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, Symphonies of Wind Instruments & Orpheus / Jurowski, London Philharmonic
Release Date: 09/09/2016   Label: Lpo  
Catalog: 0091   Number of Discs: 1
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Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress / Ozawa, Mcnair, Et Al
Release Date: 04/15/1997   Label: Philips  
Catalog: 454431   Number of Discs: 2
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Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress / Stravinsky, Royal Po
Release Date: 08/24/1993   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 46299   Number of Discs: 2
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Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress /Gardiner, Bostridge, Terfel
Release Date: 08/10/1999   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 459648   Number of Discs: 2
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Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex / Solti, Pears, Meyer, Davies
Release Date: 04/09/2007   Label: London/Decca Enterprise  
Catalog: 430001   Number of Discs: 1
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    Stravinsky: Petrushka, Symphonies of Wind Instruments & Orpheus / Jurowski, London Philharmonic
    Label: Lpo   Catalog: 0091 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Vladimir Jurowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Stravinsky: Petrouchka (Versions for Orchestra & Piano 4 Hands) / Namewaka, Davies, Basel Symphony
    Label: Sinfonieorchester Basel   Catalog: 11 Release Date: 08/12/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Maki Namekawa,  Dennis Russell Davies
    Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Basel Symphony Orchestra
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    Stravinsky: Petrushka - Debussy: La boite a joujoux / Morlot, Seattle Symphony
    Label: Seattle Symphony Orchestra   Catalog: 1010 Release Date: 06/10/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Kimberly Russ
    Conductor:  Ludovic Morlot
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
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    The Leonard Bernstein Collection, Vol. 2
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002462302 Release Date: 04/08/2016   Number of Discs: 64
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Joseph Alessi,  Glenn Dicterow,  Philip Smith,  Jaap Van Zweden  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Bach Festival Percussion Ensemble
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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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    Legendes Anciennes / Tarli, Varbanov
    Label: Icsm Records   Catalog: 80053 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Fiammetta Tarli,  Ivo Varbanov
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    111: The Collector's Editions [111 CDs]
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002422702 Release Date: 12/11/2015   Number of Discs: 111
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Daniel Barenboim,  Lorin Maazel,  Franz Konwitschny  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Amadeus Quartet,  Orchestre de Paris  ... 
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    Kirov Classics - The Kirov Ballet [DVD]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101798 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Igor Stravinsky,  Samuel Barber,  Adolphe Adam  ... 
    Conductor:  Viktor Fedotov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra
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    Kirov Classics The Kirov Ballet [Blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101799 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Igor Stravinsky,  Samuel Barber,  Adolphe Adam  ... 
    Conductor:  Viktor Fedotov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra
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    Stravinsky: Petruschka; Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition / Jansons, BRSO
    Label: Br Klassik   Catalog: 900141 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Modest Mussorgsky
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Yevgeny Mravinsky Conducts Stravinsky: Petrouchka, Le Baiser De Fee
    Label: Praga   Catalog: 350113 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Mravinsky
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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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    The CBSO Years / Rattle
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552758 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 52
    Composer:  Leos Janácek,  Benjamin Britten,  Kurt Weill,  Ralph Vaughan Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Felicity Palmer,  Ameral Gunson,  John Mitchinson,  Malcolm King  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus,  Christ Church Cathedral Choir Men and Boys  ... 
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    Boulez Conducts Stravinsky
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88697714372 Release Date: 08/28/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
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    Stravinsky: Le sacre du printemps / Silver-Garburg Piano Duo [Vinyl]
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 0300669BC Release Date: 08/28/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silver Garburg Piano Duo
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    Decca Sound  – Mono Years 1944 -1956
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002280602 Release Date: 04/07/2015   Number of Discs: 53
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Maurice Ravel,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Wilhelm Backhaus,  Clifford Curzon,  Alfredo Campoli,  Henry Datyner  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Roger Desormičre,  Karl Münchinger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Paris Conservatoire Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris  ... 
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    Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition; Khovanshchina Prelude; Stravinsky: Petrushka (1911)
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1263 Release Date: 03/31/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
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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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    Stravinsky: Works for Piano & Orchestra / Bavouzet
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 5147 Release Date: 01/27/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Jean-Efflam Bavouzet
    Conductor:  Yan Pascal Tortelier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
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  • 21.
    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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  • 22.
    Leonard Bernstein Edition - Concertos & Orchestral Works
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 301330 Release Date: 10/27/2014   Number of Discs: 80
    Composer:  Samuel Barber,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Béla Bartók  ... 
    Performer:  Isaac Stern,  Leonard Bernstein,  Harold Gomberg,  William Heim  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Seiji Ozawa,  Maurice Peress
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  New York Philharmonic members,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Pierre Boulez In Moscow
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 2255 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Anton Webern,  Claude Debussy
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
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    Ferenc Fricsay: Complete DG Recordings, Vol 1 - Orchestral Works
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002132602 Release Date: 09/02/2014   Number of Discs: 45
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  César Franck  ... 
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Tibor Varga,  Helmut Krebs,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau  ... 
    Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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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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