Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov


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Saddened by Mussorgsky's death, in 1881, Rimsky-Korsakov devoted himself to editing his friend's unpublished manuscripts.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

Work: Song of the Indian Guest

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  • 26.
    Greatest Hits - Rimsky-korsakov
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000543302 Release Date: 10/11/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Leon Spierer
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  Neeme Järvi,  Tutti Camarata,  David Zinman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Kingsway Chorus  ... 
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  • 27.
    Daniil Shtoda - Tenor
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3348 Release Date: 09/20/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Alexander Grechaninov,  Antonio Spadavecchia,  Eduard Nápravník  ... 
    Performer:  Daniil Shtoda,  Elena Tsvetkova
    Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
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  • 28.
    Fritz Kreisler - Original Compositions & Arrangements
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 76841 Release Date: 09/13/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Manuel de Falla,  Cyril Scott,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Performer:  Fritz Kreisler,  Michael Raucheisen,  Franz Rupp,  Thomas Petre  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kreisler String Quartet
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    Kreisler: Russian & Slavonic Miniatures / Koeckert, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557388 Release Date: 08/16/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Antonín Dvorák,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Nicholas Koeckert,  Milana Chernyavska
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    Hommage A Kreisler (Hybr)
    Label: Tacet   Catalog: 52 Release Date: 01/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck,  Fritz Kreisler,  Manuel de Falla,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Gaede,  Phillip Moll
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  • 31.
    Prima Voce - Bjorling, Caruso, Gigli
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7913 Release Date: 03/02/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Georges Bizet,  Giacomo Puccini,  Eduardo Di Capua  ... 
    Performer:  Beniamino Gigli,  Jussi Björling,  Enrico Caruso,  Giuseppe de Luca
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  • 32.
    Russian Arias Vol 1 / Larin, Rozhdestvensky, Philharmonia
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9603 Release Date: 02/03/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Alexander Dargomizhsky  ... 
    Performer:  Sergei Larin
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Dmitri Smirnoff
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89567 Release Date: 04/29/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Giacomo Meyerbeer,  Alexander Dargomizhsky,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Dmitri Smirnov
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    Caravan - The Ultimate Silk-Road Album
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 472398 Release Date: 07/16/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen,  Alexander Borodin,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Michel Schwalbé
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt,  Neeme Järvi,  Bernhard Klee,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Chorus,  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Florence Easton - Absolute Soprano
    Label: Marston   Catalog: 52033 Release Date: 06/01/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann,  Antonio Secchi  ... 
    Performer:  Lester Hodges,  Florence Easton,  Gerald Moore,  Mario Chamlee  ... 
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  • 36.
    The Legacy Of Cremona - Ruggero Ricci Plays 18 Violins
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 373 Release Date: 11/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Henri Wieniawski,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Cyril Scott  ... 
    Performer:  Noriko Shiozaki,  Ruggiero Ricci
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  • 37.
    Night Music 10 - Classical Favourites For Relaxing
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556610 Release Date: 09/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Gabriel Fauré,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Irina Zaritskaya,  Jénö Jandó,  Wolf Harden,  Takako Nishizaki  ... 
    Conductor:  Josef Kopelman,  Keith Clark,  Ondrej Lenárd,  András Ligeti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Kodály String Quartet,  Bratislava Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 38.
    Lily Pons - Coloratura Assoluta
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 60655 Release Date: 02/27/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frank La Forge,  Alexander Alyabyev,  Johann Paul A. Martini,  Henry Bishop  ... 
    Performer:  Lily Pons,  Frank La Forge
    Conductor:  Maurice Abravanel,  Andre Kostelanetz,  Pietro Cimara
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 39.
    Prima Voce Vol 2 - Treasury Of Opera - Historic Recordings
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1738 Release Date: 11/28/2000   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Félicien César David,  Jacques Offenbach,  Ruggero Leoncavallo  ... 
    Performer:  Nina Koshetz,  Feodor Chaliapin,  Clement Barone,  Amelita Galli-Curci  ... 
    Conductor:  Josef Pasternack,  Franco Ghione,  Rosario Bourdon,  Hans Lange  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 40.
    Dance Of The Blessed Spirits
    Label: Amadis   Catalog: 7184 Release Date: 10/07/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Jules Massenet,  Marie-Auguste Durand,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  János Bálint,  Nora Mercz
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    Prima Voce - Alma Gluck
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7904 Release Date: 01/11/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Robert Johnson,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Alma Gluck
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  • 42.
    The Best Of Rimsky-korsakov
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556674 Release Date: 06/22/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  David Nolan,  Wolf Harden,  Takako Nishizaki
    Conductor:  Enrique Bátiz,  Donald Johanos,  Anthony Bramall,  Andrei Anikhanov  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava,  St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra
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  • 43.
    Concert Hall Classics / Odeum Guitar Duo
    Label: Sbe Records   Catalog: 6198 Release Date: 04/06/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luigi Boccherini,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Odeum Guitar Duo
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  • 44.
    Opera In English - Great Operatic Arias Vol 1 / Ford, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 3006 Release Date: 02/17/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  George Frideric Handel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Barry Banks,  Bruce Ford,  Mary Plazas
    Conductor:  David Parry
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
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  • 45.
    Prima Voce - Beniamino Gigli In Opera And Song
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1763 Release Date: 01/27/1998   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Giacomo Puccini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Beniamino Gigli
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  • 46.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Xenia Belmas Vol 2
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89153 Release Date: 01/20/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Jules Massenet,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Performer:  Xenia Belmas
    Conductor:  Alexander Kitschin
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    The Fiddler Of The Opera / Gil Shaham
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 447640 Release Date: 09/16/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jenö Hubay,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  George Gershwin,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Akira Eguchi,  Gil Shaham
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Karin Branzell Vol 2
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89148 Release Date: 08/19/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Edvard Grieg,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Performer:  Karin Branzell,  Björn Talén,  Manfred Gurlitt,  Wilhelm Thomas  ... 
    Conductor:  Johannes Heidenreich,  Manfred Gurlitt,  Frieder Weissmann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
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  • 49.
    Zurab Sotkilava Sings Famous Russian Tenor Arias & Folksongs
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 57653 Release Date: 02/26/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Gurilyov,  Traditional,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Performer:  Zurab Sotkilava,  Makvala Kasrashvili,  Zoya Smolyaninova
    Conductor:  Nikolai Nekrasov,  Andrey Chistiakov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ostankino Radio/TV Large Symphony Orchestra,  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
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    Famous Tenors Of The Past
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89229 Release Date: 01/21/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giacomo Puccini,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Helge Rosvaenge,  Leo Slezak,  Jussi Björling,  Ferruccio Tagliavini  ... 
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Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

