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Remembering Jacqueline du Pré (1994)

G  |  Video  |   |  Documentary  |  1994 (UK)
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A collection of film snippets of performances and rehersal sessions of late cello great Jacqueline du Pre, in celebration of what would have been her fiftieth birthday in 1995.

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A collection of film snippets of performances and rehersal sessions of late cello great Jacqueline du Pre, in celebration of what would have been her fiftieth birthday in 1995.

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An inspiring tribute to one of the greatest cellists that ever lived
29 July 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As a cellist myself(a second instrument though with singing the first) and as a big admirer of Jacqueline du Pre, Remembering Jacqueline du Pre was a beautiful tribute to her and cellists will find it inspiring. The documentary looks good and the footage is preserved well, the only reservation being the camera focusing too much on du Pre and not enough on the other instrumentalists during The Trout segment. There are no complaints whatsoever about the music, particularly fitting was the Elgar Cello Concerto(which she is famous for and for good reason, when people including me think of this concerto du Pre immediately comes to mind). The Ghost Trio rendition was musically really interesting, The Trout rehearsal segment was really entertaining and one of the best scenes that really showed off her personality. Seeing her swapping instruments and playing the violin like a cello with Perlman playing her cello was hilarious, and seeing her play the piano was a lovely surprise. Some might say the footage of her rehearsing the Brahms with husband Daniel Barenboim in the recording studio is throwaway stuff, I found it very touching, both the piece and the way she played it. And her personality is something that you see a lot of, she came across as very likable and a lot of fun to be around while also having the impeccable artistry and diligence that she had. Seeing the likes of Perlman, Barenboim and Mehta were delightful to spot, Sir John Barbirolli and William Pleeth make interesting contributions and Christopher Nupen is an engaging narrator who clearly knows his stuff and loves talking about it. Overall, beautiful and inspiring tribute to a great cellist and musician whose career was cut tragically short by multiple sclerosis and her ultimely death at just aged 42. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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