Does any other composer of the 20th century offer such varied riches? If The Firebird, glowing with the iridescence of his teacher Rimsky-Korsakov, brought him his international breakthrough in 1910, The Rite of Spring sealed his fame and set him on the long path towards the terse archaism of Agon in 1957. Chameleon-like and with tireless creativity, Stravinsky kept pace with the aesthetic evolutions, convolutions and dislocations of his times. In his evocation of the Russia of history and prehistory, in the insolently virtuosic elegance of his pastiches, in his adaptations of Classical myths, in his rediscovery of his faith, and in his late conversion to serialism, he transformed every challenge into an opportunity.
The release of this edition marks 50 years since the death of Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971), the most influential composer of the 20th century.
The recordings span nearly a century of history, from 2019 back as far as 1928.
The edition comprises all major works and less frequently heard smaller works. Certain works appear in both their original orchestral versions and in transcriptions, by Stravinsky himself and by other musicians e.g. for solo piano, piano duo, piano and violin, accordion duo.
3CDs are devoted to historical recordings, dating from the late 1920s and 1930s, with Stravinsky appearing as conductor and as pianist.
Ensemble Intercontemporain (chamber ensemble), Grand Chœur de l’Université de Lausanne, Chœur de Radio-France, Jacques Jouineau, Yehudi Menuhin (violin), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano), Geoffrey Parsons (piano), François Le Roux (baritone), Natalie Dessay (soprano), Marie McLaughlin (soprano), Violeta Urmana (soprano), Opéra national de Paris (opera company), Ensemble instrumental, Anthony Rolfe Johnson (tenor), Marjana Lipovsek (contralto), John Tomlinson (bass), Robert Lloyd (bass), Dawn Upshaw (soprano), Jerry Hadley (tenor), Samuel Ramey (bass), Opéra National de Lyon (opera company), Ian Bostridge (tenor), Adam Walker (flute), Michael Collins (clarinet), Lawrence Power (viola), Michel Béroff (piano), Maxim Vengerov (violin), Mstislav Rostropovich (cello), Gidon Kremer (violin), Alban Berg Quartett (string quartet), Sabine Meyer (clarinet), Itzhak Perlman (violin), Bruno Canino (piano), Tabea Zimmermann (viola), Beatrice Rana (piano), James Crabb (accordion), Geir Draugsvoll (accordion), Truls Mørk (cello), Lars Vogt (piano), Fazil Say (piano), Marcelle Meyer (piano)
Philharmonia Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Berliner Philharmoniker, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Choir of King's College Cambridge, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Bath Festival Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Orchestre de Paris, London Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Eliahu Inbal, Riccardo Muti, Mariss Jansons, Pierre Boulez, Sir Neville Marriner, Charles Dutoit, André Vandernoot, Sir Simon Rattle, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Stephen Cleobury, James Conlon, Dmitri Kitayenko, Zubin Mehta, Sir Charles Mackerras, Hiroyuki Iwaki, John Nelson, Franz Welser-Möst, Kent Nagano, Seiji Ozawa, Igor Stravinsky