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Saddened by Mussorgsky's death, in 1881, Rimsky-Korsakov devoted himself to editing his friend's unpublished manuscripts.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: Overtures / Sinaisky, BBC PO
Release Date: 07/31/2007   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10424   Number of Discs: 1
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Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade; Glazunov / Jarvi, Scottish National Orchestra
Release Date: 01/12/2010   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 8479   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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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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  • 51.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade / Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 38054 Release Date: 03/17/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Norman Carrol
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 52.
    Evgeny Svetlanov Conducts Nikolai Rimsky-korsakov
    Label: Svetlanov Foundation   Catalog: 2 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian State Academic Symphony Orchestra
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  • 53.
    Rimsky-korsakov: Scheherazade / Ashkenazy, Philharmonia
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 417301 Release Date: 11/24/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Christopher Warren-Green
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 54.
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4777517 Release Date: 11/10/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Sherman Walt,  Joseph Silverstein
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
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  • 55.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade; Mussorgsky / Maazel, Giulini
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 474564 Release Date: 08/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Modest Mussorgsky
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 56.
    Rimsky-korsakov/Rachmaninov: Orchestral Works
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 445558 Release Date: 08/19/2008  
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 57.
    Musical Journey: Uzbekistan - A Musical Tour
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 2110535 Release Date: 07/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
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  • 58.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Le Coq d'Or Suite / Ansermet
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4800081 Release Date: 07/14/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Conservatoire Orchestra,  Suisse Romande Orchestra
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  • 59.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade; Borodin / Yuasa, Beecham
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 28280 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian,  Alexander Borodin,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Aram Khachaturian,  Efrem Kurtz,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Beecham Choral Society  ... 
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  • 60.
    Original Jacket Collection - Eugene Ormandy
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 727987 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Ottorino Respighi,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Anshel Brusilow,  Isaac Stern,  Mstislav Rostropovich
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 61.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade / Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2072278 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari,  George Frideric Handel,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 62.
    Russian Classics - Stravinsky: The Firebird;  Et Al / Ozawa
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 69131 Release Date: 02/21/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Alexander Borodin,  Igor Stravinsky,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Victor Aitay,  Alexis Weissenberg
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestre de Paris
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  • 63.
    Rimsky Korsakov: Scheherezade;  Stravinsky / Chailly
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 443703 Release Date: 11/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 64.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade / Dutoit, Montreal SO
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 410253 Release Date: 10/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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  • 65.
    Rimsky-korsakov: Scheherezade, Etc;  Prokofiev / Leinsdorf
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 65424 Release Date: 10/22/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Israel Baker
    Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf,  William Steinberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concert Arts Orchestra,  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
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  • 66.
    Rimsky-korsakov: Piano Duos / Pizarro, Panomariovaite
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 293 Release Date: 10/01/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Vita Panomariovaite,  Artur Pizarro
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  • 67.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Orchestral Works / Ogawa, Bakels, Malaysian PO
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1667 Release Date: 09/25/2007   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Noriko Ogawa
    Conductor:  Kees Bakels
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 68.
    Rimsky-korsakov: Sheherazade
    Label: Grafisound   Catalog: 724335 Release Date: 09/04/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Hans-Jürgen Walther
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  • 69.
    Sheherazade - An Oriental Night With Berliner Philharmonic / Järvi
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2055318 Release Date: 07/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Carl Nielsen,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Janine Jansen
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 70.
    Kazuhito & Naoko Yamashita- Guitar Duos
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 6777 Release Date: 06/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Claude Debussy,  Jean Françaix
    Performer:  Kazuhito Yamashita,  Naoko Yamashita
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  • 71.
    Prokofiev: Complete Transcriptions For Piano / Lev Vinocour
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 636360 Release Date: 05/08/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Dietrich Buxtehude
    Performer:  Lev Vinocour
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  • 72.
    Celibidache In Rehearsal & Performance
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2060368 Release Date: 04/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 73.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, etc / Jordan, Suisse Romande
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 65470 Release Date: 02/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Robert Zimansky
    Conductor:  Armin Jordan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
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  • 74.
    Label: Dunrobin Music   Catalog: 5637436583 Release Date: 01/01/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mikhail Glinka,  Claude Debussy,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Presidio Brass Quintet
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  • 75.
    Rimsky-korsakov: Scheherazade;  Stravinsky / Stokowski
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1139 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leopold Stokowski Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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