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Portrait of Stravinsky
Stravinsky strikes a chord ...

Igor Stravinsky (1882 – 1981):
Violin Concerto in D
Maxim Vengerov, violin;
London Symphony;
Mstislav Rostropovich, cond.
EMI Classics 56966

On Stravinsky

1801—German composer Albert Lortzing, in Berlin;
1906—American composer Miriam Gideon, in Greeley, Colorado;
1923—American composer Ned Rorem, in Richmond, Indiana;

1754 — Rameau: opera-ballet "Anacréon," at Fortainebleau;
1890 — Borodin: opera "Prince Igor" (completed posthumously by Rimsky-Korsakov and Glazunov) at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, with K.A. Kuchera conducting (Gregorian date: Nov. 4);
1897 — Scriabin: Piano Concerto, in Odessa, with the composer as soloist (Gregorian date: Nov. 4);
1903 — MacDowell: symphonic poem “Lamia” (after Keats), by the Boston Symphony, Max Fiedler conducting;
1913 — Delius: "On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring" and "Summer Night on the River," by the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,Artur Nikisch conducting;
1931 — Stravinsky: Violin Concerto, in Berlin, by the Berlin Radio Orchestra conducted by the composer, with Samuel Dushkin as soloist;
1941 — William Grant Still's "Plain Chant for America," by the New York Philharmonic, John Barbirolli conducting;
1959 — Piston: "Three New England Sketches" for orchestra, in Worcester, Mass., by the Detroit Symphony, Paul Paray conducting;
1959 — Rorem: "Eagles," by the Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy conducting;
1963 — Hovhaness: Symphony No. 17 ("Symphony for Metal Orchestra"), in Cleveland;
1970 — Crumb: "Black Angels (13 Images from the Dark Lord)" for string quartet,in Ann Arbor, Mich.;
1981 — Sessions: "Concerto for Orchestra," by the Boston Symphony; This work won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1982;
1997 — Danielpour: "Celestial Night," by the New Jersey Symphony, Zdenek Macal conducting;
2002 — Peter Maxwell Davies: "Naxos Quartet" No. 1, at Wigmore Hall, London, by the Maggini Quartet;

1739—Handel completes in London his Concerto Grosso in Bb, Op. 6, no. 7 (see Julian date: Oct.12);
1881—First concert by Concerts Lamoureux, in Paris, founded by Charles Lamoureux.

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