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Saddened by Mussorgsky's death, in 1881, Rimsky-Korsakov devoted himself to editing his friend's unpublished manuscripts.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: Symphonies, Capriccio Espagnol / Kitajenko, Bergen Philharmonic
Release Date: 09/26/2000   Label: Chandos Collect  
Catalog: 6613   Number of Discs: 2
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Rimsky-Korsakov: Overtures & Suites From The Operas
Release Date: 06/27/2006   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10369   Number of Discs: 2
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Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade / Oundjian, Toronto Symphony
Release Date: 08/26/2014   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 5145   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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Tchaikovsky: Nutcraker;  Rimsky-korsakov: Christmas Eve, Etc
Release Date: 07/17/2001   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8555342   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Scheherazade, Op. 35

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  • 76.
    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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  • 77.
    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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  • 78.
    Rimsky-Korskov: Complete Orchestral Works / Svetlanov
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 4698994 Release Date: 07/16/2007   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
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  • 79.
    Kazuhito & Naoko Yamashita- Guitar Duos
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 6777 Release Date: 06/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Claude Debussy,  Jean Françaix
    Performer:  Kazuhito Yamashita,  Naoko Yamashita
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  • 80.
    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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  • 81.
    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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  • 82.
    The Art Of Charles Dutoit
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000771602 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Hector Berlioz,  Franz von Suppé,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  French National Orchestra  ... 
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  • 83.
    Rimsky-korsakov: Schehérezade;  Borodin / Kondrashin, Et Al
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000708802 Release Date: 08/08/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Alexander Borodin
    Performer:  Herman Krebbers
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 84.
    Gemini - Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition / Jansons
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 50824 Release Date: 05/02/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Joakim Svenheden
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 85.
    Rimsky-korsakov: Scheherazade, Etc / Masur, New York Po
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 60374 Release Date: 03/21/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Glenn Dicterow
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 86.
    Rimski-korsakov: Scheherazade, Borodin / Immerseel, Anima Eterna Orchestra
    Label: Zig Zag   Catalog: 50502 Release Date: 08/02/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Midori Seiler
    Conductor:  Jos van Immerseel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anima Eterna Orchestra
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  • 87.
    Dieupart, Stenhammar, Paganini / Lindgård, Henriques
    Label: Nosag Records   Catalog: 94 Release Date: 05/31/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Dieupart,  Wilhelm Stenhammar,  Niccolò Paganini,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Jakob Henriques,  Jonas Lindgård
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  • 88.
    Danzas Y Ballets - A Través De Los Tiempos
    Label: Yoyo   Catalog: 59401 Release Date: 04/26/2005   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Charles Gounod,  Bedrich Smetana  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Festival Orchestra
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  • 89.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade / Stokowski, Royal Philharmonic
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 65843 Release Date: 03/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Erich Gruenberg
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 90.
    Kirov Celebrates Nijinsky / Kirov Ballet
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 2918 Release Date: 02/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Alexander Borodin,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Mikhail Agrest
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra
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  • 91.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade; Stravinsky; Etc / Reiner, CSO
    Label: Rca Victor Living Stereo   Catalog: 66377 Release Date: 01/25/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 92.
    Oriental Tales / Norichika Iimori, 	Wurttemberg Philharmonic
    Label: Genuin Classics   Catalog: 4047 Release Date: 11/12/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ottorino Respighi,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Norichika Iimori
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 93.
    Classical Blast
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17328 Release Date: 01/27/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Leos Janácek,  George Frideric Handel,  Antonín Dvorák,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 94.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Antar, Scheherazade / Bakels, Malaysian Philharmonic
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1377 Release Date: 10/21/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Marcus Gundermann
    Conductor:  Kees Bakels
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 95.
    Return of the Firebird / Bolshoi Ballet
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 079322 Release Date: 02/11/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
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  • 96.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade / Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470840 Release Date: 10/08/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mily Balakirev,  Alexander Borodin,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Sergei Levitin
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra
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  • 97.
    Rimsky-korsakov: Sheherazade, Etc / Ormandy
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 89956 Release Date: 08/06/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Anshel Brusilow
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 98.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Russian Easter Festival / Ozawa
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 438941 Release Date: 05/08/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 99.
    Philips 50 - Rimsky-korsakov, Et Al / Kondrashin, Et Al
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 464735 Release Date: 07/10/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Herman Krebbers
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 100.
    Westminster - Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov / Scherchen
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471215 Release Date: 06/12/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Rudolf Streng
    Conductor:  Hermann Scherchen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
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