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May 3, 1995 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Wherever Igor Stravinsky went during most of his 20-plus years in Los Angeles, he was flanked by Robert Craft, musician, journalist, cultural translator and dutiful aide de camp for the great composer. Craft conducted many of the composer's later premieres, published books about him and attended to logistics in the life of the legend. In short, he was a right-hand man.
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December 2, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
After Christian Zacharias had conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic in plush, punchy, skillfully proportioned yet not always stirring performances of works by Stravinsky, Bach, Schubert and Schumann, I turned to the Marx Brothers. Groucho had answers for many of life's predicaments. The 1946 screwball entertainment "A Night in Casablanca" happened to be especially relevant. Friday's program in Walt Disney Concert Hall began with Stravinsky's "Danses Concertantes" in its first complete performance by the L.A. Phil, even though the antic 20-minute ballet score, also intended as a concert work, was written in Los Angeles and had its premiere at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in 1942.
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October 9, 2005 | Mark Swed
Stravinsky: Orchestral Works Stuttgarter Kammerorchester. Dennis Russell Davies, conductor. (ECM) * * * * Stravinsky: Three Greek Ballets London Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra of St. Luke's. Robert Craft, conductor. (Naxos) * * * STRAVINSKY'S middle-period neoclassical ballets, especially the Greek-themed "Apollo" and "Orpheus," have never enjoyed the popularity of his earlier, riotously colorful and musically revolutionary Russian-fabled trio, which culminated in "The Rite of Spring."
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July 18, 2013 | By Rick Schultz
Few would have imagined that more than 40 years after Igor Stravinsky died, the composer's sex life would be a source of renewed interest. Robert Craft, a conductor and Stravinsky's longtime assistant, writes in his new book, "Stravinsky: Discoveries and Memories," that the composer had several homosexual affairs - including one with Maurice Ravel - during the years he composed his three great ballets, "The Firebird" (1910), "Petrushka" (1911) and "The Rite of Spring" (1913). If true, Craft's revelations pose tantalizing questions about Stravinsky's sexuality as it relates to his art. A towering figure in the history of music, Stravinsky was a private man who led a double life for decades, dividing his time between his wife and four children and his lover, Vera, who became his second wife.
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July 28, 2012 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
SANTA BARBARA - On Oct. 11, 1954, a 20-year-old soprano, a recent graduate of USC, performed in the premiere of a new version of Igor Stravinsky's "Four Russian Peasant Songs" at the new and unusual music series Monday Evening Concerts, then held in an auditorium in West Hollywood Park. An all-American, a tomboy with the nickname Jackie, she would be singing Russian for the first time in her life, and the 74-year-old Russian composer, who had relocated to West Hollywood, coached her in the language at his home above Sunset Boulevard.
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December 2, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
After Christian Zacharias had conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic in plush, punchy, skillfully proportioned yet not always stirring performances of works by Stravinsky, Bach, Schubert and Schumann, I turned to the Marx Brothers. Groucho had answers for many of life's predicaments. The 1946 screwball entertainment "A Night in Casablanca" happened to be especially relevant. Friday's program in Walt Disney Concert Hall began with Stravinsky's "Danses Concertantes" in its first complete performance by the L.A. Phil, even though the antic 20-minute ballet score, also intended as a concert work, was written in Los Angeles and had its premiere at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in 1942.
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June 21, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
SAN FRANCISCO - Thursday was the last day of the spring of "The Rite of Spring. " By now everyone and his or her brother has seemingly found a way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the riotous Parisian premiere of Stravinsky's famed ballet. With so many such rites - including Mark Morris' intriguing new choreography that premiered in Berkeley last week - you might expect the "Rite" to have finally run its course. Not yet. Spring, in fact, ended with a revelatory performance of Stravinsky's score Thursday afternoon here at Davies Hall, with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting the San Francisco Symphony.
