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Saddened by Mussorgsky's death, in 1881, Rimsky-Korsakov devoted himself to editing his friend's unpublished manuscripts.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 / Wordsworth, Royal PO
Release Date: 09/08/2009   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28030   Number of Discs: 1
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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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Rimsky-Korsakov: Tsar's Bride / Mansourov, Vishnevskaya
Release Date: 08/12/2008   Label: Opera D'oro  
Catalog: 1481   Number of Discs: 2
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Rimsky-Korsakov: Complete Songs / Gerasimova, Choutova, Martinov, Baikov
Release Date: 07/13/2010   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 93971   Number of Discs: 3
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Rimsky-korsakov: Sadko / Svetlanov, Petrov, Firsova, Et Al
Release Date: 05/23/2000   Label: Opera D'oro  
Catalog: 1246   Number of Discs: 3
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Work: Scheherazade, Op. 35

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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    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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  • 28.
    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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  • 29.
    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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  • 30.
    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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  • 31.
    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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  • 32.
    Icon: William Steinberg
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 26486 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Nathan Milstein,  Rudolf Firkusny
    Conductor:  William Steinberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 33.
    Rimsky-korsakov: Sheherazade, Capriccio Espagnole / Ponti, Russian National Orchestra
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186378 Release Date: 09/28/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Carlo Ponti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
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  • 34.
    Rimsky-korsakov: Scheherazade; Tsar Saltan Suite / Barenboim, Chicago Symphony
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 674290 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Samuel Magad
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 35.
    Russian Ballet Music
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 49824 Release Date: 05/17/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Aram Khachaturian,  Alexander Glazunov,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Norman Carol
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  Aram Khachaturian,  Yuri Temirkanov,  Yevgeny Svetlanov  ... 
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  • 36.
    Rimsky-korsakov: Scheherazade; Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 2376 Release Date: 04/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Modest Mussorgsky
    Conductor:  Sir Eugene Goossens
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  • 37.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade, Tsar Saltan Suite / Schwarz, Seattle Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572693 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
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  • 38.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Russian Easter Festival Overture / Dutoit, Royal Philharmonic
    Label: Onyx   Catalog: 4064 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Clio Gould
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 39.
    Leonard Bernstein - The Royal Edition Vol 67 - Stravinsky, Rimsky-Korsakov
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 47605 Release Date: 10/15/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 40.
    Icon - Rudolf Kempe
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 29557 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Tortelier,  Sylvia Geszty,  Teresa Zylis-Gara,  Gundula Janowitz  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 41.
    Seiji Ozawa - Anniversary [11-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001464002 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Trevor Pinnock,  Everett Firth,  Simon Preston,  Kathleen Battle  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 42.
    Label: Classic Records   Catalog: 2021 Release Date: 07/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Pavel Kogan
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  • 43.
    Ravel, Honegger, Rimsky-korsakov / Trenkner-speidel Duo
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 3301616 Release Date: 06/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arthur Honegger,  Maurice Ravel,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trenkner-Speidel Duo
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  • 44.
    Pierre Monteux Edition Vol 11 - Rimsky-Korsakov
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 61897 Release Date: 05/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Naum Blinder
    Conductor:  Pierre Monteux
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
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  • 45.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade; Mussorgsky / Haitink
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 420898 Release Date: 04/08/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Modest Mussorgsky
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  David Lloyd-Jones
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 46.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Sadko, May Night / Monteux, Ansermet
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 421400 Release Date: 03/29/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Pierre Monteux
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 47.
    A Festival Of Ballet
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67063 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Gustav Holst,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Performer:  Barbara Hendricks,  Susan Bickley,  Lorraine Hunt Lieberson,  Catherine Pierard  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe,  André Previn,  Paavo Järvi,  Sir Charles Mackerras  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 48.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade; Glazunov / Jarvi, Scottish National Orchestra
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 8479 Release Date: 01/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Alexander Glazunov
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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  • 49.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade / Andre Previn, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 411479 Release Date: 12/16/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade / Wordsworth, Royal PO
    Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks   Catalog: 28030 Release Date: 09/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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