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Saddened by Mussorgsky's death, in 1881, Rimsky-Korsakov devoted himself to editing his friend's unpublished manuscripts.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 / Oundjian, Toronto Symphony
Release Date: 08/26/2014   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 5145   Number of Discs: 1
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Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade / Wordsworth, Royal PO
Release Date: 09/08/2009   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28030   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2; Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade / Matsuev, Temirkanov
Release Date: 08/26/2014   Label: Euroarts  
Catalog: 75068   Number of Discs: 1
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Rimsky-Korsakov: The Snow Maiden / Angelov, Zemenkova
Release Date: 09/24/2013   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94626   Number of Discs: 3
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Rimsky-Korsakov: Complete Songs / Gerasimova, Choutova, Martinov, Baikov
Release Date: 07/13/2010   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 93971   Number of Discs: 3
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    Singers Of The Century - 40 Greats Of  The 20th Century
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 2078 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Pietro Mascagni,  Umberto Giordano  ... 
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    Rimsky-Korsakov Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94369 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter,  Nicholas Busch,  Gwydion Brooke,  John McCaw  ... 
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    A Tribute To Fritz Kreisler
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001637702 Release Date: 01/17/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Fritz Kreisler,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit: Richard Crooks
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89744 Release Date: 04/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti,  Richard Wagner,  Charles Gounod,  Jules Massenet  ... 
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    White Nights - Viola Music From St. Petersburg / Masurenko, Ishay
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 10029 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
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    Blue Hour - Brilliant And Sentimental Moments / Blau, Heidemann
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 3081659 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Zequinha de Abreu,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Richard Adler,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
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    Swing! Greatest Hits
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 68509 Release Date: 01/02/2011   Number of Discs: 1
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    Georges Thill Vol 4 - Bizet, Berlioz, Delibes, Rimsky-Korsakov
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10249 Release Date: 11/22/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Hector Berlioz,  Giacomo Puccini,  Friedrich von Flotow  ... 
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    Tiramisu For The Soul / Hartmut Schill, Rainer Schill
    Label: Auris Subtilis   Catalog: 7771025 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fritz Kreisler,  Werner Bochmann,  Paul Lincke,  Franz Drdla  ... 
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    Slavic Opera Arias / Piotr Beczala
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 814101 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Feliks Nowowiejski,  Wladyslaw Zelenski,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
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    Tommy Dorsey - The Homefront 1941-1945
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 68961 Release Date: 09/16/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Sy Oliver,  Clarence Smith,  Irving Berlin  ... 
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    Firebirds In Paris - French & Belgian Singers In Russian Opera & Song
    Label: Marston   Catalog: 51008 Release Date: 06/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Anton Rubinstein  ... 
    Performer:  Germaine Cernay,  Gustav Cloëz,  Renée Doria,  Tasso Janopoulo  ... 
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    Label: Sony   Catalog: 7657122 Release Date: 05/18/2010   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Nicholas Brodszky,  Sigmund Romberg,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Carlos Seixas  ... 
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    Best Cello 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64275 Release Date: 08/11/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Georg Matthias Monn,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Pablo Casals,  Paul Tortelier,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Lynn Harrell  ... 
    Conductor:  Pinchas Zukerman,  Christopher Warren-Green,  Sir John Barbirolli,  Iona Brown  ... 
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Joseph Gostic, Dusan Georgevic
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89722 Release Date: 07/14/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pietro Mascagni,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Bedrich Smetana,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Joseph Gostic,  Dusan Georgevic
    Conductor:  Milan Sachs,  Clemens Krauss,  Alberto Erede
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    Mario Lanza - Greatest Hits
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 742204 Release Date: 06/23/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nicholas Brodszky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Eduardo Di Capua,  Sigmund Romberg  ... 
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    Icon - Fritz Kreisler - The Charming Maverick
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 65042 Release Date: 04/21/2009   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Fritz Kreisler,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Richard Heuberger  ... 
    Performer:  Fritz Kreisler,  Haddon Squire,  William Primrose,  Thomas Petre  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Eugene Goossens,  Sir John Barbirolli,  Landon Ronald,  Leo Blech  ... 
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    The Art Of Feodor Chaliapin - Opera Scenes And Arias
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1001345 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Alexander Borodin,  Alexander Dargomizhsky  ... 
    Performer:  Feodor Chaliapin
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    Icon - Jussi Björling, The Swedish Caruso Sings Verdi, Puccini, Etc
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 17313 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Henry Ernest Geehl,  Carl Sjöberg  ... 
    Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles,  Jussi Björling,  John Reardon,  Giorgio Tozzi  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Gabriele Santini,  Nils Grevillius,  Renato Cellini  ... 
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Tito Schipa Vol 5 - Italian Songs, Etc
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89709 Release Date: 09/09/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gerardo Matos Rodríguez,  Ernesto Tagliaferri,  Luis Carlos Amadori,  Emilio Serrano  ... 
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    Be My Valentine - Music For Two
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000815402 Release Date: 01/08/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Sylvia McNair,  Dana Hanchard,  Pierre Fournier,  Ernest Lush  ... 
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    Waldemar Kmentt
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 93451 Release Date: 12/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Umberto Giordano  ... 
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    Mantovani's Concert Encores
    Label: London/Decca Weekend Classics   Catalog: 433209 Release Date: 09/17/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Cole Porter,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Conductor:  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani
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    The Essential Mario Lanza
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 707409 Release Date: 04/03/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Nicholas Brodszky,  Sigmund Romberg  ... 
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    Great Opera Overtures / Bernstein, New York Philharmonic
    Label: Imports   Catalog: 663790 Release Date: 03/20/2007  
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
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