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Saddened by Mussorgsky's death, in 1881, Rimsky-Korsakov devoted himself to editing his friend's unpublished manuscripts.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: Overtures & Suites From The Operas
Release Date: 06/27/2006   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10369   Number of Discs: 2
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Rimsky-Korsakov: Overtures / Sinaisky, BBC PO
Release Date: 07/31/2007   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10424   Number of Discs: 1
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Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade; Glazunov / Jarvi, Scottish National Orchestra
Release Date: 01/12/2010   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 8479   Number of Discs: 1
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Taneyev: Suite de Concert; Rimsky-Korsakov / Järvi
Release Date: 10/28/2008   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10491   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Scheherazade, Op. 35

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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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  • 3.
    RCA Living Stereo Collection Vol 1
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 541497 Release Date: 04/15/2014   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Claude Debussy,  Jacques Ibert,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Berj Zamkochian,  John Weicher,  Philip Farkas,  Jascha Heifetz  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  Fritz Reiner,  Kiril Kondrashin,  Arthur Fiedler  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  New England Conservatory Chorus,  New England Conservatory Alumni Chorus  ... 
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    Erato - 50 CD Collection
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 46441 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice André,  Pierre Pierlot,  Paul Hongne,  Jacques Chambon  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jean-François Paillard,  Frigyes Sándor,  Kent Nagano  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ens.,  Paillard Chamber Orchestra,  Vienna Soloists  ... 
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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
    Conductor:  Emmanuel Krivine
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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
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concert Arts Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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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
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
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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
    Performer:  Ilya Konovalov,  Angel Romero
    Conductor:  Ryan McAdams
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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
    Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 10.
    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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    Philips Original Jackets Collection  [55-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001767702 Release Date: 12/04/2012   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Salvatore Accardo,  Elisabeth Unger,  Claudio Arrau,  Thomas Zehetmair  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Bernard Haitink,  Frans Brüggen,  Simon Rattle  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Beaux Arts Trio  ... 
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    The Art Of Valery Gergiev
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 1083441 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Alexander Borodin  ... 
    Performer:  Olga Borodina,  Lang Lang,  Sergei Levitin,  Alexander Toradze  ... 
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra,  Kirov Theater Chorus,  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra  ... 
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  • 13.
    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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  • 14.
    Rimsky-Korsakov Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94369 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter,  Nicholas Busch,  Gwydion Brooke,  John McCaw  ... 
    Conductor:  Loris Tjeknavorian,  Yondani Butt,  Yevgeny Mravinsky,  Kiril Kondrashin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 15.
    Russian Treasures
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2572 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Mikhail Glinka  ... 
    Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev,  Natalie Dessay,  Dmitri Alexeev,  Jean-Yves Thibaudet  ... 
    Conductor:  Paavo Järvi,  André Cluytens,  Armin Jordan,  Sir Charles Mackerras  ... 
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    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade / Boughton, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7087 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  William Boughton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    The Hindsley Legacy / University Of Illinois Concert Band
    Label: Mark Masters   Catalog: 5637665113 Release Date: 08/10/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Mikhail Glinka,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Conductor:  Mark H. Hindsley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Illinois Concert Band
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    Rimsky-korsakov: Scheherazade; Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001701902 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Frédéric Laroque
    Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
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  • 19.
    Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 5; Rimsky-korsakov: Scheherazade / Nelsons, Bronfman
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 710108 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Antonín Dvorák,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Yefim Bronfman
    Conductor:  Andris Nelsons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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    Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 5; Rimsky-korsakov: Scheherazade / Nelsons, Bronfman  [blu-ray]
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 710204 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Antonín Dvorák,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Yefim Bronfman
    Conductor:  Andris Nelsons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Sergiu Celibidache / Celibidache, Munchner Philharmoniker
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2059118 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Johannes Brahms,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra,  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade; Khachaturian: Gayane Suite; Mussorgsky / Chalabala, Czech Philharmonic
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 4094 Release Date: 05/15/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Aram Khachaturian
    Conductor:  Zdenek Chalabala
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Great Russian Symphonies
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501059 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Alexander Borodin,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Conductor:  Adrian Leaper,  Gerard Schwarz,  Antoni Wit,  Theodore Kuchar  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Katowice Polish Radio/TV Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Seattle Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 24.
    Arabian Nights
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 7317532 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Alexander Glazunov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Léo Delibes
    Performer:  Norman Carol,  Danielle Millet,  Mady Mesplé
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  Lovro von Matacic,  Efrem Kurtz,  John Lanchbery  ... 
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  • 25.
    Rimsky-korsakov: Scheherazade; Ravel: Daphnis Et Chloe, Suite I; La Valse; Alborada Del Gracioso
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: ARPCD0213 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Maurice Ravel
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