The Essential Igor Stravinsky

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All Music Guide - 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 ...
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All Music Guide - 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.
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  • Release Date: 3/25/2003
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998991026
  • Catalog Number: 89910

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fireworks (Feu D'artifice), fantasy for orchestra, Op. 4 - Igor Stravinsky & Columbia Symphony Orchestra (3:41)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Performed byColumbia Symphony Orchestra
  2. 2 L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra: Danse infernale de tous les sujets de Kastchei - Igor Stravinsky & Columbia Symphony Orchestra (4:40)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Performed byColumbia Symphony Orchestra
  3. 3 L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra: Berceuse (l'Oiseau de feu) - Igor Stravinsky & Columbia Symphony Orchestra (2:32)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Performed byColumbia Symphony Orchestra
  4. 4 L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra: Reveil de Kastchei - Igor Stravinsky & Columbia Symphony Orchestra (1:07)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Performed byColumbia Symphony Orchestra
  5. 5 L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra: Mort de Kastchei - Profonds ténèbres - Igor Stravinsky & Columbia Symphony Orchestra (1:20)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Performed byColumbia Symphony Orchestra
  6. 6 L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra: Disparition du palais et des sortilèges de Kastche - Igor Stravinsky & Columbia Symphony Orchestra (2:47)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Performed byColumbia Symphony Orchestra
  7. 7 Petrushka, ballet (burlesque) in 4 scenes for orchestra (1911 version): Scene I - Opening - Igor Stravinsky & Michael Tilson Thomas (0:52)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Conducted byMichael Tilson Thomas
    Performed byMichael Tilson Thomas, New Philharmonia Orchestra
  8. 8 Petrushka, ballet (burlesque) in 4 scenes for orchestra (1911 version): The Shrove-tide Fair - Igor Stravinsky & Michael Tilson Thomas (4:34)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Conducted byMichael Tilson Thomas
    Performed byMichael Tilson Thomas, New Philharmonia Orchestra
  9. 9 Petrushka, ballet (burlesque) in 4 scenes for orchestra (1911 version): The Charlatan's Booth - Igor Stravinsky & Michael Tilson Thomas (2:00)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Conducted byMichael Tilson Thomas
    Performed byMichael Tilson Thomas, New Philharmonia Orchestra
  10. 10 Petrushka, ballet (burlesque) in 4 scenes for orchestra (1911 version): Russian Dance - Igor Stravinsky & Michael Tilson Thomas (2:40)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Conducted byMichael Tilson Thomas
    Performed byMichael Tilson Thomas, New Philharmonia Orchestra
  11. 11 Petrushka, ballet (burlesque) in 4 scenes for orchestra (1911 version): Scene II - Petrushka's Room - Igor Stravinsky & Michael Tilson Thomas (4:34)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Conducted byMichael Tilson Thomas
    Performed byMichael Tilson Thomas, New Philharmonia Orchestra
  12. 12 Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra: Introduction - Igor Stravinsky & Columbia Symphony Orchestra (2:57)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Performed byColumbia Symphony Orchestra
  13. 13 Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra: Les augures printanières (Danse des adolescentes) - Igor Stravinsky & Columbia Symphony Orchestra (3:02)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Performed byColumbia Symphony Orchestra
  14. 14 Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra: Jeu du rapt - Igor Stravinsky & Columbia Symphony Orchestra (1:18)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Performed byColumbia Symphony Orchestra
  15. 15 Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra: Rondes printanières - Igor Stravinsky & Columbia Symphony Orchestra (3:05)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Performed byColumbia Symphony Orchestra
