Igor Stravinsky

The Essential Igor Stravinsky

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AllMusic Review by Patsy Morita

This release really is the "essential" Stravinsky in the sense that every major piece of his entire oeuvre is represented here and in chronological order. You get a picture of his compositional style and how it changed over the course of his career. It ends with a bonus track, an animated recollection by Stravinsky of the writing and premiere of Le Sacre du printemps. That incident seems to be the one thing that everyone knows and remembers about Stravinsky and his music. But that was relatively early in his career. Once you get past the first half of the first disc, with all the familiar themes from Le Sacre, The Firebird, and Petrushka, you get into his neo-Classical works and then his much-less-known, serial-influenced works of the 1950s and '60s. The little surprises among the later works are an orchestration of a Gesualdo madrigal; the brief, profound Elegy for J.F.K.; the somewhat spiky, yet still stately Fanfare for a New Theater; and a clever setting of The Owl and the Pussycat. Most of the excerpts are performed by the Columbia Symphony Orchestra or other Columbia ensembles, conducted either by Stravinsky himself or by Robert Craft, his assistant in the last 20 years of his life, so they could be called definitive interpretations. There are also a few performances conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen and Michael Tilson Thomas. All in all, this set is a great way to go beyond Le Sacre and get to know Stravinsky and his music better.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Igor Stravinsky 03:41 Amazon
L' oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra
2 Igor Stravinsky 04:40 Amazon
3 Igor Stravinsky 02:32 Amazon
4 Igor Stravinsky 01:07 Amazon
5 Igor Stravinsky 01:20 Amazon
6 Igor Stravinsky 02:47 Amazon
Petrushka, ballet (burlesque) in 4 scenes for orchestra (1911 version)
7 Igor Stravinsky 00:52 Amazon
8 Igor Stravinsky 04:34 Amazon
9 Igor Stravinsky 02:00 Amazon
10 Igor Stravinsky 02:40 Amazon
11 Igor Stravinsky 04:34 Amazon
Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra
12 Igor Stravinsky 02:57 Amazon
13 Igor Stravinsky 03:02 Amazon
14 Igor Stravinsky 01:18 Amazon
15 Igor Stravinsky 03:05 Amazon
16 Igor Stravinsky 01:59 Amazon
17 Igor Stravinsky 00:43 Amazon
18 Igor Stravinsky 00:25 Amazon
19 Igor Stravinsky 01:17 Amazon
Suite No. 1, for chamber orchestra
20 Igor Stravinsky 01:17 Amazon
21 Igor Stravinsky 01:12 Amazon
22 Igor Stravinsky 01:09 Amazon
23 Igor Stravinsky 00:53 Amazon
24 Igor Stravinsky 04:39 Amazon
L' histoire du soldat (The Soldier's Tale), concert suite for 7 instruments
25 Igor Stravinsky 02:38 Amazon
26 Igor Stravinsky 03:00 Amazon
27 Igor Stravinsky 03:10 Amazon
Pulcinella, ballet with song in 1 act, for 3 vocal soloists & orchestra
28 Igor Stravinsky 01:56 Amazon
29 Igor Stravinsky 04:20 Amazon
Octet for wind instruments
30 Igor Stravinsky 03:40 Amazon
Concerto for piano & wind instruments
31 Igor Stravinsky 05:02 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Symphony of Psalms, for chorus & orchestra
1 Igor Stravinsky 03:08 Amazon
Violin Concerto in D major
2 Igor Stravinsky 05:46 Amazon
3 Igor Stravinsky 02:53 Amazon
Jeu de cartes (Card Game), ballet in "three deals" for orchestra
4 Igor Stravinsky 05:19 Amazon
Concerto for chamber orchestra in E flat major ("Dumbarton Oaks")
5 Igor Stravinsky 04:24 Amazon
Symphony in C, for orchestra in C major
6 Igor Stravinsky 04:45 Amazon
7 Igor Stravinsky 01:24 Amazon
Norwegian Moods (4), for orchestra
8 Igor Stravinsky 02:27 Amazon
9 Igor Stravinsky 03:30 Amazon
10 Igor Stravinsky 03:53 Amazon
Symphony in Three Movements, for orchestra
11 Igor Stravinsky 06:14 Amazon
Ebony Concerto, for clarinet & jazz band
12 Igor Stravinsky 03:02 Amazon
The Rake's Progress, opera in 3 acts
13 Igor Stravinsky 02:35 Amazon
14 Igor Stravinsky 04:07 Amazon
15 Igor Stravinsky 00:51 Amazon
Monumentum pro Gesualdo di Venosa ad CD annum, for orchestra
16 Igor Stravinsky 01:56 Amazon
17 Igor Stravinsky 01:52 Amazon
18 Igor Stravinsky 00:35 Amazon
Requiem Canticles, for 2 vocal soloists, chorus & orchestra
19 Igor Stravinsky 01:44 Amazon
20 Igor Stravinsky 00:53 Amazon
21 Igor Stravinsky 00:59 Amazon
22 Igor Stravinsky 02:36 Amazon
23 Igor Stravinsky 07:12 Amazon
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