Discover the music of Igor Stravinsky, one of the 20th century’s most important creative figures, in a series of five podcasts from his publisher Boosey & Hawkes. Jonathan Cross reassesses Stravinsky’s achievement, 50 years after the composer’s death, with a selection of musical examples illustrating the rich variety of his works. Stravinsky’s deep fascination with time and rhythm is explained and the podcasts explore his interests ranging across art, literature, myth, faith, dance and jazz. We join the composer’s journey, from 19th century Russian romanticism, through a sequence of pioneering ballets and a new look at classical traditions in the 1920s and 30s, to a radical post-war reinvention in the USA. Stravinsky’s legacy is reassessed and his complex connections with other classical composers is charted throughout his lifetime and beyond.
Episode 5: Stravinsky and the Modern Age
Stravinsky’s interaction with composers shaping the Modern Age is explored, from Debussy, Prokofieff and Bartok through to contemporary music.
Episode 4: Stravinsky in the New World
This episode looks at Stravinsky’s works created after his relocation to the New World, embracing jazz, serialism and Disney.
Episode 3: Myth, Faith and Memory
The roles of myth, faith and memory in Stravinsky’s works is explored, from Russian chant to Greek classicism.
Episode 2: Stravinsky and the Stage
Stravinsky’s relationship with the stage, both ballet and opera, is examined, including collaborations with Diaghilev, Auden and Balanchine.
Stravinsky Connections Trailer
Join us for Episode 2, in which Stravinsky’s relationship with the stage is examined.
Episode 1: Stravinsky Today
Igor Stravinsky’s ongoing significance and influence, a half century after his death, is reassessed from a safe objective distance.