  16. 16 Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra: Jeux des cités rivales - Igor Stravinsky & Columbia Symphony Orchestra (1:59)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Performed byColumbia Symphony Orchestra
  17. 17 Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra: Cortège du Sage - Igor Stravinsky & Columbia Symphony Orchestra (0:43)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Performed byColumbia Symphony Orchestra
  18. 18 Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra: Adoration de la terre (Le Sage) - Igor Stravinsky & Columbia Symphony Orchestra (0:25)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Performed byColumbia Symphony Orchestra
  19. 19 Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), ballet in 2 parts for orchestra: Danse de la terre - Igor Stravinsky & Columbia Symphony Orchestra (1:17)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Performed byColumbia Symphony Orchestra
  20. 20–23 Suite No. 1, for chamber orchestra - Igor Stravinsky & CBC Symphony Orchestra (4:31)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Performed byCBC Symphony Orchestra
    1. 20I. Andante
    2. 21II. Napolitana
    3. 22III. Espanola
    4. 23IV. Balalaika
  21. 24 Ragtime, for 11 instruments - Igor Stravinsky & Columbia Chamber Ensemble (4:39)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Performed byColumbia Chamber Ensemble
  22. 25 L'histoire du soldat (The Soldier's Tale), concert suite for 7 instruments: Marche Royale - Igor Stravinsky & Columbia Chamber Ensemble (2:38)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Performed byColumbia Chamber Ensemble
  23. 26 L'histoire du soldat (The Soldier's Tale), concert suite for 7 instruments: Petit Concert - Igor Stravinsky & Columbia Chamber Ensemble (3:00)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Performed byColumbia Chamber Ensemble
  24. 27 Piano-Rag-Music, for piano - Igor Stravinsky & Howard Fritzson (3:10)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
  25. 28 Pulcinella, ballet with song in 1 act, for 3 vocal soloists & orchestra: Sinfonia (Ouverture) - Igor Stravinsky & Columbia Symphony Orchestra (1:56)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Performed byColumbia Symphony Orchestra
  26. 29 Pulcinella, ballet with song in 1 act, for 3 vocal soloists & orchestra: Gavotta con due variazioni - Igor Stravinsky & Columbia Symphony Orchestra (4:20)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Performed byColumbia Symphony Orchestra
  27. 30 Octet for wind instruments: I. Sinfonia - Esa-Pekka Salonen & Igor Stravinsky (3:40)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Conducted byEsa-Pekka Salonen
    Performed byEsa-Pekka Salonen, London Sinfonietta
  28. 31 Concerto for piano & wind instruments: III. Allegro - Igor Stravinsky & Columbia Symphony Orchestra (5:02)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Performed byColumbia Symphony Orchestra
Disc 2
  1. 1 Symphony of Psalms, for chorus & orchestra: Part 1. Exaudi orationem meam - Igor Stravinsky & Michael Tilson Thomas (3:08)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Conducted byMichael Tilson Thomas
    Performed byMichael Tilson Thomas, London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Stephen Westrop
  2. 2 Violin Concerto in D major: 4. Capriccio - Esa-Pekka Salonen & Igor Stravinsky (5:46)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Conducted byEsa-Pekka Salonen
    Performed byEsa-Pekka Salonen, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
  3. 3 Pastorale, song without words for violin & woodwind quartet - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (2:53)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Conducted byIgor Stravinsky
    Performed byIgor Stravinsky, Columbia Chamber Orchestra
  4. 4 Jeu de cartes (Card Game), ballet in "three deals" for orchestra: Premiere donne - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (5:19)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Conducted byIgor Stravinsky
    Performed byIgor Stravinsky, Cleveland Orchestra
  5. 5 Concerto for chamber orchestra in E flat major ("Dumbarton Oaks"): I. Tempo giusto - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (4:24)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Conducted byIgor Stravinsky
    Performed byIgor Stravinsky, Columbia Symphony Orchestra
  6. 6 Symphony in C, for orchestra in C Major: III. Allegretto - Igor Stravinsky & Michael Tilson Thomas (4:45)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Conducted byMichael Tilson Thomas
