Notes & Reviews:
In 1979, the much-loved british cellist jacqueline du pré, then beset with multiple sclerosis (she was diagnosed in 1973), stepped into the recording studio to make what was to be her last recording - not as cellist, but as an engaging narrator in peter and the wolf. Her husband daniel barenboim conducted a spacious and relaxed account of this timeless story. The coupling was an expanded version of the movements that are frequently heard as leopold mozart's toy symphony - the cassation in g. Her spirit ever indomitable, du pré had actually taken part in performances of this work in 1976 at the royal albert hall, playing a toy drum. (earlier, as a little girl, she performed it with much enthusiasm on a television show, managing to rupture the instrument!).
Jacqueline du Pre's is a leisurely and intimate account, like a bedtime story.