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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Saddened by Mussorgsky's death, in 1881, Rimsky-Korsakov devoted himself to editing his friend's unpublished manuscripts.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: Sheherazade, Tsar Saltan Suite / Schwarz, Seattle Symphony
Release Date: 02/22/2011   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8572693   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: Snow Maiden, Sadko, Mlada, Le Coq d'Or / Schwarz, Seattle Symphony
Release Date: 12/13/2011   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8572787   Number of Discs: 1
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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: Pan Voyevoda, Etc / Golovchin, Moscow So
Release Date: 06/22/1999   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553858   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    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  ... 
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  • 28.
    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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  • 29.
    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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  • 30.
    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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  • 31.
    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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  • 32.
    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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  • 33.
    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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  • 34.
    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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  • 35.
    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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  • 36.
    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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  • 37.
    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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  • 38.
    Masques: Theatrical Reminiscences
    Label: Genuin Musikproduction   Catalog: 14295 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Maurice Ravel,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pianoduo Chipak-Kushnir
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  • 39.
    Prokofiev: Pierre et le Loup; Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich / Tugan Sokhiev
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 40044 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Valérie Lemercier,  Anatole Liadov,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Conductor:  Tugan Sokhiev,  Tugan Sokhiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra
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  • 40.
    Sir Adrian Boult - The Complete Conductor
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 1927023 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Gustav Holst,  Robert Simpson,  Sir Arthur Bliss  ... 
    Performer:  Felicity Palmer
    Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 41.
    The Sea In Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578269 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Arnold Bax,  Frank Bridge,  Claude Debussy,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Performer:  Sarah Connolly,  István Kassai,  François-Joël Thiollier
    Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones,  James Judd,  Jun Märkl,  Simon Wright  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra,  Lyon National Orchestra  ... 
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  • 42.
    Icon: The Early Years - Yehudi Menuhin
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 928129 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Marius Casadesus,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  George Enescu,  Hephzibah Menuhin,  Hubert Giesen  ... 
    Conductor:  George Enescu,  Pierre Monteux,  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris,  Orchestre de Paris  ... 
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  • 43.
    Power Players - Russian Arias For Bass / Ildar Abdrazakov
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3456 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Mikhail Glinka,  Alexander Borodin,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Performer:  Ildar Abdrazakov
    Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra
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  • 44.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh / Albrecht, Netherlands Opera Philharmonic
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1089 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Mayram Sokolova,  Alexey Markov,  Vladimir Vaneev,  Svetlana Ignatovitch  ... 
    Conductor:  Marc Albrecht
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Opera Chorus,  Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 45.
    Rimsky-korsakov: Legend Of The Invisible City Of Kitezh / Albrecht, Netherlands Opera Philharmonic [blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7109 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Vladimir Ognovenko,  Maxim Aksenov,  Ante Jerkunica,  John Daszak  ... 
    Conductor:  Marc Albrecht
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Opera Chorus,  Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 46.
    Common Ground
    Label: Alma   Catalog: 21213 Release Date: 01/21/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Edward Yadzinski,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Chris Donnelly,  Kornel Wolak
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  • 47.
    Classical Music For Dogs
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001916602 Release Date: 11/25/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Pachelbel,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  András Schiff,  Wilhelm Kempff,  Marisa Robles  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Richter,  Karl Münchinger,  Sir G. Solti,  David Zinman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
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  • 48.
    Classical Wellness: Musical Tonics For Mind, Body And Spirit
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3464 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Henri Vieuxtemps,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Wolseley Charles,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Dmitry Khakhamov,  Oleg Sergeev,  John Aler,  Grant Gershon  ... 
    Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian,  James DePreist,  Gerard Schwarz,  Anatoly Lapunov  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Russian Folk Ensemble Balalaika,  Style of Five,  Brazilian Guitar Quartet  ... 
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  • 49.
    Cuatro / Aquarelle Guitar Quartet
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10786 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Ian Krouse,  Isaac Albeniz,  Fernando Sor
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aquarelle Guitar Quartet
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  • 50.
    Decca Sound - The Analogue Years
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001934702 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 54
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Anton Bruckner,  Arnold Schoenberg,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Pascal Rogé,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Marilyn Horne,  Luciano Pavarotti  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Sir Georg Solti,  Bernard Haitink,  Horst Stein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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