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
Ernest Ansermet Conducts Ballet Music - Stravinsky, Et Al
Release Date: 06/18/2002   Label: Somm  
Catalog: 27   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov, Stravinsky / Malcolm Wilson, Philip Martin
Release Date: 11/09/2010   Label: Somm  
Catalog: 098   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: Firebird Suite

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    David Bernard Conducts Bartok, Copland, Stravinsky & Vaughan Williams
    Label: Recursive Classics   Catalog: 2057008 Release Date: 06/10/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Aaron Copland,  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  David Bernard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
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    The Leonard Bernstein Collection, Vol. 2
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002462302 Release Date: 04/08/2016   Number of Discs: 64
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Joseph Alessi,  Glenn Dicterow,  Philip Smith,  Jaap Van Zweden  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Bach Festival Percussion Ensemble
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    Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring & The Firebird Suite / Orozco-Estrada
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186556 Release Date: 02/12/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Andres Orozco-Estrada
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Igor Stravinsky: The Complete Columbia Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 502616 Release Date: 10/30/2015   Number of Discs: 57
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Various
    Performer:  Roger Sessions,  Aaron Copland,  Lukas Foss,  Samuel Barber  ... 
    Conductor:  Igor Stravinsky,  Gregg Smith
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  CBC Symphony Orchestra,  American Concert Choir  ... 
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    Myth: Rosanne Philippens plays Szymanowski
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 36715 Release Date: 04/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karol Szymanowski,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Rosanne Philippens,  Julien Quentin
    Conductor:  Xian Zhang
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    Berliner Philharmoniker In Japan / Claudio Abbado
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2012478 Release Date: 02/24/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Igor Stravinsky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Lorin Maazel - The Complete Early Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002251502 Release Date: 02/17/2015   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Igor Stravinsky,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Jeanine Collard,  Jane Berbié,  Sylvaine Gilma,  Colette Herzog  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Radio Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Pierre Boulez: The Complete Columbia Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 301333 Release Date: 11/24/2014   Number of Discs: 67
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Alexander Scriabin,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Alban Berg  ... 
    Performer:  Karl Dönch,  Isabel Strauss,  Walter Berry,  Fritz Uhl  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Anton Webern
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Camerata Singers,  Schola Cantorum New York  ... 
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    Beethoven: Prometheus; Strawinsky: Feuervogel; Mussorgsky: Eine Nacht Auf Dem Kahlen Berge; Prokofjew: Romeo Und Julia; Schonberg: Ein Uberlebender Au
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 892141 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Arnold Schoenberg,  Igor Stravinsky,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
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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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    Gunter Wand - The Radio Recordings
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 13038 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Olivier Messiaen,  Anton Webern,  Wolfgang Fortner  ... 
    Performer:  Erno Sebestyen,  Margaret Marshall,  Monique [Ondes Martenot] Matagne-Cavailles,  Tiny Wirtz  ... 
    Conductor:  Günter Wand
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    Bernard Haitink - The Philips Years
    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: Dg 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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  • 21.
    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,  CBC Symphony Orchestra,  American Concert Choir  ... 
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  • 22.
    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,  Igor Stravinsky,  Alexander Rahbari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra,  Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 23.
    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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    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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