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
Igor Stravinsky: The Complete Columbia Album Collection
Release Date: 10/30/2015   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 502616   Number of Discs: 57
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Once, At A Border - Igor Stravinsky
Release Date: 05/27/2008   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 1157   Number of Discs: 1
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Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps (10 Reference Recordings)
Release Date: 05/21/2013   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 546174   Number of Discs: 10
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Stravinsky: Works For Violin And Piano / Mordkovitch, Et Al
Release Date: 10/19/1999   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9756   Number of Discs: 1
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Stravinsky: Symphonies Of Wind Instruments, Etc / Rattle
Release Date: 10/28/1992   Label: Chandos Collect  
Catalog: 6535   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Symphony of Psalms

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    Stravinsky: Symphony Of Psalms, Canticum Sacrum, Mass, Etc
    Label: London/Decca Enterprise   Catalog: 430346 Release Date: 02/21/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Marcus Creed,  Richard Morton,  Philip Cave,  Peter Herron  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Preston
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philip Jones Wind Ensemble,  Christ Church Cathedral Choir,  London Sinfonietta
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  • 27.
    Stravinsky: Symphony Of Psalms, Etc / Beringer, Et Al
    Label: Rondeau Productions   Catalog: 2015 Release Date: 05/29/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Markus Schäfer,  Claudia Barainsky
    Conductor:  Karl-Friedrich Beringer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Windsbach Boys Choir,  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
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  • 28.
    Stravinsky: Symphony Of Psalms, Etc / Robert Craft, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557504 Release Date: 10/31/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  David Evitts,  Katherine Ciesinski,  Jon Humphrey,  Mary Ann Hart  ... 
    Conductor:  Igor Stravinsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gregg Smith Singers,  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  20th Century Classics Ensemble  ... 
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  • 29.
    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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  • 30.
    Label: Cd Accord   Catalog: 116 Release Date: 09/30/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Igor Stravinsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra,  Warsaw Philharmonic Chorus
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  • 31.
    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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    Ŕ 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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  • 33.
    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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  • 34.
    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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  • 35.
    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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  • 36.
    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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  • 37.
    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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  • 38.
    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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  • 39.
    Stravinsky Conducts Stravinsky - Symphony of Psalms, Symphony in Three Movements
    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,  CBC Symphony Orchestra,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
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