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 Firebird, Petrushka / Craft
Release Date: 03/22/2005   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557500   Number of Discs: 1
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Stravinsky: The Rite Of Spring, The Nightingale / Craft
Release Date: 09/20/2005   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557501   Number of Discs: 1
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Stravinsky: Piano Music / Victor Sangiorgio
Release Date: 01/29/2008   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8570377   Number of Discs: 1
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Stravinsky: Works for Piano & Orchestra / Bavouzet
Release Date: 01/27/2015   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 5147   Number of Discs: 1
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Stravinsky: Le Roi des Etoiles; Les Sacre de printemps / Thomas, Boston Symphony
Release Date: 10/09/2015   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 5186225   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: The Rite of Spring (Le sacre du printemps)

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    Stravinsky: Sacre du printemps / Urbanski, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 292 Release Date: 02/09/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Krzysztof Urbanski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Elbphilharmonie Orchestra
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    Stravinsky: Rite of Spring & Other Works for 2 Pianos / Hamelin, Andsnes
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 68189 Release Date: 02/02/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin,  Leif Ove Andsnes
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    Stravinsky: Chant funebre & Le sacre du printemps / Chailly, Lucerne Festival Orchestra
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002782202 Release Date: 01/12/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Sophie Koch
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucerne Festival Orchestra
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    Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring - Debussy: La Mer / Raat
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573576 Release Date: 01/12/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Ralph van Raat
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    Pierre Boulez Conducts Stravinsky
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88985465172 Release Date: 01/05/2018   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Ensemble InterContemporain  ... 
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    Webern, Wagner, Stravinsky [Blu-ray]
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: 10380 Release Date: 01/05/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton von Webern,  Richard Wagner,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Christianne Stotijn
    Conductor:  Andris Nelsons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
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    Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring - Bartok: The Miraculous Mandarin Suite / Cambreling
    Label: Altus   Catalog: 307 Release Date: 11/17/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Béla Bartók
    Conductor:  Sylvain Cambreling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra
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    Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring / Petrenko, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
    Label: Onyx   Catalog: 4182 Release Date: 11/17/2017  
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Claude Debussy
    Conductor:  Vasily Petrenko
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Leonard Bernstein: Remastered Edition
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 541714 Release Date: 10/27/2017   Number of Discs: 100
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Darius Milhaud,  Leonard Bernstein,  Harold Shapero  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
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    Boston Symphony Orchestra: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4797718 Release Date: 10/20/2017   Number of Discs: 57
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Ravel,  Alexander Scriabin,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Zukofsky,  Christoph Eschenbach,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Teresa Berganza  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Michael Tilson Thomas,  William Steinberg,  Rafael Kubelik  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Chamber Players
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    Sir Georg Solti: The Complete Chicago Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4831375 Release Date: 09/15/2017   Number of Discs: 108
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Hector Berlioz,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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    Anthology of Russian and Soviet Symphonic Music, Vol. 2 / Svetlanov, USSR State Academic Symphony
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: MELCD1002481 Release Date: 09/01/2017   Number of Discs: 56
    Composer:  Alexander Glazunov,  Alexander Scriabin,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Nikolay Myaskovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Ludmila Avdeyeva,  Anton Grigoriev,  Alexei Nasedkin  ... 
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Academic Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra  ... 
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    Pierre Boulez Conducts Stravinsky / French National Orchestra
    Label: Idi   Catalog: 6729 Release Date: 08/25/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Johanna Peters,  Herbert Handt
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra,  French Radio Chorus
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    Stravinsky: Movements from Petrushka & Rite of Spring / Lomazov-Rackers Piano Duo
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1628 Release Date: 08/08/2017  
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lomazov-Rackers Piano Duo
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    DG 111: The Conductors / Various
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4797477 Release Date: 08/04/2017   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Ravel,  Alexander Scriabin,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Gaston Litaize,  Alain Moglia,  Luben Yordanoff,  Christa Ludwig  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Daniel Barenboim,  Leonard Bernstein,  Karl Böhm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  New England Conservatory Chorus,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Stravinsky: Works For 2 Pianos / Various
    Label: Praga   Catalog: 250379 Release Date: 06/30/2017  
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Vitya Vronsky,  Victor Babin,  Bernard Job,  John-Patrick Millow  ... 
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    Go East! / Ensari, Schuch
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: 8553376 Release Date: 05/12/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Paul Hindemith,  Ozkan Manav,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Gulru Ensari,  Herbert Schuch
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    Rhythm & Colours / Rattle, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 560929 Release Date: 05/05/2017   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Gustav Mahler,  Claude Debussy,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Christian Gerhaher,  Lawrence Brownlee,  Sally Matthews
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Chorus
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    Pierre Boulez & The Cleveland Orchestra
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4797248 Release Date: 04/28/2017   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Gustav Mahler,  Olivier Messiaen,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Juliane Banse,  Pierre-Laurent Aimard
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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    Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Stravinsky
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88985369592 Release Date: 04/21/2017   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Yvonne Kenny,  John Aler,  John Tomlinson,  Nigel Robson  ... 
    Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Sinfonietta,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    The Complete RCA Recordings / Ozawa, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88985392102 Release Date: 04/21/2017   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Igor Stravinsky,  Arnold Schoenberg,  Benjamin Britten  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Serkin,  Arnold Steinhardt
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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    New York Philharmonic: 175th Anniversary Edition
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 533636 Release Date: 04/07/2017   Number of Discs: 65
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Ambroise Thomas  ... 
    Performer:  Oscar Levant,  Robert Casadesus,  Isaac Stern,  Yo-Yo Ma
    Conductor:  Willem Mengelberg,  Josef Stransky,  Arturo Toscanini,  Sir John Barbirolli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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    Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring & Apollon Musagete / Zweden, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic
    Label: Exton   Catalog: 50 Release Date: 06/17/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Jaap van Zweden
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring - Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra / Bernard
    Label: Recursive Classics   Catalog: 2057001 Release Date: 06/10/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Béla Bartók
    Conductor:  David Bernard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
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    Stravinsky: Piano Ballets / Apekisheva, Owen
    Label: Quartz Records   Catalog: 2117 Release Date: 06/03/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Katya Apekisheva,  Charles Owen
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