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Saddened by Mussorgsky's death, in 1881, Rimsky-Korsakov devoted himself to editing his friend's unpublished manuscripts.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
Rimsky-korsakov: The Maid Of Pskov, Etc / Golovchin, Moscow
Release Date: 02/20/2001   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553513   Number of Discs: 1
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Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol, Overtures / Schwarz, Seattle Symphony
Release Date: 09/27/2011   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8572788   Number of Discs: 1
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Rimsky-korsakov: Sheherezade, Tsar Saltan / Enrique Bátiz
Release Date: 01/28/1994   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550726   Number of Discs: 1
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Rimsky-korsakov: Symphonies Nos 1 & 2 / André Anichanov
Release Date: 12/13/1994   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550811   Number of Discs: 1
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Rimsky-korsakov: Symphony No 3, Sinfonietta / Anichanov
Release Date: 10/05/2000   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550812   Number of Discs: 1
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    Nicolai Malko Conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra (1957-1960)
    Label: Lyrita   Catalog: 2120 Release Date: 03/11/2016   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
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    Carnival Fantasy / Salut Salon
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 554295 Release Date: 02/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
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    Morton Gould: The Complete Chicago Symphony Recordings
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 512070 Release Date: 02/26/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Morton Gould,  Aaron Copland,  Nikolay Myaskovsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
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    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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    Decca Sound – Dutoit: The Montreal Years
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002449102 Release Date: 02/19/2016   Number of Discs: 35
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Ernest Chausson,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
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    Philips Classics: The Stereo Years
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002445602 Release Date: 02/19/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Salvatore Accardo,  Elly Ameling,  Dalton Baldwin,  Jörg Demus  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  Bernard Haitink,  Raymond Leppard,  Eduard Van Beinum  ... 
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    The Decca Sound [Repackaged Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002434502 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Claude Debussy,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza,  Alfredo Campoli,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Cecilia Bartoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Vladimir Ashkenazy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Rachmaninoff: Complete Piano Works / Pizarro
    Label: Odradek   Catalog: 601 Release Date: 01/22/2016   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Fritz Kreisler
    Performer:  Artur Pizarro
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    Rhapsody in Blue / Mailley-Smith
    Label: Sleeveless   Catalog: 1010 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Louis Moreau Gottschalk,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Warren Mailley-Smith
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    Russian Piano Concertos / Pierce, Freeman, Trevor
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1464 Release Date: 01/05/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Aram Khachaturian,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Freeman,  Kirk Trevor
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  • 35.
    Bits And Pieces
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552365 Release Date: 11/20/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arcangelo Corelli,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Alex de Taeye,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Samuel Sanders
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  • 36.
    Canadian Brass Takes Flight
    Label: Opening Day   Catalog: 7416 Release Date: 11/20/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Sonny Kompanek,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  John Dowland  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
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  • 37.
    Concerto D'aranjuez
    Label: Fremeaux & Associes   Catalog: 5618 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Performer:  Pedro Ibańez,  Boris Alexandrov,  The Red Army Chorus,  Rimma Glouchkova  ... 
    Conductor:  Vyacheslav Korobko,  Boris Alexandrov
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  • 38.
    Russian Souvenirs / Duo Praxedis
    Label: Paladino Music   Catalog: 69 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  César Cui,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Anton Arensky,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Praxedis
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  • 39.
    The Mario Lanza Collection
    Label: Acrobat Records   Catalog: 7091 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Emanuele Nutile,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Bronislaw Kaper  ... 
    Performer:  Mario Lanza
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  • 40.
    Djansug Kakhidze: The Legacy, Vol. 3 - Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-korsakov, Stravinsky
    Label: Cugate Classics   Catalog: 3 Release Date: 11/06/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Jansug Kakhidze
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  • 41.
    Russian Arias
    Label: Genuin Select   Catalog: 15378 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Alexander Dargomizhsky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Performer:  Vesselina Kasarova
    Conductor:  Pavel Baleff
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  • 42.
    Itzhak Perlman: The Complete Warner Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552439 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 77
    Composer:  Niccolň Paganini,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Ray Still,  Samuel Sanders  ... 
    Conductor:  Lawrence Foster,  Daniel Barenboim,  Itzhak Perlman,  Bernard Haitink  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 43.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Tsar's Bride / Barenboim, Peretyatko, Tomowa-Sinto, Kranzle, Cernoch
    Label: Bel Air Classiques   Catalog: 105 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Olga Peretyatko,  Anita Rachvelishvili,  Johannes Martin Kränzle,  Tobias Schabel  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Chorus
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  • 44.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Tsar's Bride / Barenboim, Peretyatko, Tomowa-Sinto, Kranzle, Cernoch [Blu-ray]
    Label: Bel Air Classiques   Catalog: 405 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Pavel Cernoch,  Tobias Schabel,  Johannes Martin Kränzle,  Anita Rachvelishvili  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Chorus
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  • 45.
    Rr: Orchestral Anthology
    Label: Lim   Catalog: 80 Release Date: 09/18/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland,  Leonard Bernstein,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Eiji Oue,  José Serebrier,  Timothy Seelig,  Frederick Fennell  ... 
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  • 46.
    Nikolai Rimsky-korsakov: Mozart & Salieri; The Noblewoman Vera Sheloga
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002344 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Evgeny Nesterenko,  V. Chasovennaya,  Sergei Girshenko
    Conductor:  Mark Ermler
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  • 47.
    Rossini, R. Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-korsakov, Wagner, Dvorak
    Label: Opus Kura   Catalog: 7073 Release Date: 09/08/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Richard Wagner,  Antonín Dvorák,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Alceo Galliera
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  • 48.
    Make The Season Bright
    Label: Klavier Records   Catalog: 77046 Release Date: 08/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Francis Wade,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  James Pierpont,  Leroy Anderson  ... 
    Performer:  Amy Statz Dolan,  Russell Colleran,  Carol Willey,  Robert Harrelson  ... 
    Conductor:  Lowell E. Graham
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  • 49.
    Mario Lanza - Greatest Operatic Recordings, Vol. 2
    Label: Sepia   Catalog: 1289 Release Date: 08/07/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesco Cilča,  Alessandro Scarlatti,  Spoken Word,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Mario Lanza,  Constantin Callinicos,  Frances Yeend,  Marina Koshetz  ... 
    Conductor:  Ray Heindorf,  Constantin Callinicos,  Eugene Ormandy,  John Green  ... 
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  • 50.
    Rimsky-korsakov: Piano Duos / Pizarro, Panomariovaite
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 293 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Artur Pizarro,  Vita Panomariovaite
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