Oggi ci prendiamo una giornata di riposo dalla Tetralogia wagneriana per soddisfare la richiesta dell’amico Piero riguardo a una discografia di Jacqueline du Pré. Prima però, un salto al blog diesis&bemolle per leggere la biografia postata da Piero qualche tempo fa.
Today we take a day off from Wagner’s tetralogy to meet the request of our friend Piero about a discography of Jacqueline du Pré. But first, a trip to diesis&bemolle blog to read the biography posted by Piero some time ago.
Here you can find the english translation of that article.
Bright meteor in the universe of the magnificent instrument that is cello, Jacqueline du Pré (French named but English in all respects) has left a legacy of extraordinary music still alive in our time.
From an early age showed attraction to music. At four years old, listening to a cello on the radio, exclaimed: “I want that!” And she had one bigger than her…. musically trained by his mother Iris, a skilled pianist and teacher, she made rapid progress, moving soon to the school of the renowned cellist William Pleeth what she called “Cello daddy”. The teacher immediately perceived the outstanding capabilities of the girl that continued to win competitions on competitions. At seventeen she made her debut in London with great success and later perfected with three celebrities such as Paul Tortelier, Pablo Casals, and especially in Moscow with the great Mstislav Rostropovich, who said: “This young woman, will equal and surpass me.”
He was easy prophet. From seventeen to twentyeight she had a brilliant career, playing in every part of the world with the best directors and the best orchestras, particularly acclaimed for her performance, which is considered definitive, of the Elgar Cello Concerto. Alongside the the solo career she also participated in chamber music performances of great importance with Daniel Barenboim, Itzhak Perlmann, Pinchas Zukerman and Stephen Kovacevich. Memorable, for example, her presence in the “Trout” Quintet by Schubert and in the and Ghost” Trio by Beethoven, where she show a perfect blend with the other instruments, and also an intense individuality in solo passages. In 1967 she married with Barenboim forming as well together a musical couple.
Her nature, solar and expansive, is also documented by numerous movies that depict moments informal and playful.
But a tragic and inexorable fate soon struck her when, in 1973, she was diagnosed with a severe form of multiple sclerosis, which soon made it totally invalid and severed definitely her career. Abandoned by her husband, she spent the last years of his life trying to react to misfortune, dedicating his remaining strength to teaching. The death took her at 42 and all the world mourned the loss of what was often referred to as a genius of musical interpretation.
Perfect technique, inimitable sound and without any harshness, extreme ease and fluidity of phrasing characterized each time her performance. But what is striking is still an intensity of expression with no sagging that knows how to capture the listener and bring him in the heart of the music. All this has made her one of the greatest cellists of the twentieth century. For the British she remains a true national glory. She played two precious Stradivarius cellos, including the famous “Davidov” built in 1712.
Come si può immaginare una carriera durata poco più di un decennio non ha potuto lasciare un lascito discografico estensivo. Mettendo insieme tutte le registrazioni finora pubblicate (compresi i live) credo si possano riempire al più una ventina di Cd. Di questi, 17 sono contenuti nel box ufficiale EMI che andremo a esaminare prossimamente. Prima una piccola ricognizione sui titoli (più o meno) disponibli al di fuori del materiale EMI.
As you can imagine a career that spanned just over a decade has not been able to leave an extensive recorded legacy. Putting together all the recordings published so far (including live recordings) I think we can fill at most twenty CDs. Of these, 17 are contained in the official EMI’s box which we will examine shortly. First a little recollection on the recordings (more or less) available outside of EMI’s material.
Dvorak: Concerto per Cello op.104 – Saint Saens: Concerto per Cello n.1 – S. Celibidache – D. Barenboim – Swedish RSO, Philadelphia Orchestra (Cd Teldec o DGG solo per Dvorak)
Due live molto importanti: l’incontro al vertice con Celibidache per un Dvorak unico nel suo genere per la scelta dei tempi e il contrasto tra il peso dell’orchestra e quello quasi fragile del violoncello. Saint Saens segna una delle ultime esecuzioni dal vivo “senza ansie” della solista.
Two very important live: the summit meeting with Celibidache for a unique Dvorak marked by slowlinees of tempos and the contrast between the weight of the orchestra and the almost delicate cello’s sound. Saint Saens marks one of the last live performance “without worries” for the soloist.
Prokofiev: Pierino e il lupo – Dukas: L’apprendista stregone – Saint Saens: Danse Macabre – D. Barenboim, English CO (Cd DGG Eloquence Australia)
Una rarità assoluta Du Pré che recita Pierino e il lupo e altre storie sull’orchestra diretta da Barenboim.
An absolute rarity Du Pré acting Peter and the Wolf and other stories on the orchestra conducted by Barenboim.
Raro video RAI. Il volta pagine è Pinchas Zuckerman!
Rare RAI’s video. The page turner is Pinchas Zuckerman!
Elgar: Concerto per Cello op.85 – D. Barenboim, Philadelphia Orchestra (Cd Sony)
Registrazione live, datata Philadelphia 1970. Du Pré accompagnata con amorevolezza da Barenboim ha perso la spontaneità e il candore della prima volta per una visione più profonda, ma l’incanto forse non è più lo stesso!
Live recording, dated Philadelphia 1970. Du Pré accompanied with kindness by Barenboim has lost the spontaneity and innocence of the first time for a deeper vision, but the spell maybe is not the same!
Elgar: Concerto per Cello op.85 – J. Barbirolli, BBC Symphony Orchestra (Cd Testament)
La coppia assoluta per questo concerto: Barbirolli e du Pré, dal vivo a Praga un paio d’anni dopo la registrazione in studio. Forse meno coerente dal punto di vista drammatico, ma con momenti veramente irraggiungibili da entrambe le parti (non dimenticate che Barbirolli nacque violoncellista!).
The absolute team for this concerto: Barbirolli and du Pré, live in Prague a couple of years after the studio recording. Perhaps less consistent in terms of dramatic continuity, but with moments truly unattainable by both sides (do not forget that Barbirolli was born cellist!).
Schubert: Quintetto per piano “La Trota” D667 – Itzhak Perlman, Daniel Barenboim, Pinchas Zuckerman, Zubin Mehta (DVD Allegro)
Un video da non perdere: per l’interpretazione trascinante dei protagonisti e per il documentario che mostra gli artisti prima, durante e all’uscita dell’esecuzione.
A video not to be missed for the interpretation of the protagonists and the enthralling documentary that shows the artists before, during and at the exit of the performance.
Schumann: Concerto per Cello op.129 – Gerd Albrecht, RSO Berlin (Cd Audite)
Novità discografica assoluta che ripropone il debutto berlinese della 18enne Jacqueline. Non sono ancora entrato in possesso della mia copia…. quindi sto ancora sognando tutto il piacere che potrei provare ascoltandolo!
An absolute new release that shows the debut of 18 year-old Jacqueline in Berlin. Have not yet received my copy …. so I’m still dreaming about all the pleasure that I might try listening to it!