DU PRE, JACQUELINE / MSTISLAV ROSTROPOVICH Schumann, Dvorak. BBC Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra. ICA Classics
Jacqueline du Pré
Schumann · Dvorák
(Richard Itter Collection)
Schumann: Cello Concerto
Jacqueline du Pré, BBCSO, Jean Martinon
(Royal Festival Hall, 12/12/62)
Dvorák: Cello Concerto
Mstislav Rostropovich, Philharmonia / Carlo Maria Giulini
(Usher Hall, Edinburgh Festival, 6/9/62)
Villa Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No.5 - Aria
Galina Vishnevskaya, Rostropovich, 7 cellos from the LSO (Usher Hall, Edinburgh Festival, 23/8/62)
This release has been sourced from the Richard Itter archive. After 12 years
of negotiation starting in 2005, ICA Classics have signed an exclusive long
agreement with the Lyrita Recorded Edition who are responsible for Richard Itter Trust. The collection is very important for collectors because it has never been
released before onto the market.
This important live recording of Jacqueline du Pré playing the Schumann Cello Concerto is her first public performance of the work, given in the Royal Festival
Hall on 12th December 1962 with Jean Martinon conducting the BBCSO. She worked intensively on the concerto with Paul Tortelier in Paris prior to this concert and learnt his virtuosic cadenza for her earlier performances of the Schumann.
Although the public wanted to hear her in the Elgar, du Pré loved the Schumann concerto with equal fervour, not only due to Schumann’s understanding of the cello but because it made a perfect fit for her romantic sensibility.
When du Pré studied the Schumann intensively with Rostropovich at the Moscow Conservatoire in 1966, he exclaimed ‘This is the most perfect Schumann I have
ever heard’. This recording is in excellent sound and has never been released before so is an important edition to the Jacqueline du Pré discography.
The 1962 live performance of the Dvorák Cello Concerto by Mstislav Rostropovich has not been released before and is interesting because here he is partnered
by Carlo Maria Giulini, who went onto to make a studio recording of the same concerto some 15 years later. The 1962 performance is notably three minutes
faster than in 1977.
The critic of The Times described the Edinburgh Festival performance as an ‘exciting but emotionally supercharged interpretation’ with Giulini’s reading ‘full of finely wrought points of detail’.
The bonus comes from a song recital given in the Usher Hall, Edinburgh on 23 August 1962, where Rostropovich is heard with his wife Galina Vishnevskaya and seven cellos from the LSO in the Aria from Villa Lobos’s Bachianas Brasileiras, one of her warhorses and a great hit on this occasion. This performance has never been released before.
ICA Classics ICAC5149
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