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Neeme Jarvi conducts Jacques Ibert (1890-1962): Escales; Sarabande pour Dulcinée; Overture de Fete; Féerique; Divertissement; 'Paris' suite; Hommage a Mozart; Bacchanale

Album Summary

>Ibert, Jacques [Composer] : Escales (Ports of Call), suite for orchestra
>Ibert, Jacques [Composer] : Don Quichotte
>Ibert, Jacques [Composer] : Ouverture de fête, for orchestra
>Ibert, Jacques [Composer] : Féerique, symphonic poem in E major
>Ibert, Jacques [Composer] : Divertissement, for chamber orchestra
>Ibert, Jacques [Composer] : Hommage à Mozart, for orchestra
>Ibert, Jacques [Composer] : Suite symphonique
>Ibert, Jacques [Composer] : Bacchanale, scherzo for orchestra
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This fourth album from Neeme Jarvi and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande explores the music of Jacques Ibert. Although Ibert's work is starkly contrasting from piece to piece, all of his compositions show his deftness with their strong melodic lines and vigorous ostinato patterns. These recordings were taken in Geneva's Victoria Hall, and the outstanding acoustics are easily heard on this recording.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2016

BBC Music Magazine, June 2016

Gramophone Magazine, May 2016
Ibert emerges from it all as a fine composer, whose unity lies in his almost impudent diversity, and who is often far from frivolous as some have maintained. And the disc allows JSrvi to show off his Swiss orchestra to perfection. Very fine.

BBC Music Magazine, June 2016
This disc reveals much of interest to explore beyond the familiar items. FeTrique sparkles, and the symphonic suite Paris finds Ibert at his most inventive, mixing jazzy playfulness with suave exoticisms... the highlight, though, is Escales, which finds JSrvi and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande on top form and benefiting from recorded sound that is wonderful on CD and outstanding on SACD.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland (06/25/2015-06/27/2015).



Reviews

A sumptuous sonic feast
There's a reason Chandos released this in the SACD format. Neeme Järvi and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande perform Ibert's orchestral works with sympathy and panache -- and subtle inflection. And that means every sonic detail is important.

As recorded by Chandos, the orchestra, performing in Victoria Hall, Geneva, has a rich, seamless ensemble blend that can be transparent when it needs to. There's enough ambience to give the listener a sense of space, yet all the fine details of the music -- such as the solo passages -- never get lost.

Escales - Ports of Call from 1924 has a languorous opening that almost a study in impressionist soft-focus. At times, Jarvi and the orchestra seem to lose themselves in the beauty of the sound. But they never lose their way. And when the piece kicks into high gear. Jarvi brings out the drama, making the most of the contrasts in the second and third movements.

Jarvi's interpretation of Divertissement hits the sweet spot, I think. It's energetic, jazzy, light-hearted, and sometimes a little silly, But it all works. Ibert's Bacchanale is another high-energy work and is a real showpiece for the orchestra. The full-bodied sound of the ensemble occasionally gave me chills.

By contrast, the Sarabande from Don Quichotte is a simple, and simply a beautiful orchestral song. Jarvi's interpretation is delicate and charming. The symphonic tone poem Féerique is similarly lyrical in sections but with a different, more complex character. In this performance, I heard Ibert's connection to Debussy more clearly than I had before.

The other works on the album are also performed with the same high degree of musicianship -- musicianship that reveals itself in minute details. For that reason, I recommend purchasing the SACD version of this recording. If you prefer downloads, seek out the highest resolution audio files you can find. It will make a difference.
Submitted on 09/02/16 by RGraves321 
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>Ibert, Jacques [Composer] : Escales (Ports of Call), suite for orchestra
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Ensemble: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
  • Notes: Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland (06/25/2015-06/27/2015)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1922

>Ibert, Jacques [Composer] : Don Quichotte :: Sarabande pour Dulcinée
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Ensemble: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932

>Ibert, Jacques [Composer] : Ouverture de fête, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Ensemble: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
  • Running Time: 13 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940

>Ibert, Jacques [Composer] : Féerique, symphonic poem in E major
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Ensemble: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
  • Running Time: 6 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924

>Ibert, Jacques [Composer] : Divertissement, for chamber orchestra
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Ensemble: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
  • Notes: Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland (06/25/2015-06/27/2015)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1929-1930

>Ibert, Jacques [Composer] : Hommage à Mozart, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Ensemble: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956

>Ibert, Jacques [Composer] : Suite symphonique :: "Paris", for orchestra
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Ensemble: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
  • Notes: Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland (06/25/2015-06/27/2015)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930

>Ibert, Jacques [Composer] : Bacchanale, scherzo for orchestra
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Ensemble: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
  • Running Time: 8 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956