Magazine article Gramophone

Contrasting Virtuosos in Their Youthful Prime

Magazine article Gramophone

Contrasting Virtuosos in Their Youthful Prime

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On the same day that The Beatles recorded 'From me to you' and the country singer Patsy Cline died in a plane crash (aged 30), two fine young virtuosos shared equal billing for a Berlin broadcast with the Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of the gifted 27-year-old Gerd Albrecht. We already have EMI recordings of both performers playing their chosen repertoire and in each case what you experience on this wonderful CD is quite different to what you'll hear on the commercial alternatives. With the 18-year-old Jacqueline du Pre in Schumann's Cello Concerto, in addition to an extra shot of adrenalin there's an extensive last-movement cadenza not included on the EMI version. The performance is characteristic in its combination of fiery attack, sometimes with a lacerating edge, and an inward, musing quality that employs a veiled tone and a tremulous but never overbearing vibrato. Above all, du Pre stresses the boldness and brave resolve of this late but moving score and Albrecht offers her strong and unaffected support. …

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