Igor Stravinsky

Biography

Born: Jun 17, 1882; Russia   Died: Apr 6, 1971; USA   Period: 20th Century
Igor Stravinsky was one of music's truly epochal innovators; no other composer of the twentieth century exerted such a pervasive influence or dominated his art in the way that Stravinsky did during his seven-decade musical career. Aside from purely technical considerations such as rhythm and harmony, the most important hallmark of Stravinsky's style is, indeed, its changing face. Emerging from the spirit of late Russian nationalism and ending his Read more career with a thorny, individual language steeped in twelve-tone principles, Stravinsky assumed a number of aesthetic guises throughout the course of his development while always retaining a distinctive, essential identity.

Although he was the son of one of the Mariinsky Theater's principal basses and a talented amateur pianist, Stravinsky had no more musical training than that of any other Russian upper-class child. He entered law school, but also began private composition and orchestration studies with Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov. By 1909, the orchestral works Scherzo fantastique and Fireworks had impressed Sergei Diaghilev enough for him to ask Stravinsky to orchestrate, and subsequently compose, ballets for his company. Stravinsky's triad of early ballets -- The Firebird (1909-1910), Petrushka (1910-1911), and most importantly, The Rite of Spring (1911-1913) -- did more to establish his reputation than any of his other works; indeed, the riot which followed the premiere of The Rite is one of the most notorious events in music history.

Stravinsky and his family spent the war years in Switzerland, returning to France in 1920. His jazz-inflected essays of the 1910s and 1920s -- notably, Ragtime (1918) and The Soldier's Tale (1918) -- gave way to one of the composer's most influential aesthetic turns. The neo-Classical tautness of works as diverse as the ballet Pulcinella (1919-1920), the Symphony of Psalms (1930) and, decades later, the opera The Rake's Progress (1948-1951) made a widespread impact and had an especial influence upon the fledgling school of American composers that looked to Stravinsky as its primary model. He had begun touring as a conductor and pianist, generally performing his own works. In the 1930s, he toured the Americas and wrote several pieces fulfilling American commissions, including the Concerto in E flat, "Dumbarton Oaks."

After the deaths of his daughter, his wife, and his mother within a period of less than a year, Stravinsky emmigrated to America, settling in California with his second wife in 1940. His works between 1940 and 1950 show a mixture of styles, but still seem centered on Russian or French traditions. Stravinsky's cultural perspective was changed after Robert Craft became his musical assistant, handling rehearsals for Stravinsky, traveling with him, and later, co-authoring his memoirs. Craft is credited with helping Stravinsky accept 12-tone composition as one of the tools of his trade. Characteristically, though, he made novel use of such principles in his own music, producing works in a highly original vein: Movements (1958-1959) for piano and orchestra, Variations: Aldous Huxley in Memoriam (1963), and the Requiem Canticles (1965-1966) are among the most striking. Craft prepared the musicians for the exemplary series of Columbia Records LPs Stravinsky conducted through the stereo era, covering virtually all his significant works. Despite declining health in his last years, Stravinsky continued to compose until just before his death in April 1971. Read less

Jenny Lin - Stravinsky
Release Date: 02/25/2014   Label: Steinway & Sons  
Catalog: 30028   Number of Discs: 1
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1930s Violin Concertos Vol 1 - Barber, Hartmann, Berg, Stravinsky, Britten / Gil Shaham
Release Date: 02/25/2014   Label: Canary Classics  
Catalog: 12   Number of Discs: 2
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Stravinsky: The Firebird; Scherzo Fantastique / Saraste, WDR Symphony Orchestra
Release Date: 10/25/2011   Label: Profil  
Catalog: 11041   Number of Discs: 1
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Leonard Bernstein Conducts Stravinsky
Release Date: 02/25/2014   Label: Ica Classics  
Catalog: 5124   Number of Discs: 1
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Stravinsky: Jeu De Cartes, Etc / Neeme Järvi
Release Date: 05/25/2004   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10193   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Chant du rossignol (Song of the Nightingale)

