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Saddened by Mussorgsky's death, in 1881, Rimsky-Korsakov devoted himself to editing his friend's unpublished manuscripts.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 / Wordsworth, Royal PO
Release Date: 09/08/2009   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28030   Number of Discs: 1
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Rimsky-Korsakov: The Snow Maiden / Angelov, Zemenkova
Release Date: 09/24/2013   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94626   Number of Discs: 3
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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: Complete Songs / Gerasimova, Choutova, Martinov, Baikov
Release Date: 07/13/2010   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 93971   Number of Discs: 3
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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: Tale of Tsar Saltan: Suite, Op. 57

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  • 1.
    Erato - 50 CD Collection
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 46441 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice André,  Pierre Pierlot,  Paul Hongne,  Jacques Chambon  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jean-François Paillard,  Frigyes Sándor,  Kent Nagano  ... 
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    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  ... 
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    Szymanowski: Violin Concerto no 1; Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky / Fitelberg
    Label: Dutton Laboratories/Vocalion   Catalog: 9808 Release Date: 12/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Karol Szymanowski
    Performer:  Eugenia Uminska
    Conductor:  Grzegorz Fitelberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Rimsky-korsakov: Scheherazade; Tsar Saltan Suite / Barenboim, Chicago Symphony
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 674290 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Samuel Magad
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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    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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    Great Singers And Musicians In Copenhagen, 1931-1939
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 691/96 Release Date: 06/08/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Richard Wagner,  Bedrich Smetana,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Anny Konetzni,  Lauritz Melchior,  Zedenka Zikova,  Viorica Tango  ... 
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  • 7.
    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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    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: 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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    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: 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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    Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol, Piano Concerto, Sadko / Ogawa, Bakels, Malaysian PO
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1387 Release Date: 04/26/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Noriko Ogawa
    Conductor:  Kees Bakels
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Rimsky-korsakov - Orchestral Favorites / Philharmonia
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 74518 Release Date: 08/14/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Paul Kletzki,  André Cluytens,  Efrem Kurtz,  Lovro von Matacic
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Capriccio Espagnol, etc
    Label: Dg Panorama   Catalog: 469187 Release Date: 10/17/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Michel Schwalbé
    Conductor:  Igor Markevitch,  Neeme Järvi,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Lorin Maazel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Rimsky-korsakov: Suites / Jurowski, Berlin Rso
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 10775 Release Date: 10/07/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Michail Jurowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio 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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  • 18.
    Rimsky-korsakov: Sheherezade, Tsar Saltan / Enrique Bátiz
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550726 Release Date: 01/28/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Enrique Bátiz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 19.
    Rimsky-korsakov: Opera Suites Vol 1 / Serov, Odense So
    Label: Kontrapunkt   Catalog: 32117 Release Date: 09/18/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Eduard Serov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Odense Symphony Orchestra
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