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Robert Craft
To the Artist Robert Craft

Robert Craft - The Complete Columbia Album Collection


Robert Craft (1923 - 2015) became known primarily as Igor Stravinsky's assistant and music secretary. But he also championed the music of Alban Berg, Anton Webern, and Arnold Schoenberg early on as an author and especially as a conductor, as evidenced by the 44 CDs of recordings Craft made for Columbia from the early 1950s to the early 1960s. They are still revealing, fascinating pioneering works - for the Second Viennese School (including complete recordings of Webern's and Schoenberg's works for which Craft was responsible), for Stravinsky, but also for Gesualdo, Monteverdi, Schütz, Varèse and Boulez. Included - along with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra, are renowned soloists, including future mezzo legend Marilyn Horne. This edition, with many recordings appearing on CD for the first time, was lavishly mastered and produced in collaboration with the Stravinsky Foundation.