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
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Catalog: 5124   Number of Discs: 1
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Stravinsky: Danses concertantes, etc / Saraste, Avanti CO
Release Date: 09/22/1994   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 292   Number of Discs: 1
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Stravinsky: Rite Of Spring, Etc / Ehrling, Swedish Radio So
Release Date: 03/25/1994   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 400   Number of Discs: 1
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Stravinsky: Piano Transcriptions / Achatz, Pöntinen
Release Date: 09/22/1994   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 188   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Firebird Suite

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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    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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  • 28.
    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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  • 29.
    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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  • 30.
    Ernest Ansermet: The Early Days (1916-1955)
    Label: Cascavelle   Catalog: 3119 Release Date: 06/08/2010   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Nikolai N. Tcherepnin,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Ernest Christensen,  Leslie Heward,  Fanny Davies  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
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  • 31.
    Stravinsky: The Firebird, Petrouchka / Pierre Monteux
    Label: London/Decca Weekend Classics   Catalog: 421635 Release Date: 04/08/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Julius Katchen
    Conductor:  Pierre Monteux
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
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  • 32.
    Stravinsky: Firebird Suite; Rachmaninov: Symphony No 2 / Ormandy
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2072258 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 33.
    A Russian Night / Grimaud, Abbado
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001346909 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Hélène Grimaud
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucerne Festival Orchestra
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  • 34.
    Icon - Leopold Stokowski - The Maverick Conductor
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 98555 Release Date: 10/20/2009   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Pietro Antonio Cesti,  Ernest Bloch,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Giovanni Palestrina  ... 
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
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  • 35.
    Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite, Pulcinella Suite / Bernstein
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 415127 Release Date: 08/31/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 36.
    Waldbuhne Concert - Russian Night
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4508 Release Date: 08/25/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Lincke,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Aram Khachaturian,  Alexander Borodin  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 37.
    Kodaly: Hary Janos; Stravinsky: Firebird; Prokofiev / Ormandy, Philadelphia
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 38125 Release Date: 03/17/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Zoltán Kodály,  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 38.
    Stravinsky: Rite Of Spring, Firebird / Simonov, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks   Catalog: 28290 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Yuri Simonov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 39.
    The Art Of Dimitri Mitropoulos Vol 1 - Berg, Beethoven, Vaughan Williams
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1213 Release Date: 08/12/2008   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Ernest Chausson,  Igor Stravinsky,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Egon Petri,  Joseph Szigeti,  Jean Casadesus
    Conductor:  Dimitri Mitropoulos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
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  • 40.
    2008 New York State School Music Association: All-state String Orchestra & All-s
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 8222 Release Date: 01/01/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Leroy Anderson,  Josef Suk,  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Anthony Maiello,  Ann Danis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NYSSMA All-State Symphony Orchestra,  NYSSMA All-State String Orchestra
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  • 41.
    New Year's Concert At Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall / Valery Gergiev, Et Al
    Label: Bel Air Classiques   Catalog: 31 Release Date: 12/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Alexander Borodin,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Performer:  Yefim Bronfman
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra
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  • 42.
    Stravinsky: Petrushka & Firebird Suites; Debussy / Stokowski
    Label: Emi Studio   Catalog: 69116 Release Date: 12/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Claude Debussy
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 43.
    Orff: Carmina Burana;  Stravinsky: Firebird / Stokowski
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 65207 Release Date: 10/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Orff,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Virginia Babikian,  Clyde Hager,  Guy Gardner
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Symphony Orchestra,  Houston Symphony Chorale,  Houston Youth Symphony Boys' Choir  ... 
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  • 44.
    Lpo 75th Anniversary Vol 2 / Pritchard, Solti, Haitink
    Label: Lpo   Catalog: 98 Release Date: 09/25/2007   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  John McCabe,  Malcolm Arnold,  Igor Stravinsky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Rodney Friend,  Nicholas Busch,  Ian Partridge,  Heather Harper  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  Sir Georg Solti,  John Pritchard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 45.
    Strauss, Mozart, Stravinsky / Bohm, Cologne Rso
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 95591 Release Date: 09/18/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 46.
    Dg Concerts - 2006/2007 - Ravel, Stravinsky / Maazel, Nypo
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000977202 Release Date: 09/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 47.
    A Forgotten Conductor Vol 3 - Beethoven, Etc / Oskar Fried
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1198 Release Date: 08/21/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Igor Stravinsky,  Franz Liszt,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Oscar Fried
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra members
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  • 48.
    Oskar Fried - Mahler's Disciple
    Label: Arbiter   Catalog: 153 Release Date: 07/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Gustav Mahler,  Igor Stravinsky,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Astra Desmond
    Conductor:  Oscar Fried
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  All-Union Radio Orchestra  ... 
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  • 49.
    Russian Expressions / The United States Air Force Band
    Label: Klavier Records   Catalog: 11167 Release Date: 06/19/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Rodion Shchedrin,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Igor Stravinsky,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Conductor:  Lowell Graham
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Air Force Band
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    Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition; Ravel: La Valse / Cluytens
    Label: Arts Music   Catalog: 43055 Release Date: 06/05/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Igor Stravinsky,  Modest Mussorgsky
    Conductor:  André Cluytens
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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