October 13th, 2009

Oh, Jacqueline!

I encountered Jacqueline du Pre’s recorded performance of the Elgar Concerto in 1965 when I was 23 and she was 20. I have to admit that in the shop in lower Manhattan I was drawn to her photograph on the album because she resembled the very first girl I fell madly in love with in high school. I was curious to hear what a mere GIRL could do with such an important piece of music, written of course by a virle, powerful MAN.

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