Jacques Ibert

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Jacques François Antoine Ibert (15 August 1890 – 5 February 1962) was a French composer. Having studied music from an early age, he studied at the Paris Conservatoire and won its top prize, the Prix de Rome at his first attempt, despite studies interrupted by his service in World War I.

Ibert pursued a successful composing career, writing (sometimes in collaboration with other composers) seven operas, five ballets, incidental music for plays and films, songs, choral works, and chamber music. He is probably best remembered for his orchestral works including Divertissement (1930) and Escales (1922).

As a composer, Ibert did not attach himself to any of the prevalent genres of music of his time, and has been described as an eclectic. This is seen even in his best-known pieces: Divertissement, for small orchestra is lighthearted, even frivolous, and Escales (1922) is a ripely romantic work for large orchestra.

In tandem with his creative work, Ibert was the director of the Académie de France at the Villa Medici in Rome. During World War II he was proscribed by the pro-Nazi government in Paris, and for a time he went into exile in Switzerland. Restored to his former eminence in French musical life after the war, his final musical appointment was in charge of the Paris Opera and the Opéra-Comique.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Ibert: Divertissement / Concertino da camera / Poulenc: Sinfonietta Jacques Ibert, Francis Poulenc; San Diego Chamber Orchestra, Donald Barra, Michael Whicombe 1
1993 Saint-Saëns: Symphony no. 3 / Debussy: La Mer / Ibert: Escales Saint-Saëns, Debussy, Ibert; Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch, Berj Zamkochian 2
1993 Vive Ibert! Orchestral Works Jacques Ibert; Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Richard Auldon Clark, Eugenia Zukerman 1
1994 Chausson: Symphony in B-flat / Ibert: Escales / Divertissement Ernest Chausson, Jacques Ibert; Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Eduardo Mata 1
1994 The French Connection Ravel, Debussy, Fauré, Ibert; Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 1
1995 Aureole Debussy, Ibert, Ravel, Devienne, Fauré; Aureole Trio 1
1998 Concertante Frank Martin, Witold Lutosławski, Jacques Ibert; Franz Liszt Kammerorchester Budapest, Zoltán Peskó, Margit-Anna Süß, Hansjörg Schellenberger 1
1999 Trios d'anches Auric, Ibert, Milhaud, Françaix, Tomasi, Schmitt; François Meyer, Paul Meyer, Gilbert Audin, Éric Le Sage 1
2000 Chamber Music (Complete) Jacques Ibert 1
2002 Opus Number Zoo: Twentieth Century Wind Quintets Ibert, Berio, Ligeti; The Galliard Ensemble 1
2003 Flute Concertos Ibert, Khachaturian; Emmanuel Pahud, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, David Zinman 2
2006 Bridge Across the Pyrenees Rodrigo, Borne, Ibert; Sharon Bezaly, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, John Neschling 5 1
2008 Saxophone Concertos Honda, Yoshimatsu, Ibert, Larsson; BBC Philharmonic, Yutaka Sado, Nobuya Sugawa 1
2016 L'Aiglon Arthur Honegger, Jacques Ibert; Kent Nagano, Anne-Catherine Gillet, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal 1
2016 Neeme Järvi conducts Ibert Jacques Ibert; Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Neeme Järvi 1
2016 Rèves d’Espagne Dørumsgaard, Ibert, Ravel, Shostakovich; Henk Neven, Hans Eijsackers 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Escales / Flute Concerto / Paris / Bacchanale Ibert; Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Charles Dutoit, Timothy Hutchins 1
2000 Franck: Symphony in D minor / Le Chasseur maudit / Dukas: L'apprenti sorcier / Ibert: Escales César Franck, Paul Dukas, Jacques Ibert; Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch 1
2004 Dvořák: Cello Concerto / Ibert: Concerto for Cello & Wind Instruments Dvořák, Ibert; du Pré 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2012 Winds & Strings Louis Spohr, Jacques Ibert, Leoš Janáček, Jorg Widmann 1

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