JACQUES IBERT (1890-1962): String Quartet, Jeux for Violin and Piano, Ghirlarzana for Solo Cello, Trio for Violin, Cello and Harp, Aria for Viola and Piano, Caprilena for Solo Violin, Entr'acte for Violin and Harp, Souvenir for String Quartet and Double Bass.
Catalogue Number: 09P051
Description: Collectors who value Ibert for his lightness of touch, wit and melodic gift will find a rather deeper utterance in his string quartet, begun in 1937, finished at some point during the War and premiered in 1944 after the liberation of Paris. There's more than a little of Ravel and Debussy in the quartet's first two movements before the lighter Ibert comes back in a delightful and brief pizzicato scherzo and bubbling finale. The other large-ish work is the 1944 trio, which has all the qualities one expects of this composer writing for harp; all the other pieces are brief (three to six minutes) and in Ibert's finest tradition. Bridge Quartet, Michael Dussek (piano), Bryn Lewis (harp), Richard Alsop (double bass).