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Saddened by Mussorgsky's death, in 1881, Rimsky-Korsakov devoted himself to editing his friend's unpublished manuscripts.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, Etc / Serebrier, London Po
Release Date: 10/12/1999   Label: Reference Recordings  
Catalog: 89   Number of Discs: 1
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Rimsky-Korsakov: 3 Symphonies / Jarvi, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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Catalog: 423604   Number of Discs: 2
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Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Le Coq d'Or Suite / Ansermet
Release Date: 10/14/2014   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002126802   Number of Discs: 1
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Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade / Boughton, Philharmonia Orchestra
Release Date: 08/14/2012   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 7087   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 951.
    Kalinka / Red Star Red Army Chorus
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 77307 Release Date: 09/01/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Boris Mokrousov,  Traditional,  Vasily Solov'yov-Sedoy  ... 
    Performer:  Sergei Dzhemelinsky,  Evgeny Belyaev,  Nikolai Nizienko,  Evgeny Grekhov  ... 
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    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Red Star Red Army Chorus and Dance Ensemble
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  • 952.
    The Essential Canadian Brass
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 432571 Release Date: 08/11/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gioachino Rossini,  W.C. Handy,  Traditional  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
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  • 953.
    Battle Music / Lenard, CSR Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550230 Release Date: 06/30/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Conductor:  Ondrej Lenárd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Spanish Festival / Keith Clark, Csr Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550086 Release Date: 06/30/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Mikhail Glinka,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Conductor:  Keith Clark
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 955.
    The Telarc Collection Vol 3
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 89103 Release Date: 06/30/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thelonious Monk,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Mark Fisher,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Charlie Sepulveda,  Wynton Marsalis,  Dizzy Gillespie,  Paul Katz  ... 
    Conductor:  David Zinman,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Erich Kunzel,  Jesús Lopez-Cobos  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland String Quartet,  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra,  Prague Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 956.
    Live In Osaka / Hunsberger, Eastman Wind Ensemble
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 47198 Release Date: 05/19/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  John Philip Sousa,  Michio Mamiya,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Performer:  Marie Alatalo
    Conductor:  Donald Hunsberger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Wind Ensemble
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  • 957.
    Dorati Conducts Rimsky-Korsakov & Borodin / London Symphony
    Label: Mercury Living Presence   Catalog: 434308 Release Date: 03/10/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Chorus,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 958.
    Classics - Greatest Hits
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 60836 Release Date: 09/06/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  James Pappoutsakis,  Newton Wayland,  José Luis Garcia
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler,  Erich Leinsdorf,  Fritz Reiner,  Rudolf Baumgartner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 959.
    Fiedler - Greatest Hits
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 60835 Release Date: 09/06/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Georges Bizet,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 960.
    Stars & Stripes Forever And The Greatest Marches
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 60838 Release Date: 09/06/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  John Philip Sousa,  Edwin Eugene Bagley,  Johannes Hanssen  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 961.
    Classical Jukebox Vol II
    Label: Cbs Composers'greatest Hits   Catalog: 45737 Release Date: 07/01/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luigi Boccherini,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Aram Khachaturian,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Ivan Davis
    Conductor:  Andre Kostelanetz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic
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  • 962.
    Tchaikovsky: 1812, Marche Slave, Etc / Järvi, Gothenburg So
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 429984 Release Date: 03/08/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Chorus,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 963.
    The University Of Texas Wind Ensemble At Carnegie Hall
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 2697 Release Date: 01/01/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Richard Wagner,  Traditional,  Gustav Mahler  ... 
    Conductor:  Jerry Junkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Texas Wind Ensemble
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  • 964.
    Fiedler's Favorite Marches / Boston Pops Orchestra
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 60700 Release Date: 11/20/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa,  Edwin Eugene Bagley,  Johannes Hanssen,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 965.
    Carnaval / Marsalis, Hunsberger, Eastman Wind Ensemble
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 42137 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Herman Bellstedt,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Niccolò Paganini,  Jules Levy  ... 
    Performer:  Wynton Marsalis
    Conductor:  Donald Hunsberger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Wind Ensemble
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  • 966.
    Celebration: A Life With Music / Isaac Stern
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 42003 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Franz Waxman,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Antonín Dvorák,  Ernest Bloch  ... 
    Performer:  Isaac Stern,  Alexander Zakin,  Eugene Istomin,  Leonard Rose  ... 
    Conductor:  Franz Waxman,  Isaac Stern,  Daniel Barenboim,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphony Orchestra,  Columbia String Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 967.
    Greatest Hits / Canadian Brass
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 14733 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas "Fats" Waller,  Traditional,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  John Grady
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
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  • 968.
    James Galway's Greatest Hits
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 7778 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Pachelbel,  Barry Gibb,  Traditional,  John Denver  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway
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  • 969.
    Portrait Of Wynton Marsalis
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 44726 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Levy,  Herman Bellstedt,  Traditional,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Wynton Marsalis
    Conductor:  Donald Hunsberger,  Raymond Leppard,  Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Wind Ensemble,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 970.
    Balalaika Favorites / Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra
    Label: Mercury Living Presence   Catalog: 432000 Release Date: 09/12/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Vasily Andreyev,  Traditional,  Yuri N. Shishakov  ... 
    Performer:  Rudolf Belov
    Conductor:  Vitaly Gnutov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra
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  • 971.
    Rimsky-korsakov: Scheherazade, Etc / Mackerras, London So
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80208 Release Date: 06/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Kees Hülsmann
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 972.
    Rhythm Song / Evelyn Glennie
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 60242 Release Date: 04/10/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Keiko Abe,  Frédéric Chopin,  Evelyn Glennie  ... 
    Performer:  Evelyn Glennie
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth,  Ray Russell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 973.
    Rachmaninov Plays Rachmaninov - Ampico Recordings (1919-29)
    Label: London/Decca Historic Series   Catalog: 425964 Release Date: 03/30/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Franz Schubert,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Performer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
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  • 974.
    Trumpet Spectacular / Doc Severinsen, Erich Kunzel
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80223 Release Date: 03/15/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Georges Bizet,  Giacomo Puccini,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Performer:  Doc Severinsen
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
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  • 975.
    Humoresque - Favorite Violin Encores / Isaac Stern
    Label: Cbs Masterworks Digital Masters   Catalog: 45816 Release Date: 03/09/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland,  Franz Schubert,  Antonín Dvorák,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Isaac Stern
    Conductor:  Milton Katims,  Frank Brieff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
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