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    I absolutely love the DuPre/Barbirolli version of the Cello Concerto. Are there any better out there or was the best version recorded back then?

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    The one i have home is a naxos cd of the cello concerto.

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    I like both Sol Gabetta and Alisa Weilerstein (with Barenboim). You might want to check those out.

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    I'm fond of the Kennedy/Birmingham Symph/Rattle recording. Kennedy had recorded this previously but it wasn't as good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Couac Addict View Post
    I'm fond of the Kennedy/Birmingham Symph/Rattle recording. Kennedy had recorded this previously but it wasn't as good.
    which Kennedy do you mean? Nigel? well he is a fiddler! and we are talking 'Cello.

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    I'm quite smitten with the more recent Weilerstein/Barenboim version. Very passionate.

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    I like the DuPre/Barenboim which is also accompanied by a marvelous Enigma Variations conducted by Barenboim.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pip View Post
    which Kennedy do you mean? Nigel? well he is a fiddler! and we are talking 'Cello.
    are there no limits to that 'genius'?
    "Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils." Berlioz, 1856

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    There is a BBC Radio 3 Building a Library programme on this work available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p021nv5d - you can listen to background to the work and comparisons of the different versions available before the presenter recommends a number of works
    "Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils." Berlioz, 1856

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    Du Pre/Barbirolli - both in the studio and live are the gold standard for me. By far my favourite interpretive duo in this piece. I much prefer Barbirolli to Barenboim as Conductor in this instance. His experience and insight as a Cellist brings out the best in Du Pre. The performances with Barenboim are very good naturally - it's my own opinion.

    Sol Gabetta is the only modern cellist who has really seized my attention in her interpretation of this piece, she has quickly become one of my favourite cellists.

    If you aren't averse to historical recordings, Beatrice Harrison also performs a beautiful version of the piece conducted by Elgar himself and rounds out my three favourite interpreters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pip View Post
    which Kennedy do you mean? Nigel? well he is a fiddler! and we are talking 'Cello.
    Oh he's very versatile! You should see him get the cello up on his shoulder.
    Okay, I misread that. Plan B....Du Pré/LSO/Barbirolli
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    It is almost to the point where you have to say the Du Pre/Barbirolli recording with hushed reverence. Don't get me wrong - it is a great recording, and I recommend it over Du Pre/Barenboim simply because I think Barbirolli is just as responsible for making it so great. Plus you get the pairing of the Sea Songs with Janet Baker - always a plus.

    But I also love the more recent recording by Peter Wispelwey with Jac van Steen/Netherlands Radio Philharmonic on Channel Classics. It is paired with the Lutoslawski Cello Concerto, which I don't much care for, but the Elgar is fantastic.

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    My first choice would also be the Du Pre / Barbirolli recording.
    Another good version in my collection is by Yoohong Lee on cello with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Yehudi Menuhin.

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    Doesn't hurt to have more than one.

    I really like Starker/Slatkin RCA. Good sound, too.




    Should this post be elsewhere?

    Freuliche Weinachten everybody.
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    I think the du Pré/Barenboim is the best, followed by du Pré/Barbirolli.
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