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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Saddened by Mussorgsky's death, in 1881, Rimsky-Korsakov devoted himself to editing his friend's unpublished manuscripts.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: Symphonies, Capriccio Espagnol / Kitajenko, Bergen Philharmonic
Release Date: 09/26/2000   Label: Chandos Collect  
Catalog: 6613   Number of Discs: 2
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Rimsky-Korsakov: Overtures & Suites From The Operas
Release Date: 06/27/2006   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10369   Number of Discs: 2
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Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade; Glazunov / Jarvi, Scottish National Orchestra
Release Date: 01/12/2010   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 8479   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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  • 26.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Romances / Prudenskaya, Garben
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777783 Release Date: 04/07/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Marina Prudenskaya,  Cord Garben
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  • 27.
    Der andere Badura / Paul Badura-Skoda
    Label: Gramola   Catalog: GRAM99130 Release Date: 03/17/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Paul Badura-Skoda
    Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult,  Artur Rodzinski,  Hans Swarowsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonic Promenade Orchestra,  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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  • 28.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade / Monteaux, London Symphony
    Label: Praga   Catalog: 250362 Release Date: 02/24/2017  
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Pierre Monteux
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kocian String Quartet,  Prazák String Quartet members,  Prague Wind Quintet  ... 
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  • 29.
    Aida Garifullina
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002621102 Release Date: 02/17/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Léo Delibes,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Aida Garifullina
    Conductor:  Cornelius Meister
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 30.
    Pierre Fournier Edition: Complete Recordings on DG, Decca & Philips
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4796909 Release Date: 02/10/2017   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Edouard Lalo,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Max Bruch,  Ernest Bloch  ... 
    Performer:  Pierre Fournier,  Géza Anda,  Wolfgang Schneiderhan,  Giusto Cappone  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean Martinon,  Alfred Wallenstein,  Ferenc Fricsay,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 31.
    Taneyev & Rimsky-Korsakov: Piano Trios / Leonore Piano Trio
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 68159 Release Date: 01/27/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Taneyev,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leonore Piano Trio
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  • 32.
    Voyages / Latry
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 559207 Release Date: 01/20/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian,  Manuel de Falla,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Olivier Latry
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  • 33.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade / Luisi, Philharmonia Zurich
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: PHR0106 Release Date: 01/06/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Bartlomiej Niziol
    Conductor:  Fabio Luisi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Zurich
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  • 34.
    Celebration of Christmas: Holy Night / BYU Choirs & Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Byu Records   Catalog: 516 Release Date: 12/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Francis Wade,  Traditional,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Benjamin Russell Hanby  ... 
    Performer:  Rachel Smith,  David Ross,  Christopher J. Madsen,  Heidi Webb  ... 
    Conductor:  Kory Katseanes,  Rosalind Hall,  Jean Applonie,  Andrew Crane
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BYU Choirs,  BYU Philharmonic Orchestra,  BYU Men's Chorus  ... 
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  • 35.
    50 Classical Masterworks
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002596702 Release Date: 12/02/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Bedrich Smetana,  Johannes Brahms,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  David Garrett,  Hélčne Grimaud,  Max Richter,  Daniel Hope  ... 
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel,  Rafael Kubelik,  Herbert von Karajan,  André de Ridder  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Konzerthaus Kammerorchester Berlin  ... 
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  • 36.
    Camille & Julie Berthollet
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 558281 Release Date: 11/25/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Aram Khachaturian,  Karl Jenkins,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Camille Berthollet,  Julie Berthollet
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  • 37.
    The Golden Era of Living Stereo: Remastered Collector's Edition
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 532174 Release Date: 10/28/2016   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Pietro Nardini,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Stuart Sankey,  Ania Dorfmann,  Leonid Kogan,  Andrei Mitnik  ... 
