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Saddened by Mussorgsky's death, in 1881, Rimsky-Korsakov devoted himself to editing his friend's unpublished manuscripts.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: Scheherezade; Balakirev: Islamey / Goetzel, Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic
Release Date: 08/12/2014   Label: Onyx (Classical Label)  
Catalog: 4124   Number of Discs: 1
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Rimsky-Korsakov: Orchestral Works / Ogawa, Bakels, Malaysian PO
Release Date: 09/25/2007   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1667   Number of Discs: 4
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Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol, Piano Concerto, Sadko / Ogawa, Bakels, Malaysian PO
Release Date: 04/26/2005   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1387   Number of Discs: 1
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Rimsky-korsakov, Beethoven: Piano Quintets / Knardahl, Et Al
Release Date: 09/22/1994   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 44   Number of Discs: 1
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Rimsky-korsakov: Scheherazade, Etc / Bakels, Malaysian Po
Release Date: 10/21/2003   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1377   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 976.
    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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  • 977.
    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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  • 978.
    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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  • 979.
    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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  • 980.
    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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  • 981.
    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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  • 982.
    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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  • 983.
    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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  • 984.
    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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  • 985.
    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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  • 986.
    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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  • 987.
    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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  • 988.
    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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  • 989.
    Class Brass / Empire Brass
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80220 Release Date: 11/21/1989   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Maurice Ravel,  Gabriel Fauré,  Alberto Ginastera  ... 
    Performer:  Sam Pilafian,  Rolf Smedvig,  Scott Hartman,  Jeffrey Curnow  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Empire Brass
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  • 990.
    Rachmaninoff Plays Rachmaninoff: Solo Works & Transcriptions
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 7766 Release Date: 11/14/1989   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Performer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
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  • 991.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Russian Easter Overture / Mehta, Israel PO
    Label: Cbs Masterworks Digital Masters   Catalog: 45652 Release Date: 07/27/1989   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 992.
    100 Best Adagio Voices
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64292 Release Date: 09/22/0009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi  ... 
    Performer:  Natalie Dessay,  Philippe Jaroussky,  Toby Spence,  Barbara Hendricks  ... 
    Conductor:  Louis Langrée,  Emmanuelle Haïm,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Andrew Parrott  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert D'Astrée,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Taverner Players  ... 
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  • 993.
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 9129 Release Date: 10/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Various,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Aureliano Pertile,  Ivan Kozlovsky,  Leo Slezak,  Tito Schipa  ... 
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  • 994.
    Amelita Galli-gurci
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 9308 Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Amelita Galli-Curci
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  • 995.
    Pops A La Russe / John Williams, Boston Pops
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 426247 Release Date: 03/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Alexander Borodin,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Conductor:  John T. Williams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 996.
    Rachmaninov: Moments Musicaux, Transcriptions / Guindin
    Label: Russian Season   Catalog: 288122 Release Date: 06/10/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Fritz Kreisler,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander Guindin
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  • 997.
    Label: Cala Records   Catalog: 0521 Release Date: 05/01/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov,  Alexander Glazunov,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Alexander Hilsberg
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
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  • 998.
    Label: Cala Records   Catalog: 0505 Release Date: 06/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Igor Stravinsky,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
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  • 999.
    Singers of Imperial Russia Vol II
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 9001/3 Release Date: 10/1992   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Mikhail Glinka,  Giacomo Meyerbeer,  Jacques Halévy  ... 
    Performer:  Lev Sibiriakov,  David Juzhin,  Polikarp Orlov,  Oskar Kamionsky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Chorus
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  • 1000.
    The Early Years - Maurice Gendron
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 438960 Release Date: 12/1994   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice Gendron,  Peter Gallion,  Jean Françaix
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