“A Valuable Documentary About A Legendary Cellist “ The tragedy of Jacqueline du Pr¨¦ is well-known: a career cut short by multiple sclerosis at 28, death from the disease at 42. In the early years it seemed she would go on forever and have one of the greatest careers ever allowed a cellist. She DID have a great career, but it lasted a mere ten years. This DVD is a compilation of various filmed footage from that career. First, there is a long documentary, peppered with musical excerpts, about her life. This is then followed by a full performance of the concerto with which she was most associated, the Elgar. She is accompanied by her then-new husband, Daniel Barenboim, conducting the New Philharmonia Orchestra (as it was then called). The date of the performance does not seem to be anywhere in the associated booklet, but I judge it to be about 1968 or 1969. The performance, of course, is stupendous, as anyone who knows her legendary audio recording (with Sir John Barbirolli conducting the London Symphony Orchestra) will already know. She…
The subject of the 1998 film “Hilary and Jackie” and gracing the cover of the August 2004 issue of Gramophone Magazine, the cellist Jacqueline du Pr¨¦ remains as vibrant a figure in the public mind as she had been at the pinnacle of her career – before it was cruelly short by illness in 1973 when she was only 28 years old. The tragedy of her death is still felt by people all over the world, because this great cellist had ways of touching the heart that are given to very, very few.
Jacqueline du Pr¨¦ and the Elgar Cello Concerto, a documentary by award-winning film maker Christopher Nupen, explores the artistic personality of one of the finest performing musicians of the twentieth century, with the recurring theme of her special relationship with the Elgar’s melancholy Cello Concerto. The film begins with an account of what she did after the onset of her illness when she could no longer perform in public. It ends, at her own request, with a re-edited version of the original portrait film which sketches her childhood and the development of her musical talent, her meeting with Daniel Barenboim and their marriage in 1967, her special relationship with the Elgar concerto and, finally, a complete performance of the work with The New Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim; a performance which has become legendary.
This DVD portrait also includes Nupen’s film The Ghost, which features a performance of Beethoven’s Piano Trio No. 5. This is the first in a series of Christopher Nupen films on DVD.
Future titles will include Schubert’s The Trout with Jacqueline du Pr¨¦ and Andr¨¦s Segovia in Portrait.
Picture Format: 4:3/16:9 • Subtitles: GB, D, F • Sound Format: LPCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1
Jacqueline du Pre In Portrait
A great, great DVD, bringing her to life. We have watched it over and over. The “Ghost” extra is just wonderful….
Jacqueline Du Pr¨¦: La m¨²sica del Cielo
A Treasure for Any Music Collection