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Saddened by Mussorgsky's death, in 1881, Rimsky-Korsakov devoted himself to editing his friend's unpublished manuscripts.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: The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh / Gergiev
Release Date: 11/09/1999   Label: Philips  
Catalog: 462225   Number of Discs: 3
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Rimsky-Korsakov: Sadko / Gergiev, Kirov Opera
Release Date: 09/12/2006   Label: Philips  
Catalog: 000661909   Number of Discs: 1
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Rimsky-Korsakov: Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh / Vedernikov, Kazakov, Panfilov, Gubsky
Release Date: 03/27/2012   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8660288   Number of Discs: 3
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Rimsky-Korsakov: Kashchey the Immortal / Arkhipov, Zhurina, Chistiakov
Release Date: 05/28/2013   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94657   Number of Discs: 1
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Rimsky-Korsakov: Sadko / Gergiev, Kirov Opera
Release Date: 02/14/1995   Label: Philips  
Catalog: 442138   Number of Discs: 3
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Work: Scheherazade, Op. 35

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  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    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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  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    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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  • 58.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade; Ravel: Bolero / Litton, LPO
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 91470 Release Date: 09/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  David Nolan
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 59.
    Ultimate Russian Classics [5-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001313502 Release Date: 08/25/2009   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Alexander Borodin,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Ernest Ansermet,  Riccardo Muti,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 60.
    1001 Nights - Breezes From The Orient / Schneidt, Guida, Ottenthal
    Label: Phoenix Edition   Catalog: 420 Release Date: 05/26/2009   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ernest Reyer,  Karol Szymanowski,  Peter Cornelius,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Gertrud von Ottenthal,  Bruno Lazzaretti,  Roberto Servile,  Georg Donderer  ... 
    Conductor:  Guido Maria Guida,  Hanns-Martin Schneidt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus,  Berlin St. Hedwigs Cathedral Chorus
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  • 61.
    Ultimate Classical Spectacular - The Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001274702 Release Date: 04/21/2009   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Maurice Ravel,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Performer:  Alan Loveday,  Christopher Warren-Green
    Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Charles Dutoit
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  • 62.
    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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  • 63.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade / Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 38054 Release Date: 03/04/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Norman Carrol
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 64.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade; Tsar Saltan Suite / Barenboim, Chicago SO
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 469452 Release Date: 01/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Samuel Magad
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 65.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Tale of Tsar Saltan Suite / Ashkenazy, Philharmonia Orchestra
    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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  • 66.
    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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  • 67.
    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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  • 68.
    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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  • 69.
    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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  • 70.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade / Darlington, Duisburger Philharmoniker [Vinyl]
    Label: Acousence   Catalog: ACO-LP20908 Release Date: 05/01/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Jonathan Darlington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 71.
    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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  • 72.
    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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  • 73.
    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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  • 74.
    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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  • 75.
    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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