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ROBERT CRAFT

Robert Craft, the noted conductor and widely respected writer and critic on music, literature, and culture, holds a unique place in world music of today. He is in the process of recording the complete works of Stravinsky, Schoenberg, and Webern for Naxos. He has twice won the Grand Prix du Disque as well as the Edison Prize for his landmark recordings of Schoenberg, Webern, and Varèse. He has 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 has 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 is the first American to have conducted 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 remains 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 is well-known for his recordings of works by Monteverdi, Gesualdo, Schütz, Bach, and Mozart. He is 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; Down a Path of Wonder: Memoirs of Stravinsky, Schoenberg and Other Cultural Figures (2006); and The Stravinsky I Knew (2011). He lives in Florida and New York.

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
8.558212-13
Ballet
ANTHEIL, G.: Ballet mecanique / LOPRESTI, R.: Sketch for Percussion / CHAVEZ, C.: Toccata / HOVHANESS, A.: October Mountain (Craft, Price) (1959) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80937
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
8.570886-87
Choral - Sacred
DEVIL'S MUSIC (The) Naxos
8.578085-86
Chamber Music
Discover Music of the Twentieth Century Naxos Educational
8.558168-69
Ballet
DISCOVER OPERA Naxos Educational
8.558196-97
Choral - Secular
GREAT BALLET (10-CD Box Set) Naxos
8.501055
Ballet
Min Forste Klassiske Musik (My First Classical Music Album) Naxos
8.578232
Ballet
My First Ballet Album Naxos
8.578205
Ballet
My First Classical Music Album Naxos
8.578203
Ballet
SCHOENBERG, A.: 5 Orchestral Pieces / BRAHMS, J.: Piano Quartet No. 1 (orch. Schoenberg) (Craft) (Schoenberg, Vol. 5) Naxos
8.557524
Orchestral, Concertos
SCHOENBERG, A.: Chamber Symphony No. 2 / Die gluckliche Hand / Wind Quintet (Craft) (Schoenberg, Vol. 8) Naxos
8.557526
Orchestral, Opera, Chamber Music
SCHOENBERG, A.: Concerto for String Quartet / The Book of the Hanging Gardens (Craft) (Schoenberg, Vol. 2) Naxos
8.557520
Vocal, Concertos
SCHOENBERG, A.: Pelleas und Melisande / Erwartung (Craft) (Schoenberg, Vol. 9) Naxos
8.557527
Opera, Orchestral
SCHOENBERG, A.: Serenade / Variations for Orchestra / Bach Orchestrations (Craft) (Schoenberg, Vol. 4) Naxos
8.557522
Orchestral, Chamber Music, Orchestral
SCHOENBERG, A.: String Trio / 4 Pieces for Mixed Chorus / 3 Satires / Suite (Craft) (Schoenberg, Vol. 11) Naxos
8.557529
Choral - Secular, Orchestral, Choral - Secular
SCHOENBERG, A.: Violin Concerto / Ode to Napoleon / A Survivor from Warsaw (Craft) (Schoenberg, Vol. 10) Naxos
8.557528
Choral - Sacred, Chamber Music, Concertos, Choral - Secular
SCHOENBERG: 6 A Cappella Choruses / String Quartet No. 2 / Suite in G Major (Schoenberg, Vol. 3) Naxos
8.557521
Choral - Secular, Orchestral, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Chamber Music
SCHOENBERG: 6 Orchestral Songs / Kol Nidre / Friede auf Erden (Schoenberg, Vol. 7) Naxos
8.557525
Opera, Vocal, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred
SCHOENBERG: Gurre-Lieder (Schoenberg, Vol. 1) Naxos
8.557518-19
Choral - Secular
SCHOENBERG: Pierrot Lunaire / Chamber Symphony No. 1 / 4 Orchestral Songs (Schoenberg, Vol. 6) Naxos
8.557523
Vocal, Orchestral
Story of Naxos (The) - The Soundtrack Naxos Digital Compilations
9.00124
Choral - Secular
STRAVINSKY, I.: 125th Anniversary Album - The Rite of Spring / Violin Concerto (Craft) (Stravinsky, Vol. 8) Naxos
8.557508
Concertos, Ballet, Wind Ensemble/Band Music, Choral - Secular
STRAVINSKY, I.: Apollo / Agon / Orpheus (Craft) (Stravinsky, Vol. 4) Naxos
8.557502
Ballet
STRAVINSKY, I.: Duo concertant / Sonata for 2 Pianos / Requiem Canticles (Frautschi, Denk, Philharmonia Orchestra, Craft) (Stravinsky, Vol. 12) Naxos
8.557532
Choral - Sacred, Ballet, Vocal
STRAVINSKY, I.: Firebird (The) / Petrushka (Craft) (Stravinsky, Vol. 2) Naxos
8.557500
Ballet
STRAVINSKY, I.: Histoire du Soldat Suite / Renard (Craft) (Stravinsky, Vol. 7) Naxos
8.557505
Vocal, Orchestral, Chamber Music, Vocal, Orchestral
STRAVINSKY, I.: Later Ballets (Craft) (Stravinsky, Vol. 9) Naxos
8.557506
Orchestral, Ballet, Orchestral, Ballet, Orchestral
STRAVINSKY, I.: Mass / Cantata / Symphony of Psalms (Craft) (Stravinsky, Vol. 6) Naxos
8.557504
Choral - Sacred
STRAVINSKY, I.: Oedipus Rex / Les Noces (Craft) (Stravinsky, Vol. 1) Naxos
8.557499
Choral - Secular, Ballet
STRAVINSKY, I.: Petrushka / Le Sacre du printemps (Craft) Naxos
8.572930
Ballet
STRAVINSKY, I.: Pulcinella / Le baiser de la fee (The Fairy's Kiss) (Craft) (Stravinsky, Vol. 5) Naxos
8.557503
Ballet
STRAVINSKY, I.: Rake's Progress (The) [Opera] (West, Garrison, Woodley, St. Luke's Orchestra, Craft) (Stravinsky, Vol. 11) Naxos
8.660272-73
Opera
STRAVINSKY, I.: Rite of Spring (The) / The Nightingale (Craft) (Stravinsky, Vol. 3) Naxos
8.557501
Opera, Ballet
STRAVINSKY, I.: Symphony in C / Symphony in 3 Movements / Octet / Dumbarton Oaks (Craft) (Stravinsky, Vol. 10) Naxos
8.557507
Concertos, Orchestral, Chamber Music
STRAVINSKY: Firebird (The) / Petrushka Naxos
6.110081
Ballet
STRAVINSKY: Igor Stravinsky - A Portrait (NICE) Naxos Educational
8.558186-87
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
8.557530
Orchestral
WEBERN, A.: Vocal and Orchestral Works - 5 Pieces / 5 Sacred Songs / Variations / Bach-Musical Offering: Ricercar (Craft) (Webern, Vol. 2) Naxos
8.557531
Orchestral, Choral - Secular, Vocal, Chamber Music, Vocal, Choral - Secular, Orchestral
WEBERN, A.: Works (Complete), Vol. 1 (Robert Craft) (1957) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80271
Orchestral, Choral - Secular
WEBERN, A.: Works (Complete), Vol. 2 (Robert Craft) (1957) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80272
Orchestral, Choral - Secular





 
 
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