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: The Soldier's Tale, Octet & Les noces / Yang, Falletta
Release Date: 09/09/2016   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8573538   Number of Discs: 1
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Igor Stravinsky: The Complete Columbia Album Collection
Release Date: 10/30/2015   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 502616   Number of Discs: 57
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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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Stravinsky: Firebird, The Rite Of Spring / Rahbari, Brt Po
Release Date: 05/26/1998   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554060   Number of Discs: 1
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Stravinsky: Pulcinella, Le Baiser De La Fée / Craft, Et Al
Release Date: 01/17/2006   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557503   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    Carlo Maria Giulini - The Chicago Years
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 317522 Release Date: 12/03/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Hector Berlioz,  Johannes Brahms,  Anton Bruckner  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 28.
    Bax & Chung - Piano Duo
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 365 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Johannes Brahms,  Astor Piazzolla
    Performer:  Alessio Bax,  Lucille Chung
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  • 29.
    The Magic Mountain - Verbier Festival 20th Anniversary Edition
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 3079078 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Renaud Capuçon,  Martha Argerich,  Martin Helmchen,  Malcolm Martineau  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Esa-Pekka Salonen,  Gábor Takács-Nagy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verbier Festival Orchestra,  UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra,  Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra
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  • 30.
    Stravinsky: Petrouchka; Le Sacre Du Printemps
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 544255 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Daniele Gatti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra
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  • 31.
    Stravinsky: Les Ballets Russes
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1001990 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Dmitri Kitayenko,  Pierre Boulez,  Vladimir Fedoseyev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow Conservatory Symphony Orchestra,  USSR State Symphony Orchestra
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  • 32.
    Stravinsky, Borodin, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky
    Label: Orchid Classics   Catalog: 100029 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Alexander Borodin,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mythos Accordion Duo
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  • 33.
    Rite
    Label: Jon Kimura Parker   Catalog: 5638101116 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Jon Kimura Parker
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  • 34.
    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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  • 35.
    Stravinsky: Petrouchka; Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky  / 	Alexandre Ghindin
    Label: Piano Classics   Catalog: 44 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Alexander Ghindin
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  • 36.
    Stravinsky In Moscow
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1001604 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Igor Stravinsky
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  • 37.
    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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  • 38.
    Stravinsky: Le Sacre De Printemps, Petrouchka / Likija & Sanja Bizjak
    Label: Mirare   Catalog: 171 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Lidija Bizjak,  Sanja Bizjak
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  • 39.
    Great Ballet
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501055 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Igor Stravinsky,  Maurice Ravel,  Aram Khachaturian  ... 
    Conductor:  André Anichanov,  Andrew Mogrelia,  Igor Stravinsky,  Alexander Rahbari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra,  Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 40.
    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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  • 41.
    Music from Diaghilev's Ballet Russes / Fischer, BBC National Orchestra of Wales
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 271 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Anatole Liadov,  Francis Poulenc
    Conductor:  Thierry Fischer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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  • 42.
    Stravinsky: Complete Ballets & Symphonies / Ashkenazy, Chailly, Dutoit [7-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001605302 Release Date: 10/18/2011   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Anna Caterina Antonacci,  Pietro Ballo,  William Shimell,  Olli Mustonen  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Riccardo Chailly,  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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  • 43.
    Stravinsky: Petrushka; Bartok: Miraculous Mandarin / Nagano
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 73174 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Béla Bartók
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 44.
    Stravinsky: Ballet Music / Temirkanov, Royal Philharmonic
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 34176 Release Date: 04/19/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 45.
    Stravinsky: Petrushka, Rite Of Spring / Litton, Bergen Philharmonic
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1474 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 46.
    Stravinsky: The Rite Of Spring & Petrushka / Rex Lawson
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 2577 Release Date: 03/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Rex Lawson
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  • 47.
    Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition;  Stravinsky / Abbado
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 423901 Release Date: 01/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 48.
    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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  • 49.
    Stravinsky: Petrushka; Liadov: Baba-yaga, Enchanted Lake, Kikimora / Fischer
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 195 Release Date: 07/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anatole Liadov,  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Thierry Fischer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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  • 50.
    Stravinsky: Petrouchka; Bartok: Miraculous Mandarin / Dohnanyi
    Label: London/Decca Jubilee   Catalog: 425026 Release Date: 06/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Béla Bartók
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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