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Koechlin: The Jungle Book / David Zinman, Radio So Berlin


Release Date: 08/29/1997 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 61955   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Iris VermillionRalf LukasJohan Botha
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony OrchestraBerlin Radio Chamber Choir
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 30 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The appearance of this double CD set means that for the first time the entire Jungle Book cycle of Charles Koechlin is available on disc – and high time too, for these are wonderfully evocative pieces. If you have a taste for music which summons up a mythic world in gorgeous colours, then this disc is for you. Kipling’s Jungle Book was a lifelong obsession for Koechlin, and between 1899 and 1936 he based five orchestral pieces on it, some including voices, which together form a vast symphonic cycle. On this disc you can trace the evolution of Koechlin’s language through the cycle, from the hazy, twilight sonorities of the Three Poems, which sound like a cross between Debussy and Ives, to the more dissonant and eclectic Bandar-log. By this Read more time Koechlin had developed a style perfectly suited to Kipling’s world, by turns hazily evocative and awesomely grand. Koechlin was a virtuoso orchestrator, and his music needs virtuoso playing to bring it off. The violins in particular are tested in some mercilessly rapid and ultra-high figuration, which in a less than accurate performance can sound scrappy. Fortunately the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra rises to the challenge well. David Zinman’s performances may not be as fiery as Leif Segerstam’s (Marco Polo), and at times he sounds a bit cautious – as for example at the beginning of The Spring Running, which sounds more like a jog. But this gives him more room to gather pace, so ultimately it’s more impressive than the rival version, which in general suffers from some uncertain playing, and in any case only offers a selection from the cycle.

-- Ivan Hewett, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Poèmes (3) du "Livre de la Jungle," Op. 18: no 1, Berceuse phoque by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Iris Vermillion (Mezzo Soprano), Ralf Lukas (Baritone), Johan Botha (Tenor)
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899-1910; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1993 
Venue:  Studio 1, Sender Freies Berlin 
Length: 5 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: French 
2.
Poèmes (3) du "Livre de la Jungle," Op. 18: no 2, Chanson de nuit dans la jungle by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Ralf Lukas (Baritone), Iris Vermillion (Mezzo Soprano), Johan Botha (Tenor)
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899-1910; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1993 
Venue:  Studio 1, Sender Freies Berlin 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: French 
3.
Poèmes (3) du "Livre de la Jungle," Op. 18: no 3, Chant de Kala Nag by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Ralf Lukas (Baritone), Iris Vermillion (Mezzo Soprano), Johan Botha (Tenor)
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899-1910; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1993 
Venue:  Studio 1, Sender Freies Berlin 
Length: 8 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: French 
4.
La course de printemps, Op. 95 by Charles Koechlin
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908-1925; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1993 
Venue:  Studio 1, Sender Freies Berlin 
Length: 32 Minutes 12 Secs. 
5.
La méditation de Purun Bhagat, Op. 159 by Charles Koechlin
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1993 
Venue:  Studio 1, Sender Freies Berlin 
Length: 13 Minutes 45 Secs. 
6.
La loi de la jungle, Op. 175 by Charles Koechlin
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939-1940; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1993 
Venue:  Studio 1, Sender Freies Berlin 
Length: 9 Minutes 14 Secs. 
7.
Les bandar-log, Op. 176 by Charles Koechlin
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939-1940; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1993 
Venue:  Studio 1, Sender Freies Berlin 
Length: 16 Minutes 31 Secs. 

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