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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


Believe it or not, this set seems to be kicking around still, either as a domestic release or as a reasonably priced Japanese import. If you missed it the first time around, grab it now, because heaven only knows how long it will remain available. Koechlin’s series of works based on Kipling’s The Jungle Book consists of five evocative and remarkable pieces: Three Poems, Op. 18, The Spring Running, The Meditation of Purun Bhagat, The Law of the Jungle, and Les Bandar-log. This last is the best known of the group, and the entire series has been recorded at least three times.

This is far and away the best version of the lot: extremely well played, incisively conducted, and very well
Read more recorded. It also includes the Three Poems of Op. 18, which are absolutely, ridiculously, insanely gorgeous and you won’t believe that they almost never get performed. They are very well sung by mezzo-soprano Iris Vermillion, tenor Johan Botha, and bass Ralf Lukas. Today, you can also get them on the two-disc set of Koechlin’s complete orchestral songs issued by Hänssler Classic, but it’s particularly good to have them paired with the other Jungle Book pieces.

The opening Seal Lullaby (Berceuse phoque) offers a good idea of what to expect. Now admit it–you want it. You have to own it. You can’t live without it. Go for it.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

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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