her by a remorseless illness, leading to her early death, has inevitably cast a romantic glow over her life story. So it is salutary to visit or revisit this treasury of her recordings – almost all of them painstakingly remastered from the original tapes, and including previously unissued performances – and remind ourselves just how great she was.

This new box set draws together the entirety of Jacqueline du Pré EMI Classics catalogues, assembled over her short 12-year career.

The whole content has been newly remastered in 192Hz/24bit and from original tapes (the two albums with John Barbirolli are using the HD remastering from the 2020 edition).

It includes for the first time the recording below recorded in 1968 at Abbey Road Studios, London, previously unpublished:

Brahms - Clarinet Trio in A minor, op.114
- Gervase de Peyer (clarinet), Jacqueline du Pré (cello), Daniel Barenboim (piano)

It also includes a new reconstructed/edited version of the Don Quixote by R. Strauss done by Art & Son Studio with a better sound restitution.

As a reminder this album was originally supposed to be recorded by Jacqueline du Pré with Otto Klemperer, but after only one day of recording the conductor withdrew from it and from the concerts that were planned a few days later. Klemperer was promptly replaced by Sir Adrian Boult for the concerts at the Royal Festival Hall and Boult and du Pré made a complete performance at Abbey Road Studios which was recorded. As wrote Andrew Keener, who edited and remastered it for the first release in 1995: “Judging by sundry noises (pencils dropping, even talking at one point), Boult’s single take was probably made with the recording light off and it may have been simply a whim to switch on the recorder.” To remedy “the inevitable handful of significant flaws and a missing first bar (caused by a belatedly switched-on recorder)” Keener made a few short patches from the Klemperer takes, and the result is incredible. Thanks to new digital tools Christophe Hénault from Art et Son Studio Annecy edited and reconstructed it with a better sound, a greater presence.

Du Pré’s recordings provide a treasurable memento of the “perfect balance of youth and maturity” that her teacher, William Pleeth, found in her music-making: “She approached each new experience with spontaneous pleasure and enthusiasm.” This new 23-CD boxed set entirely remastered in HD offers a vivid experience of her life-enhancing art.

Jacqueline du Pré, a true genius of the cello, full of joy and life, has become a music legend, a cello icon! She brought such searing intensity and radiant joy to her cello playing that her impact endures, despite a career that was radically and tragically curtailed by illness before she turned 30.

She was born in Oxford on 26 January 1945 into a middle-class family in which music was important: her mother was a fine pianist and a gifted teacher. Just before her fifth birthday, when she was already showing musical promise, she heard the sound of a cello on the radio and the course of her life was set. She studied at Herbert Walenn’s London Violoncello School and at ten became a pupil of William Pleeth, who had himself studied with Julius Klengel. In 1956 she was awarded the Suggia Gift; in 1959 she gave her first public performance of the Elgar Concerto; in 1960 she won the Queen’s Prize and in 1961 she made a successful London recital début. She studied briefly with Casals in Switzerland, Tortelier in Paris and Rostropovich in Moscow and gradually consolidated her reputation at home. She began recording for EMI in 1962 and by 1965, when her famous disc of the Elgar Concerto was made, she was a star. That year she made her American début and in 1967 she married the pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim.

In July 1971, when she should have been at her peak, she began suffering seriously from a mysterious ailment which had already intermittently affected her playing. Eventually multiple sclerosis was diagnosed and, after a cruel series of remissions and relapses typical of that illness, in 1973 she retired. Gradually her health deteriorated, and she died in London on 19 October 1987, aged only 42.

“It is good to be reminded of du Pré’s vivid, intense and joyful music-making”

“[The Schumann] has that kind of spontaneous freedom of line that made her account of the Elgar so famous. Her delicacy of response in the slow movement is matched by a romantic flair which carries the outer movements along so admirably. Barenboim directs a sympathetic accompaniment, following her subtle manipulation of rubato with complete understanding.” – Gramophone (about Schumann and Saint-Saëns concertos)

“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.”
– Daniel Barenboim (in his memoir A Life in Music)

“She clearly was born to play the cello”  – The New York Times, 1967

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