As tipped off: Jacqueline du Pré would have been 76 today.

As tipped off: Jacqueline du Pré would have been 76 today.

My informant writes: “I know 76 isn’t a ‘milestone’ birthday, but it’s what Jacqueline du Pre [1945-87] would have been today. Gosh. How would she be playing now had not ill-health and death supervened? Would the ‘paring away’ of youthful ardour have happened?...
Ida’s Lark gets better and better, flies ever higher…

Ida’s Lark gets better and better, flies ever higher…

In other words, Ida Haendel’s newly-issued if Eloquence-‘rescued’ recording of Ralph Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending, a wonderfully potent account: solace-giving, transporting and emotionally uplifting … it’s a musical wonder that continues to give, elevating a...