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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  • 26.
    Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps, Le Chant Du Rossignol / Tabachnik, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Brussels Philharmonic Recordings   Catalog: 4 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Michel Tabachnik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Stravinsky: Rite Of Spring, Apollon Musagete / Rattle, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 236112 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 28.
    Stravinsky: Firebird, Rite Of Spring / Sokhiev, Toulouse Capitole Orchestra [CD & DVD]
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5192 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Tugan Sokhiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra
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  • 29.
    EMI Eminence - The Original Jacket Collection [50-CD Set]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 393872 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  William Byrd  ... 
    Performer:  David Nolan,  Jonathan Small,  George Malcolm,  William Bennett  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Anton Rickenbacher,  Vernon Handley,  George Guest,  George Malcolm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir  ... 
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    Paris 1913
    Label: Wide Bench Records   Catalog: 5638086994 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Erik Satie,  Francis Poulenc,  Maurice Ravel
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  • 31.
    Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps; Hindemith: Sonate For Piano Hour Hands; Ravel: Rhapsodie Espagnole
    Label: Odradek   Catalog: 301 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Paul Hindemith,  Maurice Ravel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Miho & Masumi Hio (Piano Duo)
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    Stravinsky: Rite Of Spring, Firebird / Simonov, Royal Po
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1276 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Yuri Simonov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 33.
    Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps - 100th Anniversary Collectors Edition [20-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001780902 Release Date: 12/11/2012   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Andrei Gavrilov,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Güher Pekinel,  Süher Pekinel  ... 
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti,  Riccardo Chailly,  Pierre Boulez,  Valery Gergiev  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Detroit Symphony Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra,  Kirov Theater Orchestra  ... 
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  • 34.
    Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps 100th Anniversary - A History [4-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: B001780802 Release Date: 12/11/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti,  Riccardo Chailly,  Pierre Boulez,  Valery Gergiev  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Detroit Symphony Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra,  Kirov Theater Orchestra  ... 
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    Philips Original Jackets Collection  [55-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001767702 Release Date: 12/04/2012   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Salvatore Accardo,  Elisabeth Unger,  Claudio Arrau,  Thomas Zehetmair  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Bernard Haitink,  Frans Brüggen,  Simon Rattle  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Beaux Arts Trio  ... 
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  • 36.
    Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps; Bartok: Sonata For Two Pianos And Percussion
    Label: Nca   Catalog: 60252 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Béla Bartók
    Performer:  Frank-Immo Zichner,  Frank Gutschmidt,  Dominic Oelze,  Torsten Schönfeld
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  • 37.
    Stravinsky: Rite Of Spring, Dumbarton Oaks / Schwarz, Seattle Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8571223 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
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  • 38.
    Eugene Ormandy Conducts 20th Century Classics
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 5417202 Release Date: 11/06/2012   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Gustav Holst,  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Ravel,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Performer:  John Williams,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Van Cliburn,  Isaac Stern  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Mendelssohn Club Chorus Philadelphia,  Rutgers University Chorus
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  • 39.
    The Art Of Valery Gergiev
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 1083441 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Alexander Borodin  ... 
    Performer:  Olga Borodina,  Lang Lang,  Sergei Levitin,  Alexander Toradze  ... 
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra,  Kirov Theater Chorus,  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra  ... 
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  • 40.
    Stravinsky: Rite of Spring; Sibelius: Symphony No 5 / Bernstein
    Label: Ica Classics   Catalog: 5082 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps / Ashkenazy, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001709002 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
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  • 42.
    The Re-(W)rite Of Spring / 	Mobtown Modern Big Band
    Label: Innova   Catalog: 824 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mobtown Modern Big Band
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  • 43.
    Stravinsky Conducts Stravinsky - The Ballets
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 7884142 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Regina Sarfaty,  Roger Sessions,  Lukas Foss,  Mildred Allen  ... 
    Conductor:  Igor Stravinsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  C. B. C. Symphony Orchestra,  American Concert Choir  ... 
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    Stravinsky: Le Sacre De Printemps, Petrouchka / Likija & Sanja Bizjak
    Label: Mirare   Catalog: 171 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Lidija Bizjak,  Sanja Bizjak
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  • 45.
    Great Ballet
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501055 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Igor Stravinsky,  Maurice Ravel,  Aram Khachaturian  ... 
    Conductor:  André Anichanov,  Andrew Mogrelia,  Robert Craft,  Alexander Rahbari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra,  Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 46.
    Mind Meld - Works For   Piano  Four Hands / Zofo Duet
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 92151 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Leonard Bernstein,  Harold Shapero,  Igor Stravinsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ZOFO Duet
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    Boulez Conducts Stravinsky
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001660502 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Hugo Wolf
    Performer:  Christopher Hanulik,  Franklin Cohen,  David McGill,  Michael Sachs  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra Chorus  ... 
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  • 48.
    Stravinsky - Ansermet: First Decca Recordings
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4803775 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Hugues Cuénod,  Michel Sénéchal,  Heinz Rehfuss,  Xavier Depraz  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Brassus Chorale,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 49.
    Stravinsky: Rite Of Spring, Firebird Suite / Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 32112 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra
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  • 50.
    The Decca Sound [50-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001619902 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Claude Debussy,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza,  Alfredo Campoli,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Cecilia Bartoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Vladimir Ashkenazy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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