Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Remembering Jacqueline du Pre|
Actor: Jacqueline du Pr
Director: Christopher Nupen
Genres: Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
Jacqueline Du Pre was an artist with an exuberant personality and seemingly infinite talent who in her youth was recognized as one of the finest cellists of the century. The film Remembering Jacqueline Du Pre celebrates t... more »
Jacqueline, an inspiration.
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This video can be an inspiration to all people, not just musicians. It is a dedication to Jacqueline Du Pre, the world famous cellist. It is a documentary but it is certainly not a documentary that you need only watch once- I have seen it over and over again only to be more moved and inspired every time. It contains footage from Du Pre's performance of "The Trout" with pianist Daniel Barenboim (Du Pre's husband), and other artist such as Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman and Zubin Mehta. There are also interviews with Sir Barbirolli and William Pleeth (Du Pre's cello teacher). The narrative by Christopher Nupen is extensive and informative as well as being interesting. Apart from Schubert's "Trout Quintet" there are excerpts from Du Pre's performances of the Elgar Cello Concerto, Beethoven's Piano Trio in D "Ghost" and the Brahms Cello Sonata No.2 in F, just to name a few. All these performances are awe inspiring and the documentary finishes most appropriately with the final movement of the Elgar Cello Concerto. I must say again that this can be watched many, many times without becoming repetitive and is a must for any musician."
Wait for this to be reissued on the BBC/Opus Arte label
dooby | 04/05/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I don't know what possessed 2 different companies to release 2 titles of Jackie biographies simultaneously. Nonetheless being a Jackie fan, I purchased them both. With hindsight it would probably have been better to have stuck with just the other release, "Jacqueline du Pre In Portrait" (on BBC/Opus Arte). Not that this present documentary is worse in any way. Both films were shot by Christoper Nupen. And that's exactly what makes this release from EMI less desirable. Seeing how Christopher Nupen is supervising the release of all his documentaries under the BBC/Opus Arte label, it would have been better to wait for the release of this documentary under his imprimatur. Especially so when you consider the generous supplements included with the current Opus Arte release (155mins) and the total lack of extras on this one by EMI (56mins). In either case the restoration and remastering of the vintage material is exemplary. It helped that they were all shot on film and not video.
For the completist, Christopher Nupen shot 6 films featuring Jacqueline du Pre.
Jacqueline du Pre and the Elgar Cello Concerto
Remembering Jacqueline du Pre
Who was Jaqueline du Pre?
Both The Elgar Cello Concerto and The Ghost have been released as part of Opus Arte's "Jacqueline du Pre In Portrait".
Remembering Jacqueline du Pre is the sole feature in this present EMI release. The one fans are waiting impatiently for is the all-star recording of the Trout quintet. Hopefully Opus Arte will pair that with another du Pre documentary to make another double-bill feature. So if you're interested in getting this documentary, perhaps it'll be wiser to wait till it re-emerges under the BBC/Opus Arte label.
Update (Aug 2005): BBC/Opus Arte has released the Trout Quintet as part of a Franz Schubert double-bill DVD. It contains the 55min long documentary, "The Trout," which includes the rehearsals and complete live recording of Schubert's Trout Quintet made in 1969 with Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zuckerman, Jacqueline du Pre, Zubin Mehta and Daniel Barenboim at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall. It comes together with Nupen's 80min long, award-winning, 1994 documentary on the life and music of Franz Schubert, titled "The Greatest Love and The Greatest Sorrow.""
This is a really good movie
Lara | San Francisco, CA | 09/29/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have been an admirer of Jackie's ever since I heard her play her famous rendition of Elgar's Cello Concerto, and I believe that this movie is a real credit to her memory. It has wonderful, loving interviews from Bill Pleeth, her cello teacher, as well as Sir John Barbirolli (who conducted her first recording of Elgar), and interviews from Jackie herself, telling about her early cello experiences and studies with Bill Pleeth. The movie features clips of Jackie playing the Brahms Sonata in F Major, the Beethoen Sonata in A, Offenbach duets with Pleeth, The Elgar Concerto, Schubert's Trout Quintet with husband Daniel Barenboim, Itzhak Perlman and others, Beethoven's Ghost Trio, and short songs written for her by her mother Iris. It is a beautifully done and affectionate memory to, in many opinions, the greatest cellist of her generation. I am a cellist myself, so I know music pretty well, but I know that someone with limited or no musical knowledge will get a lot out of this movie, because it is done with a tenderness that can get through to all people."
Christina L. Matyskela | Riverside, IL | 11/13/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Having just recently gotten hooked on Jackie, her music and her life, I found this video to be an amazing time capsule of some of her performances. My only complaint is that we aren't able to see complete performances of the pieces. Another reviewer mentioned the odd use of freeze frames, which I also found oddly disturbing. But the video is definitely worth it, if only to see her playing Iztak Stern's violin like a cello backstage and to see her working out a piece with William Pleeth. The footage of her and Barenboim is also outstanding, especially when we get to hear Jackie play a Clementi piece on the piano, Daniel at her side. The other complaint I have is that overall it's too short! I'd love to see more of Jackie and hear more interviews with her."