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Saddened by Mussorgsky's death, in 1881, Rimsky-Korsakov devoted himself to editing his friend's unpublished manuscripts.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: Scheherezade; Balakirev: Islamey / Goetzel, Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic
Release Date: 08/12/2014   Label: Onyx (Classical Label)  
Catalog: 4124   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2; Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade / Matsuev, Temirkanov
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Catalog: 75068   Number of Discs: 1
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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: Orchestral Works / Ogawa, Bakels, Malaysian PO
Release Date: 09/25/2007   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1667   Number of Discs: 4
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Rimsky-Korsakov: The Snow Maiden / Angelov, Zemenkova
Release Date: 09/24/2013   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94626   Number of Discs: 3
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Work: Scheherazade, Op. 35

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  • 101.
    Rimsky-korsakov: Scheherazade;  Weinberger, Dvorak / Kempe
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1280 Release Date: 02/11/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Jaromir Weinberger,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 102.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade / Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 470840 Release Date: 10/08/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mily Balakirev,  Alexander Borodin,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Sergei Levitin
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra
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  • 103.
    Rimsky-korsakov: Scheherazade;  Tchaikovsky / Muti, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics Encore   Catalog: 74751 Release Date: 08/13/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Norman Carol
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 104.
    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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  • 105.
    Great Conductors Of The 20th Century - Ernest Ansermet
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 75094 Release Date: 06/04/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Maurice Ravel,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Béla Bartók  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
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  • 106.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Russian Easter Festival / Ozawa
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 438941 Release Date: 05/08/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 107.
    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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  • 108.
    Philips 50 - Rimsky-korsakov, Et Al / Kondrashin, Et Al
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 464735 Release Date: 07/10/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Herman Krebbers
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 109.
    Westminster - Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov / Scherchen
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471215 Release Date: 06/12/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Rudolf Streng
    Conductor:  Hermann Scherchen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
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  • 110.
    The Rostropovich Edition - Rimsky-korsakov, Mussorgsky
    Label: Emi Classics Special Import   Catalog: 65715 Release Date: 03/06/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Luben Yordanoff
    Conductor:  Mstislav Rostropovich
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
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  • 111.
    A Night At The Symphony
    Label: Lifestyles   Catalog: 215003 Release Date: 01/16/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Frédéric Chopin,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 112.
    Rimsky-korsakov: Sheherazade, Le Coq D'or, Sadko / Lenárd
    Label: Amadis   Catalog: 7123 Release Date: 10/07/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Viktor Simcisko
    Conductor:  Ondrej Lenárd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bratislava Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 113.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherezade; Tchaikovsky / Karajan
    Label: Dg The Originals   Catalog: 463614 Release Date: 06/13/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Michel Schwalbé
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Don Kossack Choir
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  • 114.
    Debussy: La Mer; Rimsky-korsakov: Scheherazade / Leinsdorf
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67314 Release Date: 06/06/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Israel Baker
    Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  Concert Arts Orchestra
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  • 115.
    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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  • 116.
    Russian Orchestral Masterworks
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1749 Release Date: 01/11/2000   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Igor Stravinsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Conductor:  Tadaaki Otaka,  William Boughton,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky,  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales,  English String Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 117.
    Rimsky-korsakov: Scheherazade, Etc / Serebrier, London Po
    Label: Reference Recordings   Catalog: 89 Release Date: 10/12/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Joakim Svenheden
    Conductor:  José Serebrier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 118.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade; Borodin / Beecham, RPO
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 66998 Release Date: 05/04/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Steven Staryk
    Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Beecham Choral Society,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 119.
    Rimsky-korsakov: Scheherazade;  Respighi /Muti, Philadelphia
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 73291 Release Date: 04/20/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ottorino Respighi,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 120.
    Classics For The Occasion - Fireplace Favorites
    Label: Columbia River Entertainment   Catalog: 1060 Release Date: 03/31/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Maurice Ravel
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  • 121.
    Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky / Rimsky - Korsakov: Scheherazade
    Label: Classic Records   Catalog: 1021 Release Date: 12/15/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin,  Jerzy Semkow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Chorus,  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
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  • 122.
    Bernstein Century - Rimsky-korsakov: Scheherezade, Etc
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 60737 Release Date: 11/24/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  John Corigliano Sr.
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 123.
    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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  • 124.
    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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  • 125.
    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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