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Robert Craft

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Born: October 20, 1923  
Robert Lawson Craft is an American conductor, noted for his association with Igor Stravinsky and his championing of the music of Anton Webern and other composers of the Second Viennese School.

Craft had a middle-class upbringing in upstate New York. After service as an Army medic during World War II, he studied at Juilliard and Berkshire Music Center and privately with Pierre Monteux. From 1947 to 1950 he conducted the Chamber Arts
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His conducting led to a meeting with the 65-year-old Igor Stravinsky, who hired him as musical assistant and secretary. Moving to Stravinsky's home in Los Angeles, Craft assisted him with the English text of the opera The Rake's Progress. Craft also conducted two concert series in Los Angeles, the Evenings-on-the-Roof and its successor, the Monday Evening Concerts. Again, he scheduled music of Schoenberg, Webern, Varčse, late Stravinsky, and older music such as that of Gesualdo.

After the premiere of The Rake in 1951, Stravinsky found himself creatively blocked, but also unexpectedly stimulated by hearing Craft's performance of Schoenberg's Septet. The Russian master (generally considered the greatest rival of Schoenberg and his school) now asked Craft to provide some Schoenberg and Webern scores for study. Craft also gave Stravinsky Ernst Krenek's invaluable teaching books on the 12-tone system. Over the next few years Stravinsky startled the musical world by embracing Schoenberg's system. Craft's position with Stravinsky altered from assistant to collaborator. The composer welcomed Craft's suggestions and advice even to the shaping of some of his late works. Craft also began rehearsing orchestras for Stravinsky to conduct in concert and for a great series of recordings for Columbia Records, making both endeavors possible.

In connection with the composer's 75th birthday, Craft suggested that he and Stravinsky prepare a written interview dealing with the most frequently asked questions and release it to the press rather than subject the old man to long, repetitive personal interviews. This format proved so successful that Craft and Stravinsky co-wrote several volumes of Stravinsky's memoirs and thoughts on music. After Stravinsky's death, Craft continued to edit Stravinsky documentation and write his own memories of life with Stravinsky.

Craft has pursued his own career as a lecturer, conductor, writer, and musicologist. While recording the Columbia Stravinsky cycle, he used odd moments available during recording sessions to produce the first integral recordings of the complete numbered works of Anton Webern. The turn of the century found him recording the works of Stravinsky and of Schoenberg for Koch International Classics.

