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: 884142   Number of Discs: 7
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Stravinsky: Song Of The Nightingale, Etc  / Oue, Minnesota
Release Date: 04/30/1996   Label: Reference Recordings  
Catalog: 70   Number of Discs: 1
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John Bruce Yeh - Ebony Concerto - Stravinsky, Bernstein
Release Date: 12/17/1993   Label: Reference Recordings  
Catalog: 55   Number of Discs: 1
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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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Work: Symphony of Psalms

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  • 26.
    Fauré: Requiem;  Stravinsky / Sergiu Celibidache, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57851 Release Date: 05/24/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Recorded Sound,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Alan Titus,  Margaret Price
    Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra,  Munich Philharmonic Choir
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  • 27.
    Poulenc, Stravinsky / Shaw, Murray, Atlanta
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80643 Release Date: 08/24/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Sylvia McNair,  Michael Murray
    Conductor:  Robert Shaw
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,  Atlanta Symphony Chorus
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  • 28.
    Label: Cd Accord   Catalog: 116 Release Date: 09/30/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Robert Craft,  Igor Stravinsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra,  Warsaw Philharmonic Chorus
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  • 29.
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3674 Release Date: 04/22/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Karel Berman,  Zdenek Kroupa,  Antonín Zlesák,  Jean Desailly  ... 
    Conductor:  Karel Ancerl
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  • 30.
    Stravinsky Vol Ii
    Label: Andante   Catalog: 1100 Release Date: 04/08/2003   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Soulima Stravinsky,  Igor Stravinsky,  Gabriel Grandmaison,  Andre Vacellier  ... 
    Conductor:  Igor Stravinsky,  Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt,  Ernest Ansermet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dumbarton Oaks Festival Orchestra,  Hamburg Chamber Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 31.
    À La Gloire De Dieu / The Sixteen
    Label: Coro   Catalog: 16013 Release Date: 01/01/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc,  Michael Tippett,  Igor Stravinsky,  Samuel Barber  ... 
    Performer:  Libby Crabtree,  Carys-Anne Lane,  Sally Bruce-Payne,  Neil MacKenzie  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra,  The Sixteen
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  • 32.
    Stravinsky: Symphony Of Psalms;  Et Al / Gardiner, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 463789 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Lili Boulanger
    Performer:  Julian Podger,  Sally Bruce-Payne
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 33.
    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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  • 34.
    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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  • 35.
    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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  • 36.
    Stravinsky: Symphony Of Psalms, Symphony In Three Movements / Boulez, Berlin Po
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 457616 Release Date: 02/08/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Chorus,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 37.
    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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  • 38.
    Stravinsky: Symphonies / Solti, Chicago SO & Chorus
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 458898 Release Date: 09/14/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus,  Glen Ellyn Children's Choir
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  • 39.
    Stravinsky: Symphonies And Concertos / Davis, Markevitch
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 442583 Release Date: 02/14/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  George Pieterson,  Arthur Grumiaux
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  Edo De Waart,  Ernest Bour,  Igor Markevitch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Netherlands Wind Ensemble,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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  • 40.
    Stravinsky: Rite Of Spring, Etc / Ehrling, Swedish Radio So
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 400 Release Date: 03/25/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Sixten Ehrling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Chorus,  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 41.
    Stravinsky: Symphony Of Psalms, Etc / Tilson Thomas
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 53275 Release Date: 01/11/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
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  • 42.
    Stravinsky: Symphony Of Psalms, Etc / Bertini
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 15821 Release Date: 07/07/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Kurt Berger,  Karl Theo Adler,  Herbert Gruber
    Conductor:  Gary Bertini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Stuttgart Radio Chorus,  Stuttgart Radio Male Chorus
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  • 43.
    Stravinsky Conducts Stravinsky - Symphony Of Psalms, Symphony In Three Movements, Etc
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 42434 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Igor Stravinsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Festival Singers,  C. B. C. Symphony Orchestra,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
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  • 44.
    Stravinsky: Symphony Of Psalms, Symphony In C, Concerto In D
    Label: Dg 20th Century Classics   Catalog: 423252 Release Date: 07/01/1988   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus
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