Thursday, January 26, 2012
~ Jacqueline Mary du Pre
January 26th 1945 – 19 October 19th 1987
Her interpretation of Elgar's Cello Concerto in E minor has been described as "definitive" and "legendary." Her career was cut short by multiple sclerosis, which forced her to stop performing at 28 and led to her premature death. Posthumously, she also became the subject of a cinematic film "Hilary and Jackie", that was factually controversial and criticized by many over the sensationalization of her private life. The film was based on the posthumous memoir "A Genius in the Family" published by her siblings Hilary du Pré and Piers du Pre.