He is a highly skilled and precise conductor who could no doubt have established a career of higher profile if he were more interested in the standard repertory and if he had not devoted much of his time to Stravinsky, both during and after the master's life. But he has gone firmly on record as saying the opportunity to know and work with the great man was, without doubt on his part, fully worth the trade-off. Read less
Webern: Vocal And Orchestral Works / Craft, Arnold, Booth, Et Al
Release Date: 07/28/2009   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557531   Number of Discs: 1
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Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex, Les Noces / Wells, Craft
Release Date: 01/18/2005   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557499   Number of Discs: 1
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Schoenberg: Concerto For String Quartet After Handel, Book Of The Hanging Gardens / Craft, Lane, 20th Century Classics Ensemble
Release Date: 01/18/2005   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557520   Number of Discs: 1
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Stravinsky: Three Greek Ballets / Robert Craft, Et Al
Release Date: 05/17/2005   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557502   Number of Discs: 1
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Stravinsky: Later Ballets / Robert Craft, Et Al
Release Date: 12/11/2007   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557506   Number of Discs: 1
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    Schoenberg: Klavierstucke, Suite, Concerto, Lieder / Glenn Gould
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 541364 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg
    Performer:  Glenn Gould,  Israel Baker,  John Horton,  Robert Mann  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Craft
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  C. B. C. Symphony Orchestra,  Juilliard String Quartet
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    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,  Robert Craft,  Alexander Rahbari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra,  Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    My First Ballet Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578205 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Darius Milhaud,  Alexander Glazunov,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari,  Jean-Claude Casadesus,  Ondrej Lenárd,  Theodore Kuchar  ... 
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    My First Classical Music Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578203 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Antonio Vivaldi,  John Adams,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  Dong-Suk Kang,  Pascal Devoyon,  Jürgen Schuster  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Halász,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Marin Alsop,  Mats Rondin  ... 
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    Stravinsky: Duo Concertant, Sonata For 2 Pianos, Requiem Canticles / Frautschi, Denk, Craft
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557532 Release Date: 04/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Jennifer Frautschi,  Jeremy Denk,  Maarten Van Raat,  Ralph van Raat  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Craft
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Simon Joly Chorus,  20th Century Classics Ensemble
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    Monteverdi: Vespro Della Beata Vergine;  Bach / Craft
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 62656 Release Date: 04/22/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Melvin Brown,  Archi Drake,  Richard Levitt,  Adrienne Albert  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Craft
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gregg Smith Singers,  Texas Boy's Choir Fort Worth,  Columbia Baroque Ensemble  ... 
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    Schoenberg: String Trio, Four Pieces For Mixed Chorus / Craft, London Sinfonietta
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557529 Release Date: 03/30/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg
    Performer:  Fred Sherry,  Toby Appel,  Alan R. Kay,  Charles Neidich  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Craft
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Sinfonietta members,  Simon Joly Chorus
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  • 8.
    The Works Of Arnold Schoenberg Vol 2 - The Robert Craft Edition
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8506023 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg
    Performer:  Catherine Wyn-Rogers,  Sioned Williams,  Tim Carey,  John Alley  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Craft
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  20th Century Classics Ensemble,  Simon Joly Chorus  ... 
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  • 9.
    The Devil's Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578085-86 Release Date: 09/29/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Robert Schumann,  György Ligeti,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Samuel Ramey,  Idil Biret,  Laurent Martin,  Ashley Wass  ... 
    Conductor:  Julius Rudel,  Johannes Wildner,  Alfred Walter,  Christian Benda  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Orchestra,  Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    The Works Of Arnold Schoenberg Vol 1 / Robert Craft
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8505223 Release Date: 09/29/2009   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg,  Johannes Brahms,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  David Wilson-Johnson,  Jeremy Denk,  Mark Beesley,  Fred Sherry  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Craft
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fred Sherry String Quartet,  Simon Joly Chorus,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Webern: Vocal And Orchestral Works / Craft, Arnold, Booth, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557531 Release Date: 07/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Webern
    Performer:  Tony Arnold,  David Wilson-Johnson,  Claire Booth
    Conductor:  Robert Craft
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  20th Century Classics Ensemble,  Simon Joly Chorus  ... 
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    Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress / West, Garrison, Cheek, Craft, Orchestra Of St. Luke's
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8660272-73 Release Date: 05/26/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Jeffrey Johnson,  Shirley Love,  Melvin Lowery,  Jayne West  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Craft
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  Gregg Smith Singers
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  • 13.
    Stravinsky: The Ballets / Robert Craft
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8506009 Release Date: 03/31/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Mark Wait,  Alan Ewing,  Susan Bickley,  Martyn Hill  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Craft
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Stravinsky: Symphony In C, Symphony In 3 Movements / Craft, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557507 Release Date: 01/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Robert Kraft,  Robert Craft
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  20th Century Classics Ensemble,  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Schoenberg: Violin Concerto, A Survivor From Warsaw, Etc / Craft, Schulte
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557528 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg
    Performer:  Rolf Schulte,  Jeremy Denk
    Conductor:  Robert Craft
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Simon Joly Chorus,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Fred Sherry String Quartet
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    Schoenberg: Pelleas Und Melisande, Erwartung / Craft, Silja
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557527 Release Date: 08/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg
    Performer:  Anja Silja
    Conductor:  Robert Craft
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Schoenberg: Chamber Symphony No 2, Die Glückliche Hand, Wind Quintet / Beesley, Craft
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557526 Release Date: 04/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg
    Performer:  Mark Beesley,  William Purvis,  Charles Neidich,  Stephen Taylor  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Craft
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Simon Joly Chorus,  New York Woodwind Quintet
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  • 18.
    A Portrait Of Igor Stravinsky - His Works, His Life
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558186-87 Release Date: 02/26/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Peter Hill,  Ian Bostridge,  Alison Wells,  Alan Ewing  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Craft,  Stefan Sanderling,  Nicholas Ward,  Brett Kelly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Bournemouth Sinfonietta,  International Piano Quartet  ... 
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    Stravinsky: Later Ballets / Robert Craft, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557506 Release Date: 12/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Mark Wait
    Conductor:  Robert Craft
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  20th Century Classics Ensemble  ... 
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    Schoenberg: Six Songs for Soprano and Orchestra / Craft, Welch-Babidge
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557525 Release Date: 10/30/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg
    Performer:  Jennifer Welch-Babidge,  David Wilson-Johnson
    Conductor:  Robert Craft
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Simon Joly Chorus
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    Stravinsky: Violin Concerto, Etc / Frautschi, Craft, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557508 Release Date: 07/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Jennifer Frautschi
    Conductor:  Robert Craft
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  Gregg Smith Singers  ... 
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    Stravinsky: Song Of The Nightingale, Etc / Craft, Columbia Symphony Orchestra Et Al
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 46302 Release Date: 06/08/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Richard Frisch,  Sanford Schonbach,  George Neikrug,  Otis Igleman  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Craft
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  Columbia Chamber Orchestra,  Ithaca College Concert Choir
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    Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire, Etc / Craft, Wyn-rogers, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557523 Release Date: 03/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg
    Performer:  Eileen Hulse,  Anja Silja,  Catherine Wyn-Rogers
    Conductor:  Robert Craft
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra members,  20th Century Classics Ensemble,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Stravinsky: Histoire Du Soldat (Suite), Etc / Craft, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557505 Release Date: 01/30/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Gordon Gottlieb,  Michael Powell,  Chris Gekker,  William Blount  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Craft
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's members,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Schoenberg: Five Pieces, Cello Concerto, Brahms Quartet Transcription / Sherry, Craft
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557524 Release Date: 11/21/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Fred Sherry
    Conductor:  Robert Craft
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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