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Saddened by Mussorgsky's death, in 1881, Rimsky-Korsakov devoted himself to editing his friend's unpublished manuscripts.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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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: Scheherazade / Oundjian, Toronto Symphony
Release Date: 08/26/2014   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 5145   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: The Snow Maiden / Angelov, Zemenkova
Release Date: 09/24/2013   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94626   Number of Discs: 3
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Work: Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34

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  • 1.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Symphonic Works / Evgeny Svetlanov [4-CD Set]
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002130 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian State Academic Symphony Orchestra
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  • 2.
    Cuatro / Aquarelle Guitar Quartet
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10786 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Ian Krouse,  Isaac Albeniz,  Fernando Sor
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aquarelle Guitar Quartet
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    Decca Sound - The Analogue Years
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001934702 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 54
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Anton Bruckner,  Arnold Schoenberg,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Pascal Rogé,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Marilyn Horne,  Luciano Pavarotti  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Sir Georg Solti,  Bernard Haitink,  Horst Stein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Zubin Mehta: Live In Front Of The Grand Palace, Bangkok
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 6227 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Unspecified,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Performer:  Ilya Konovalov,  Roman Spitzer
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
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    Icon - Constantin Silvestri [15-CD Set]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 233472 Release Date: 02/05/2013   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  George Enescu,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris  ... 
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  • 6.
    Eugene Ormandy Conducts 20th Century Classics
    Label: Sony (Nax615)   Catalog: 417202 Release Date: 11/06/2012   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Gustav Holst,  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Ravel,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Performer:  John Williams,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Van Cliburn,  Isaac Stern  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Mendelssohn Club Chorus Philadelphia,  Rutgers University Chorus
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    Waldbuhne In Berlin 2001 - A Spanish Night / Domingo, Martinez, Chang
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2051238 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pablo de Sarasate,  Jules Massenet,  Amadeo Vives,  Pablo Luna y Carné  ... 
    Performer:  Sarah Chang,  Ana Maria Martinez
    Conductor:  Placido Domingo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 8.
    The Decca Sound [50-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001619902 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Claude Debussy,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza,  Alfredo Campoli,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Cecilia Bartoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Vladimir Ashkenazy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    The Spanish Experience
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 671885 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Enrique Granados,  Francisco Tarrega,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Sharon Isbin,  Jean-François Heisser,  Wolfgang Lendle,  Jennifer Larmore  ... 
    Conductor:  José Serebrier,  Armin Jordan,  Giuseppe Sinopoli,  Alain Lombard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Cantione Antiqua
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    Gold & Silver / Barbiolli, Halle Orchestra
    Label: Opus Kura   Catalog: 7057 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Lehár,  Claude Debussy,  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
    Performer:  Laurance Turner
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
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    Kiss My Brass / United States Military Bands
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: 55902 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  C. Bryan Kidd,  Jean-Baptiste ". Arban,  Vincent Monti,  Jack Gallagher  ... 
    Performer:  John [Easy Listening] Schroeder,  Ronald Blais,  David Werden,  Philip Burke
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Navy Band,  United States Army Brass Band,  United States Air Force Heartland of America Band  ... 
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  • 12.
    Espana
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 113 Release Date: 10/18/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Moritz Moszkowski,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Conductor:  Ataulfo Argenta
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    Delicias - Spanish Delights For Piano Duo / Goldstone & Clemmow
    Label: Divine Art   Catalog: 25101 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Enrique Granados,  Ernesto Lecuona,  Joaquin Rodrigo  ... 
    Performer:  Anthony Goldstone,  Caroline Clemmow
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    Icon: Vernon Handley - Champion Of British Music
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 98202 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Sir Arthur Bliss,  Sir William Walton  ... 
    Performer:  Nigel Kennedy,  Tasmin Little
    Conductor:  Vernon Handley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Rimsky-korsakov: Sheherazade, Capriccio Espagnole / Ponti, Russian National Orchestra
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186378 Release Date: 09/28/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Carlo Ponti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
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    Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol, Overtures / Schwarz, Seattle Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572788 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
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  • 17.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol, Sadko / Zinman, Alexander, Rotterdam
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 411446 Release Date: 08/19/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Roberta Alexander
    Conductor:  David Zinman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra,  Rotterdam Philharmonic Chorus
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  • 18.
    A Festival Of Ballet
    Label: Tgg Direct   Catalog: 60207 Release Date: 02/15/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Alexander Borodin,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Paul Dukas  ... 
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  • 19.
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 104 Release Date: 12/21/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Igor Stravinsky,  Ottorino Respighi  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
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  • 20.
    The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra 70th Anniversary - Essential Recordings [12-CD Set]
    Label: Helicon   Catalog: 9614 Release Date: 12/07/2010   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Shlomo Mintz,  Julius Katchen,  Artur Rubinstein,  Daniel Barenboim  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Kletzki,  Josef Krips,  Sir Georg Solti,  Jean Martinon  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ankor Children's Chorus,  Israel Philharmonia Singers
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  • 21.
    Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition; Night On The Bare Mountain; Rimsky-korsakov, Borodin, Glinka / Lombard
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 2564622652 Release Date: 11/30/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Alexander Borodin,  Mikhail Glinka
    Conductor:  Alain Lombard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Ravel: Bolero; Chabrier: Espana; Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol / Lopez-Cobos
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 425084 Release Date: 06/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Joaquin Turina,  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Jesús Lopez-Cobos,  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 23.
    Bolero - Images Of Spain / Semkow, Fiedler, Maazel, Ozawa
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 413250 Release Date: 01/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Manuel de Falla
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler,  Jerzy Semkow,  Lorin Maazel,  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 24.
    Clarinet Thunder / University Of Florida Clarinet Ensemble
    Label: Mark Masters   Catalog: 8645 Release Date: 12/11/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Fillmore,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Paul Richards,  Percy Aldridge Grainger  ... 
    Conductor:  Mitchell Estrin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Florida Clarinet Ensemble
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  • 25.
    Waldbuhne Concert - St Petersburg Night
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4531 Release Date: 11/17/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Lincke,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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