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June 19, 2007 marks Stravinskys 125th Anniversary. Naxos invites you to celebrate the life and music of one of the greatest and most influential composers of the 20th century.

The son of a distinguished Russian singer, Stravinsky studied music briefly with Rimsky-Korsakov but made a name for himself first in Paris with commissions from the impresario Dyagilev, for whom he wrote a series of ballet scores. He spent the years after the Russian Revolution of 1917 in Western Europe and in 1939 moved to the United States. In the post-war years he turned from a style of eclectic neo-classicism to composing in the twelve-note technique propounded by Schoenberg. Major works include music for ballet: The Rite of Spring, The Firebird, Petrushka; the opera-oratorio Oedipus Rex; Concerto in E flat for chamber orchestra, Dumbarton Oaks; Violin Concerto; Symphonies of Wind Instruments, among others.

Check out this months release: 8.557508 Stravinsky 125th Anniversary Album, featuring The Rite of Spring and Violin Concerto with conductor Robert Craft, well-known for his special command of Stravinskys music. The release is Vol. 8 of the highly-acclaimed Robert Craft Stravinsky Collection. Also included in our selection are previously-released volumes from that Collection, together with other Stravinsky albums from the Naxos catalogue.

There is no doubt about it, on previous experience and current evidence, Naxos Robert Craft Collection will ultimately stand alongside Stravinskys own complete edition, enhancing, complimenting and often improving on it as it goes to ignore it would seem to defy all reason.
-- Musicweb International

8.557508 STRAVINSKY: 125th Anniversary Album - The Rite of Spring / Violin Concerto (Stravinsky, Vol. 8)
Note: CD scheduled for international release (except USA) in June 2007. US release in July 2007
8.557502 STRAVINSKY: Apollo / Agon / Orpheus (Stravinsky, Vol. 4)
8.557500 STRAVINSKY: Firebird (The) / Petrushka (Stravinsky, Vol. 2)
8.557505 STRAVINSKY: Histoire du Soldat Suite / Renard (Stravinsky, Vol. 7)
8.553386 STRAVINSKY: Music for Two Pianos
8.557503 STRAVINSKY: Pulcinella / Le baiser de la fee (The Fairy's Kiss) (Stravinsky, Vol. 5)
8.553871 STRAVINSKY: Sonata / Serenade / 3 Movements from Petrushka
8.553403 STRAVINSKY: Symphony in C / Symphony in Three Movements
8.553181 STRAVINSKY: Pulcinella / Danses Concertantes
8.554367 STRAVINSKY: Chamber Music
8.555999 STRAVINSKY: Firebird (The) (Piano Transcription)
8.557504 STRAVINSKY: Mass / Cantata / Symphony of Psalms (Stravinsky, Vol. 6)
8.557499 STRAVINSKY: Oedipus Rex / Les Noces (Stravinsky, Vol. 1)
8.557501 STRAVINSKY: Rite of Spring (The) / The Nightingale (Stravinsky, Vol. 3)
8.554315 SZYMANOWSKI: String Quartets / STRAVINSKY: Concertino
8.225918 STRAVINSKY: Symphonies
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