Sunday, February 8, 2015

Jacques Ibert - Escales (Ports of Call) - Concerto for Flute and Orchestra - Hommage à Mozart - Suite Symphonique, 'Paris' - Bacchanale - Bostoniana - Louisville Concerto - Charles Dutoit, Montreal Symphony Orchestra - Decca 1994

This is the finest recording and collection of the music of Jacques Ibert that I know of. After all these years it's still my absolute favorite (and really I am quite the sucker for *any* recording of Ibert, he's rather the unsung master of French music-I dare anyone to find a work by Ibert that isn't extremely appealing, lovingly crafted (by composer and even more so-for his audience!) and bubbling over with Joie de vivre). Ibert's music is simply great listening and a ridiculous amount of fun. Now if only I 'felt' the way the whimsical "Paris" Suite 'sounds'-in other words I'd be a-w-a-k-e. What I'm getting at here is that I am tired. And therefore I am plastering a review from Gramophone up on here as we speak. That is, until I have a tail that is bushy enough and eyes bright enough-to leave a decent thought or two..or three...



Gramophone (from 1995):

Only three works here are currently in the catalogue, namely Escales, the Flute Concerto and Paris, and this enterprising disc deserves a warm welcome. A Prix de Rome winner, Ibert has never had his due as a serious composer, even in France, although there at least he was much in demand for stage and film scores. This is a pity, for his music is superbly crafted and of a life affirming quality rare in our century, even more positive (though no less witty) than that of Poulenc.
Each of these pieces is stylish and finely scored; furthermore, Charles Dutoit and his superb Montreal orchestra perform with skill and panache (as does Timothy Hutchins in the Concerto), while the recording, made in their favourite location of St Eustache's Church, is all that one could ask, encompassing every delicate texture or exciting burst of sound. Thus Escales (1922) has rarely sounded so deliciously Mediterranean and North African. But the real treasure here is the unfamiliar music, which takes us up to the composer's unfinished Second Symphony 40 years later, written for the Boston Symphony and existing only as a single movement, posthumously entitled Bostoniana. As its names suggests, the Louisville Concerto (1953) was also written for an American orchestra, but Paris (1932) is a six-movement symphonic suite that the composer made from his music to a play by Jules Romains with the curious name of Donogoo-Tonka. Finally, Hommage a Mozart (not a pastiche) was commissioned as a tribute for the bicentenary of Mozart's birth. What more need I say? Recommended to all save gloom merchants.'



I hope everyone enjoys this musical document that is undoubtedly "desert-island worthy"!

Ibert_Orchestral_Works_Dutoit_MSO_Tzadik.zip

http://www44.zippyshare.com/v/pki0xXU4/file.html

12 comments:

Toon van Dijk said...

Many thanks and regards from The Netherlands.
Veel dank en groeten uit Nederland.

Paul Terry said...

Well, that was amazing.
I was just in the classical section a few days ago asking around for anything that would help the Debussy/Ravel craving I was having at the moment. the recommends I got there were pretty far off the mark, IMO. but THIS is exactly what the doctor ordered, thanks! Once again your superb taste, plus knowledge of lesser known gems has brightened my world.

Tzadik said...

NP Toon, enjoy! TZ

Tzadik said...

Hi Paul, I'm quite happy to hear how much you enjoyed the Ibert! Thank you for such kind words friend, again it means a lot to me :) I suppose I will post some obscure French music soon then.. Stay tuned. TZ

Paul Terry said...

I went down tot he same store yesterday and managed to get a copy of the album you posted and I also found this:
http://www.geocities.co.jp/MusicHall/6119/museum/ibert/martinon.jpg
(Terrible picture, I know...) if you don't have this album I'd be happy to upload it for you.

Tzadik said...

Ah, how nice it is to buy the physical copy :) Wow-that really is an awful picture (not surprised, I didn't even know "geocities" still existed, haha I recall visiting sites on geo at the end of the 90s!). I do have it, although god knows where, in storage someplace. What a kind offer you make, it's up to you, I will ultimately find my phys copy some day though so do not feel obliged my friend. TZ

Paul Terry said...

Well if you can't find it just let me know. Would love to return the favor where I can, though I suspect I will not often be able to return the favor as your depth of knowledge is so impressive.

Tzadik said...

Ok thank you sir I will let you know :) TZ

Scraps said...

Okay, you talked me into it. I never heard any Ibert, but I'm very into Les Six (I know, he's not of Les Six, but Gramophone says Poulenc, and that's good enough for me), and plus I'm into the Louisville Orchestra and Charles Dutoit, so it's three times intriguing. :-)

Tzadik said...

Hi Scraps, yes give it a try :) I'm sure you have by now, so what do you think? Les Six are all great to know of course. LO and Dutoit especially is alone a good reason for admission! TZ

Scraps said...

I've listened to it twice so far and I liked it, all of the pieces in fact. Thank you so much!

Tzadik said...

Great to hear Mr. Scraps, you are very welcome! Check out the Marco Polo disc (or discs, can't recall if I only posted one so far) of Ibert's music, very good lesser-known gems. TZ