Désiré-Emile Inghelbrecht

Biography

Born: September 17, 1880; Paris, France   Died: February 14, 1965; Paris, France  
Désiré-Emile Inghelbrecht was one of the most prominent French conductors of the first half of the twentieth century and a leading champion of the work of composer Claude Debussy. His family was musical: His father was a viola player in the Opéra de Paris and his mother was a pianist and violinist. They taught him the violin early on and enrolled him in the Paris Conservatory's courses on solfège and harmony under Taudou. For whatever reason, Read more after several years there, he was expelled on the ground of "musical ineptitude."

This did not prevent him from getting a musical job, for he joined an orchestra as a violinist. He learned the art of conducting from observation and self-study and debuted as a conductor in 1908 at the Théâtre des Arts. He became friends with Debussy, who asked him to prepare the choruses for the premiere of Le martyr de St. Sébastien in 1911. After this, he became director of music at the Théâtre des Champs Élysées in 1913. In that position, he conducted the first French-language production of Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov.

He remained closely associated with theater music throughout his conducting career. Two major exceptions came in 1928 to 1932 when he led the Pas de Loup Concerts and after 1934, the year in which he founded the Orchestra National de la Radiodiffusion Française. This orchestra, whose name is sometimes given as the French Radio Orchestra or the O.R.F. (later O.R.T.F. Orchestra, is one of Paris' leading orchestras and the country's premier broadcast orchestra. He had two terms as its musical director, 1934 - 1944 and 1951 - 1958. His theatrical appointments included the Ballets Suédois (or Swedish Ballet, a French group despite its name) (1920 - 1923), the Opéra-Comique (1924 - 1925, 1932 - 1933), the Algiers Opera (1929 - 1930), and the Paris Opéra (1945 - 1950). Throughout his life, he was regarded as the primary champion of Debussy's opera Pélleas et Mélisande and his stereo recording of it taken as an authentic representation of the style of its original performances. He was also a prolific composer in a style similar to those of Debussy or late Fauré, with subtle, clear orchestration. His best-known composition is Le nursery (1905 - 1911), a five-volume piano suite that he also orchestrated. Read less
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    Faure Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94750 Release Date: 12/10/2013   Number of Discs: 19
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Jerome Ducros,  Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian,  Henri Demarquette,  Juliette Hurel  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks,  Serge Baudo,  Moshe Atzmón,  André Vandernoot  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Orchestre de Paris,  Orchestre de Bretagne  ... 
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    Gluck: Iphigenie En Tauride; Mozart, Etc/Sebastian, Crespin
    Label: Gala   Catalog: 7704242 Release Date: 06/14/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Henri Tomasi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Robert Massard,  Victor De Narké,  Guy Chauvet,  Marta Benegas  ... 
    Conductor:  Georges Sebastian,  Henri Tomasi,  Désiré-Emile Inghelbrecht
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    Les Autographes Vocaux
    Label: Timpani   Catalog: 1201 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincent D'Indy,  Charles-Marie Widor,  Joseph Guy Ropartz,  Paul-Henri Büsser  ... 
    Conductor:  Vincent D'Indy,  Charles-Marie Widor,  Joseph Guy Ropartz,  Paul-Henri Büsser  ... 
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    Maurice Ravel
    Label: Membran International Gmbh   Catalog: 913443 Release Date: 07/06/2010   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Walter Gieseking,  Marguerite Long,  Robert Casadesus,  Marcel Moyse  ... 
    Conductor:  Maurice Ravel,  Désiré-Emile Inghelbrecht,  Wilhelm Furtwängler,  Igor Markevitch  ... 
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    Berlioz, Ravel, Et Al: Orchestral Works /Inghelbrecht, Et Al
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1265 Release Date: 08/13/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Léo Delibes,  Georges Bizet,  Hector Berlioz
    Conductor:  Désiré-Emile Inghelbrecht
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Radio Orchestra
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    Faure: Requiem, Shylock, Etc / Inghelbrecht, French National
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1266 Release Date: 08/13/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Henri Legay,  Bernard Demigny,  J. Baudry-Godard,  Françoise Ogéas
    Conductor:  Désiré-Emile Inghelbrecht
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Radio Orchestra
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    Ravel: Daphnis & Chloe, Ma Mere L'oye / Inghelbrecht, French
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1264 Release Date: 08/13/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel
    Conductor:  Désiré-Emile Inghelbrecht
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Radio Chamber Chorus,  French National Radio Orchestra
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    Debussy: La Mer, Images, Trois Chansons / Inghelbrecht
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1213 Release Date: 10/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Conductor:  Désiré-Emile Inghelbrecht
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Radio Orchestra
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    Debussy: Martyr Of St. Sebastian, Etc / Inghelbrecht, Et Al
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1214 Release Date: 10/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Conductor:  Désiré-Emile Inghelbrecht
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Radio Orchestra
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    Debussy: Nocturnes, Jeux, Etc / Inghelbrecht, Et Al
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1212 Release Date: 10/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Conductor:  Désiré-Emile Inghelbrecht
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