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: 7884142   Number of Discs: 7
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Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex, Apollon Musagete / Gardiner
Release Date: 04/08/2014   Label: Lso Live  
Catalog: 751   Number of Discs: 1
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Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex / Karajan, Gedda, Laszlo, Petri, Etc
Release Date: 11/06/2001   Label: Opera D'oro  
Catalog: 1320   Number of Discs: 1
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Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex / Abbado, Troyanos, Kozma, Crass
Release Date: 09/14/1999   Label: Opera D'oro  
Catalog: 1209   Number of Discs: 1
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Stravinsky: Petrushka;  Rachmaninov / Jansons, Et Al
Release Date: 01/10/2006   Label: Rco Live  
Catalog: 5004   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: The Rite of Spring (Le sacre du printemps)

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  • 151.
    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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  • 152.
    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,  Aurčle 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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  • 153.
    Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps, Jeu De Cartes / Suitner, Kegel
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 3035 Release Date: 10/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner,  Herbert Kegel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 154.
    Stravinsky: The Rite Of Spring, The Nightingale / Craft
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557501 Release Date: 09/20/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Robert Tear,  Paul Whelan,  Stephen Richardson,  Simon Preece  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Craft
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 155.
    Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps;  Falla /Markevitch, Et Al
    Label: Cascavelle   Catalog: 5006 Release Date: 08/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Robert Casadesus
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Igor Markevitch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
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  • 156.
    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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  • 157.
    Stravinsky:  Le Sacre Du Printemps - A Silent Film To The Music Of Igor Stravinsky
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 100333 Release Date: 04/19/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 158.
    Stravinsky: The Rite Of Spring / Nagano, London Po
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 82003 Release Date: 03/29/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 159.
    Stravinsky:sacre Du Printemps
    Label: Angel Records   Catalog: 964846 Release Date: 03/01/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  French National Radio Orchestra
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  • 160.
    The Hollywood Bowl Concert 1928 / Goossens
    Label: Cambria   Catalog: 1147 Release Date: 10/26/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Manuel de Falla,  Hector Berlioz,  Mily Balakirev  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Eugene Goossens
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
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  • 161.
    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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  • 162.
    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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  • 163.
    Stravinsky: The Rite Of Spring;  Nielsen: Symphony 5 / Järvi
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80615 Release Date: 09/28/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen,  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
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  • 164.
    Mussorgsky, Stravinsky: Music For 2 Pianos
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5733 Release Date: 08/03/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Tamriko Siprashvili,  Mark Anderson
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  • 165.
    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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  • 166.
    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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  • 167.
    Expanded Edition - Stravinsky: Rite Of Spring, Etc /Bernstein
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 93080 Release Date: 02/24/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic
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  • 168.
    Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps / Georg Solti, Chicago So
    Label: Jvc Xrcd   Catalog: 225 Release Date: 11/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 169.
    Classics Explained - An Introduction To Stravinsky: Rite
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558085-86 Release Date: 07/15/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 170.
    James Levine - A Celebration In Music
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000041502 Release Date: 06/10/2003   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss,  Igor Stravinsky,  Anton Webern  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 171.
    Stravinsky, Bartok / Trio Diaghilev
    Label: Eroica Classical Recordings   Catalog: 5637509967 Release Date: 05/02/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Daniela Ferrati,  Ivan Gambini,  Mario Totaro
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Diaghilev Trio
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  • 172.
    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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  • 173.
    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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  • 174.
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3665 Release Date: 09/24/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Karel Ancerl
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  • 175.
    Organ Transcriptions - Liszt, Stravinsky / Bernhard Haas
    Label: Fermate   Catalog: 20009 Release Date: 08/27/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Bernard Haas
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