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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Saddened by Mussorgsky's death, in 1881, Rimsky-Korsakov devoted himself to editing his friend's unpublished manuscripts.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: Sheherazade, Tsar Saltan Suite / Schwarz, Seattle Symphony
Release Date: 02/22/2011   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8572693   Number of Discs: 1
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Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol, Overtures / Schwarz, Seattle Symphony
Release Date: 09/27/2011   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8572788   Number of Discs: 1
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Rimsky-Korsakov: Snow Maiden, Sadko, Mlada, Le Coq d'Or / Schwarz, Seattle Symphony
Release Date: 12/13/2011   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8572787   Number of Discs: 1
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Rimsky-korsakov: The Maid Of Pskov, Etc / Golovchin, Moscow
Release Date: 02/20/2001   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553513   Number of Discs: 1
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Tchaikovsky: Nutcraker;  Rimsky-korsakov: Christmas Eve, Etc
Release Date: 07/17/2001   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8555342   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Scheherazade, Op. 35

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    Seiji Ozawa - The Philips Years: Original Jacket Collection [50-CD Set]
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    Phase 4 Stereo - Stereo Concert Series
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    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Le Coq d'Or Suite / Ansermet
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002126802 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
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    Kirill Kondrashin: 3 Classic Albums
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002131202 Release Date: 09/16/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Alexander Borodin
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    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin
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    Scandale / Ott, Tristano
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002133302 Release Date: 09/09/2014  
    Composer:  Francesco Tristano,  Igor Stravinsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Maurice Ravel
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    Scheherazade / Zurich Ensemble
    Label: Paladino Music   Catalog: 36 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Bortkiewicz,  Aram Khachaturian,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Ensemble
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    Ferenc Fricsay: Complete Recordings On Deutsche Grammophon, Vol. 1 - Orchestral Works
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002132602 Release Date: 09/02/2014   Number of Discs: 45
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  César Franck  ... 
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Tibor Varga,  Helmut Krebs,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau  ... 
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    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2; Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade / Matsuev, Temirkanov
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 75068 Release Date: 08/26/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Denis Matsuev
    Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade / Oundjian, Toronto Symphony
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 5145 Release Date: 08/26/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Jonathan Crow
    Conductor:  Peter Oundjian
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    Rimsky-korsakov: Scheherezade; Balakirev: Islamey / Goetzel, Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic
    Label: Onyx (Classical Label)   Catalog: 4124 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Mily Balakirev,  Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov,  Ulvi Cemal Erkin
    Performer:  Pelin Halkaci
    Conductor:  Sascha Goetzel
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    Transcriptions & Paraphrases For Piano
    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 38148 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Anatole Liadov
    Performer:  Florian Noack
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    Rimsky-Korsakoff: Scheherazade / Reiner, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Apo (Analogue Production Originals)   Catalog: 2446 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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    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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    RCA Living Stereo Collection Vol 1
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 541497 Release Date: 04/15/2014   Number of Discs: 60
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    Erato - 50 CD Collection
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    Mussorgsky, Ravel: Pictures At An Exhibition; Rimsky-korsakov: Scheherazade
    Label: Out Here Records   Catalog: 329 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Philippe Koch
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    Fritz Reiner - The Complete RCA Album Collection
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    Wagner, Strauss, Rimsky-korsakov / Leinsdorf,  Concert Arts Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 121116 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf
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    The Russian Composers
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 121100 Release Date: 07/01/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Igor Stravinsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Sr. John Corigliano
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    Rimsky-korsakov: Scheherazade; Rodigo: Concierto De Aranjuez
    Label: Helicon   Catalog: 9662 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Joaquin Rodrigo
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    Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade, Excerpts from Invisible City of Kitezh / Temirkanov
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 320 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
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    Icon - Constantin Silvestri [15-CD Set]
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 233472 Release Date: 02/05/2013   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  George Enescu,  Franz Liszt  ... 
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    Philips Original Jackets Collection  [55-CD Set]
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    Les Ballets Russes Vol 8 - Rimsky-Korsakov, Prokofiev
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93289 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Conductor:  Alejo Pérez,  Kirill Karabits
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg
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