    Performed byMichael Tilson Thomas, London Symphony Orchestra
  7. 7 The Star-spangled Banner, transcription for orchestra (after John Stafford Smith) - Francis Scott Key & Igor Stravinsky (1:24)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Conducted byIgor Stravinsky
    Performed byIgor Stravinsky, CBC Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Festival Singers
  8. 8 Norwegian Moods (4), for orchestra: I. Intrada - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (2:27)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Conducted byIgor Stravinsky
    Performed byIgor Stravinsky, Columbia Symphony Orchestra
  9. 9 Circus Polka, for orchestra ("for a young elephant") - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (3:30)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Conducted byIgor Stravinsky
    Performed byIgor Stravinsky, CBC Symphony Orchestra
  10. 10 Scherzo à la Russe, for orchestra - Igor Stravinsky & Michael Tilson Thomas (3:53)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Conducted byMichael Tilson Thomas
    Performed byMichael Tilson Thomas, New Philharmonia Orchestra
  11. 11 Symphony in Three Movements, for orchestra: III. Con moto - Igor Stravinsky & Michael Tilson Thomas (6:14)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Conducted byMichael Tilson Thomas
    Performed byMichael Tilson Thomas, London Symphony Orchestra
  12. 12 Ebony Concerto, for clarinet & jazz band: I. Allegro moderato - Benny Goodman & Igor Stravinsky (3:02)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
  13. 13 The Rake's Progress, opera in 3 acts: Act 3. Scene 3. Good people, just a moment - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (2:35)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Conducted byIgor Stravinsky
    Performed byIgor Stravinsky, John Barker, Don Garrard, Jean Manning, Kevin Miller, Judith Raskin, John Reardon, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sadler's Wells Opera Chorus, Regina Sarfaty, Peter Tracey, Alexander Young
  14. 14 Tango, for chamber orchestra - Igor Stravinsky & Columbia Jazz Combo (4:07)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
  15. 15 Greeting Prelude, for orchestra - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (0:51)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Conducted byIgor Stravinsky
    Performed byIgor Stravinsky, Columbia Symphony Orchestra
  16. 16 Monumentum pro Gesualdo di Venosa ad CD annum, for orchestra: II. Ma tu, cagion di quella: Madrigale XVIII, Libr - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (1:56)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Conducted byIgor Stravinsky
    Performed byIgor Stravinsky, Columbia Symphony Orchestra
  17. 17 Elegy for J. F. K., for voice & 3 clarinets - Cathy Berberian & Igor Stravinsky (1:52)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Performed byCathy Berberian
  18. 18 Fanfare for a New Theater, for 2 trumpets - Robert Nagel & Igor Stravinsky (0:35)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
  19. 19 Requiem Canticles, for 2 vocal soloists, chorus & orchestra: II. Exaudi - Gregg Smith & Igor Stravinsky (1:44)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Conducted byRobert Craft
    Performed byColumbia Symphony Orchestra, Elaine Bonazzi, Charles Bressler, Robert Craft, Donald Gramm, Linda Anderson, Ithaca College Concert Choir
  20. 20 Requiem Canticles, for 2 vocal soloists, chorus & orchestra: III. Dies Irae - Gregg Smith & Igor Stravinsky (0:53)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Conducted byRobert Craft
    Performed byColumbia Symphony Orchestra, Elaine Bonazzi, Charles Bressler, Robert Craft, Donald Gramm, Linda Anderson, Ithaca College Concert Choir
  21. 21 Requiem Canticles, for 2 vocal soloists, chorus & orchestra: IV. Tuba Mirum - Gregg Smith & Igor Stravinsky (0:59)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Conducted byRobert Craft
    Performed byColumbia Symphony Orchestra, Elaine Bonazzi, Charles Bressler, Robert Craft, Donald Gramm, Linda Anderson, Ithaca College Concert Choir
  22. 22 The Owl and the Pussy-cat, for voice & piano - Igor Stravinsky & Adrienne Albert (2:36)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Performed byAdrienne Albert
  23. 23 Stravinsky in his own words, interview - Igor Stravinsky & Igor Stravinsky (7:12)
    Composed byIgor Stravinsky
    Performed byJohn McClure
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