Jacques Ibert

Biography

Born: August 15, 1890; Paris, France   Died: February 5, 1962; Paris, France  
Though Jacques Ibert is best remembered for a handful of orchestral bonbons in the manner and spirit of Ravel, his output encompasses nearly every genre and bears testament to a musical language characterized as much by unmistakable craftsmanship as by picturesque color. Ibert trained at the Paris Conservatory under Paul Vidal; as a student, he showed great promise and took a number of the Conservatory's awards. Following military service in Read more World War I, Ibert travelled to Italy as a recipient of the Prix de Rome; there, he composed what was to become one of his most popular works, the orchestral suite Escales (1922). This "travelogue in tones," which depicts touristy locales in Italy, Tunisia, and Spain, has come to be regarded as representative of the "Ibert sound": breezy, good-humored, and evocative. Still, Ibert was far from a "one-note" composer of chronically pleasant music. Another of his works written in Rome, La ballade de la geôle de Reading (The Ballad of Reading Gaol, 1920), is a tone poem based on Oscar Wilde's far-from-cheery reflection upon life in prison; it was the work, in fact, that first brought the composer to widespread attention.

Though most of Ibert's works for the stage remain relatively little known, both the one-act opera Angélique (1926) and the Don Quixote-themed ballet Le chevalier errant (1935) have enjoyed continued currency. More popular still, and indeed, one of Ibert's most enduring creations, is the colorful, comical Divertissement (1930) fashioned from the composer's incidental score to Labiche's The Italian Straw Hat. Reflecting the farcical frenzy of the story, Ibert's score is a comic panoply that includes everything from jazz elements to Viennese waltzes to the "Wedding March" from Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream.

