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Saddened by Mussorgsky's death, in 1881, Rimsky-Korsakov devoted himself to editing his friend's unpublished manuscripts.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: Piano Duos / Pizarro, Panomariovaite
Release Date: 07/10/2015   Label: Linn Records  
Catalog: 293   Number of Discs: 1
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Stravinsky: Firebird Suite;  Lyadov, Rimsky-korsakov / Järvi
Release Date: 10/28/1992   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 8783   Number of Discs: 1
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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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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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  • 26.
    Fritz Reiner - The Complete RCA Album Collection
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 370198 Release Date: 10/15/2013   Number of Discs: 63
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Johannes Brahms,  Rolf Liebermann,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein,  Jascha Heifetz,  Emil Gilels,  Inge Borkh  ... 
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  • 27.
    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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  • 28.
    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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  • 29.
    Icon - Constantin Silvestri [15-CD Set]
    Label: Warner 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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  • 30.
    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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  • 31.
    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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  • 32.
    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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  • 33.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade; Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite
    Label: Dg 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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  • 34.
    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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  • 35.
    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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  • 36.
    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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  • 37.
    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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  • 38.
    Rimsky-korsakov: Scheherazade; Ravel: Daphnis Et Chloe, Suite I; La Valse; Alborada Del Gracioso
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: 213 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Maurice Ravel
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  • 39.
    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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  • 40.
    Lovro Von Matacic - Artist Profile
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 68739 Release Date: 08/19/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Alexander Glazunov,  Anton Bruckner,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Lovro von Matacic
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 41.
    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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  • 42.
    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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  • 43.
    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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  • 44.
    Leonard Bernstein - The Royal Edition Vol 67 - Stravinsky, Rimsky-Korsakov
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 47605 Release Date: 10/08/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 45.
    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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  • 46.
    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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  • 47.
    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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  • 48.
    Pierre Monteux Edition Vol 11 - Rimsky-Korsakov
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 61897 Release Date: 05/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Naum Blinder
    Conductor:  Pierre Monteux
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
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  • 49.
    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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  • 50.
    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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