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: Petrushka - Debussy: La boite a joujoux / Morlot, Seattle Symphony
Release Date: 06/10/2016   Label: Seattle Symphony Orchestra  
Catalog: 1010   Number of Discs: 1
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Stravinsky: Rake's Progress / Haitink, Lott, Goeke, Elias, Van Allen, Ramey
Release Date: 01/28/2014   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 102314   Number of Discs: 1
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Stravinsky: Petrouchka, Brahms: Liebeslieder Waltzes / Stenzl, Racz
Release Date: 11/16/2004   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 100715   Number of Discs: 1
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Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite, Apollon musagete & Concerto in D for Strings / Suzuki
Release Date: 06/10/2016   Label: Bis  
Catalog: BIS-2211   Number of Discs: 1
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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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Work: Firebird Suite

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  • 51.
    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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  • 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.
    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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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    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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  • 58.
    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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  • 59.
    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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  • 60.
    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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  • 61.
    Original Masters - Leopold Stokowski
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000150902 Release Date: 11/25/2003   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  William Byrd,  Jeremiah Clarke,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Howard Snell,  David Gray,  Alan Civil
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 62.
    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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  • 63.
    Bolero - French & Russian Orchestral Favorites / Kitayenko
    Label: Erato   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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  • 64.
    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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  • 65.
    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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  • 66.
    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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  • 67.
    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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  • 68.
    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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  • 69.
    Brahms, Strauss, Stravinsky / Krips, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1122 Release Date: 08/01/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Richard Strauss,  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Josef Krips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 70.
    Erich Kleiber Dirigiert Vol 3
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90311 Release Date: 07/04/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Igor Stravinsky,  Richard Strauss,  Leos Janácek  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Kleiber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
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  • 71.
    Stravinsky: Firebird, The Rite Of Spring / Rahbari, Brt Po
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554060 Release Date: 05/26/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 72.
    Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite, Etc / Chailly, Concertbebouw
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 458142 Release Date: 05/12/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 73.
    Tutti! - Orchestral Sampler
    Label: Reference Recordings   Catalog: 906 Release Date: 02/24/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leos Janácek,  Igor Stravinsky,  Malcolm Arnold,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Conductor:  José Serebrier,  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Gerard Schwarz,  Eiji Oue  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  Seattle Symphony Orchestra,  Brno State Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 74.
    Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps, Etc / Abbado, London So
    Label: Dg Double   Catalog: 453085 Release Date: 07/15/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza,  John Shirley-Quirk,  Ryland Davies,  Leslie Howard
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 75.
    Stravinsky: Symphony In E Flat, Firebird Suite / Pletnev
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 453434 Release Date: 06/10/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
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