I dearly love Stravinsky
I was limited far too long to The Rite of Spring
, and once I expanded beyond he quickly became one of my very favorites. His music is quite modern and daring, yet appealing and catchy.
My favorite Stravinskians are Salonen and Boulez, they both get it right on clarity and passion, and really "get" Stravinsky's complex rhythmic writing.
I'm currently in love with the Violin Concerto
(Cho-Liang Lin/Salonen), it's irresistable, right from the jaunty beginning it just enchants you and doesn't let go. Witty, fresh, breezy...divine.
I love that lighter side of Stravinsky and definitely have to explore more!
I'm primarily familiar with his big orchestral work, some of the ballets, Symphony in Three Movements
. (A real gem!)
Any "lighter side" recommendations?