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Saddened by Mussorgsky's death, in 1881, Rimsky-Korsakov devoted himself to editing his friend's unpublished manuscripts.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: 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: 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: May Night: Overture

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    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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    Rimsky-Korsakov: Golden Cockerel Suite, May Night Overture / Markevitch, Orchestre Lamoureux
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001739302 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Mikhail Glinka,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Anatole Liadov  ... 
    Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
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    Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol, Overtures / Schwarz, Seattle Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572788 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
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    Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol, Sadko / Zinman, Alexander, Rotterdam
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 411446 Release Date: 08/19/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Roberta Alexander
    Conductor:  David Zinman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra,  Rotterdam Philharmonic Chorus
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    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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    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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    Rimsky-Korsakov: Orchestral Works / Ansermet, Suisse Romande Orchestra
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4800827 Release Date: 07/14/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Geneva Motet Choir
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    Rimsky-Korsakov: Overtures & Suites From The Operas
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10369 Release Date: 06/27/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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    Musik...sprache Der Welt - Selected Orchestral Recordings Ii
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000507202 Release Date: 10/11/2005   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Diana Eustrati,  Aurèle Nicolet
    Conductor:  Igor Markevitch,  Ferenc Fricsay,  Fritz Lehmann,  Otmar Suitner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Music...sprache Der Welt - Mussorgsky, Etc / Markevitch
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000448302 Release Date: 07/12/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Modest Mussorgsky
    Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Russian Opera Arias / Vladimir Grishko, Kuchar, Sirenko
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554843 Release Date: 04/16/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Anton Arensky
    Performer:  Vladimir Grishko
    Conductor:  Vladimir Sirenko,  Theodore Kuchar
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukrainian Radio/TV Symphony Orchestra,  Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra
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    Rimsky-korsakov: Pan Voyevoda, Etc / Golovchin, Moscow So
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553858 Release Date: 06/22/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Elena Okolycheva
    Conductor:  Igor Golovchin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
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    Rimsky-Korsakov: Great Orchestral Works / Zinman
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 442605 Release Date: 02/21/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Roberta Alexander
    Conductor:  David Zinman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra,  Rotterdam Philharmonic Women's Chorus
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    Rimsky-korsakov: Scheherazade, Etc / Ernest Ansermet
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 443464 Release Date: 02/14/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Lorand Fenyves
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Geneva Motet Choir
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    The Spirit Of Russia - Rimsky-korsakov Orchestral Suites
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 5082 Release Date: 10/14/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Aaron Rosand,  Michael Ponti
    Conductor:  Richard Kapp,  Milton Katims,  Othmar M. F. Mága
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Hungarica,  Bochum Symphony Orchestra,  Hamburg Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio espagnol, etc / Lazarev, Bolshoi
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 94808 Release Date: 05/03/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Sergei Vlasov,  Valery Suschenko,  Dmitry Miller,  Alexander Golyshev  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Lazarev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
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