Jacqueline Du Pré

Christopher Nupen’s 30th anniversary tribute to Jacqueline Du Pré (televised last night on BBC) seemed to me to be more like a wake than a documentary. It was a kind of cut-and-paste from earlier films in which Music’s pantheon spoke of how much they loved and respected her. But we already knew that. What was missing for me was some insight into the woman and her great genius. Her inspirational qualities and her humanity were alluded to. So too was something of her vulnerability. None of these however were explored and the film left me wanting more. I’m listening to her play Saint Saëns as I write. She deserves a better tribute than this rehash documentary after 30 years in my opinion.

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