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: Choral Works / Ferguson, Choir of St. Mary's Cathedral
Release Date: 08/26/2016   Label: Delphian  
Catalog: DCD34164   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: L'Histoire du soldat

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    Stravinsky: The Soldier's Tale (Complete) / Yang, Falletta
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573537 Release Date: 03/11/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Jared McGuire,  Tianwa Yang,  Fred Child,  Jeff Biehl
    Conductor:  JoAnn Falletta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virginia Arts Festival Chamber Players
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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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    Stravinsky: Histoire Du Soldat / Bouquet, Depardieu, Mintz, Cerutti
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5371 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Shlomo Mintz,  Pascal Moragučs,  Sergio Azzolini,  Marc Bauer  ... 
    Conductor:  Shlomo Mintz
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    Stravinsky: The Soldier's Tale / Sir Robert Helpmann, Svetlana Beriosova, Brian Phelan
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4696 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Emanuel Hurwitz
    Conductor:  Derek Hudson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
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    The Early Years - Markevitch Conducts Stravinsky
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 438973 Release Date: 08/16/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Anne Tonietti,  Peter Ustinov,  Jean Cocteau,  Jean-Marie Fertey
    Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  USSR State Academy Symphony Orchestra,  USSR State Academy Chorus  ... 
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    Stravinsky Conducts Stravinsky - The Ballets
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 884142 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Regina Sarfaty,  Roger Sessions,  Lukas Foss,  Mildred Allen  ... 
    Conductor:  Igor Stravinsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  CBC Symphony Orchestra,  American Concert Choir  ... 
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    Stravinsky: L'histoire Du Soldat / Kolja Blacher, Dominique Horwitz, Berlin Soloists
    Label: Phil.harmonie   Catalog: 6005 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Dominique Horwitz,  Kolja Blacher
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Soloists
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    Stravinsky: The Soldier's Tale / Ransom Wilson, Solisti New York
    Label: Chesky Records   Catalog: 123 Release Date: 11/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Ransom Wilson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Solisti New York
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    Stravinsky: L'histoire Du Soldat / Pople, London Festival
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 378650 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Jason O'Mara
    Conductor:  Ross Pople
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Festival Orchestra
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    Stravinsky: Pulcinella, Soldat / Rambert Dance Company
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 2286 Release Date: 12/20/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Brian Wright,  Roger Heaton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  Mercury Ensemble
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    Stravinsky: Jeu De Cartes, Etc / Neeme Järvi
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10193 Release Date: 05/25/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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    Les Rarissimes De Fernand Oubradous
    Label: Emi Classics Special Import   Catalog: 85234 Release Date: 05/04/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Igor Stravinsky,  André Modeste Grétry
    Performer:  Ulysse Delecluse,  Lucien Thevet,  Pierre Del Vescovo,  Jean-Pierre Rampal
    Conductor:  Fernand Oubradous
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Instrumental Ensemble,  Paris Chamber Concerts Association
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    Stravinsky: Soldier's Tale, Renard / Dutoit, Carrat
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4613672 Release Date: 05/03/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Jules Bastin,  Philippe Huttenlocher,  Eric Tappy,  Pierre-André Blazer  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental Ensemble
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    Stravinsky: The Soldier's Tale, Dumbarton Oaks / Northern Co
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553662 Release Date: 03/23/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  David Timson,  Jonathan Keeble,  Benjamin Soames,  Nicholas Ward  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicholas Ward
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Chamber Orchestra
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    Stravinsky: Histoire Du Soldat / Wilson, Solisti New York
    Label: Chesky Records   Catalog: 122 Release Date: 01/30/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Ron Bohmer,  Reed Armstrong,  Sally Goodwin
    Conductor:  Ransom Wilson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Solisti New York
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    Stravinsky: The Soldier's Tale / Haugland, Järvi, Rsno
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9189 Release Date: 07/26/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Aage Haugland
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish National Orchestra members
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    Stravinsky: The Soldier's Tale / Christopher Lee
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5063 Release Date: 12/02/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Christopher Lee
    Conductor:  Lionel Friend
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
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