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Elgar Cello Concerto, Sea Pictures
I already was deeply in love with Elgar's Cello concerto before hearing this recording of it. I own it on both vinyl and cd. This recording, with the incomparable Jacqueline du Pre on cello, though, blows any other out of the water. The Sea Pictures were an unexpected delight. I can hardly catch my breath when listening to "In Haven." It leaves my quieting swooning, almost an out of body experience. All of the pieces are devastatingly lovely. The music of Sea Pictures was written to the poetry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning.