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Works of Igor Stravinsky [Box set, Import]

Igor Stravinsky Audio CD
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Product Details

  • Conductor: Igor Stravinsky
  • Audio CD (July 23, 2007)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 22
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Sony / BMG Int'l
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,929 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2007 issue of 22 CD's filled with the works of the great composer drawn from the vaults of Columbia Records.

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270 of 275 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Igor and I: 53 years and 22 CDs: a lifetime in a box. August 20, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I began listening to the works of Igor Stravinsky about 53 years ago, when I was 13. Over my lifetime I've listened to every work ever recorded and each in as many versions as possible. A highlight of my life was singing the Symphony of Psalms as a member of the Oberlin College Choir under Stravinsky's direction in 1963. It was half an hour outside of time and space. I remember him in his tuxedo, sitting on a stool with a white turkish towel about his shoulders, like a prize fighter, smiling at each of us as we passed by to take our places on the stage. I remember how everyone in the concert hall rose as one person when he set foot on the stage. I remember the total silence that fell upon the hall before the music began. I remember him, old and rather hunched over, raising his arthritic hands to lead us, to lead us ... and then suddenly a torrent of time and sound rushed in; it was over and there was clapping and shouting and crying. Later he said to our conductor, Robert Fountain, "Your chorus makes a most delicious sound."

And now SONY has issued this giant bargain box of the great majority of the recorded performances to which that mega-corporation now has access - and at an amazingly low price. Thank you, SONY/BMG! But also: shame on you, SONY/BMG! The annotation is terribly inadequate, even for a bargain box. The casual listener doesn't have necessary information; the serious listener doesn't have important information; and the musician / scholar who knows the scores by heart hears what the annotations do not tell. Which version of the Firebird is it? The 1910 original or the 1945 revision? We are told much later that the suite excerpted from the ballet is the 1919 version.
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123 of 124 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A list of the Works of Igor Stravinsky May 7, 2009
Format:Audio CD

Ballets Vol. 1

The Firebird (ballet)
Scherzo à la Russe
Scherzo fantastique*
CBC Symphony Orchestra*
Columbia Symphony Orchestra
(Recorded in 1961, 1962, 1963)


Ballets Vol. 2

Petrushka (ballet)
The Rite of Spring (ballet)
Columbia Symphony Orchestra
(Recorded in 1960)


Ballets Vol. 3

The Wedding (ballet)
Samuel Barber, piano
Aaron Copland, piano
Lukas Foss, piano
Roger Sessions, piano
The American Concert Choir
Columbia Percussion Ensemble
Renard the Fox (ballet)
The Soldier's Tale (Suite)
Columbia Chamber Ensemble
(Recorded in 1959, 1961, 1962)


Ballets Vol. 4

Apollo (Apollon Musagete) (ballet)
Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Agon (ballet)
Los Angels Festival Symphony Orchestra
Card Game (ballet)
Cleveland Orchestra
(Recorded in 1957, 1964)


Ballets Vol. 5

Scènes de ballet
CBC Symphony Orchestra
Bluebird - Pas de deux
The Fairy's Kiss (ballet)
Columbia Symphony Orchestra
(Recorded in 1963, 1964, 1965)


Ballets Vol. 6

Pulcinella (ballet)
Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Orpheus (ballet)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
(Recorded in 1964, 1965)


Ballets Vol. 7 (Suites)

Petrushka (Suite)
Pulcinella (Suite)
The Firebird (Suite)
Columbia Symphony Orchestra
(Recorded in 1960, 1965, 1967)


Symphony in E flat, Op.
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72 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The prime Stravinsky collection August 1, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Stravinsky conducted by Stravinsky - this super bargain set collects the famous recordings that Stravinsky made of his own works for CBS (now owned by SONY). Even if there are many fine recordings of the core of Stravinsky's works, for instance Ansermet's (Decca) and Ancerl's (Supraphon), the composer's own legacy must be seen as the first choice for any Stravinsky collector - or, indeed, by anyone who wants to have the basic Stravinsky repertoire at home.

This boxed set of 22 CDs contains more Stravinsky music than any other contemporary box, and the price is a complete steal (less than $2.5 for each CD, and even cheaper if you buy it used).

Here are some examples of what you get for your money:

- The early ballets: Firebird, Petroushka, Rite of Spring, Les Noces, Pulcinella, and the later, neo-classical ones (e.g., Agon, Apollon).
- The symphonies (in E and in C and in Three Movements).
- Oedipus Rex and The Rake's Progress.
- Chamber music, such as Ragtime, Septet and Octet.
- Jazz suites, and the piano concerto.
- Songs and choral works, such as the Mass, the Cantata and the Symphony of Psalms.
- Later works, such as Threni.
- And much more... (including the Robert Craft recordings that Stravinsky supervised).

(For a complete listing of the content on each CD, see SONY's German Webpage.)

Sound quality is vintage analogue from the sixties, generally very fine and remastered as well. In addition, the box is of the slim cardboard kind, with each CD in a cardboard sleeve. Booklet is included, but (unfortunately) no texts and translations of libretti.

In short, this is an essential set. Warmly recommended even if you already have individual Stravinsky by Stravinsky recordings - I suggest you use them as presents to friends and relatives. Grab and save this one!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As described and wonderful to listen to. Excellent customer service. A+ experience.
Published 4 days ago by JoeH
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!!! you got to check this out
Got this for my dad for his birthday. He is a huge fan of Stravinsky's work! Loves the whole collection and would recommend it to any fan of Stravinsky you literally get all of his... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Selena Heath
5.0 out of 5 stars Stravinsky, the Master...
Next to Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven, Igor Stravinsky is my favorite composer.

Stravinsky was born and raised in Russia; spent the bulk of his creative... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Joe Anthony
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD box set!
This box set is absolutely wonderful! I enjoy listening to Stravinsky conducting his own works - it's the ultimate interpretation. I have no complaints.
Published 12 months ago by Michael Britz
5.0 out of 5 stars Historic compendium
As a musicologist and music theorist, we are enjoying the historic recordings of these great works. We wish that personnel lists were included, but that is difficult to obtain in... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Pauline and Peter
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing price, amazing music
I really consider this the best deal I have ever gotten on Amazon; I purchased this NEW for around $30. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Rachel Anderson
3.0 out of 5 stars Only if you already love Stravinsky
Stravinsky is one of my favorite composers but I have mixed feelings about this set. It's been widely noted that Stravinsky was not the best conductor of his own works and these... Read more
Published on August 29, 2012 by frothy
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Value
Virtually evey Stravinsky opus, most conducted by him, for around $30...what a bargain. As a great admirer of Stravinsky, I find his interpretations to be, in general, my... Read more
Published on February 14, 2012 by Acoustic Rhythm Guitarist
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite good but not as good as I expected
To have the full retrospective of Stravinsky's works is interesting from a simple historical point of view. Read more
Published on September 29, 2011 by Jacques COULARDEAU
5.0 out of 5 stars Works of Igor Stavinsky
This is a great collection of recordings. I'm glad that CBS (Columbia) had the foresight to have the composer conduct these works before his death. Read more
Published on July 23, 2011 by joe smith
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