Film of Jacqueline du Pré

Last Sunday the Guardian Observer published “Inspiring culture: 50 works that changed our critics lives”. There are quite a few gems on the list, but my favorite was the short film of Jacqueline du Pré.

I still remember learning about her version of the Elgar concerto and going to Dussmann in Berlin to find a copy, ca. 2004. The whole lower floor was dedicated to classical music. A knowledgeable staff member recommended the recording with Barbirolli as “erste Wahl”. I’ve passed on that recommendation many times in the years since.