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July 18, 2013 | By Rick Schultz
Few would have imagined that more than 40 years after Igor Stravinsky died, the composer's sex life would be a source of renewed interest. Robert Craft, a conductor and Stravinsky's longtime assistant, writes in his new book, "Stravinsky: Discoveries and Memories," that the composer had several homosexual affairs - including one with Maurice Ravel - during the years he composed his three great ballets, "The Firebird" (1910), "Petrushka" (1911) and "The Rite of Spring" (1913). If true, Craft's revelations pose tantalizing questions about Stravinsky's sexuality as it relates to his art. A towering figure in the history of music, Stravinsky was a private man who led a double life for decades, dividing his time between his wife and four children and his lover, Vera, who became his second wife.
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April 13, 2003 | Mark Swed, Mark Swed is a music critic for The Times.
In 1949, a 26-year-old New York conductor boarded a train for Los Angeles to take a job as musical assistant to Igor Stravinsky. Robert Craft soon became part of the household on Wetherly Drive, serving as the famous composer's close collaborator, mouthpiece, alter ego and surrogate son. He remained by Stravinsky's side for the rest of the composer's life and then looked after Stravinsky's widow, Vera, for the rest of hers.
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August 7, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
U.S. District Judge Pierre Leval on Thursday temporarily blocked publication of "Firebird, a Biography of Igor Stravinsky" because of possible copyright in fringement. Leval issued a 25-page preliminary injunction in New York District Court barring publication of the biography of the Russian composer, being prepared by John Kobler for Macmillan Co.
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June 21, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
SAN FRANCISCO - Thursday was the last day of the spring of "The Rite of Spring. " By now everyone and his or her brother has seemingly found a way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the riotous Parisian premiere of Stravinsky's famed ballet. With so many such rites - including Mark Morris' intriguing new choreography that premiered in Berkeley last week - you might expect the "Rite" to have finally run its course. Not yet. Spring, in fact, ended with a revelatory performance of Stravinsky's score Thursday afternoon here at Davies Hall, with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting the San Francisco Symphony.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 28, 2012 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
SANTA BARBARA - On Oct. 11, 1954, a 20-year-old soprano, a recent graduate of USC, performed in the premiere of a new version of Igor Stravinsky's "Four Russian Peasant Songs" at the new and unusual music series Monday Evening Concerts, then held in an auditorium in West Hollywood Park. An all-American, a tomboy with the nickname Jackie, she would be singing Russian for the first time in her life, and the 74-year-old Russian composer, who had relocated to West Hollywood, coached her in the language at his home above Sunset Boulevard.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 9, 2005 | Mark Swed
Stravinsky: Orchestral Works Stuttgarter Kammerorchester. Dennis Russell Davies, conductor. (ECM) * * * * Stravinsky: Three Greek Ballets London Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra of St. Luke's. Robert Craft, conductor. (Naxos) * * * STRAVINSKY'S middle-period neoclassical ballets, especially the Greek-themed "Apollo" and "Orpheus," have never enjoyed the popularity of his earlier, riotously colorful and musically revolutionary Russian-fabled trio, which culminated in "The Rite of Spring."
BOOKS
April 13, 2003 | Mark Swed, Mark Swed is a music critic for The Times.
In 1949, a 26-year-old New York conductor boarded a train for Los Angeles to take a job as musical assistant to Igor Stravinsky. Robert Craft soon became part of the household on Wetherly Drive, serving as the famous composer's close collaborator, mouthpiece, alter ego and surrogate son. He remained by Stravinsky's side for the rest of the composer's life and then looked after Stravinsky's widow, Vera, for the rest of hers.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 3, 1995 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Wherever Igor Stravinsky went during most of his 20-plus years in Los Angeles, he was flanked by Robert Craft, musician, journalist, cultural translator and dutiful aide de camp for the great composer. Craft conducted many of the composer's later premieres, published books about him and attended to logistics in the life of the legend. In short, he was a right-hand man.
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August 6, 1987 | Associated Press
A federal judge today barred publication of a biography of Igor Stravinsky, ruling that it drew too heavily from copyrighted quotes of the late composer. In a preliminary order, U.S. District Judge Pierre N. Leval granted a request from longtime Stravinsky aide Robert Craft that he enjoin Macmillan Inc. from publishing "Firebird," a 337-page biography by John Kobler. Craft wrote or co-wrote 15 books on Stravinsky, including four books of his interviews with the composer.
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