well, from 2 of my teachers who actually knew him and hung out with him a little bit, stravinsky was not "standoffish" - he was a nice guy, but could be kinda snotty with "uneducated" people - meaning, people who like to be near "important" people and show off what they don't know - apparently he wasn't impressed with "groupies"
i never read Rubionstein's autobiography - i guess i should have...
you mentioned one of my favorite pieces of music, L'Histoire du Soldat
Marye - shos gave a good starter list in his post - shows the many influences and styles of his music
i must admit - that i don't have everything on CD, i have many albums (remember them??) and i would have to dig out the recordings for the orchestras and conductors, as i will admit i am snobby about orchestras and conductors
as for good interpretation - lenny knew stravinsky and i would even go out on a limb and say they worked together
WARNING!!! NEVER PURCHASE ANY RECORDINGS WHERE IGOR IS CONDUCTING HIS OWN MUSIC, he could write, but he could not conduct his way out of a paper bag - i have the cd to prove it - lord, it is painful!
oh well - this jostled my memory a little...
like i said in an earlier post - go out an explore! find info on the internet! i don't do that, as i rely on my studies and memories (i need to refresh my memories to keep up with many on the board...shos, big, bones, OT...even eugene sometimes