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Saddened by Mussorgsky's death, in 1881, Rimsky-Korsakov devoted himself to editing his friend's unpublished manuscripts.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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  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    Hommage A Kreisler / Daniel Gaede, Phillip Moll
    Label: Tacet   Catalog: 52 Release Date: 10/24/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck,  Fritz Kreisler,  Manuel de Falla,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Gaede,  Phillip Moll
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  • 54.
    Rimsky-Korsakov - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 69250 Release Date: 11/14/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Zurab Sotkilava
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Eugene Ormandy,  Louis Lane,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Cleveland Pops Orchestra  ... 
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  • 55.
    Prima Voce - Rosa Ponselle Vol 2
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7846 Release Date: 04/16/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernest Charles,  Charles Gounod,  Jules Massenet,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Rosa Ponselle,  Elsie Baker
    Conductor:  Romano Romani,  Rosario Bourdon
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  • 56.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Miliza Korjus
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89054 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Proch,  Léo Delibes,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Adolphe Adam  ... 
    Performer:  Miliza Korjus
    Conductor:  Johannes Müller,  Bruno Seidler-Winkler,  Franz Schönbaumsfeld,  Edmund Josef Nick
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
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  • 57.
    100 Fiedler Favorites
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 62698 Release Date: 10/11/1994   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Jacob Gade,  Stevie Wonder,  George Cory,  Jerry Herman  ... 
    Performer:  Leo Litwin,  Earl Wild,  Pasquale Cardillo,  Toni Noichl  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 58.
    Prima Voce Sampler
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1430 Release Date: 08/09/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Amand Mangold,  Richard Strauss,  Traditional,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Bruno Seidler-Winkler,  Frieda Hempel,  Tiana Lemnitz,  Erna Berger  ... 
    Conductor:  Clemens Krauss,  Nathaniel Shilkret,  Gustav Cloëz,  Pietro Mascagni  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus  ... 
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  • 59.
    Romantic Music For Flute & Harp / János Bálint, Nóra Mercz
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550741 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Edmund Schuecker  ... 
    Performer:  Nora Mercz,  János Bálint
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  • 60.
    Romantic Violin Favourites / Takako Nishizaki, Wolf Harden
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550125 Release Date: 06/25/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Georges Bizet,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  Wolf Harden
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  • 61.
    Tenors Of The Bolshoi / Kozlovsky, Vinogradov, Lemeshev, Etc
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 9320 Release Date: 12/23/1992   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Alexander Borodin  ... 
    Performer:  Ivan Kozlovsky,  Eugenia Verbitskaya,  Alexei Ivanov,  Georgi Nelepp  ... 
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  • 62.
    Prima Voce - Amelita Galli-Curci Vol 2
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7852 Release Date: 12/02/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Félicien César David,  Charles Gounod,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
    Performer:  Amelita Galli-Curci,  Clement Barone,  Tito Schipa,  Giuseppe de Luca  ... 
    Conductor:  Giulio Setti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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  • 63.
    Prima Voce - Beniamino Gigli Vol 2 1925-1940
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7817 Release Date: 12/02/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giulio Caccini,  Francesco Cilèa,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Giuseppe de Luca,  Beniamino Gigli
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  • 64.
    Prima Voce - Bjorling
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7835 Release Date: 12/02/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Jussi Björling
    Conductor:  Nils Grevillius
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 65.
    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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  • 66.
    The Orchestra Sings - Great Operatic Themes For Orchestra / Dragon, Newman
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 65430 Release Date: 11/08/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giacomo Puccini,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Conductor:  Carmen Dragon,  Alfred Newman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capitol Symphony Orchestra,  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
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