I. The Sea and Sinbad's Ship. Largo e maestoso
II. The Kalendar Prince. Lento - Andantino - Allegro molto - Vivace scherzando - Moderato assai - Allegro molto ed animato
III. The Young Prince and the Young Princess: Andantino quasi allegretto
IV. Festival at Baghdad - The Sea - The Shipwreck. Allegro molto - Lento - Vivo - Allegro non troppo e maestoso - Lento - Tempo come I
Le Coq d'or Suite: I. King Dodon in His Palace
II. King Dodon on the Battlefield
III. King Dodon and the Queen of Shemakha
IV. Bridal Procession and Lamentable Death of King Dodon
Rimsky-Korsakov: The Tale of Tsar Saltan - Suite, Op.57 - 1. The Tsar's departure and Farewell
Rimsky-Korsakov: The Tale of Tsar Saltan - Suite, Op.57 - 2. The Tsaritsa and her son afloat in the cask
Rimsky-Korsakov: The Tale of Tsar Saltan - Suite, Op.57 - 3. The Three Wonders
1. Largo - Allegro giocoso - Adagio - Largo - (Tempo I) - Allegretto Vivace - Largo (Tempo I)
2. Allegro - Molto allegro - Meno mosso, allargando - Allegro (Tempo I)
3. Allegro risoluto alla marcia
4. Allegretto vivace - Andante amoroso - Animato assai - Tempo I
Prelude: A Hymn to Nature
Wedding Procession
Tatar Invasion and Battle of Kerzhenets
Death of Fevroniya and Apotheosis of the Invisible City