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
Stravinsky: Petrushka - Debussy: La boite a joujoux / Morlot, Seattle Symphony
Release Date: 06/10/2016   Label: Seattle Symphony Orchestra  
Catalog: 1010   Number of Discs: 1
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Stravinsky: Rake's Progress / Haitink, Lott, Goeke, Elias, Van Allen, Ramey
Release Date: 01/28/2014   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 102314   Number of Discs: 1
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Stravinsky: Petrouchka, Brahms: Liebeslieder Waltzes / Stenzl, Racz
Release Date: 11/16/2004   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 100715   Number of Discs: 1
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Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress / Jurowski, Persson, Lehtipu, Bayley, Gorton, Glyndebourne
Release Date: 01/31/2012   Label: Opus Arte  
Catalog: 1062   Number of Discs: 1
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The Story of Stravinsky's Le sacre du printemps
Release Date: 03/25/2016   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 109210   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Chant du rossignol (Song of the Nightingale)

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    Boulez: Young Composer & Conductor
    Label: Praga   Catalog: 250332 Release Date: 04/01/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pierre Boulez,  Claude Debussy,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Louis Devos,  Barry McDaniel,  Joséphine Nendick
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Chorus,  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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    Decca Sound – Dutoit: The Montreal Years
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002449102 Release Date: 02/19/2016   Number of Discs: 35
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Ernest Chausson,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Pascal Rogé,  Timothy Hutchins,  Beverly Hoch,  Stanford Olsen  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Montreal Symphony Chorus
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    Igor Stravinsky: The Complete Columbia Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 502616 Release Date: 10/30/2015   Number of Discs: 57
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Various
    Performer:  Roger Sessions,  Aaron Copland,  Lukas Foss,  Samuel Barber  ... 
    Conductor:  Igor Stravinsky,  Gregg Smith
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  CBC Symphony Orchestra,  American Concert Choir  ... 
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    Stravinsky Complete Edition [30-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002398272 Release Date: 10/23/2015   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Felicity Palmer,  Ian Caley,  Phyllis Bryn-Julson,  John Tomlinson  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Riccardo Chailly,  Claudio Abbado,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Pierre Boulez: The Complete Erato Recordings
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2564619048 Release Date: 03/10/2015   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg,  Igor Stravinsky,  Pierre Boulez,  Luciano Berio  ... 
    Performer:  Pierre Amoyal,  Peter Serkin,  Simon Estes,  Ann Murray  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ensemble InterContemporain,  BBC Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Lorin Maazel - The Complete Early Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002251502 Release Date: 02/17/2015   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Igor Stravinsky,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Jeanine Collard,  Jane Berbié,  Sylvaine Gilma,  Colette Herzog  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Radio Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Pierre Boulez - 20th Century
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002250902 Release Date: 02/10/2015   Number of Discs: 44
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Alban Berg,  Harrison Birtwistle,  Pierre Boulez  ... 
    Performer:  John Tomlinson,  John Aler,  Krystian Zimerman,  Leif Ove Andsnes  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Martyn Brabbins
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Pierre Boulez: The Complete Columbia Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 301333 Release Date: 11/24/2014   Number of Discs: 67
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Alexander Scriabin,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Alban Berg  ... 
    Performer:  Karl Dönch,  Isabel Strauss,  Walter Berry,  Fritz Uhl  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Anton Webern
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Camerata Singers,  Schola Cantorum New York  ... 
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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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    Fritz Reiner - The Complete RCA Album Collection
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 370198 Release Date: 10/15/2013   Number of Discs: 63
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Johannes Brahms,  Rolf Liebermann,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein,  Jascha Heifetz,  Emil Gilels,  Inge Borkh  ... 
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Lyric Theatre Chorus,  Studio Orchestra
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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: Warner 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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    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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    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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    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:  Igor Stravinsky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Christian Ostertag
    Conductor:  Ernest Bour,  Yuri Ahronovitch,  Hiroshi Wakasugi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baden-Baden Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  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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