Jacqueline du Pré.


  • Cello Concerto in A minor

On the 5th of March, 1963 two great musicians made their Berlin débuts at the same concert: The then 18-year-old cellist Jacqueline du Pré and the 22-year-old pianist Bruno Leonardo Gelber.

This CD allows us to listen in to this historic performance. For everyone who is interested in the history of interpretation, these two live performances preserve a great moment in Berlin’s historic musical life .

Tracks on this CD are:


  • Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15, with Bruno Leonardo Gelber (piano)


  • Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129, with Jacqueline du Pré (cello)

Performed with the Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Gerd Albrecht conducting

Jacqueline Du Pré’s interpretation of the Schumann Cello Concerto contains greater contrasts even than her later recording of the same work.

With his reading of Brahms’ First Piano Concerto, Gelber communicates an excellent conception of this large-scale work,

and letting us hear the inner contrasts without  losing sight of the overall coherence.

Here is an audio recording of Schumann’s Cello Concerto in A minor Op.129, with Jacqueline Du Pré as soloist:



And next a very famous recording: Elgar’s Cello Concerto 1st movement, with Jaqueline du Pré, Cello, and the orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim:



And as an encore here are Jacqueline Du Pré and Daniel Barenboim playing Brahms’ Cello Sonata op.99:


Tags: Jacqueline Du Pré, Cello, Schumann, Brahms, Elgar

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