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Saddened by Mussorgsky's death, in 1881, Rimsky-Korsakov devoted himself to editing his friend's unpublished manuscripts.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: Scheherazade & Capriccio espagnol / Rostropovich
Release Date: 04/15/2016   Label: Warner Classics  
Catalog: 554932  
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Rimsky-Korsakov, Beethoven: Piano Quintets / Knardahl, Gothenburg Wind Quintet
Release Date: 09/22/1994   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 44   Number of Discs: 1
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Rimsky-Korsakov: Antar, Scheherazade / Bakels, Malaysian Philharmonic
Release Date: 10/21/2003   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1377   Number of Discs: 1
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Rimsky-korsakov: Symphonies No 1 & 3, Etc / Bakels
Release Date: 06/28/2005   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1477   Number of Discs: 1
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Rimsky-Korsakov: Overtures, Suites / Bakels
Release Date: 05/30/2006   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1577   Number of Discs: 1
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    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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    Rachmaninoff: Complete Piano Works, Vol 3 / Pizarro
    Label: Odradek   Catalog: 317 Release Date: 10/16/2015   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Fritz Kreisler
    Performer:  Artur Pizarro
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  • 28.
    Le Coq D'or
    Label: Little Village   Catalog: 69020009 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Denis Podalydčs
    Conductor:  Gérard Lecointe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Percussions Claviers De Lyon
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    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  ... 
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    Conductor:  Pavel Baleff
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    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  ... 
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    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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    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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    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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  • 34.
    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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  • 35.
    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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  • 36.
    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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  • 37.
    Simply The Best Classical Anthems
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 550583 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giovanni Bottesini,  Carl Orff,  Gustav Holst,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Alain Lombard,  Zubin Mehta,  Southend Boys' Choir,  London Philharmonic Choir  ... 
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  • 38.
    Anatole Kitain -  The Complete Columbia Recordings, 1936-1939
    Label: Apr   Catalog: 6017 Release Date: 06/09/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Robert Schumann,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
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  • 39.
    My Heart at Thy Sweet Voice
    Label: Gothic Records   Catalog: 49294 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Richard Strauss  ... 
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    Romantische Hornquartette
    Label: Querstand   Catalog: 1412 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Constantin Homilius,  Gioachino Rossini,  Anton Richter,  Wilhelm Albrecht Lutgen  ... 
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    Surrender: Voices Of Persephone / Ilona Domnich
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 419 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti,  Francis Poulenc,  André Messager,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Ilona Domnich,  Leo Nucci
    Conductor:  Simon Over
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southbank Sinfonia
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    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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  • 43.
    Stars Der Oper
    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 38 Release Date: 04/21/2015   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Meyerbeer,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
    Performer:  Beniamino Gigli,  Giuseppe de Luca,  Amelita Galli-Curci,  Ezio Pinza  ... 
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  • 44.
    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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  • 45.
    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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  • 46.
    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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  • 47.
    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
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  • 48.
    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
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  • 49.
    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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