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
Ibert: Persee Et Andromede, Etc / Latham-koenig, Massis
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  • 1.
    James Galway: The Complete Rca Album Collection [71 CDs & 2 DVDs]
    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  ... 
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    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 4763772 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jeremiah Clarke,  Georges Bizet,  Hector Berlioz,  Ron Goodwin  ... 
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Alone
    Label: Indesens   Catalog: 57 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Arthur Honegger,  Claude Debussy,  Eugčne Bozza  ... 
    Performer:  Vincent Lucas
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    French Music for Winds & 20th-Century Wind Quintets
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564634845 Release Date: 02/11/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Darius Milhaud,  Claude Paul Taffanel,  György Ligeti,  Samuel Barber  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Meyer,  François Leleux,  Gilbert Audin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Vents Français
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    Les Les Grandes Orgues De La Cathedrale De Monaco
    Label: Ligia   Catalog: 104245 Release Date: 02/11/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Nicholas de Grigny,  Johann Nicolaus Hanff,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Felix Alexandre Guilmant  ... 
    Performer:  Olivier Vernet
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    Meditations: Oboe & Harp At The Opera / Celine Moinet, Sarah Christ
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902175 Release Date: 02/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti,  Antonio Pasculli,  Franz Schubert,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Céline Moinet,  Sarah Christ
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    Cello Solo
    Label: Fondamenta   Catalog: 1210010 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jacques Ibert,  Sergei Prokofiev,  George Crumb,  Benjamin Britten  ... 
    Performer:  Yan Levionnois
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    Luminance: Solo And Duo Works For Flute & Piano
    Label: Champs Hill Records   Catalog: 73 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Philippe Gaubert,  Astor Piazzolla,  Gabriel Fauré,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Lisa Friend,  Anna Stokes,  Mark Kinkaid
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    Schauspiel
    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 38143 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Eurico Carrapatoso,  György Ligeti,  Stephen Montague  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carion
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    Reflections & Relationships / Senyshyn, O'Neill-Senyshyn
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 1444 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  César Franck,  Jacques Ibert,  Larysa Kuzmenko  ... 
    Performer:  Yaroslav Senyshyn,  Susan O'neill-senyshyn
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    Nielsen, Griffes, Martin, Ibert: Flute Concertos
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 725 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen,  Charles Tomlinson Griffes,  Frank Martin,  Jacques Ibert
    Performer:  Thomas Jensen
    Conductor:  Giordano Bellincampi
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    Ibert: Chamber Music / Bridge Quartet
    Label: Somm   Catalog: 122 Release Date: 08/13/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Ibert
    Performer:  Michael Dussek,  Bryn Lewis,  Richard Alsop
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bridge String Quartet
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    The Virtuoso Saxophone
    Label: Titanic   Catalog: 278 Release Date: 08/13/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Glazunov,  Robert Muczynski,  Vittorio Monti,  Wilhelm Popp  ... 
    Performer:  Donald Lefevre,  Jim Rauscher
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    Tiento Francais
    Label: Alba   Catalog: 357 Release Date: 08/13/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustave Samazeuilh,  Germaine Tailleferre,  Darius Milhaud,  Francis Poulenc  ... 
    Performer:  Otto Tolonen
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    Tea For Two
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300426 Release Date: 07/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frederick Delius,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Anton Heberle,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice Steger,  Davide Cabassi
    Conductor:  Howard Griffiths
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    Mercury Living Presence - The Collector's Edition Vol 2
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001831802 Release Date: 06/04/2013   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg,  Anton Webern,  Alban Berg,  Ottorino Respighi  ... 
    Performer:  Helga Pilarczyk,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Mihaly Székely,  Olga Szönyi  ... 
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti,  Rafael Kubelik,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Frederick Fennell  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Hungarica  ... 
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  • 21.
    Katherine Bryan Plays Flute Concertos By Christopher Rouse & Jacques Ibert
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 420 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christopher Rouse,  Claude Debussy,  Frank Martin,  Jacques Ibert
    Performer:  Katherine Bryan
    Conductor:  Jac Van Steen
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  • 22.
    The Seasons / Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2072 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Jacques Ibert,  Henri Tomasi,  Darius Milhaud,  Charles Koechlin  ... 
    Performer:  Andreas Wittman,  Walter Seyfarth,  Fergus McWilliam,  Henning Trog  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet
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  • 23.
    Tine / Tine Thing Helseth
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 164712 Release Date: 03/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Ibert,  Alexander Glazunov,  George Enescu,  Edvard Hagerup  ... 
    Performer:  Tine Thing Helseth,  Kathryn Stott
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  • 24.
    Label: Farao   Catalog: B108032 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pierre-Philippe Bauzin,  Albert Roussel,  Jacques Ibert,  André Jolivet
    Performer:  Sarah Louvion,  Françoise Friedrich,  Gabriel Adorján,  Axel von Huene  ... 
    Conductor:  Ariel Zuckermann
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    Label: Farao   Catalog: B108003 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Erik Satie,  Claude Debussy,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Hermann Rid,  Martina Holler
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