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Saddened by Mussorgsky's death, in 1881, Rimsky-Korsakov devoted himself to editing his friend's unpublished manuscripts.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, Etc / Serebrier, London Po
Release Date: 10/12/1999   Label: Reference Recordings  
Catalog: 89   Number of Discs: 1
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Rimsky-Korsakov: 3 Symphonies / Jarvi, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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Catalog: 423604   Number of Discs: 2
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Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Le Coq d'Or Suite / Ansermet
Release Date: 10/14/2014   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002126802   Number of Discs: 1
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Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade / Boughton, Philharmonia Orchestra
Release Date: 08/14/2012   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 7087   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34

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  • 51.
    Gemini - Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition / Jansons
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 50824 Release Date: 05/02/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Joakim Svenheden
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 52.
    Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite;  R Strauss, Weber
    Label: Vox Allegretto   Catalog: 8049 Release Date: 03/22/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Louis de Froment,  Heinrich Hollreiser,  Jonel Perlea
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luxembourg Radio/Television Symphony Orchestra,  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 53.
    Rimsky-korsakov: Scheherazade, Etc / Masur, New York Po
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 60374 Release Date: 03/21/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Glenn Dicterow
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 54.
    Nicolai Malko - The Danish Collection
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 549/50 Release Date: 02/03/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen,  Aram Khachaturian,  Alexander Glazunov,  Anatole Liadov  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicolai Malko
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish State Radio Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    Danzas Y Ballets - A Través De Los Tiempos
    Label: Yoyo   Catalog: 59401 Release Date: 04/26/2005   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Charles Gounod,  Bedrich Smetana  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Festival Orchestra
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  • 57.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol, Piano Concerto, Sadko / Ogawa, Bakels, Malaysian PO
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1387 Release Date: 04/26/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Noriko Ogawa
    Conductor:  Kees Bakels
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 58.
    Original Masters - Leopold Stokowski Vol 2
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000394902 Release Date: 02/08/2005   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander Young,  Donald McIntyre,  Heather Harper,  Helen Watts  ... 
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus  ... 
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  • 59.
    The Begian Years Vol 18 / University Of Illinois Symphonic Band
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 4888 Release Date: 01/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Richard Wagner,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Begian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Illinois Symphonic Band
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  • 60.
    Expanded Edition - Mussorgsky, Rimsky-korsakov / Szell, Etc
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 93019 Release Date: 09/30/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Anatole Liadov,  Alexander Borodin
    Conductor:  George Szell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 61.
    Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Historic Telecasts / Reiner, Stokowski, Hindemith
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4237 Release Date: 06/24/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner,  Paul Hindemith,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Hindemith,  Leopold Stokowski,  Fritz Reiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 62.
    Russian Orchestral Showpieces / André Cluytens, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics Encore   Catalog: 74763 Release Date: 01/07/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Modest Mussorgsky
    Conductor:  André Cluytens
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 63.
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3664 Release Date: 09/24/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Alexander Borodin,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Karel Ancerl
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  • 64.
    Rimsky-korsakov: Sheherazade, Etc / Ormandy
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 89956 Release Date: 08/06/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Anshel Brusilow
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 65.
    Rimsky-korsakov: Symphonies Nos. 1 - 3, Capriccio Espagnol,  Etc.
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 459512 Release Date: 01/02/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 66.
    Eloquence - Rimsky-korsakov: Scheherezade, Etc /Järvi, Ozawa
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 469659 Release Date: 09/18/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Joseph Silverstein
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi,  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 67.
    Rimsky-korsakov - Orchestral Favorites / Philharmonia
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 74518 Release Date: 08/14/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Paul Kletzki,  André Cluytens,  Efrem Kurtz,  Lovro von Matacic
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 68.
    The Medinah Sessions / Chicago Pro Musica
    Label: Reference Recordings   Catalog: 2102 Release Date: 08/07/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Carl Nielsen,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Edgard Varèse  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Pro Musica
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  • 69.
    Rimsky-Korsakov, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky / Jordania, et al
    Label: Angelok   Catalog: 9908 Release Date: 06/26/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Jean Sibelius,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Vakhtang Jordania
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Federation State Symphony Orchestra
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  • 70.
    Viva Espana - Tarrega, Bizet, Albeniz, Et Al / Ozawa, Et Al
    Label: Dg Panorama   Catalog: 469253 Release Date: 01/23/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Manuel de Falla,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Narciso Yepes,  Jean-Marc Luisada,  Dino Ciani,  Sviatoslav Richter
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Lorin Maazel,  Ernest Ansermet,  Louis Frémaux  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Suisse Romande Orchestra  ... 
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  • 71.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Capriccio Espagnol, etc
    Label: Dg Panorama   Catalog: 469187 Release Date: 10/17/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Michel Schwalbé
    Conductor:  Igor Markevitch,  Neeme Järvi,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Lorin Maazel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 72.
    Boléro And Other Spanish Favourites
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554044 Release Date: 10/05/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Manuel de Falla,  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Conductor:  Keith Clark,  Kenneth Jean,  Adrian Leaper
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 73.
    Rimsky-korsakov: Symphonies, Etc / Kitajenko, Bergen Po
    Label: Chandos Collect   Catalog: 6613 Release Date: 09/26/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Geoffrey Tozer
    Conductor:  Dmitri Kitayenko
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 74.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Capriccio espagnol / Mehta, Los Angeles PO, Israel PO
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4666862 Release Date: 02/28/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Sidney Harth
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 75.
    Espana / Argenta, London Symphony Orchestra, Suisse Romande
    Label: London/Decca Legends   Catalog: 466378 Release Date: 09/14/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Claude Debussy,  Moritz Moszkowski,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Conductor:  Ataulfo Argenta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Suisse Romande Orchestra
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