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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: Les Noces And Other Choral Music / Wood, Shepel
Release Date: 01/14/2014   Label: Helios  
Catalog: 55467   Number of Discs: 1
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Stravinsky & The Ballets Russes / Gergiev, Mariinsky Theatre
Release Date: 10/27/2009   Label: Bel Air Classiques  
Catalog: 41   Number of Discs: 1
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Stravinsky: Complete Music For Piano & Orchestra / Osborne, Volkov
Release Date: 06/11/2013   Label: Hyperion  
Catalog: 67870   Number of Discs: 1
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Raskatov: Piano Concerto
Release Date: 11/11/2014   Label: Seattle Symphony (Label)  
Catalog: 1005   Number of Discs: 1
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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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Work: Pétrouchka

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    Stravinsky: Petrouchka, Le Sacre Du Printemps / Antal Doráti
    Label: London/Decca Jubilee   Catalog: 417758 Release Date: 02/06/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Detroit Symphony Orchestra
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  • 52.
    Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps, Petrushka / Monteux, Paris Conservatoire
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 440064 Release Date: 12/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Julius Katchen
    Conductor:  Pierre Monteux
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
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  • 53.
    Stravinsky: Petrouchka, Divertimento / Semyon Bychkov
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 432145 Release Date: 04/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Semyon Bychkov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
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  • 54.
    Stravinsky: Petrouchka; Le Sacre Du Printemps; L'oiseau De Feu / Inbal, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4643772 Release Date: 02/26/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Eliahu Inbal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 55.
    Original Masters - Pierre Monteux - Decca And Philips Recordings 1956-1964
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000797902 Release Date: 01/09/2007   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Claude Monteux,  Julius Katchen
    Conductor:  Pierre Monteux
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
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  • 56.
    Rimsky-korsakov: Scheherazade;  Stravinsky / Stokowski
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1139 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leopold Stokowski Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 57.
    Pierre Monteux In France 1952-58 Concert Performances
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1182 Release Date: 07/18/2006   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Josef Greindl,  Libero De Luca,  Hélène Bouvier,  Maria Stader  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Monteux
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra
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  • 58.
    Stravinsky: Pétrouchka, Rite Of Spring / Boyd, Schoenhals
    Label: Fleur De Son   Catalog: 57976 Release Date: 06/27/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Michael Boyd,  Joel Schoenhals
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  • 59.
    Stravinsky: Petrouchka, Pulcinella Suite / Bernstein, Nypo
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 78749 Release Date: 06/06/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 60.
    Stravinsky: Petrushka;  Rachmaninov / Jansons, Et Al
    Label: Rco Live   Catalog: 5004 Release Date: 01/10/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Frits Damrow,  Jeroen Bal,  Emily Beynon
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 61.
    Bernstein Collectors Edition - Stravinsky, Shostakovich
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000532002 Release Date: 11/08/2005   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Boris Berman,  Homero Francesch,  Paul Hudson,  Krystian Zimerman  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  English Bach Festival Choir,  English Bach Festival Percussion Ensemble  ... 
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  • 62.
    Musik...sprache Der Welt - Selected Orchestral Recordings Ii
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000507202 Release Date: 10/11/2005   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Diana Eustrati,  Aurèle Nicolet
    Conductor:  Igor Markevitch,  Ferenc Fricsay,  Fritz Lehmann,  Otmar Suitner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 63.
    Dorati Conducts Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Gershwin, Et Al
    Label: Mercury Living Presence   Catalog: 000518902 Release Date: 09/27/2005   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Bedrich Smetana,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 64.
    Franck: Symphony; Stravinsky: Pétrouchka / Monteux, CSO, BSO
    Label: Rca Victor Living Stereo   Catalog: 67897 Release Date: 07/26/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  César Franck,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Bernard Zighera
    Conductor:  Pierre Monteux
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 65.
    Stravinsky: Rite of Spring, Petrouchka / Fricsay, Berlin RIAS
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000447902 Release Date: 07/12/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra
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  • 66.
    Monteux - Pierre Monteux Conducts The Boston Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4316 Release Date: 04/26/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Hindemith,  Johannes Brahms,  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Pierre Monteux
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 67.
    Stravinsky: The Firebird, Petrushka / Craft
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557500 Release Date: 03/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Robert Craft
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 68.
    London Symphony Orchestra (1904-2004) - Centennial Set
    Label: Andante   Catalog: 4100 Release Date: 01/18/2005   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Hector Berlioz,  Claude Debussy,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Performer:  Giuseppe Sabbatini,  Laurent Naouri,  Elizabeth Futral
    Conductor:  Arthur Nikisch,  Sir Colin Davis,  Michael Tilson Thomas,  André Previn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 69.
    Stravinsky: Petrouchka, Brahms: Liebeslieder Waltzes / Stenzl, Racz
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 100715 Release Date: 11/16/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Guyla Racz,  Hans Peter Schafer,  Volker Stenzl,  Uwe Arlt
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  • 70.
    Classic Library - Stravinsky / Monteux, Boston So
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 62314 Release Date: 10/12/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Bernard Zighera
    Conductor:  Pierre Monteux
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 71.
    Stravinsky: Pétrouchka, Le Sacre Du Printemps / Boulez
    Label: Universal   Catalog: 000344402 Release Date: 10/12/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 72.
    Original Masters - Hans Rosbaud
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000303102 Release Date: 09/14/2004   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Wolfgang Schneiderhan,  Robert Casadesus
    Conductor:  Hans Rosbaud
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 73.
    Label: Avid   Catalog: 600 Release Date: 06/04/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Pierre Monteux
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  • 74.
    Gemini - Stravinsky: Firebird, Petrushka, Etc / Rattle
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 85538 Release Date: 06/01/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
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  • 75.
    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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