Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Biography

Born: Mar 18, 1844; Russia   Died: Jun 21, 1908; Russia   Period: Romantic
Mainly known for his symphonic works, especially the popular symphonic suite Sheherazade, as well as the Capriccio Espagnol and the Russian Easter Festival Overture, Rimsky-Korsakov left an oeuvre that also included operas, chamber works, and songs. Rimsky-Korsakov's music is accessible and engaging owing to his talent for tone-coloring and brilliant orchestration. Furthermore, his operas are masterful musical evocations of myths and Read more legends.
Born in 1844, Rimsky-Korsakov studied the piano as a child but chose a naval career, entering the College of Naval Cadets in St. Petersburg in 1856. However, he continued with piano lessons; in fact, in 1859, Rimsky-Korsakov started working with the French pianist Theodore Canille, through whom he met Balakirev, an important mentor and friend.
In 1862, after graduating form the naval school, Rimsky-Korsakov was at sea for two and a half years, devoting his free time to composition. Upon Rimsky-Korsakov's return to St. Petersburg, in 1865, Balakirev conducted his friend's First Symphony, which was hailed as the first important symphonic work by a Russian composer.
Rimsky-Korsakov was appointed professor of composition and orchestration at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in 1871. The following year, he married Nadezhda Purgold, a pianist. In 1873, Rimsky-Korsakov left active duty, becoming inspector of navy orchestras, a job which he held until 1884.
During the 1870s, Rimsky-Korsakov composed, conducted, and collected Russian folk songs. In 1878, he started composing the opera May Night, after a story by Nikolai Gogol, his first stage work based on a story containing fantastic motifs. Following the production of May Night, in 1880, Rimsky-Korsakov began work on Snow Maiden, based on Nikolai Ostrovsky's poetic retelling of a Slavic myth, which was performed in 1882.
Saddened by Mussorgsky's death, in 1881, Rimsky-Korsakov devoted himself to editing his friend's unpublished manuscripts. A master orchestrator, Rimsky-Korsakov felt obliged to help colleagues whose manuscripts needed revision. Thus, in 1887, when Borodin died, Rimsky-Korsakov agreed to orchestrate and complete Borodin's opera Prince Igor.
Rimsky-Korsakov wrote the Spanish Capriccio in 1887, completing the Russian Easter Overture and Sheherazade the following year. Having composed these resplendent works, however, Rimsky-Korsakov went through a period of despondency; there were deaths in his family, and, in 1893, Tchaikovsky died.
In 1895, Rimsky-Korsakov's Christmas Eve, another opera after a Gogol story, was produced. The composer's subsequent works recreated the rich world of Russian myths and legends. Sadko, completed in 1896, conjured up a medieval Russian legend. In 1901, Rimsky-Korsakov blended the legend of Kitezh and the story of St. Fevroniya to create a complex Christian-pantheistic narrative. Completed in 1905, the year when the politically progressive composer was temporarily dismissed from this teaching post, The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden, was produced in 1907.
Rimsky-Korsakov's last opera, The Golden Cockerel, completed in 1907, was inspired by a politically subversive story by Alexander Pushkin. The production of this work was a struggle, because the subject matter aroused suspicions among government censors. The opera was finally produced, in 1909, the year following the composer's death, by a private opera company in Moscow. Read less
Glinka: Grand Sextet; Rimsky-Korsakov / Capricorn
Release Date: 04/13/2004   Label: Helios  
Catalog: 55173   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 26.
    Scheherazade / Zurich Ensemble
    Label: Paladino Music   Catalog: 36 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Bortkiewicz,  Aram Khachaturian,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Ensemble
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    Ferenc Fricsay: Complete Recordings On Deutsche Grammophon, Vol. 1 - Orchestral Works
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002132602 Release Date: 09/02/2014   Number of Discs: 45
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  César Franck  ... 
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Tibor Varga,  Helmut Krebs,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau  ... 
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  • 28.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2; Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade / Matsuev, Temirkanov
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 75068 Release Date: 08/26/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Denis Matsuev
    Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 29.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade / Oundjian, Toronto Symphony
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 5145 Release Date: 08/26/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Jonathan Crow
    Conductor:  Peter Oundjian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
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    Rimsky-korsakov: Scheherezade; Balakirev: Islamey / Goetzel, Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic
    Label: Onyx (Classical Label)   Catalog: 4124 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Mily Balakirev,  Ulvi Cemal Erkin,  Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov
    Performer:  Pelin Halkaci
    Conductor:  Sascha Goetzel
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  • 31.
    Rimsky-korsakov: Scheherazade; Russian Easter
    Label: Tuxedo Music   Catalog: 1053 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Jonel Perlea,  Heinrich Hollreiser
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    Rimsky-korsakov: Scheherazade; Tchaikovsky: Romeo And Juliet
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 2403 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
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  • 33.
    Russian Melodies For Cello And Piano
    Label: Doron Music   Catalog: 3067 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Rubinstein,  César Cui,  Karl Davidov,  Mikhail Glinka  ... 
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  • 34.
    Roll Over Beethoven / Julian Gargiulo
    Label: Julian Lawrence Gargiulo   Catalog: 5638311001 Release Date: 07/01/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Julian Lawrence Gargiulo,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Julian Lawrence Gargiulo,  Joe Burgstaller
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  • 35.
    Most Wanted Recitals - Arnold Van Mill Sings Favourite Opera Arias
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002067902 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Otto Nicolai,  Albert Lortzing,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Carl Maria von Weber  ... 
