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: Les Noces And Other Choral Music / Wood, Shepel
Release Date: 01/14/2014   Label: Helios  
Catalog: 55467   Number of Discs: 1
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Modern Classicists Vol. 2 - Stravinsky, et al / Hogwood
Release Date: 05/10/2005   Label: Arte Nova  
Catalog: 926500   Number of Discs: 1
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Modern Classicists Vol. 1 - Stravinsky, Honegger, Martinu / Hogwood
Release Date: 03/08/2005   Label: Arte Nova  
Catalog: 862360   Number of Discs: 1
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Modern Classicists Vol. 3 - Stravinsky, Malipiero, Casella / Hogwood
Release Date: 06/14/2005   Label: Arte Nova  
Catalog: 927650   Number of Discs: 1
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Stravinsky & The Ballets Russes / Gergiev, Mariinsky Theatre
Release Date: 10/27/2009   Label: Bel Air Classiques  
Catalog: 41   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Firebird Suite

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    Carlo Maria Giulini - The Chicago Years
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 317522 Release Date: 12/03/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Hector Berlioz,  Johannes Brahms,  Anton Bruckner  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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    All Star Orchestra: Programs 1 & 2 - Stravinsky, Ravel, Beethoven / Gerard Schwarz
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 2110348 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Maurice Ravel,  Bright Sheng,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  All Star Orchestra
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    Bernard Haitink - The Philips Years [20-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001903502 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Henryk Szeryng,  Herman Krebbers,  Menahem Pressler,  Isidore Cohen  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Beaux Arts Trio  ... 
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    Salzburg Festival Opening Concerts / Boulez, Barenboim, Harnoncourt
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 713608 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Béla Bartók,  Maurice Ravel,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim,  Klaus Florian Vogt,  Elina Garanca,  René Pape  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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    Label: Urania   Catalog: 22393 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Igor Stravinsky
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    Claudio Abbado - A Life Dedicated To Music
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2059588 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Igor Stravinsky,  Johannes Brahms,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Barbara Bonney,  Bryn Terfel,  Lucio Gallo,  Ramón Vargas  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Eric Ericson Chamber Choir,  Swedish Radio Choir  ... 
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    Igor Stravinsky Conducts Le Sacre Du Printemps
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 544269 Release Date: 05/21/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Igor Stravinsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic
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    Schonberg: Violin Concerto; Adorno: Six Orchestral Pieces: Stravinsky: Firebird Suite
    Label: Tyx Art   Catalog: 12004 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg,  Theodor W. Adorno,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Liana Issakadze
    Conductor:  Alexei Kornienko
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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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    Rimsky-korsakov: Scheherazade; Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001701902 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Frédéric Laroque
    Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
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    Stravinsky Conducts Stravinsky - The Ballets
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 884142 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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    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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    Igor Stravinsky Performs Stravinsky
    Label: Dutton Laboratories/Vocalion   Catalog: 9814 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Igor Stravinsky,  Ernest Ansermet
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    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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    The Firebird And Other 20th Century Masterpieces / United States Army Concert Band
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: 63492 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Igor Stravinsky,  Ottorino Respighi
    Conductor:  Thomas Rotondi Jr.
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    Stravinsky: Complete Ballets & Symphonies / Ashkenazy, Chailly, Dutoit [7-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001605302 Release Date: 10/18/2011   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Anna Caterina Antonacci,  Pietro Ballo,  William Shimell,  Olli Mustonen  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Riccardo Chailly,  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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    Martha Argerich And Friends - Live From Lugano Festival 2010
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 70836 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich,  Martha Argerich,  Danilo Grassi,  Louis Sauvetre  ... 
    Conductor:  Jacek Kaspszyk
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana
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    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1; Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite / Svetlanov
    Label: Ica Classics   Catalog: 5007 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Berliner Philharmoniker In Japan / Claudio Abbado
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4560 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Igor Stravinsky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Label: Urania   Catalog: 104 Release Date: 12/21/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Igor Stravinsky,  Ottorino Respighi  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
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  • 21.
    The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra 70th Anniversary - Essential Recordings [12-CD Set]
    Label: Helicon   Catalog: 9614 Release Date: 12/07/2010   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Shlomo Mintz,  Julius Katchen,  Artur Rubinstein,  Daniel Barenboim  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Kletzki,  Josef Krips,  Sir Georg Solti,  Jean Martinon  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ankor Children's Chorus,  Israel Philharmonia Singers
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  • 22.
    Leonard Bernstein - The Royal Edition Vol 67 - Stravinsky, Rimsky-Korsakov
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 47605 Release Date: 10/15/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 23.
    Stravinsky: L'oiseau De Feu; Le Sacre Du Printemps
    Label: Br Klassik   Catalog: 900706 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Eduardo Mata Edition Vol 6 - Stravinsky, Prokofiev
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 30982 Release Date: 08/12/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Tedd Joselson
    Conductor:  Eduardo Mata
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Salzburg Opening Concert 2008 / Barenboim, Boulez, Vienna
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 702508 Release Date: 07/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Béla Bartók,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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