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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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
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 (Manhattan Chamber Orchestra feat. conductor: Richard Auldon, flute: Eugenia Zukerman) Jacques Ibert 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, Neville Marriner 1
1995 Aureole Debussy, Ibert, Ravel, Devienne, Fauré; Aureole Trio 1
1998 Concertante Frank Martin / Witold Lutosławski / Jacques Ibert 1
2000 Chamber Music (Complete) Jacques Ibert 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
2012 Winds & Strings Louis Spohr, Jacques Ibert, Leoš Janáček, Jorg Widmann 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Escales / Flute Concerto / Paris / Bacchanale Ibert; Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Charles Dutoit, Timothy Hutchins 1
2004 Dvořák: Cello Concerto, Op. 104 / Ibert: Concerto for Cello & Wind Instruments Dvořák, Ibert; Jacqueline du Pré 1

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