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 Conducts Stravinsky - The Ballets
Release Date: 06/12/2012   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 884142   Number of Discs: 7
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Stravinsky: Song Of The Nightingale, Etc  / Oue, Minnesota
Release Date: 04/30/1996   Label: Reference Recordings  
Catalog: 70   Number of Discs: 1
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Stravinsky: Music For Piano / Martin Jones
Release Date: 09/16/1997   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 5519   Number of Discs: 2
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John Bruce Yeh - Ebony Concerto - Stravinsky, Bernstein
Release Date: 12/17/1993   Label: Reference Recordings  
Catalog: 55   Number of Discs: 1
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Stravinsky: Firebird Suite, The Rite Of Spring, Etc
Release Date: 03/02/2004   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 5714   Number of Discs: 2
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  • 76.
    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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  • 77.
    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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  • 78.
    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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  • 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: 60587 Release Date: 07/22/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Michael Chertock
    Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
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  • 83.
    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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  • 84.
    Stravinsky: Petrushka, Rite Of Spring, Etc.
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 473731 Release Date: 03/10/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 85.
    Return Of The Firebird / Bolshoi Ballet
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 079322 Release Date: 02/11/2003  
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
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  • 86.
    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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  • 87.
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3665 Release Date: 09/24/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Karel Ancerl
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  • 88.
    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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  • 89.
    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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  • 90.
    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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  • 91.
    Stravinsky: Ballets, Stage Works, Orchestral Works /Ansermet
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 467818 Release Date: 05/14/2002   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Monica Sinclair,  Kenneth MacDonald,  Joan Carlyle,  Helen Watts  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Geneva Motet Choir,  Lausanne Radio Chorus  ... 
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  • 92.
    The Maurizio Pollini Edition
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471350 Release Date: 03/12/2002   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg,  Igor Stravinsky,  Claude Debussy,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini,  Slavka Taskova
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Herbert von Karajan,  Giuseppe Sinopoli,  Karl Böhm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 93.
    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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  • 94.
    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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  • 95.
    Ravel; Stravinsky: Ballet Piano Transcriptions
    Label: Accord   Catalog: 461946 Release Date: 09/24/2001  
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Claire-Marie Le Guay
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  • 96.
    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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  • 97.
    Koussevitzky Conducts Stravinsky And Mussorgsky-ravel
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 9020 Release Date: 06/29/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Jesús María Sanromá
    Conductor:  Serge Koussevitzky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 98.
    Stravinsky: Petrushka, Rite Of Spring / Haitink, London Philharmonic
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4681862 Release Date: 04/02/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 99.
    Stravinsky: Petrouchka, Firebird Suite / Maazel, Dutoit, Karajan
    Label: Dg Panorama   Catalog: 469205 Release Date: 02/27/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Tamás Vásáry
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Charles Dutoit,  Pierre Boulez,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ensemble InterContemporain  ... 
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  • 100.
    Stravinsky: The Rite Of Spring, Petrushka / Jansons, Et Al
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 73704 Release Date: 01/25/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Per Hannisdal,  Torkyll Bye,  Gonzalo Moreno,  Jan Fr Christiansen
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
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