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

Jenny Lin - Stravinsky
Release Date: 02/25/2014   Label: Steinway & Sons  
Catalog: 30028   Number of Discs: 1
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Leonard Bernstein Conducts Stravinsky
Release Date: 02/25/2014   Label: Ica Classics  
Catalog: 5124   Number of Discs: 1
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1930s Violin Concertos Vol 1 - Barber, Hartmann, Berg, Stravinsky, Britten / Gil Shaham
Release Date: 02/25/2014   Label: Canary Classics  
Catalog: 12   Number of Discs: 2
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Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps, Jeu De Cartes / Suitner, Kegel
Release Date: 10/01/2005   Label: Berlin Classics  
Catalog: 3035   Number of Discs: 1
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Stravinsky: The Soldier's Tale / Haugland, Järvi, Rsno
Release Date: 07/26/1994   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9189   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: The Rite of Spring (Le sacre du printemps)

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  • 151.
    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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  • 152.
    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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  • 153.
    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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  • 154.
    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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  • 155.
    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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  • 156.
    Stravinsky: Rite Of Spring, Firebird / Rattle, Dorati, Et Al
    Label: Resonance   Catalog: 3014 Release Date: 06/29/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Antal Doráti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Youth Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 157.
    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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  • 158.
    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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  • 159.
    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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  • 160.
    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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  • 161.
    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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  • 162.
    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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  • 163.
    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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  • 164.
    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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  • 165.
    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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  • 166.
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3665 Release Date: 09/24/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Karel Ancerl
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  • 167.
    Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps, Perséphone / Nagano
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 61249 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Anne Fournet
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 168.
    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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  • 169.
    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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  • 170.
    Mussorgsky, Stravinsky / Muti, Philadelphia Orchestra
    Label: Emi Classics Encore   Catalog: 74742 Release Date: 08/13/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Modest Mussorgsky
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 171.
    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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  • 172.
    Stravinsky: Rite Of Spring, Etc / Mehta, New York Po
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 89095 Release Date: 05/14/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 173.
    Artistry - Cage: Three Dances;  Stravinsky, Reich
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67691 Release Date: 02/12/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Steve Reich,  John Cage
    Performer:  Ralph Grierson,  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Roger Kellaway,  Steve Reich  ... 
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  • 174.
    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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  • 175.
    Original Jacket Collection - Leonard Bernstein
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 89750 Release Date: 12/04/2001   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Jean Sibelius,  Gustav Mahler,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Raymond Sabinsky,  Leonard Bernstein
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
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