Thursday, 6 March 2014

Elgar Cello Concerto

The recording of the Elgar Cello Concerto featured in this post is one of the greatest achievements in recorded history. On this recording a number of greats converge, including composer, composition, soloist, orchestra and conductor. This is one of the essential recordings to know.
Elgar aged about 60
Elgar aged about 60 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
One of the greatest English composers, Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934) is best known for his orchestral works including the Enigma Variations, the Pomp and Circumstance Marches, Cello Concerto, Violin Concerto and two symphonies.
The Cello Concerto was Elgar's last notable work which, surprisingly, did not gain immediate public popularity and took many years to achieve a regular place in the concert repertoire.
Elgar Cello Concerto Jacqueline du Pre Sir John Barbirolli London Symphony Orchestra

My favourite recording (I'm not alone here) is the recording by cellist Jacqueline du Pre and Sir John Barbirolli conducting the London Symphony Orchestra. I can go ages without listening to this recording, yet every time I return to it, I am reminded of how incredible it is. Jacqueline de Pre gives a bold, visionary performance bristling with emotion and passion. This 1965 recording with John Barbirolli conducting remains the definitive recording of this fantastic composition.      

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