    Performer:  Arnold Van Mill,  Wilfrid Parry,  Raphaele Arie
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    Most Wanted Recitals - Joseph Rouleau Sings French Opera
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002066402 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Charles Gounod,  Jules Massenet,  Giacomo Meyerbeer  ... 
    Performer:  Joseph Rouleau
    Conductor:  John Matheson,  Alberto Erede
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  • 37.
    Russian Music For Oboe / Nuttall, Sitsky
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 4764238 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Mikhail Glinka,  Genari Karganov,  Arsene Korestchenko  ... 
    Performer:  David Nuttall,  Larry Sitsky
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  • 38.
    Rimsky-korsakov: The Tale Of Tsar Saltan / Nebolsin, Oleynichenko, Smolenskaya, Vanovski
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002199 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Evgenya Smolenskaya,  Galina Oleynichenko,  Ivan Petrov,  Vladimir Ivanovsky
    Conductor:  Vasily Nebolsin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
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  • 39.
    Transcriptions & Paraphrases For Piano
    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 38148 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Anatole Liadov
    Performer:  Florian Noack
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    Le Meilleur D'une Vie: Enregistrements 1958-1997
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 631289 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  Johann Nepomuk Hummel,  George Frideric Handel,  Tomaso Albinoni  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice André,  Jane Parker-Smith,  Pierre Pierlot,  Gérard Jarry  ... 
    Conductor:  Louis Martini,  Herbert von Karajan,  Jean-François Paillard,  Riccardo Muti  ... 
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  • 41.
    Rimsky-Korsakoff: Scheherazade / Reiner, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Apo (Analogue Production Originals)   Catalog: 2446 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 42.
    Animals In Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 578281 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  George Frideric Handel,  Edvard Grieg,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Performer:  John Artore,  Balazs Szkolay,  Giorgio Koukl,  Takako Nishizaki  ... 
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  • 43.
    La Perle D'europa
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 940 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Richard Strauss,  Johann Paul A. Martini,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Magdalena Meziner,  Tomasz Trzebiatowski
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  • 44.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Symphonic Works / Evgeny Svetlanov [4-CD Set]
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002130 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian State Academic Symphony Orchestra
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  • 45.
    Rachmaninov: Complete Works for Piano / Ashkenazy
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002033002 Release Date: 04/15/2014   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Franz Schubert,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  André Previn,  Vovka Ashkenazy,  Dody Ashkenazy  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 46.
    RCA Living Stereo Collection Vol 1
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 541497 Release Date: 04/15/2014   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Claude Debussy,  Jacques Ibert,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Berj Zamkochian,  John Weicher,  Philip Farkas,  Jascha Heifetz  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  Fritz Reiner,  Kiril Kondrashin,  Arthur Fiedler  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  New England Conservatory Chorus,  New England Conservatory Alumni Chorus  ... 
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  • 47.
    Russian Opera Films DVD 4-Pack - Eugene Onegin, Queen of Spades, Prince Igor, The Tsar's Bride
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4943 Release Date: 04/07/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Alexander Borodin,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Evgeny Kibkalo,  Galina Vishnevskaya,  Larissa Avdeyeva,  Anton Grigoriev  ... 
    Conductor:  Boris Khaikin,  Yevgeny Svetlanov,  Gennady Provatorov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra,  Bolshoi Theatre Chorus,  Kirov Theater Orchestra  ... 
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  • 48.
    Love & Loss - Music Of Rachmaninoff Vol 2 / Barbara Nissman
    Label: Three Oranges Recordings   Catalog: 5638267975 Release Date: 04/01/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Fritz Kreisler,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Barbara Nissman
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    Russian Chamber Music for Wind Instruments / Sokolov, Krasavin, Bakhchiev, Nasedkin, Korneyev
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002099 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Rubinstein,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Valentin Zverev,  Vladimir Sokolov,  Anatoly Demin,  Sergei Krasavin  ... 
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    Rachmaninov: The Transcriptions / Howard Shelley
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55458 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Fritz Kreisler,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Howard Shelley
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Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov


WORKS
I. The Sea and Sinbad's Ship. Largo e maestoso
II. The Kalendar Prince. Lento - Andantino - Allegro molto - Vivace scherzando - Moderato assai - Allegro molto ed animato
III. The Young Prince and the Young Princess: Andantino quasi allegretto
IV. Festival at Baghdad - The Sea - The Shipwreck. Allegro molto - Lento - Vivo - Allegro non troppo e maestoso - Lento - Tempo come I
Le Coq d'or Suite: I. King Dodon in His Palace
II. King Dodon on the Battlefield
III. King Dodon and the Queen of Shemakha
IV. Bridal Procession and Lamentable Death of King Dodon
Rimsky-Korsakov: The Tale of Tsar Saltan - Suite, Op.57 - 1. The Tsar's departure and Farewell
Rimsky-Korsakov: The Tale of Tsar Saltan - Suite, Op.57 - 2. The Tsaritsa and her son afloat in the cask
Rimsky-Korsakov: The Tale of Tsar Saltan - Suite, Op.57 - 3. The Three Wonders
1. Largo - Allegro giocoso - Adagio - Largo - (Tempo I) - Allegretto Vivace - Largo (Tempo I)
2. Allegro - Molto allegro - Meno mosso, allargando - Allegro (Tempo I)
3. Allegro risoluto alla marcia
4. Allegretto vivace - Andante amoroso - Animato assai - Tempo I
Prelude: A Hymn to Nature
Wedding Procession
Tatar Invasion and Battle of Kerzhenets
Death of Fevroniya and Apotheosis of the Invisible City