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Saddened by Mussorgsky's death, in 1881, Rimsky-Korsakov devoted himself to editing his friend's unpublished manuscripts.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 / Oundjian, Toronto Symphony
Release Date: 08/26/2014   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 5145   Number of Discs: 1
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Rimsky-Korsakov: Symphonies, Capriccio Espagnol / Kitajenko, Bergen Philharmonic
Release Date: 09/26/2000   Label: Chandos Collect  
Catalog: 6613   Number of Discs: 2
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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: Sheherezade, Tsar Saltan / Enrique Bátiz
Release Date: 01/28/1994   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550726   Number of Discs: 1
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Rimsky-korsakov: Symphony No 3, Sinfonietta / Anichanov
Release Date: 10/05/2000   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550812   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Scheherazade, Op. 35

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  • 101.
    Rimsky-korsakov: Scheherazade;  Et Al / Antal Dorati
    Label: Mercury Living Presence   Catalog: 462953 Release Date: 09/15/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bedrich Smetana,  Franz Liszt,  Jean Sibelius,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Rafael Druian
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
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  • 102.
    Stokowski - Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky / Philadelphia
    Label: Cala Records   Catalog: 521 Release Date: 01/27/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov,  Alexander Glazunov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 103.
    Rimsky-korsakov: Scheherazade / Previn, London Symphony
    Label: Rca Silver Seal   Catalog: 60487 Release Date: 08/29/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  André Previn,  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 104.
    Rimsky-korsakov: Scheherazade, Capriccio, Etc
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 69030 Release Date: 10/17/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf,  Leonard Slatkin,  Andrew Litton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concert Arts Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 105.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Sadko, Tale of Tsar Saltan / Ansermet
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 443464 Release Date: 02/14/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Lorand Fenyves
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Geneva Motet Choir
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  • 106.
    Rimsky-korsakov: Scheherazade, Capriccio Espagnol
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 442643 Release Date: 10/14/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Igor Markevitch,  Kiril Kondrashin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 107.
    Rimsky-korsakov: Scheherazade
    Label: Sony Classical Infinity Digital   Catalog: 57253 Release Date: 02/08/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Viktor Fedotov,  Stanislav Gorkovenko
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow State Philharmony Academic Symphony Orchest,  Russian Radio/TV Orchestra of St. Petersburg
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  • 108.
    Rimsky-korsakov: Sheherezade, Tsar Saltan / Enrique Bátiz
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550726 Release Date: 01/28/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Enrique Bátiz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 109.
    Rimsky-korsakov: Scheherazade, Etc / Temirkanov, New York Po
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 61173 Release Date: 02/09/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Glenn Dicterow
    Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 110.
    Rimsky-korsakov: Scheherazade, Etc / Mackerras, London So
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80208 Release Date: 06/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Kees Hülsmann
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 111.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Russian Easter Overture / Mehta, Israel PO
    Label: Cbs Masterworks Digital Masters   Catalog: 45652 Release Date: 07/27/1989   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
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