Among Ibert's other works, the Concerto da camera (1935) for alto saxophone and 11 instruments stands out as one of a handful of genuine mainstays of the saxophone repertoire. Like a number of his "serious" contemporaries, Ibert also ventured from time to time into film scoring; his most conspicuous efforts in this realm include music for Orson Welles' 1948 version of Macbeth and the "Circus" sequence from Gene Kelly's Invitation to the Dance (1952). Read less
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    Carnival Fantasy / Salut Salon
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 554295 Release Date: 02/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Jacques Ibert,  Traditional,  Lhasa De Sela  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salut Salon
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    Charles Dutoit: The Montreal Years
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002449102 Release Date: 02/19/2016   Number of Discs: 35
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Ernest Chausson,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Pascal Rogé,  Timothy Hutchins,  Beverly Hoch,  Stanford Olsen  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Montreal Symphony Chorus
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    Asya Fateyeva - Saxophone / Myresh, Helmrash, Brandenburger Symphoniker
    Label: Genuin Musikproduction   Catalog: 16401 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fernande Decruck,  William Albright,  Jacques Ibert,  Jean-Denis Michat
    Performer:  Asya Fateyeva,  Valeriya Myrosh
    Conductor:  Michael Helmrath
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    The French Influence / Gerard Schwarz,  Kun Woo Paik
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 1047 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arthur Honegger,  Jacques Ibert,  Henri Senée,  George Enescu  ... 
    Performer:  Gerard Schwarz,  Kun-Woo Paik
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    Jean Martinon: The Late Years - Erato and HMV Recordings, 1968-1975
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 552547 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Albert Roussel,  Aram Khachaturian,  Gabriel Pierné,  Francis Poulenc  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  Lily Laskine,  Marie-Claire Alain,  Robert Veyron-Lacroix  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean Martinon
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    Ibert: The Ballad Of Reading Gaol; Three Ballet Pieces; Fairy Song Of Madness; Elizabethan Suite
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8555568 Release Date: 08/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Ibert
    Conductor:  Adriano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Jascha Heifetz: Favorite Recital Pieces & Encores
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 88875051042 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Howard Ferguson,  Karen Khachaturian,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Jascha Heifetz,  Brooks Smith
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    Wild Bird
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 1825 Release Date: 06/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Violeta Dinescu,  Bernard Andrès,  R. Murray Schafer,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo 47-4
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    Historias
    Label: Cala Records   Catalog: 77018 Release Date: 06/02/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla,  Manuel de Falla,  Jacques Ibert,  Joaquin Rodrigo  ... 
    Performer:  Laura Karney,  Jacob Cordover
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zoco Duo
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    Jean-Pierre Rampal: The Complete Erato Recordings, Vol. 2 - 1963-1969
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2564619043 Release Date: 05/26/2015   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Traditional,  Jean-Baptiste Krumpholtz,  Gabriel Fauré,  Jacques Ibert  ... 
    Performer:  Lily Laskine,  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  Pierre Pasquier,  Bernard Fonteny  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-François Paillard,  André Jolivet,  Theodor Guschlbauer,  André Girard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paillard Chamber Orchestra,  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Ibert: Le Chevalier Errant, Les Amours de Jupiter / Mercier
    Label: Timpani   Catalog: 1230 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Ibert
    Conductor:  Jacques Mercier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lorraine National Orchestra
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    Kyung-Wha Chung - The Complete Warner Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564614053 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Claude Debussy,  Antonín Dvorák,  Jacques Ibert  ... 
    Performer:  Myung Whun Chung,  Itamar Golan,  Myung-Wha Chung,  Myung-Whun Chung  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Klaus Tennstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Nos Cheres Escales: Music For Oboe & Organ
    Label: Bnl Productions   Catalog: 112975 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Noyon,  Théodore Dubois,  Charles Koechlin,  Jacques Ibert  ... 
    Performer:  Antoine Sebillotte,  Jean-Paul Imbert
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    Inedits, Vol. 1
    Label: Maguelone   Catalog: 111001 Release Date: 04/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Dukas,  Ernest Chausson,  César Franck,  Albert Cahen D'anvers  ... 
    Performer:  F. Riu-Barotte,  David Henry,  B. Schweyer,  Sonia de Beaufort  ... 
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    Jose Van Dam - Autograph
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564619049 Release Date: 03/10/2015   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach,  Hector Berlioz,  Jacques Ibert,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  José Van Dam,  Rosalind Plowright,  Jean-Philippe Collard,  Dalton Baldwin  ... 
    Conductor:  Sylvain Cambreling,  Kent Nagano,  Michel Plasson,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie Orchestra,  Lyon Opera Orchestra,  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra  ... 
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    James Galway - The Complete RCA Album Collection
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 302633 Release Date: 09/16/2014   Number of Discs: 73
    Composer:  Arthur Smith,  Various,  Traditional,  Stan Lebowsky  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  Sylvia,  Marisa Robles,  Phillip Moll  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jörg Faerber,  Eduardo Mata  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Galway Pops Orchestra  ... 
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    Paroles De Violoncelle
    Label: Gramola   Catalog: 99007 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arthur Honegger,  Jacques Ibert,  Henri Sauguet,  André Jolivet  ... 
    Performer:  Christophe Pantillon
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    Bach - Donatoni
    Label: Amadeus Arte   Catalog: 14001 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Eugène Ysaÿe,  Franco Donatoni,  Jacques Ibert  ... 
    Performer:  Jacopo Francini
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    Classic Marches - Elgar, Verdi, Strauss
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 4763772 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jeremiah Clarke,  Georges Bizet,  Hector Berlioz,  Ron Goodwin  ... 
    Conductor:  Benjamin Northey,  John Lanchbery,  Jorge Mester,  David Measham  ... 
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    Ibert: Works For Winds / Demarquette, Deshayes, Ensemble Initium
    Label: Timpani   Catalog: 11210 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Ibert
    Performer:  Henri Demarquette,  Julien Vern,  Edouard Sabo,  Francois Lemoine  ... 
    Conductor:  Clement Mao-Takacs
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Initium
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    Les Triomphes De Jean-pierre Rampal
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 631358 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Jean-Marie Leclair,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  Robert Veyron-Lacroix,  Edith Picht-Axenfeld,  Piano] Edith [Harpsichord Picht-Axenfeld  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  Jean-François Paillard,  Karl Ristenpart,  Raymond Leppard  ... 
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  • 22.
    The Argo Years / Neville Marriner, Academy Of St Martin In The Fields [28-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002081902 Release Date: 06/03/2014   Number of Discs: 28
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Giuseppe Torelli,  Pietro Antonio Locatelli  ... 
    Performer:  Gwynne Howell,  Philip Langridge,  Anna Reynolds,  Elly Ameling  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus,  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
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  • 23.
    Impressions de France / Caroline Leonardelli
    Label: Cen Classics   Catalog: 5638283863 Release Date: 05/30/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Félix Godefroid,  Paul-Henri Büsser,  Marcel Grandjany,  Albert Roussel  ... 
    Performer:  Caroline Léonardelli
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  • 24.
    RCA Living Stereo Collection Vol 1
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 541497 Release Date: 04/15/2014   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Claude Debussy,  Jacques Ibert,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Berj Zamkochian,  John Weicher,  Philip Farkas,  Jascha Heifetz  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  Fritz Reiner,  Kiril Kondrashin,  Arthur Fiedler  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  New England Conservatory Chorus,  New England Conservatory Alumni Chorus  ... 
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  • 25.
    The Great Recordings / Malcolm Sargent [18-CD Set]
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 634121 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Sir William Walton,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Gustav Holst  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Lewis,  John [baritone (50s)] Cameron,  James Milligan,  Duncan Robertson  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Huddersfield Choral Society,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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