malcolm lipkin, composer

Prelude and Dance for Cello and Piano (in memory of Jacqueline du Pré)

First performed by Robert Cohen and Alan Gravill at the City of London Festival in Bishopsgate Hall on 5 July 1988

The Daily Telegraph (review of a later performance on 14 June 1989) :


The influence of two other cellists was much felt at Robert Cohen's recital with Peter Donohoe at the Wigmore Hall on Wednesday. In a programme framed by works for cello and piano by Schumann and Rachmaninov came two British pieces inspired by Rostropovich and one written in memory of Jacqueline du Pré.

Malcolm Lipkin's Prelude and Dance, written as a tribute to du Pré, precisely reflected the two sides of her musical personality.

The Prelude showed her warm, generous approach to melody; the Dance not only her bold attack but also the unease of her later years. Again Cohen made no attempt to imitate his notable predecessor's style, but his own unforced and yet wholly involving manner caught the well-defined mood of each section.