    Conductor:  Howard Mitchell,  Arthur Fiedler,  Arturo Basile,  Robert Shaw  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Festival Quartet,  Portland Symphonic Choir,  Choir Of The Abbey Of Mount Angel  ... 
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  • 38.
    My First Classical Albums
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8509003 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Antonio Vivaldi,  John Adams  ... 
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  Jénö Jandó,  Jürgen Schuster,  Idil Biret  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Halász,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Marin Alsop,  Keith Clark  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Éder String Quartet,  Danubius String Quartet,  German Wind Soloists  ... 
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  • 39.
    Romantic Journey: Music for Violin & Piano / Lin, Jin
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1613 Release Date: 09/13/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel Ponce,  Grigoras Dinicu,  Jules Massenet,  Eugčne Ysa˙e  ... 
    Performer:  Haoli Lin,  Hai Jin
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  • 40.
    A Christmas Celebration / Bell, Halle Choirs
    Label: Hallé   Catalog: 7545 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nigel Hess,  Adolphe Adam,  John Gardner,  Traditional  ... 
    Conductor:  Mark Elder
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra,  Hallé Orchestra Chorus
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  • 41.
    Relaxation: Soothing Sounds of Classical Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578341 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Edvard Grieg,  Erik Satie,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Nora Shulman,  Judy Loman,  Takako Nishizaki,  Wolf Harden  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Breiner,  Jérôme Kaltenbach,  Alfred Walter,  Jorma Panula  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Nancy Lyric Symphony Orchestra,  Budapest Strauss Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 42.
    The Central Broadcasting Folk Orchestra Plays Popular Western Classics
    Label: Marco Polo   Catalog: 8225847 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Jules Massenet,  Aram Khachaturian  ... 
    Conductor:  Peng Xiuwen
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  • 43.
    The Originals, Vol. 2
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002534902 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Helmut Walcha,  Nathan Milstein,  Géza Anda,  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli  ... 
    Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Eugen Jochum,  Wolfgang Schneiderhan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 44.
    Georges Pretre: The Symphonic Recordings
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 557140 Release Date: 09/02/2016   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Darius Milhaud,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Joseph Jongen  ... 
    Conductor:  Georges Prętre
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  • 45.
    100 Best Classics
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 556480 Release Date: 08/05/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Barry Tuckwell,  Mikhail Rudy,  Maria-Joao Pires  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Kent Nagano,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Alberto Lysy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Lysy,  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 46.
    Piano Centric / Tremills, Trio D'Argento, Soloists of Canadian Brass
    Label: Opening Day   Catalog: 7439 Release Date: 06/03/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Jacques Ibert,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Peter Stoll,  Achilles Liarmakopoulos,  Kathryn Tremills,  Sibylle Marquardt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio d'Argento
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  • 47.
    Classical Wonderland: Classical Music for Children
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875117112 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Lang Lang,  Irene Timacheff-Gabetta,  Sol Gabetta,  Igor Levit  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Kohn
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  • 48.
    Carnival Fantasy / Salut Salon
    Label: Rhino (Dvd)   Catalog: 555056 Release Date: 04/22/2016  
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Traditional,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Jacques Ibert  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salut Salon
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  • 49.
    The Menuhin Century: Luxury Edition
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 555050 Release Date: 04/22/2016   Number of Discs: 91
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny,  Arcangelo Corelli  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Hubert Giesen,  Artur Balsam,  Marcel Gazelle  ... 
    Conductor:  Landon Ronald,  Pierre Monteux,  Jean Fournet,  Anatole Fistoulari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Paris Symphonic Orchestra,  Colonne Concerts Orchestra  ... 
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  • 50.
    The Menuhin Century: The Virtuoso & His Landmark Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 555054 Release Date: 04/22/2016   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Antonio Bazzini,  Antonín Dvorák,  Johannes Brahms,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Marcel Gazelle,  Ferguson Webster,  Artur Balsam  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Monteux,  Sir Colin Davis,  John Pritchard,  Efrem Kurtz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Symphonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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