Janet Baker / Jacqueline du Pré / John Barbirolli

Elgar: Cello Concerto; Sea Pictures; Cockaigne Overture

September 7, 2004

Concerto

The Elgar Cello Concerto and cellist Jacqueline du Pré are inextricably linked and this 1965 EMI recording of du Pré with John Barbirolli and the London Symphony Orchestra is the first great recoding of the work the ill-fated artist was to make. Barbirolli's invitation for the 21-year-old du Pré to perform the concerto thrust her into the international spotlight and remains one of her most cherished recordings.

- Mike D. Brownell

Elton Dean / Alan Gowen / Hugh Hopper / Dave Sheen / Soft Head

Rogue Element

1978

Canterbury Scene

On this night in 1978, Alan Gowen, Hugh Hopper, Elton Dean and drummer Dave Sheen delivered an electric jazz date. Though all but the drummer contributed tunes, it is Gowen's compositions and arrangements that walk the fulfilling yet tense line between strictly composed elements and improvisation, as the band -- inspired beyond belief – fire on all cylinders.

- Thom Jurek