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 - Debussy: La boite a joujoux / Morlot, Seattle Symphony
Release Date: 06/10/2016   Label: Seattle Symphony Orchestra  
Catalog: 1010   Number of Discs: 1
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Stravinsky: Rake's Progress / Haitink, Lott, Goeke, Elias, Van Allen, Ramey
Release Date: 01/28/2014   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 102314   Number of Discs: 1
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Stravinsky: Petrouchka, Brahms: Liebeslieder Waltzes / Stenzl, Racz
Release Date: 11/16/2004   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 100715   Number of Discs: 1
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Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite, Apollon musagete & Concerto in D for Strings / Suzuki
Release Date: 06/10/2016   Label: Bis  
Catalog: BIS-2211   Number of Discs: 1
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Ernest Ansermet Conducts Ballet Music - Stravinsky, Et Al
Release Date: 06/18/2002   Label: Somm  
Catalog: 27   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Pétrouchka

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  • 76.
    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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  • 77.
    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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  • 78.
    Stravinsky: Petrushka; The Rite of Spring / Ansermet, Monteux
    Label: Avid   Catalog: 600 Release Date: 06/04/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Pierre Monteux
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
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  • 79.
    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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  • 80.
    Stravinsky: Petrouchka, Firebird Suite / Mackerras, Mccabe
    Label: Vanguard   Catalog: 1505 Release Date: 04/27/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Robin McCabe
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 81.
    Stravinsky: Firebird Suite, The Rite Of Spring, Etc
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5714 Release Date: 03/02/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 82.
    Stravinsky: Petrouchka, Firebird Suite, Scherzo / P. Järvi
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80587 Release Date: 03/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Michael Chertock
    Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
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  • 83.
    Return of the Firebird / Bolshoi Ballet
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 079322 Release Date: 02/11/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
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  • 84.
    Pierre Monteux Edition Vol 13 - Stravinsky / Boston So
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 61898 Release Date: 09/30/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Pierre Monteux
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 85.
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3665 Release Date: 09/24/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Karel Ancerl
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  • 86.
    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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  • 87.
    Kirov Classics - Chopiniana, Petrushka, Barber's Adagio, Etc
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 86 Release Date: 07/30/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Adolphe Adam,  Samuel Barber,  Igor Stravinsky,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Conductor:  Viktor Fedotov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra
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  • 88.
    Ernest Ansermet Conducts Ballet Music - Stravinsky, Et Al
    Label: Somm   Catalog: 27 Release Date: 06/18/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ottorino Respighi,  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Suisse Romande Orchestra
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  • 89.
    Stravinsky:  Firebird, Petrouchka, Le Sacre Du Printemps, Orpheus / Davis, Royal Concertgebouw
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 464744 Release Date: 01/15/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 90.
    Westminster - Honegger: Pacific 231;  Stravinsky / Scherchen
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471245 Release Date: 11/13/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arthur Honegger,  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Hermann Scherchen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 91.
    Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps, Etc / Muti, Marriner
    Label: Emi Classics Double Fforte   Catalog: 74305 Release Date: 07/03/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Yvonne Kenny,  Robert Lloyd,  Robert Tear
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 92.
    Russian Orchestral Masterworks
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1749 Release Date: 01/11/2000   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Igor Stravinsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Conductor:  Tadaaki Otaka,  William Boughton,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky,  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales,  English String Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 93.
    Stravinsky: Petrouchka;  Ravel: Ma Mere L'oye / Schifrin
    Label: Aleph Records   Catalog: 15 Release Date: 11/23/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lalo Schifrin,  Maurice Ravel,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Gary Karr
    Conductor:  Lalo Schifrin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 94.
    Stravinsky: Rite Of Spring, Fireworks, Etc / Ozawa, Et Al
    Label: Rca Red Seal Hp   Catalog: 63311 Release Date: 03/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Michael Tilson Thomas
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 95.
    Stravinsky: Petrushka;  Bartók: Miraculous Mandarin / Nagano
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 23142 Release Date: 11/17/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Béla Bartók
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 96.
    Stravinsky: The Firebird, Rite Of Spring, Etc / Inbal
    Label: Ultima   Catalog: 18964 Release Date: 03/17/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Eliahu Inbal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 97.
    Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps, Etc / Abbado, London So
    Label: Dg Double   Catalog: 453085 Release Date: 07/15/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza,  John Shirley-Quirk,  Ryland Davies,  Leslie Howard
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 98.
    Stravinsky: Symphonies / Vladimir Ashkenazy, Rso Berlin
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 436416 Release Date: 07/31/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Semyon Bychkov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestre de Paris
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  • 99.
    Bernstein Conducts Stravinsky
    Label: Dg Masters   Catalog: 445538 Release Date: 07/18/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Boris Berman
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 100.
    Stravinsky: Petrushka, Pulcinella / Chailly, Concertgebouw
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 443774 Release Date: 03/14/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Anna Caterina Antonacci,  Pietro Ballo,  William Shimell
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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