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    Stravinsky: Chant Du Rossignol; Prokofiev: Sonata No. 8, Op. 84
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 4148 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Veronika Bohmova
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    RCA Living Stereo Collection Vol 1
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 541497 Release Date: 04/15/2014   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Claude Debussy,  Jacques Ibert,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Berj Zamkochian,  John Weicher,  Philip Farkas,  Jascha Heifetz  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  Fritz Reiner,  Kiril Kondrashin,  Arthur Fiedler  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  New England Conservatory Chorus,  New England Conservatory Alumni Chorus  ... 
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    Erato - 50 CD Collection
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 46441 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice André,  Pierre Pierlot,  Paul Hongne,  Jacques Chambon  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jean-François Paillard,  Frigyes Sándor,  Kent Nagano  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ens.,  Paillard Chamber Orchestra,  Vienna Soloists  ... 
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    From The New World - Ives, Adams, Stravinsky, Dvorak / Andris Nelsons
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 713408 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Ives,  John Adams,  Igor Stravinsky,  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Andris Nelsons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    From The New World - Ives, Adams, Stravinsky, Dvorak / Andris Nelsons [blu-ray]
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 713504 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Ives,  John Adams,  Igor Stravinsky,  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Andris Nelsons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps, Le Chant Du Rossignol / Tabachnik, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Brussels Philharmonic Recordings   Catalog: 4 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Michel Tabachnik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Icon - Constantin Silvestri [15-CD Set]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 233472 Release Date: 02/05/2013   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  George Enescu,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris  ... 
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    Stravinsky: Petrouchka, Chant Du Rossignol / Schwarz, Seattle Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8571222 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
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    Boulez Conducts Stravinsky
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001660502 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Hugo Wolf
    Performer:  Christopher Hanulik,  Franklin Cohen,  David McGill,  Michael Sachs  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra Chorus  ... 
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  • 10.
    Music & Painters - Music Of The Era Of Monet, Chagall, Courbet & Picasso
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5283 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Claude Debussy,  Gabriel Fauré,  Ernest Chausson  ... 
    Performer:  Anne Gastinel,  Daniel Blumenthal,  Marie-Nicole Lemieux,  Noel Lee  ... 
    Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky,  Christoph Eschenbach,  Alain Lombard,  Bernard Haitink  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kasbek Ensemble,  Russian State Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestre de Paris  ... 
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    Bartok, Debussy, Stravinsky: Orchestral Works /  Boreyko, Junge Deutsche Philharmonie
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 406 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Claude Debussy,  Béla Bartók
    Conductor:  Andrey Boreyko
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Junge Deutsche Philharmonie
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    Boulez Conducts Webern, Stravinsky & Mahler
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: 30230 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Anton Webern,  Igor Stravinsky,  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra
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    Stravinsky: Orchestral Works / Dutoit, Montreal Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802013 Release Date: 07/27/2010   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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  • 14.
    Anthology Of The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
    Label: Rco Live   Catalog: 8005 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Carl Nielsen,  Luigi Dallapiccola,  Anton Bruckner  ... 
    Performer:  Dorothy Dorow,  George Pieterson,  Werner Herbers,  Theo Olof  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Kiril Kondrashin,  Lucas Vis,  Eugen Jochum  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 15.
    Les Ballets Russes Vol 4 - Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky / Ahronovitch, Wakasugi, Bour, Et Al
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93234 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Yuri Ahronovitch,  Hiroshi Wakasugi,  Ernest Bour
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baden-Baden Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Stravinsky: Pétrouchka, Etc / Dutoit, Montréal Symphony Orch
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 417619 Release Date: 01/30/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Ellis Wean,  Armas Maiste,  James Thompson,  Timothy Hutchins  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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  • 17.
    Peaceful Inspirations
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1269 Release Date: 01/22/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Paul Hindemith,  Maurice Ravel,  Modest Mussorgsky
    Conductor:  Jörg-Peter Weigle,  Otmar Suitner,  Igor Markevitch,  Herbert Kegel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  ... 
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  • 18.
    Dg Concerts - 2006/2007 - Ravel, Stravinsky / Maazel, Nypo
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000977202 Release Date: 09/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 19.
    Stravinsky: Song Of The Nightingale, Etc / Craft, Columbia Symphony Orchestra Et Al
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 46302 Release Date: 06/08/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Richard Frisch,  Sanford Schonbach,  George Neikrug,  Otis Igleman  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Craft
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  Columbia Chamber Orchestra,  Ithaca College Concert Choir
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  • 20.
    Prokofiev, Schnittke, Stravinsky - Flute Works / Grot, Laul
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 911918 Release Date: 06/13/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edison Denisov,  Igor Stravinsky,  Alfred Schnittke
    Performer:  Alexandra Grot,  Piotr Laul
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  • 21.
    Stravinsky: L'oiseau De Feu, Etc / Levi, Flemish Rso
    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 922201 Release Date: 03/28/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Yoel Levi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Flemish Radio Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Stravinsky: The Rite Of Spring, The Nightingale / Craft
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557501 Release Date: 09/20/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Robert Tear,  Paul Whelan,  Stephen Richardson,  Simon Preece  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Craft
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Anthology Of The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Vol 3 1960-70
    Label: Rco Live   Catalog: 5001 Release Date: 07/12/2005   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Frank Martin,  Witold Lutoslawski,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Performer:  André Vessieres,  Heinz Holliger,  Ursula Holliger,  Halina Lukomska  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  Eugen Jochum,  Hans Werner Henze,  Edo De Waart  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  NCRV Vocal Ensemble,  Netherlands Radio Chorus members  ... 
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    Stravinsky: Pulcinella, Le Chant Du Rossignol / Boulez
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4620882 Release Date: 03/21/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble InterContemporain
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    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade; Stravinsky; Etc / Reiner, CSO
    Label: Rca Victor Living Stereo   Catalog: 66377 Release Date: 01/25/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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