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
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Catalog: 5124   Number of Discs: 1
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Stravinsky: Danses concertantes, etc / Saraste, Avanti CO
Release Date: 09/22/1994   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 292   Number of Discs: 1
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Stravinsky: Rite Of Spring, Etc / Ehrling, Swedish Radio So
Release Date: 03/25/1994   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 400   Number of Discs: 1
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Stravinsky: Piano Transcriptions / Achatz, Pöntinen
Release Date: 09/22/1994   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 188   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: The Rite of Spring (Le sacre du printemps)

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  • 176.
    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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  • 177.
    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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  • 178.
    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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  • 179.
    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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  • 180.
    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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  • 181.
    Schubert: Symphony No 9; Stravinsky: Rite Of Spring / Mehta
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 566012 Release Date: 10/30/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 182.
    Stravinsky: Rite Of Spring;  Scriabin / Gergiev, Kirov
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 468035 Release Date: 10/09/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Alexander Scriabin
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra
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  • 183.
    Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps, Etc / Duo Villarceaux
    Label: Thorofon   Catalog: 2437 Release Date: 07/24/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Alexandra Sostmann,  Judith Mosch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Villarceaux Duo
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  • 184.
    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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  • 185.
    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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  • 186.
    Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps (4 Hand Piano)/ Fazil Say
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 381041 Release Date: 03/06/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Fazil Say
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  • 187.
    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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  • 188.
    Stravinsky: Rite Of Spring, Firebird / DePriest, Oregon Symphony
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3278 Release Date: 01/16/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  James DePreist
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oregon Symphony Orchestra
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  • 189.
    Stravinsky, Beethoven, Debussy / Kameda, Balet
    Label: Cypres   Catalog: 1610 Release Date: 08/12/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Mayumi Kameda,  Jean-Jacques Balet
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  • 190.
    Stravinsky: Rite Of Spring, Firebird / Horenstein, Et Al
    Label: Vox Box Legends   Catalog: 7804 Release Date: 07/11/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Jascha Horenstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 191.
    Stravinsky: Rite Of Spring/Prokofiev: Symphony No.5
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 463613 Release Date: 03/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 192.
    The Artistry Of Eduard Van Beinum
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1054 Release Date: 02/22/2000   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Max Reger,  Béla Bartók,  Igor Stravinsky,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Kathleen Long
    Conductor:  Eduard Van Beinum
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 193.
    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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  • 194.
    The Music Of Stravinsky - Rite Of Spring, Firebird, Etc
    Label: Sony Classical Npr Milestones   Catalog: 64085 Release Date: 01/18/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Philippe Entremont,  Judith Raskin
    Conductor:  Robert Craft,  Igor Stravinsky,  Esa-Pekka Salonen,  Pierre Boulez  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  Los Angeles Festival Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 195.
    Russian Orchestral Masterworks
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1749 Release Date: 01/11/2000   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Igor Stravinsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Conductor:  Tadaaki Otaka,  William Boughton,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky,  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales,  English String Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 196.
    Original Jacket Collection - Stravinsky Conducts Stravinsky
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64136 Release Date: 12/07/1999   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  John Stafford Smith,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Joseph Szigeti,  Igor Stravinsky,  Loren Driscoll,  John Horton  ... 
    Conductor:  Igor Stravinsky,  Elmer Iseler,  Gregg Smith
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Festival Singers,  C. B. C. Symphony Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic  ... 
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  • 197.
    Stravinsky: The Rite Of Spring / Dickran Atamian
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 1612 Release Date: 08/31/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Dickran Atamian
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  • 198.
    Stravinsky: L'oiseau De Feu, Le Sacre Du Printemps / Tilson Thomas, San Francisco Symphony
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 68898 Release Date: 04/27/1999   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Stuart Neill,  Stephanie Cosserat
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra,  San Francisco Symphony Chorus,  San Francisco Girls Chorus  ... 
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  • 199.
    Stravinsky: Rite Of Spring, Fireworks, Etc / Ozawa, Et Al
    Label: Rca Red Seal Hp   Catalog: 63311 Release Date: 03/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Michael Tilson Thomas
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 200.
    Bernstein Century - Stravinsky: Rite Of Spring, Firebird
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 60694 Release Date: 09/29/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  London Symphony Orchestra
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