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
Igor Stravinsky: The Complete Columbia Album Collection
Release Date: 10/30/2015   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 502616   Number of Discs: 57
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Once, At A Border - Igor Stravinsky
Release Date: 05/27/2008   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 1157   Number of Discs: 1
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Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps (10 Reference Recordings)
Release Date: 05/21/2013   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 546174   Number of Discs: 10
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Transcriptions for Two Pianists - Stravinsky, Debussy, Bartok / Bavouzet, Guy
Release Date: 06/30/2015   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10863   Number of Discs: 1
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Stravinsky: Works For Violin And Piano / Mordkovitch, Et Al
Release Date: 10/19/1999   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9756   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Violin in D major

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    Kagan Edition Vol 32 - Violin Concertos / Svetlanov, Sinaisky, Lifshitz, Et Al
    Label: Live Classics   Catalog: 112 Release Date: 01/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Oleg Kagan
    Conductor:  Vassili Sinaisky,  Tovy Lifshitz,  Yevgeny Svetlanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow State Philharmony Academic Symphony Orchest,  Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra,  USSR State Symphony Orchestra
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  • 27.
    Stravinsky, Berg: Violin Concerti / Grumiaux, Markevitch
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 422136 Release Date: 08/05/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Alban Berg
    Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux
    Conductor:  Ernest Bour,  Igor Markevitch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 28.
    Stravinsky Conducts Stravinsky - Violin Concerto In D, Pulcinella Suite
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1211 Release Date: 06/17/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Maria Bergmann,  Heinz Stanske
    Conductor:  Igor Stravinsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana,  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 29.
    Stravinsky: Violin Concerto, Etc / Frautschi, Craft, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557508 Release Date: 07/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Jennifer Frautschi
    Conductor:  Igor Stravinsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  Gregg Smith Singers  ... 
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  • 30.
    The Hilary Hahn Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 77138 Release Date: 01/24/2006   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Igor Stravinsky,  Johannes Brahms,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Performer:  Hilary Hahn
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  David Zinman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
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    Stravinsky: Orchestral Masterpieces / Mackerras, Arbavanel
    Label: Vanguard   Catalog: 1515 Release Date: 05/25/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Tossy Spivakovsky
    Conductor:  Christopher Lyndon-Gee,  Maurice Abravanel,  Daniel Schweizer,  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Australian Chamber Orchestra,  Utah Symphony Orchestra,  Zurich Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 32.
    Stravinsky - Composer & Performer Vol 3
    Label: Andante   Catalog: 1140 Release Date: 04/20/2004   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  L. Haney,  William Vacchiano,  A. Staffer,  G. Pulis  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Igor Stravinsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra members,  New York Church of the Blessed Sacrament Choir,  Woody Herman & His Orchestra  ... 
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  • 33.
    Stravinsky Vol Ii
    Label: Andante   Catalog: 1100 Release Date: 04/08/2003   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Soulima Stravinsky,  Igor Stravinsky,  Gabriel Grandmaison,  Andre Vacellier  ... 
    Conductor:  Igor Stravinsky,  Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt,  Ernest Ansermet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dumbarton Oaks Festival Orchestra,  Hamburg Chamber Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 34.
    Stravinsky, Berg: Violin Concerti / Kaplan, Foster, Et Al
    Label: Koch International Classics   Catalog: 7530 Release Date: 09/24/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alban Berg,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Mark Kaplan
    Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra
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  • 35.
    The Essential Stravinsky / Järvi, Suisse Romande Orchestra
    Label: Chandos Collect   Catalog: 6654 Release Date: 08/27/2002   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Geoffrey Tozer,  Jean Piat,  Rudolf Rosen,  Günter von Kannen  ... 
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Brassus Chorale,  Lausanne Pro Arte Chorus  ... 
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  • 36.
    Ivry Gitlis - Berg, Hindemith, Stravinsky: Violin Concertos
    Label: Vox Box Legends   Catalog: 7818 Release Date: 06/11/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Paul Hindemith,  Alban Berg
    Performer:  Ivry Gitlis
    Conductor:  Harold Byrns,  Hubert Reichert,  William Strickland
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Colonne Concerts Orchestra,  Westfalian Symphony Orchestra,  Pro musica
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  • 37.
    Stravinsky: Violin Concerto; Shostakovich: Symphony No 10 / Schneiderhan, Ancerl, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 463666 Release Date: 02/01/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Wolfgang Schneiderhan
    Conductor:  Karel Ancerl
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 38.
    Brahms, Stravinsky: Violin Concertos / Hahn, Marriner, Asmf
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 89649 Release Date: 11/13/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Hilary Hahn
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 39.
    Berg, Stravinsky: Violin Concertos;  Ravel / Zimmermann
    Label: Emi Classics Special Import   Catalog: 54248 Release Date: 06/05/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Igor Stravinsky,  Alban Berg
    Performer:  Frank Peter Zimmermann
    Conductor:  Gianluigi Gelmetti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 40.
    Stravinsky, Bartók - Violin Concertos / Mullova, Et Al
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 456542 Release Date: 03/14/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Viktoria Mullova
    Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 41.
    Berg, Stravinsky: Violin Concertos / Perlman, Ozawa
    Label: Dg The Originals   Catalog: 447445 Release Date: 08/13/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Igor Stravinsky,  Alban Berg
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 42.
    Stravinsky, Prokofiev: Violin Concertos / Lin, Salonen
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 53969 Release Date: 11/01/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Lin Cho-Liang
    Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 43.
    Prokofiev, Stravinsky: Violin Concertos / Chung, Previn
    Label: London/Decca Jubilee   Catalog: 425003 Release Date: 03/30/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Kyung-Wha Chung
    Conductor:  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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