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Saddened by Mussorgsky's death, in 1881, Rimsky-Korsakov devoted himself to editing his friend's unpublished manuscripts.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
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  • 26.
    Rachmaninov: Complete RCA Recordings
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 88843073922 Release Date: 04/28/2015   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Fritz Kreisler,  Natalie Rachmaninov,  Nadezhda Plevitskaya
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski,  Eugene Ormandy,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 27.
    Steinberg: Passion Week; Rimsky-korsakov: Chants For Holy Week / Lingas, Cappella Roman
    Label: Cappella Romana   Catalog: 414 Release Date: 03/24/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maximilian Steinberg,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Alexander Lingas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Romana
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  • 28.
    Mercury Living Presence - The Collector's Edition Vol 3
    Label: Mercury Living Presence   Catalog: 002275902 Release Date: 03/23/2015   Number of Discs: 53
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Lehár,  Emil Waldteufel,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Rafael Druian,  Georges Miquelle,  Eugene List,  Alfred Mouledous  ... 
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti,  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Frederick Fennell,  Anatole Fistoulari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Hungarica  ... 
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  • 29.
    Three Classic Albums - Dmitri Hvorostovsky
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002268702 Release Date: 03/23/2015   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev,  Nikolai Kalinin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra,  Kirov Theater Orchestra,  Ossipov State Russian Folk Orchestra
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  • 30.
    The Romantic Cello
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94934 Release Date: 02/24/2015   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Zara Nelsova,  Julius Berger,  Timora Rosler,  Klára Würtz  ... 
    Conductor:  Walter Susskind,  Florian Merz,  Dwight Bennett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra,  South Westphalia Philharmonic,  Zilina State Chamber Orchestra
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  • 31.
    Lorin Maazel - The Complete Early Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002251502 Release Date: 02/17/2015   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Igor Stravinsky,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Jeanine Collard,  Jane Berbié,  Sylvaine Gilma,  Colette Herzog  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Radio Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 32.
    Battles In Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 578293 Release Date: 02/10/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Leonardo Balada,  Roy Harris  ... 
    Conductor:  Ondrej Lenárd,  Salvador Mas Conde,  Marin Alsop,  Dmitry Yablonsky  ... 
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    100 Classical Masterworks
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002188102 Release Date: 01/06/2015   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Edvard Grieg,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Lorin Maazel,  Neeme Järvi,  Herbert von Karajan,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  Neeme Järvi,  Herbert von Karajan,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theater Violin Ensemble,  Ansbach Bach Week Soloists Union,  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica  ... 
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  • 34.
    Seiji Ozawa - The Philips Years: Original Jacket Collection [50-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002185602 Release Date: 11/18/2014   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Hector Berlioz  ... 
    Performer:  Mariko Kobayashi,  Everett Firth,  Hiroshi Arimori,  Sawako Yasue  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Saito Kinen Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers  ... 
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  • 35.
    Carnival of the Animals / John Morris Russell, Cincinnati Pops
    Label: Fanfare Cincinnati   Catalog: FC-004 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Recorded Sound,  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Performer:  Ilya Finkelshteyn,  Randy Bowman,  Jonathan Gunn
    Conductor:  John Morris Russell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
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  • 36.
    Music For Brass & Organ / Thompson Brass Ensemble
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1481 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  André Campra,  Alan Hovhaness,  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Giovanni Gabrieli  ... 
    Conductor:  Barbara Bruns
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Thompson Brass Ensemble
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  • 37.
    Winds & Piano / Les Vents Francais
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 4623185 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc,  Jeanne-Louise Farrenc,  Albert Roussel,  André Caplet  ... 
    Performer:  Gilbert Audin,  Paul Meyer,  François Leleux,  Eric Le Sage  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Vents Français
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  • 38.
    Lorin Maazel: The Cleveland Years - Complete Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002217602 Release Date: 11/10/2014   Number of Discs: 19
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Hector Berlioz,  Mikhail Glinka  ... 
    Performer:  Kenneth Riegel,  Lynn Harrell,  Pascal Rogé,  Ivan Davis
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  Antal Doráti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Detroit Symphony Orchestra
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  • 39.
    Phase 4 Stereo - Stereo Concert Series
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002188302 Release Date: 10/27/2014   Number of Discs: 41
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa,  Charles A. Zimmerman,  Francis S. Van Boskerck,  George Norton  ... 
    Performer:  Stanley Black,  David Parkhouse,  Alan Loveday,  Robert Merrill  ... 
    Conductor:  Rodney Bashford,  Stanley Black,  Bernard Herrmann,  Edward Downes  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grenadier Guards Band,  London Festival Orchestra,  London Festival Recording Ensemble  ... 
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  • 40.
    Czech Contemporary Music For Oboe / Gabriela Krckova
    Label: Arcodiva   Catalog: 160 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jirí Teml,  Jaroslav Krcek,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Zdenek Sestak  ... 
    Performer:  Gabriela Krcková,  Hana Jouzová,  Katerina Jansova,  Daniel Wiesner
    Conductor:  Jaroslav Krcek
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  • 41.
    Let The Season In / Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    Label: Mormon Tabernacle   Catalog: 5126060 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Various,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Deborah Voigt,  John Rhys-Davies
    Conductor:  Mack Wilberg,  Ryan Murphy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir,  Orchestra at Temple Square
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  • 42.
    Let The Season In / Mormon Tabernacle Choir [dvd]
    Label: Mormon Tabernacle   Catalog: 5126065 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Various,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Deborah Voigt,  John Rhys-Davies
    Conductor:  Mack Wilberg,  Ryan Murphy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir,  Orchestra at Temple Square
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  • 43.
    Rimsky-korsakov For Piano Duo: Scheherazade; Antar; Neapolitan Song
    Label: Divine Art   Catalog: 25118 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Caroline Clemmow,  Anthony Goldstone
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  • 44.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Le Coq d'Or Suite / Ansermet
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002126802 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Conservatoire Orchestra,  Suisse Romande Orchestra
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  • 45.
    Romantic Chamber Music / Vienna Octet
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002127302 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Conradin Kreutzer,  Franz Berwald,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Performer:  Walter Panhofer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Octet members
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  • 46.
    Rachmaninov: The Complete Works
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002145102 Release Date: 09/23/2014   Number of Discs: 32
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Franz Schubert,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  André Previn,  Peter Jablonski,  Mikhail Pletnev  ... 
    Conductor:  André Previn,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Kiril Kondrashin,  Stanislaw Wislocki  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Goldner String Quartet,  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 47.
    James Galway - The Complete RCA Album Collection
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 302633 Release Date: 09/16/2014   Number of Discs: 73
    Composer:  Arthur Smith,  Various,  Traditional,  Stan Lebowsky  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  Sylvia,  Marisa Robles,  Phillip Moll  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jörg Faerber,  Eduardo Mata  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Galway Pops Orchestra  ... 
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  • 48.
    Kirill Kondrashin: 3 Classic Albums
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002131202 Release Date: 09/16/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Alexander Borodin
    Performer:  Myung Whun Chung,  Herman Krebbers
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 49.
    Scandale / Ott, Tristano
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002133302 Release Date: 09/09/2014  
    Composer:  Francesco Tristano,  Igor Stravinsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Alice Sara Ott,  Francesco Tristano
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  • 50.
    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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