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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    L'eventail de Jeanne / Axelrod, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573354 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Pierre-Octave Ferroud,  Jacques Ibert,  Alexis Roland-Manuel  ... 
    Conductor:  John Axelrod
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire
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    Ravel, Francaix, Taffanel & Ibert: Chamber Music / Veits Quintet
    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 38214 Release Date: 09/30/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Jean Françaix,  Claude Paul Taffanel,  Jacques Ibert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Veits Quintet
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    The Magic of Jascha Heifetz (Remastered)
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 503224 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Henri Vieuxtemps,  Alexander Glazunov,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Jascha Heifetz,  Israel Baker,  Arnold Belnick,  Virginia Majewski  ... 
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    Fanfares pour cuivres
    Label: Indesens   Catalog: 80 Release Date: 06/24/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Paul Dukas,  Henri Tomasi,  Albert Roussel,  André Jolivet  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Becquet,  Thierry Caens,  Frederick Talgorn
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    23 Vocalises-Etudes for Alto Saxophone and Piano / White, Rushton
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 9056 Release Date: 06/10/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Dukas,  Georges Auric,  Francis Poulenc,  Joseph Jongen  ... 
    Performer:  Harry Kinross White,  Edward Rushton
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    Piano Centric / Tremills, Trio D'Argento, Soloists of Canadian Brass
    Label: Opening Day   Catalog: 7439 Release Date: 06/03/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Jacques Ibert,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Peter Stoll,  Achilles Liarmakopoulos,  Kathryn Tremills,  Sibylle Marquardt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio d'Argento
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    Erik Satie & Friends
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875177492 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc,  Erik Satie,  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Francis Poulenc,  Pierre Bernac,  Arthur Gold,  Robert Fizdale  ... 
    Conductor:  André Previn,  Philippe Entremont,  Thomas Schippers,  Charles Gerhardt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic  ... 
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    Petite Delights: Romantic Music for Flute & Harp / Arioso
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3484 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Philippe Gaubert,  Mikhail Glinka,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Limor Toren-Immerman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arioso
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    Premiere! / Jacot, Bjorkman, Odense Symphony
    Label: Orchid Classics   Catalog: 100054 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Reinecke,  Jacques Ibert,  Carl Nielsen
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    The Postcard Sessions / Harrington, Loewen
    Label: Ravello   Catalog: 7934 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Astor Piazzolla,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Jean Françaix  ... 
    Performer:  Allen Harrington,  Laura Loewen
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    Un siecle de musique francaise (A Century of French Music)
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875192862 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Pierre Boulez,  Claude Debussy,  Erik Satie,  Olivier Messiaen  ... 
    Performer:  Yvonne Minton,  Gervase de Peyer,  Michel Dalberto,  Daniel Varsano  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Charles Munch,  Seiji Ozawa,  Richard Marlow  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Musique Vivante,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra  ... 
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    Reves d'Espagne / Neven, Eijsackers
    Label: Onyx   Catalog: 4132 Release Date: 05/06/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Ibert,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Isaac Albeniz,  Alonso de Mudarra  ... 
    Performer:  Henk Neven,  Hans Eijsackers
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    Ibert: Orchestral Works / Jarvi, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 5168 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Ibert
    Performer:  Christopher Bouwman
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
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    Carnival Fantasy / Salut Salon
    Label: Rhino (Dvd)   Catalog: 555056 Release Date: 04/22/2016  
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Traditional,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Jacques Ibert  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salut Salon
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    Pictures / Andrey Gugnin
    Label: Steinway & Sons   Catalog: 30042 Release Date: 04/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Ibert,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Arno Babadjanyan
    Performer:  Andrey Gugnin
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    Poulenc, Ibert, Milhaud & Francaix / Gruppo di Tempera
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 1232 Release Date: 03/11/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc,  Jacques Ibert,  Darius Milhaud,  Jean Françaix
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gruppo di Tempera
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    Honegger & Ibert: L'Aiglon / Nagano
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002461002 Release Date: 03/04/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jacques Ibert,  Arthur Honegger
    Performer:  Philippe Sly,  Anne-Catherine Gillet,  Etienne Dupuis,  Isaiah Bell  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Montreal Symphony Chorus,  Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal
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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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    Decca Sound – 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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    The Decca Sound [Repackaged Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002434502 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Claude Debussy,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza,  Alfredo Campoli,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Cecilia Bartoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Vladimir Ashkenazy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Asya Fateyeva - Saxophone / Myresh, Helmrash, Brandenburger Symphoniker
    Label: Genuin Classics   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 / Schwarz, 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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  • 23.
    The Late Years - Erato and HMV Recordings, 1968-75 / Martinon
    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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