Jacques Ibert


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
Milhaud, Boutry, Francaix, Ibert - The French Saxophone
Release Date: 09/22/1994   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 209   Number of Discs: 1
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Ibert: Escales, Divertissement, Etc / Sado, Et Al
Release Date: 08/15/2000   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554222   Number of Discs: 1
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Cello & Winds - Gothe, Martinu, Ibert, Rosenberg / Baumer
Release Date: 09/24/2002   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1136   Number of Discs: 1
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Film Music Classics - Ibert: Macbeth, Etc / Adriano
Release Date: 05/17/2005   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557607   Number of Discs: 1
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Bridge Across The Pyrenees - Ibert, Rodrigo, Etc / Bezaly
Release Date: 11/28/2006   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1559   Number of Discs: 1
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    Christmas Flutes / Jones-Reus, University of Georgia Flutes
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 52700 Release Date: 01/05/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Lowell Mason,  William James Kirkpatrick,  James Pierpont  ... 
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    Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Georgia Flutes
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    Crossings / G. Cimoszko, J. Cimoszko
    Label: Gramola   Catalog: 99143 Release Date: 10/20/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla,  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco,  Jacques Ibert,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
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    Trios for Violin, Cello & Harp / Bareil, Tetreault, Milot
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 29888 Release Date: 10/06/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Ibert,  Henriette Renié,  Johan Halvorsen,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Antoine Bareil,  Stéphane Tétrault,  Valerie Milot
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    Andre Navarra: Prague Recordings
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 2542292 Release Date: 09/29/2017   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann,  Ernest Bloch,  Ottorino Respighi  ... 
    Performer:  Josef Suk,  André Navarra,  Alfred Holecek,  Frantisek Maxian
    Conductor:  Karel Ancerl,  Martin Turnovsky,  Constantin Silvestri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
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    Daniel Barenboim: A Retrospective / Various
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88985393632 Release Date: 08/18/2017   Number of Discs: 46
    Composer:  Alban Berg,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Carl Stamitz  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim,  Saschko Gawriloff,  Halina Lukomska,  Pinchas Zukerman  ... 
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    Icons / Lamb
    Label: Orlando Records   Catalog: 0030 Release Date: 05/19/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Arthur Honegger,  Jacques Ibert,  Roland Freisitzer  ... 
    Performer:  Eric Lamb,  Anu Komsi
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    L'Amour Francais / Takezawa, Friedrich
    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 38541 Release Date: 05/19/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Emmanuel,  Maurice Boucher,  Charles Koechlin,  Florent Schmitt  ... 
    Performer:  Eriko Takezawa,  Reinhold Friedrich
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    Louis Fremaux Icon: Complete Birmingham Years
    Label: Wb / Parlophone   Catalog: 560476 Release Date: 04/21/2017   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Jules Massenet,  Georges Bizet,  Edouard Lalo  ... 
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    Earquake: The Loudest Classical Music of All Time / Segerstam, Helsinki Philharmonic
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1210 Release Date: 02/17/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Howard Hanson,  Ture Rangström,  Aram Khachaturian,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Gliere, Stravinsky & Bloch: Orchestral Works / Stokowski
    Label: Urania Records   Catalog: 168 Release Date: 02/17/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Reinhold Gliere,  Igor Stravinsky,  Ernest Bloch,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  George Neikrug
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Symphony of the Air  ... 
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    The Classical Elements / Tiu
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3503 Release Date: 01/06/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Leopold Godowsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Albert Tiu
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    Charles Munch: The Complete RCA Album Collection
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 516979 Release Date: 10/28/2016   Number of Discs: 86
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Vincent D'Indy  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Artur Rubinstein,  Margaret Roggero,  Leslie Chabey  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Munch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Harvard Glee Club  ... 
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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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    My First Classical Albums
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8509003 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Antonio Vivaldi,  John Adams  ... 
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  Jénö Jandó,  Jürgen Schuster,  Idil Biret  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Halász,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Marin Alsop,  Keith Clark  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Éder String Quartet,  Danubius String Quartet,  German Wind Soloists  ... 
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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 Music Entertainment   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  ... 
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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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    Un Siecle de Musique Francaise: Escales Symphoniques
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875192992 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Darius Milhaud,  Vincent D'Indy,  Jacques Ibert,  Arthur Honegger  ... 
    Performer:  Nicole Henriot-Schweitzer,  Natalie Dessay
    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  Leonard Bernstein,  Pierre Boulez,  Jacques Mercier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  National Orchestra d'Ile de France
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