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Robert Craft, the noted conductor and widely respected writer and critic on music, literature, and culture, held a unique place in world music. He was in the process of recording the complete works of Stravinsky, Schoenberg, and Webern for Naxos. He had twice won the Grand Prix du Disque as well as the Edison Prize for his landmark recordings of Schoenberg, Webern and Varese. He also received a special award from the American Academy and National Institute of Arts and Letters in recognition of his “creative work” in literature. In 2002 he was awarded the International Prix du Disque Lifetime Achievement Award, Cannes Music Festival.

Robert Craft conducted and recorded with most of the world’s major orchestras in the United States, Europe, Russia, Japan, Korea, Mexico, South America, Australia, and New Zealand. He was the first American to conduct Berg’s Wozzeck and Lulu, and his original Webern album enabled music lovers to become acquainted with this composer’s then little-known music. He led the world premières of Stravinsky’s later masterpieces: In Memoriam: Dylan Thomas, Vom Himmel hoch, Agon, The Flood, Abraham and Isaac, Variations, Introitus, and Requiem Canticles. Craft’s historic association with Igor Stravinsky, as his constant companion, co-conductor, and musical confidant, over a period of more than twenty years, contributed to his understanding of the composer’s intentions in the performance of his music. He remained the primary source for our perspectives on Stravinsky’s life and work.

In addition to his special command of Stravinsky’s and Schoenberg’s music, Robert Craft was well-known for his recordings of works by Monteverdi, Gesualdo, Schütz, Bach, and Mozart. He was also the author of more than two dozen books on music and the arts, including the highly acclaimed Stravinsky: Chronicle of a Friendship; The Moment of Existence: Music, Literature and the Arts, 1990-1995; Places: A Travel Companion for Music and Art Lovers; An Improbable Life: Memoirs; Memories and Commentaries; and “Down a Path of Wonder”: On Schoenberg, Webern, Stravinsky, Eliot, Auden, and Some Others (2005). Stravinsky: Discoveries and Memories was published by Naxos Books in May 2013. Craft died on 10 November 2015 at his home in Florida.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
25th Anniversary Boxed Sets - Ballet Naxos 8.501055
STRAVINSKY The Ballets Naxos 8.506009
The Works of Arnold Schoenberg Vol 1 Naxos 8.505223
The Works of Arnold Schoenberg Vol 2 Naxos 8.506023

Ebook Release ISBN Number
Down a Path of Wonder ISBN 978-1-84379-283-3
Stravinsky: Discoveries and Memories (enhanced) ISBN 978-1-84379-754-8
Stravinsky: Discoveries and Memories (text only) ISBN 978-1-84379-764-7

