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: Le Sacre du Printemps; Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition / Pentaedre
Release Date: 10/29/2013   Label: Atma Classique  
Catalog: 22687   Number of Discs: 1
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Bartók, Stravinsky, Glick, Khachaturian / Trio Contrastes
Release Date: 01/01/2003   Label: Atma Classique  
Catalog: 22223   Number of Discs: 1
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Stravinsky: Rite Of Spring, Firebird Suite / Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra
Release Date: 02/14/2012   Label: Channel Classics  
Catalog: 32112   Number of Discs: 1
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Ravel, Gershwin: Piano Concertos; Stravinsky: Capriccio / Parker
Release Date: 08/31/2010   Label: Atma Classique  
Catalog: 2656   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: The Rite of Spring (Le sacre du printemps)

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    Charles Dutoit: The Montreal Years
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002449102 Release Date: 02/19/2016   Number of Discs: 35
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Ernest Chausson,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Pascal Rogé,  Timothy Hutchins,  Beverly Hoch,  Stanford Olsen  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Montreal Symphony Chorus
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    Legendes Anciennes / Tarli, Varbanov
    Label: Icsm Records   Catalog: 80053 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Fiammetta Tarli,  Ivo Varbanov
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    111: The Collector's Editions [111 CDs]
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002422702 Release Date: 12/11/2015   Number of Discs: 111
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Daniel Barenboim,  Lorin Maazel,  Franz Konwitschny  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Amadeus Quartet,  Orchestre de Paris  ... 
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    Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps / Currentzis, MusicAeterna
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 506141 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Teodor Currentzis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  MusicAeterna
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    The History of Classical Music in 24 Hours
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002403602 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 24
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Pérotin,  Guillaume de Machaut,  John Dunstable  ... 
    Performer:  Konrad Ragossnig,  Charles [Tenor Vocals] Daniels,  Susan Gritton,  Trevor Pinnock  ... 
    Conductor:  Pater Godehard Joppich,  David Munrow,  Josef Ulsamer,  Bruno Turner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London,  Ulsamer-Collegium,  Pro Cantione Antiqua  ... 
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    Djansug Kakhidze: The Legacy, Vol. 3 - Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-korsakov, Stravinsky
    Label: Cugate Classics   Catalog: 3 Release Date: 11/06/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Jansug Kakhidze
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    Igor Stravinsky: The Complete Columbia Album Collection [56 CDs & 1 DVD]
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 502616 Release Date: 10/30/2015   Number of Discs: 57
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Various
    Performer:  Roger Sessions,  Aaron Copland,  Lukas Foss,  Samuel Barber  ... 
    Conductor:  Igor Stravinsky,  Gregg Smith
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  CBC Symphony Orchestra,  American Concert Choir  ... 
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    Stravinsky Complete Edition [30-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002398272 Release Date: 10/23/2015   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Felicity Palmer,  Ian Caley,  Phyllis Bryn-Julson,  John Tomlinson  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Riccardo Chailly,  Claudio Abbado,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Igor Stravinsky: Le Roi des Etoiles; Les Sacre de printemps
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186225 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New England Conservatory Chorus Men,  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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    Simon Rattle - The CBSO Years
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552758 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 52
    Composer:  Leos Janácek,  Benjamin Britten,  Kurt Weill,  Ralph Vaughan Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Felicity Palmer,  Ameral Gunson,  John Mitchinson,  Malcolm King  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus,  Christ Church Cathedral Choir Men and Boys  ... 
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    Igor Markevitch: The Complete Hmv Recordings
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 552546 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Richard Strauss,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Jacques Neilz,  Denyse Gouarne,  Fernand Dufrene,  Henri Bronschwak  ... 
    Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
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    Martha Argerich: The Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002364402 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 48
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Guy Touvron,  Gidon Kremer,  Alexandre Gurning  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Charles Dutoit,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Jörg Faerber  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Boulez Conducts Stravinsky
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88697714372 Release Date: 08/28/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
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    Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps - Version For Piano 4 Hands And For Orchestra
    Label: Mdg Gold   Catalog: 9301908 Release Date: 08/07/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Stefan Blunier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Speidel-Trenkner Piano Duo
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    Transcriptions & Beyond: Works And Transcriptions For Piano Duo
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 97708 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Conlon Nancarrow,  Arnulf Herrmann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piano Duo Takahashi-Lehmann
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    Transcriptions for Two Pianists - Stravinsky, Debussy, Bartok / Bavouzet, Guy
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10863 Release Date: 06/30/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Claude Debussy,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Jean-Efflam Bavouzet,  François-Frédéric Guy
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    Orchestre National de France: 80 ans de Concerts Inedits
    Label: Radio France   Catalog: 20 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Edouard Lalo,  Albert Roussel,  Francis Poulenc  ... 
    Performer:  Pierre [Baritone Vocals] Bernac,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Irma Kolassi,  Victoria de los Angeles  ... 
    Conductor:  Désiré-Emile Inghelbrecht,  Paul Paray,  Charles Munch,  Roger Desormičre  ... 
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    Piano Duos  / Martha Argerich,  Daniel Barenboim [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2059994 Release Date: 04/28/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Daniel Barenboim
    Blu-ray Video: $39.99
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    Piano Duos / Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2059998 Release Date: 04/28/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Daniel Barenboim
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    Decca Sound - Mono Years 1944-1956
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002280602 Release Date: 04/07/2015   Number of Discs: 53
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Maurice Ravel,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Wilhelm Backhaus,  Clifford Curzon,  Alfredo Campoli,  Henry Datyner  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Roger Desormičre,  Karl Münchinger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Paris Conservatoire Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris  ... 
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  • 21.
    Pierre Boulez - Emotion & Analysis [10 DVDs]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2061008 Release Date: 02/24/2015   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Claude Debussy,  Pierre Boulez,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Petra Lang,  Diana Damrau,  Maria-Joao Pires,  Elisabete Matos  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Pierre Boulez - 20th Century
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002250902 Release Date: 02/10/2015   Number of Discs: 44
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Alban Berg,  Harrison Birtwistle,  Pierre Boulez  ... 
    Performer:  John Tomlinson,  John Aler,  Krystian Zimerman,  Leif Ove Andsnes  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Martyn Brabbins
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 23.
    Stravinsky, Ravel, Gershwin: Transcriptions And Original Piano Works
    Label: Grand Piano   Catalog: 696 Release Date: 02/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Maurice Ravel,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Eric Ferrand-N'Kaoua
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    Monolithen: Debussy, Zimmerman, Stravinsky
    Label: Wergo   Catalog: 6809 Release Date: 12/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Bernd Alois Zimmermann,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Susanne Huber,  Andre Thomet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huber Thomet Piano Duo
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    Pierre Boulez - The Complete Columbia Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 301333 Release Date: 11/24/2014   Number of Discs: 67
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Alexander Scriabin,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Alban Berg  ... 
    Performer:  Karl Dönch,  Isabel Strauss,  Walter Berry,  Fritz Uhl  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Anton Webern
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Camerata Singers,  Schola Cantorum New York  ... 
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