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Saddened by Mussorgsky's death, in 1881, Rimsky-Korsakov devoted himself to editing his friend's unpublished manuscripts.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

Work: Scheherazade, Op. 35

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  • 101.
    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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  • 102.
    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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  • 103.
    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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  • 104.
    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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  • 105.
    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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  • 106.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade; Respighi: Pines of Rome  /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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  • 107.
    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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  • 108.
    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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  • 109.
    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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  • 110.
    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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  • 111.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Stravinsky: Song of the Nightingale / Fritz Reiner
    Label: Rca Victor Living Stereo   Catalog: 68168 Release Date: 02/27/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Sidney Harth
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 112.
    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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  • 113.
    Basic 100 Vol 67 - Rimsky-korsakov: Scheherazade, Etc
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 68335 Release Date: 08/15/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Sidney Harth
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner,  Leopold Stokowski,  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 114.
    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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  • 115.
    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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  • 116.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherezade; Stravinsky / Chung, Bastille Opera Orchestra
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 437818 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Frédéric Laroque
    Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bastille Opera Orchestra
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  • 117.
    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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  • 118.
    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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  • 119.
    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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  • 120.
    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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  • 121.
    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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