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    du Pre

    Well it's the two channel debate so what the heck: on the CD transport tonight at KevinF Towers is Jaqueline du Pre's two channel EMI recording of Haydn and Boccherini cello concertos.

    A bit like Marmite I think.

    So that we avoid provoking the measurists into having simultaneous thrombies, let's leave aside that it's playing here through a mostly Audio Note system, and concentrate solely on du Pre's playing. Mawkish or sublime?

    I vote for sublime. And if you're reading this and haven't heard it, do go and buy a copy. It's life enhancing.

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    Havent heard it but seeing as her cello Concerto is the best ever recorded must be worth a go...shall investigate

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    Sublime! I have that as well as a boxed set of her Elgar Cello concertos.

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    Sublime - agreed. Though my favourite perfs are her ones of the Beethoven Piano Trios with Barenboim and Zuckerman - breathtakingly expressive in a way few dare today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by montesquieu View Post
    Sublime - agreed. Though my favourite perfs are her ones of the Beethoven Piano Trios with Barenboim and Zuckerman - breathtakingly expressive in a way few dare today.
    Tom -

    You are not wrong. I have heard them so many times and still get moved to tears, even if in company. Silly old me.

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    Elgar wonderful, as is her Beethoven and Haydn etc.

    But the du Pre performance that totally blows me away are the Bach solo cello suites 1 & 2 - recorded by EMI in 1962 when she was a young lass of 17. The sound quality is kind of ancient, but the miraculous performance shines through regardless.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PGrOiDPbeM&noredirect=1
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    I was fortunate enough to snatch a new Du Pre Complete EMI box for 21.95 from Europadisc some 4 years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by montesquieu View Post
    Sublime - agreed. Though my favourite perfs are her ones of the Beethoven Piano Trios with Barenboim and Zuckerman - breathtakingly expressive in a way few dare today.
    a recent acquisition

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    Oh Sublime, without a doubt, particularly the Haydn. That said, her best in my opinion remains the Elgar from '65(?) - not the CBS one with Barenboim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tuga View Post
    I was fortunate enough to snatch a new Du Pre Complete EMI box for 21.95 from Europadisc some 4 years ago.

    Ric

    Now that is what a call a result. Well done you.

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    Time tor resurrect this thread

    I've been quite disappointed with the sound quality of Du Pre cds I've bought. Has anyone compared the CDs to the original vinyl? I would love to get hold a nice box set like the Favourite Cello Concertos or Recital on vinyl to try but they go for too much for something I have no real idea of the condition of.

    Also anyone know if the complete box set has an improved sound quality to the earlier CDs - I read somewhere it has been remastered...?
    Last edited by The Count; 14-02-2013 at 09:12 PM.

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    The CDs on the box set are variable, some are from live events, most from studio. On the whole I've found the chamber music to be pretty good while I don't listen much to the orchestral stuff. I have much of the chamber music on vinyl and I also have the Favourite Concertos box set from years ago (though it probably hasn't had a play in decades). Which recordings is it you don't like the sound of?

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    It was the Dvorak in particular that I was thinking of. I have it on a 5 disc set and on its own on an imported disc.

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    Ooops. Can't say I've listened to the CD of that one. I have the 'complete EMI recordings' box and have been really happy with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Count View Post
    It was the Dvorak in particular that I was thinking of. I have it on a 5 disc set and on its own on an imported disc.
    If you can play hires, there's the 2011 remaster in 24/96 here: https://www.hdtracks.com/index.php?f...D5099970558852
    Maybe you can get some idea from the samples if the engineers have lifted the sound?

    Edit: Here are all 5 hires recordings from hdtracks: https://www.hdtracks.com/index.php?f...etail&id=10137
    Last edited by peteAllen; 15-02-2013 at 09:50 AM.

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    Brilliant article! Repped.

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    EMI engineer wears ear muffs to defend his sense of musicality against the output of the B&Ws.

    Last edited by KevinF; 16-02-2013 at 01:30 PM.

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