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: Rite Of Spring, Firebird / Simonov, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Release Date: 03/10/2009   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28290   Number of Discs: 1
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Stravinsky Conducts Stravinsky - The Ballets
Release Date: 06/12/2012   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 7884142   Number of Discs: 7
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Beethoven, Webern, Bach, Liget, Stravinsky: Works For Cello & Piano / Altsaedt
Release Date: 11/12/2007   Label: Genuin Musikproduction  
Catalog: 87084   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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Stravinsky: Violin Concerto;  Sibelius: Symphonies No 3 & 6 / Zehetmair, Northern Sinfonia
Release Date: 07/14/2009   Label: Avie  
Catalog: 2150   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Firebird Suite

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  • 51.
    Original Masters - Pierre Monteux - Decca And Philips Recordings 1956-1964
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000797902 Release Date: 01/09/2007   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Claude Monteux,  Julius Katchen
    Conductor:  Pierre Monteux
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
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  • 52.
    Stravinsky: L'oiseau De Feu, Etc / Levi, Flemish Rso
    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 922201 Release Date: 03/28/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Yoel Levi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Flemish Radio Orchestra
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  • 53.
    Bernstein Collectors Edition - Stravinsky, Shostakovich
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000532002 Release Date: 11/08/2005   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Boris Berman,  Homero Francesch,  Paul Hudson,  Krystian Zimerman  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  English Bach Festival Choir,  English Bach Festival Percussion Ensemble  ... 
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  • 54.
    Leaving Home - Music In The 20th Century 3 - Colours
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 102037 Release Date: 09/20/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Toru Takemitsu,  Olivier Messiaen,  Pierre Boulez,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
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  • 55.
    Stravinsky: The Firebird & Pulcinella Suite / Boulez
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 94736 Release Date: 08/30/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Ensemble InterContemporain
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  • 56.
    Günter Wand Edition - Stravinsky, Prokofiev
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 4056 Release Date: 08/16/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Edith Peinemann
    Conductor:  Günter Wand
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 57.
    Stravinsky: Firebird Suite; Shchedrin: Piano Concerto No 5 / Mariss Jansons, Denis Matsuev
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 70326 Release Date: 07/18/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Rodion Shchedrin
    Performer:  Denis Matsuev
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 58.
    Stravinsky: L'oiseau De Feu, Jeu De Cartes / Pons, Et Al
    Label: Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord   Catalog: 1951728 Release Date: 09/14/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Josep Pons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Granada City Orchestra
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  • 59.
    Jascha Horenstein - Broadcast Performances From Paris
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1146 Release Date: 08/31/2004   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Samuel Barber,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Lola Bobesco,  Marian Anderson,  Pilar Lorengar,  Marga Höffgen  ... 
    Conductor:  Jascha Horenstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
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  • 60.
    Stravinsky: Petrouchka, Firebird Suite / Mackerras, Mccabe
    Label: Vanguard   Catalog: 1505 Release Date: 04/27/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Robin McCabe
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 61.
    Stravinsky: Firebird Suite, The Rite Of Spring, Etc
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5714 Release Date: 03/02/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 62.
    Expanded Edition - Stravinsky: Rite Of Spring, Etc /Bernstein
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 93080 Release Date: 02/24/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic
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  • 63.
    Original Masters - Leopold Stokowski
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000150902 Release Date: 11/25/2003   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Olivier Messiaen,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Alan Civil,  David Gray,  Howard Snell
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus  ... 
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  • 64.
    Stravinsky: Petrouchka, Firebird Suite, Scherzo / P. Järvi
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 60587 Release Date: 07/22/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Michael Chertock
    Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
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  • 65.
    Stravinsky: Petrouchka, Firebird Suite, Scherzo / P. Järvi
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80587 Release Date: 03/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Michael Chertock
    Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
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  • 66.
    Stravinsky: Petrushka, Rite Of Spring, Etc.
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 473731 Release Date: 03/10/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 67.
    Great Conductors Of The 20th Century - Carlo Maria Giulini
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 75462 Release Date: 02/11/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Igor Stravinsky,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 68.
    Bolero - French & Russian Orchestral Favorites / Kitayenko
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 5619012 Release Date: 06/05/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Anatole Liadov,  Claude Debussy,  Paul Dukas  ... 
    Conductor:  Dmitri Kitayenko
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 69.
    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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  • 70.
    Stravinsky: Rite Of Spring, Firebird / DePriest, Oregon Symphony
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3278 Release Date: 01/16/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  James DePreist
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oregon Symphony Orchestra
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  • 71.
    Lord Of The Rings & Firebird Suite  / United States Marine Band
    Label: Mark Masters   Catalog: 3634 Release Date: 01/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Johan de Meij
    Conductor:  Col. John R. Bourgeois
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Marine Band
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  • 72.
    Stravinsky: Rite Of Spring, Firebird / Horenstein, Et Al
    Label: Vox Box Legends   Catalog: 7804 Release Date: 07/11/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Jascha Horenstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 73.
    Russian Orchestral Masterworks
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1749 Release Date: 01/11/2000   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Igor Stravinsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Conductor:  Tadaaki Otaka,  William Boughton,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky,  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales,  English String Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 74.
    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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  • 75.
    Stravinsky: Firebird Suite, Etc /Ashkenazy, St Petersburg Po
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 448812 Release Date: 10/12/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
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