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
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Catalog: 30028   Number of Discs: 1
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1930s Violin Concertos Vol 1 - Barber, Hartmann, Berg, Stravinsky, Britten / Gil Shaham
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Catalog: 12   Number of Discs: 2
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Stravinsky: The Soldier's Tale / Haugland, Järvi, Rsno
Release Date: 07/26/1994   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9189   Number of Discs: 1
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Stravinsky: Mavra, Etc / Fischer, Netherlands Wind Ensemble
Release Date: 04/21/1998   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9488   Number of Discs: 1
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Stravinsky: Works For Violin And Piano / Mordkovitch, Et Al
Release Date: 10/19/1999   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9756   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Firebird Suite

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  • 76.
    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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  • 77.
    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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  • 78.
    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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  • 79.
    Bernstein Century - Stravinsky: Rite Of Spring, Firebird
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 60694 Release Date: 09/29/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 80.
    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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  • 81.
    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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  • 82.
    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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  • 83.
    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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  • 84.
    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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  • 85.
    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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  • 86.
    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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  • 87.
    Stokowski - Russian Masterworks
    Label: Cala Records   Catalog: 505 Release Date: 05/14/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Igor Stravinsky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • 88.
    Stravinsky: Song Of The Nightingale, Etc  / Oue, Minnesota
    Label: Reference Recordings   Catalog: 70 Release Date: 04/30/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Eiji Oue
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
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  • 89.
    Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite;  Falla / Maazel, Rso Berlin
    Label: Dg The Originals   Catalog: 447414 Release Date: 01/23/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Manuel de Falla
    Performer:  Grace Bumbry
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 90.
    Bernstein Conducts Stravinsky
    Label: Dg Masters   Catalog: 445538 Release Date: 07/18/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Boris Berman
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 91.
    Stravinsky: The Firebird / Sawallisch, Vienna Symphony
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 44831 Release Date: 04/10/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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  • 92.
    Stravinsky: Piano Transcriptions / Achatz, Pöntinen
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 188 Release Date: 09/22/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Roland Pöntinen,  Dag Achatz
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  • 93.
    Stravinsky, Tabakov / Emil Tabakov, Sofia Philharmonic
    Label: Gega New   Catalog: 102 Release Date: 08/09/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Emil Tabakov
    Conductor:  Emil Tabakov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 94.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherezade; Stravinsky / Chung, Bastille Opera Orchestra
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 437818 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Frédéric Laroque
    Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bastille Opera Orchestra
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  • 95.
    Basic 100 Vol 8 - Stravinsky: Rite Of Spring, Etc / Ozawa
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61557 Release Date: 06/08/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner,  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 96.
    Stravinsky: Rite Of Spring;  Prokofiev: Scythian Suite
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 3016 Release Date: 11/04/1992   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Conductor:  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
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  • 97.
    Stravinsky: Firebird Suite;  Lyadov, Rimsky-korsakov / Järvi
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 8783 Release Date: 10/28/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Anatole Liadov,  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 98.
    Stravinsky: Firebird, Petrushka, Etc / Rahbari, Brt Po
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550263 Release Date: 06/30/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Robert Groslot
    Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 99.
    Haydn: Symphonie No. 95; Frank Martin: Concerto; Igor Strawinsky: L'oiseau De Feu
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 266921 Release Date: 04/03/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Frank Martin,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Kurt Richter,  Ludwig Laberer,  Gerhard Starke,  Kurt Kalmus  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
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  • 100.
    Stravinsky: Petrouchka, Firebird;  Ravel / Ormandy, Szell
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 47664 Release Date: 01/03/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  George Szell,  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra
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