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Mon, 31 Oct 2005

Elgar: Cello Concerto & other works / Daniel Barenboim, Jacqueline du Pré
Sometimes we can know more about great artists than is good for us. I didn't know who Barenboim and du Pré were before Hilary and Jackie came out. Jacqueline du Pré was that Jackie, the brilliant, unorthodox, unstable and eventually tragic cellist played by Emily Watson; Daniel Barenboim was her husband, an equally brilliant pianist who may or may not have been quite the self-absorbed and unsupportive tool described in the book. Their performances together on this album are exactly what I would expect of two such virtuosos (virtuosi?). But can I forget what I know, or at least what I have been told, and focus on the music? Even with music as soaring as this, the distance and the looming tragedy seem to seep into the work. I can't decide if it's better to know or not. But not hearing the performance; that would be yet another tragedy. Elgar: Cello Concerto & other works
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