Albums featuring this artist are available for download from ClassicsOnline.com
Role: Conductor 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
A TO Z OF CLASSICAL MUSIC (The) (3rd Expanded Edition, 2009) Naxos Educational
ANTHEIL, G.: Ballet mecanique / LOPRESTI, R.: Sketch for Percussion / CHAVEZ, C.: Toccata / HOVHANESS, A.: October Mountain (Craft, Price) (1959) Naxos Classical Archives
Chamber Music
AVE MARIA - Les plus beaux Ave Maria et chants a la Vierge (The Most Beautiful Ave Marias and Songs to the Virgin) Naxos
Choral - Sacred
Chamber Music
Discover Music of the Twentieth Century Naxos Educational
DISCOVER OPERA Naxos Educational
Choral - Secular
GREAT BALLET (10-CD Box Set) Naxos
Min Forste Klassiske Musik (My First Classical Music Album) Naxos
My First Ballet Album Naxos
My First Classical Music Album Naxos
SCHOENBERG, A.: 5 Orchestral Pieces / BRAHMS, J.: Piano Quartet No. 1 (orch. Schoenberg) (Craft) (Schoenberg, Vol. 5) Naxos
Orchestral, Concertos
SCHOENBERG, A.: Chamber Symphony No. 2 / Die gluckliche Hand / Wind Quintet (Craft) (Schoenberg, Vol. 8) Naxos
Orchestral, Opera, Chamber Music
SCHOENBERG, A.: Concerto for String Quartet / The Book of the Hanging Gardens (Craft) (Schoenberg, Vol. 2) Naxos
Vocal, Concertos
SCHOENBERG, A.: Pelleas und Melisande / Erwartung (Craft) (Schoenberg, Vol. 9) Naxos
Opera, Orchestral
SCHOENBERG, A.: Serenade / Variations for Orchestra / Bach Orchestrations (Craft) (Schoenberg, Vol. 4) Naxos
Orchestral, Chamber Music, Orchestral
SCHOENBERG, A.: String Trio / 4 Pieces for Mixed Chorus / 3 Satires / Suite (Craft) (Schoenberg, Vol. 11) Naxos
Choral - Secular, Orchestral, Choral - Secular
SCHOENBERG, A.: Violin Concerto / Ode to Napoleon / A Survivor from Warsaw (Craft) (Schoenberg, Vol. 10) Naxos
Choral - Sacred, Chamber Music, Concertos, Choral - Secular
SCHOENBERG: 6 A Cappella Choruses / String Quartet No. 2 / Suite in G Major (Schoenberg, Vol. 3) Naxos
Choral - Secular, Orchestral, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Chamber Music
SCHOENBERG: 6 Orchestral Songs / Kol Nidre / Friede auf Erden (Schoenberg, Vol. 7) Naxos
Opera, Vocal, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred
SCHOENBERG: Gurre-Lieder (Schoenberg, Vol. 1) Naxos
Choral - Secular
SCHOENBERG: Pierrot Lunaire / Chamber Symphony No. 1 / 4 Orchestral Songs (Schoenberg, Vol. 6) Naxos
Vocal, Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Story of Naxos (The) - The Soundtrack Naxos Special Projects
Choral - Secular
STRAVINSKY, I.: 125th Anniversary Album - The Rite of Spring / Violin Concerto (Craft) (Stravinsky, Vol. 8) Naxos
Concertos, Ballet, Wind Ensemble/Band Music, Choral - Secular
STRAVINSKY, I.: Apollo / Agon / Orpheus (Craft) (Stravinsky, Vol. 4) Naxos
STRAVINSKY, I.: Duo concertant / Sonata for 2 Pianos / Requiem Canticles (Frautschi, Denk, Philharmonia Orchestra, Craft) (Stravinsky, Vol. 12) Naxos
Choral - Sacred, Orchestral, Vocal
STRAVINSKY, I.: Firebird (The) / Petrushka (Craft) (Stravinsky, Vol. 2) Naxos
STRAVINSKY, I.: Histoire du Soldat Suite / Renard (Craft) (Stravinsky, Vol. 7) Naxos
Vocal, Orchestral, Chamber Music, Vocal, Orchestral
STRAVINSKY, I.: Later Ballets (Craft) (Stravinsky, Vol. 9) Naxos
Orchestral, Ballet, Orchestral, Ballet, Orchestral
STRAVINSKY, I.: Mass / Cantata / Symphony of Psalms (Craft) (Stravinsky, Vol. 6) Naxos
Choral - Sacred
STRAVINSKY, I.: Oedipus Rex / Les Noces (Craft) (Stravinsky, Vol. 1) Naxos
Choral - Secular, Ballet
STRAVINSKY, I.: Petrushka / Le Sacre du printemps (Craft) Naxos
STRAVINSKY, I.: Pulcinella / Le baiser de la fee (The Fairy's Kiss) (Craft) (Stravinsky, Vol. 5) Naxos
STRAVINSKY, I.: Rake's Progress (The) [Opera] (West, Garrison, Woodley, St. Luke's Orchestra, Craft) (Stravinsky, Vol. 11) Naxos
STRAVINSKY, I.: Rite of Spring (The) / The Nightingale (Craft) (Stravinsky, Vol. 3) Naxos
Opera, Ballet
STRAVINSKY, I.: Symphony in C / Symphony in 3 Movements / Octet / Dumbarton Oaks (Craft) (Stravinsky, Vol. 10) Naxos
Concertos, Orchestral, Chamber Music
STRAVINSKY: Firebird (The) / Petrushka Naxos
STRAVINSKY: Igor Stravinsky - A Portrait (NICE) Naxos Educational
Choral - Secular, Ballet, Choral - Sacred, Ballet, Choral - Sacred, Ballet, Concertos, Ballet, Wind Ensemble/Band Music
WEBERN, A.: Symphony / 6 Pieces, Op. 6 / Concerto (Craft) (Webern, Vol. 1) Naxos
WEBERN, A.: Vocal and Chamber Works (Arnold, C. Booth, Greenberg, Craft) (Webern, Vol. 3) Naxos
Choral - Secular
WEBERN, A.: Vocal and Orchestral Works - 5 Pieces / 5 Sacred Songs / Variations / Bach-Musical Offering: Ricercar (Craft) (Webern, Vol. 2) Naxos
Orchestral, Choral - Secular, Vocal, Chamber Music, Vocal, Choral - Secular, Orchestral
WEBERN, A.: Works (Complete), Vol. 1 (Robert Craft) (1957) Naxos Classical Archives
Orchestral, Choral - Secular
WEBERN, A.: Works (Complete), Vol. 2 (Robert Craft) (1957) Naxos Classical Archives
Orchestral, Choral - Secular

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