Charles Koechlin - The Jungle Book (Le livre de la jungle) (1994) 2CD [David Zinman]

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Charles Koechlin - The Jungle Book (Le livre de la jungle) (1994) 2CD [David Zinman]

Charles Koechlin - The Jungle Book (Le livre de la jungle) (1994) 2CD
Iris Vermillion, mezzo soprano; Ralf Lukas, baritone; Johan Botha, tenor
Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin, conducted by David Zinman

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 411 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 257 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: BMG Classics | # 09026-61955-2 | Time: 01:29:54

This recording is the World Premiere of Charles Koechlin's Jungle Book and received the Orchestral Gramophone Award and was, memorably, accepted by the son of the composer. Charles Koechlin loved Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book and set different parts of the book to music at various points in his career. The first of these - The Three Poems - bear the titles: Seal Lullaby, Night Song in the Jungle and Song of Kala Nag, with texts from The Jungle Book. The music, scored during 1904 - 04, is exotic and evocative. The lullaby mimics the gently lapping of waves as the soprano and chorus spin a soothing tapestry of sound. The Night-Song in the Jungle had a cadence that suggests movement (sung by the soprano, tenor, baritone and chorus) and is a song of well-wishing to the animals of the night. The Song of Kala Nag is a lament of an elephant that has been tamed for his old life in the jungle, sung by the tenor. The poem describes a night in the year when all of the elephants gather to dance together and, rather than being somber, the music is triumphant as the elephant recounts his past freedom and vows to have it again.

The Spring Running was written during 1925 - 27 and has four sections: Spring in the Forest, Mowgli, The Running and Night. These are atmospheric pictures of the final part of Kipling's book where Mowgli leaves the jungle for the world of humans. The series of tone poems relate how Mowgli is taught the laws of the jungle by the tiger Bagheera and the bear Baloo. The Mowgli section is particularly descriptive of a young man discovering the jungle and is beautifully scored to describe the awe of the unfamiliar and The Running beautifully describes life in the jungle.

The Meditiation of Purun Bhagat was longer in the writing having been attempted from 1903 and 1923 and finally completed in 1936. This tone poem describes Purun Bhagat who was a powerful politician and becomes a pilgrim and saves a village from destruction. It is an atmospheric piece the gradually builds from a long, meditative melody to a fortissimo climax, then returns to the serenity that began the movement.

The last pieces, The Law of the Jungle and Les Bandar-log, were written together. The Law of the Jungle is the reciting of the laws by Baloo the bear and sounds like a sing-song pronouncing of the laws, each capped by a gong. Les Bandaar-log are a group of noisy monkeys that live atop the trees and are disliked by the other jungle residents as being loudmouthed. The final tone poem begins quietly, as if the sun is rising over the jungle. After this quiet introduction, the monkeys are described with the use of jagged rhythms that develop into contrasting melodies.

This is very expressive music that beautifully conveys the atmosphere of Kipling's Jungle Book. The performance by the Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin is beautifully played and certainly a labor of love for David Zinman. The recording is nicely balanced and captures each nuance of this expressive music.

Review by David A. Wend, Amazon.com

Believe it or not, this set seems to be kicking around still, either as a domestic release or as a reasonably priced Japanese import. If you missed it the first time around, grab it now, because heaven only knows how long it will remain available. Koechlin’s series of works based on Kipling’s The Jungle Book consists of five evocative and remarkable pieces: Three Poems, Op. 18, The Spring Running, The Meditation of Purun Bhagat, The Law of the Jungle, and Les Bandar-log. This last is the best known of the group, and the entire series has been recorded at least three times.

This is far and away the best version of the lot: extremely well played, incisively conducted, and very well recorded. It also includes the Three Poems of Op. 18, which are absolutely, ridiculously, insanely gorgeous and you won’t believe that they almost never get performed. They are very well sung by mezzo-soprano Iris Vermillion, tenor Johan Botha, and bass Ralf Lukas. Today, you can also get them on the two-disc set of Koechlin’s complete orchestral songs issued by Hänssler Classic, but it’s particularly good to have them paired with the other Jungle Book pieces.

The opening Seal Lullaby (Berceuse phoque) offers a good idea of what to expect. Now admit it–you want it. You have to own it. You can’t live without it. Go for it.

Review by David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com

Charles Koechlin - The Jungle Book (Le livre de la jungle) (1994) 2CD [David Zinman]



Charles Koechlin - The Jungle Book (Le livre de la jungle) (1994) 2CD [David Zinman]



Performers:

Iris Vermillion (Mezzo Soprano), Ralf Lukas (Baritone), Johan Botha (Tenor)
Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin
David Zinman, conductor


Tracklist:

CD1:

01. Three Poems, Op. 18 - Seal Lullaby (05:27)
02. Three Poems, Op. 18 - Night song (03:19)
03. Three Poems, Op. 18 - Song of Kala Nag (09:03)

04. The Spring Running, Op. 95 - Spring in the Forest (04:57)
05. The Spring Running, Op. 95 - Mowgli (02:53)
06. The Spring Running, Op. 95 - The Running (17:09)
07. The Spring Running, Op. 95 - Night (06:52)

CD2:

01. The Meditation of Purun Bhagat, Op. 159 (14:08)
02. The Law of the Jungle, Op. 175 (09:30)
03. Les Bandar-log, Op. 176 (16:31)


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Charles Koechlin - The Jungle Book (Le livre de la jungle) (1994) 2CD [David Zinman]

Charles Koechlin - The Jungle Book (Le livre de la jungle) (1994) 2CD [David Zinman]

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