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Saddened by Mussorgsky's death, in 1881, Rimsky-Korsakov devoted himself to editing his friend's unpublished manuscripts.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
Rimsky-Korsakov: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3 / Schwarz, Berlin Radio Symphony
Release Date: 04/08/2016   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8573581   Number of Discs: 1
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Rimsky-korsakov: Sheherezade, Tsar Saltan / Enrique Bátiz
Release Date: 01/28/1994   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550726   Number of Discs: 1
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The Best Of Rimsky-korsakov
Release Date: 06/22/1999   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8556674   Number of Discs: 1
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1001 Nights - Rimsky-korsakov / Bernard Cribbins
Release Date: 11/20/2001   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8555889   Number of Discs: 1
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Rimsky-korsakov: Christmas Eve, Etc / Golovschin, Moscow So
Release Date: 06/02/1998   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553789   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34

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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    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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  • 28.
    Label: Urania Records   Catalog: 152755 Release Date: 11/01/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
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  • 29.
    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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    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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  • 31.
    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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  • 32.
    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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  • 33.
    Rimsky-Korsakov, Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, Dukas / Barenboim
    Label: Dg Galleria   Catalog: 453291 Release Date: 05/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Paul Dukas
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Paris Orchestra
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  • 34.
    Evgeny Svetlanov Conducts Nikolai Rimsky-korsakov
    Label: Svetlanov Foundation   Catalog: 2 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian State Academic Symphony Orchestra
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  • 35.
    Dresden Philharmonic -  Legendary Masterworks Recordings
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 184522 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Johannes Brahms,  Aram Khachaturian,  Gerhard Rosenfeld  ... 
    Performer:  Mirka Pokorná,  Gustav Schmahl,  Annerose Schmidt,  Nelson Freire
    Conductor:  Heinz Bongartz,  Horst Förster,  Kurt Masur,  Günther Herbig  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 36.
    Evening Mood
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 182692 Release Date: 11/24/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Performer:  Johannes Walter
    Conductor:  Jörg-Peter Weigle,  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 37.
    Spanish Steel - Falla, Albéniz, Rodrigo, Etc / Michael Perlowin, Et Al
    Label: Mike Perlowin Music   Catalog: 5637429769 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Isaac Albeniz,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Julio Martinez Oyanguren  ... 
    Performer:  Dave Beyer,  Michael Perlowin,  Bill Watkins
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  • 38.
    Rachmaninov: Symphony no 2; Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol / De Waart, Rotterdam PO
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186153 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Conductor:  Edo de Waart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 39.
    New Year's Concert At Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall / Valery Gergiev, Et Al
    Label: Bel Air Classiques   Catalog: 31 Release Date: 12/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Alexander Borodin,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Performer:  Yefim Bronfman
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra
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  • 40.
    Bolero / Felix Slatkin, Hollywood Bowl SO
    Label: Emi Studio   Catalog: 63738 Release Date: 11/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emil Waldteufel,  Jules Massenet,  Maurice Ravel,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Conductor:  Felix Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
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  • 41.
    Glazounov: The Seasons Suite;  Rimsky-korsakov / Désormičre
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 66829 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Glazunov,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Roger Desormičre
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
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  • 42.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade / Dutoit, Montreal SO
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 410253 Release Date: 10/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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  • 43.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Orchestral Works / Ogawa, Bakels, Malaysian PO
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1667 Release Date: 09/25/2007   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Noriko Ogawa
    Conductor:  Kees Bakels
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 44.
    Russian Orchestral Music / Sawallisch, Bavarian State Orch
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 63893 Release Date: 09/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mikhail Glinka,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Alexander Borodin,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Orchestra
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  • 45.
    Splendour Of Spain- Espańa - Albéniz, Chabrier, Granados,Etc
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 432826 Release Date: 09/17/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Maurice Ravel,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Mikhail Glinka  ... 
    Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spanish Radio/TV Orchestra
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  • 46.
    Russian Orchestral Music - Mussorgsky, Etc / Weigle, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1391 Release Date: 08/21/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mikhail Glinka,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Jörg-Peter Weigle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 47.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Overtures / Sinaisky, BBC PO
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10424 Release Date: 07/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Vassili Sinaisky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 48.
    Sunday Evenings With Pierre Monteux - California 1941-52
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1192 Release Date: 03/13/2007   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Olivier Messiaen,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Dorothy Warenskjold,  William Kapell,  Boris Blinder,  Naum Blinder  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Monteux
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Standard Symphony Orchestra
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  • 49.
    Russian Nights / Erich Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80657 Release Date: 02/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mikhail Glinka,  Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Alexander Borodin  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Hawley,  Timothy Lees
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
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  • 50.
    Cinema Classics 2006
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556833 Release Date: 06/20/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Johann Pachelbel,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Performer:  Terence Charlston,  György Éder,  Sándor Papp,  Péter Szüts  ... 
    Conductor:  Will Humburg,  Helmut Müller-Brühl,  Adrian Leaper,  Victor Fedorov  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Failoni Chamber Orchestra,  Cologne Chamber Orchestra,  Scholars Baroque Ensemble  ... 
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