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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Saddened by Mussorgsky's death, in 1881, Rimsky-Korsakov devoted himself to editing his friend's unpublished manuscripts.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
Glinka: Grand Sextet; Rimsky-Korsakov / Capricorn
Release Date: 04/13/2004   Label: Helios  
Catalog: 55173   Number of Discs: 1
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Rimsky-korsakov: May Night / Korobov, Ulyanov, Polpudin, Vladimirskaya, Chistyakova
Release Date: 02/16/2010   Label: Video Artists International  
Catalog: 4510   Number of Discs: 1
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Rimsky-Korsakov: Le Coq D'or / Nagano, Schagidullin, Trifonova, Orchestre De Paris, Mariinsky Theatre Chorus
Release Date: 07/26/2011   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 107387   Number of Discs: 1
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Rimsky-Korsakov: The Legend Of The Invisible City Of Kitezh / Gergiev, Kirov Opera
Release Date: 11/21/2011   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 001615802   Number of Discs: 3
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Rimsky-Korsakov: The Golden Cockerel / Manolov, Sofia National Opera
Release Date: 01/29/2013   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94431   Number of Discs: 2
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  • 251.
    Rimsky-korsakov: Scheherazade / Previn, London Symphony
    Label: Rca Silver Seal   Catalog: 60487 Release Date: 08/29/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  André Previn,  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 252.
    Piano Transcriptions / Arcadi Volodos
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 62691 Release Date: 07/01/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Arcadi Volodos
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  • 253.
    Legendary Treasures - Jascha Heifetz Collection Vol 1
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7705 Release Date: 04/22/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis-Nicolas Clérambault,  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco,  Max Bruch,  Ernö von Dohnányi  ... 
    Performer:  Jascha Heifetz
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  • 254.
    Shine - Original Soundtrack
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 454710 Release Date: 11/05/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Robert Schumann,  David Hirschfelder,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  David Helfgott,  Wilhelm Kempff
    Conductor:  Ricky Edwards
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  • 255.
    The Tsar - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 62683 Release Date: 10/29/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Glazunov,  Anonymous,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Performer:  Jennie Tourel,  Allen Rogers,  Gary Karr
    Conductor:  Andre Kostelanetz,  Claudio Abbado,  Eugene Ormandy,  Zubin Mehta  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 256.
    Russian Orchestral Works / Ormandy, Stokowski, Philadelphia
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 62647 Release Date: 09/24/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov,  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Aram Khachaturian,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy,  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  National Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 257.
    Children's Favorites - The Carnival Of The Animals
    Label: London/Decca Weekend Classics   Catalog: 425505 Release Date: 07/31/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Gioachino Rossini,  Aaron Copland,  Béla Bartók  ... 
    Performer:  Varda Nishry,  Gary Graffman,  Julius Katchen,  Kenneth Heath
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Piero Gamba,  Skitch Henderson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 258.
    Cartoons - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 62368 Release Date: 05/14/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gioachino Rossini,  Paul Dukas,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Luisa Faine,  Barry Snyder,  Eugene List,  Frank Glazer  ... 
    Conductor:  Donald Hunsberger,  Samuel Adler,  Riccardo Chailly,  Eugene Ormandy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Wind Ensemble,  Eastman School of Music Graduates,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra  ... 
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  • 259.
    The Young Menuhin - Encores
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1003 Release Date: 01/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Ries,  Niccolň Paganini,  Ottokar Novácek,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Louis Persinger,  Hubert Giesen,  Artur Balsam  ... 
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  • 260.
    Isaac Stern - A Life In Music - Isaac Stern Presents Encores
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64537 Release Date: 12/05/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Stephen Foster,  Aaron Copland,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Isaac Stern
    Conductor:  Milton Katims,  Frank Brieff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
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  • 261.
    Isaac Stern - A Life in Music - Trio Recordings
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 67195 Release Date: 12/05/1995   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Aaron Copland,  George Gershwin,  Erik Satie  ... 
    Performer:  Leonard Rose,  Eugene Istomin,  Isaac Stern,  Emanuel Ax  ... 
    Conductor:  Milton Katims,  Frank Brieff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
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  • 262.
    The Auer Legacy Vol 2
    Label: Apr (Appian)   Catalog: 7016 Release Date: 12/01/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Hubert Léonard,  Richard Wagner,  Joseph Lederer,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Roman Totenberg,  Eddy Brown,  Max Rabinovitsj,  Toscha Seidel  ... 
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  • 263.
    Rimsky-Korsakov - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 69250 Release Date: 11/14/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Zurab Sotkilava
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Eugene Ormandy,  Louis Lane,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Cleveland Pops Orchestra  ... 
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  • 264.
    An Evening With The Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 68860 Release Date: 10/17/1995   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Emil Waldteufel  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Rabin,  Leonard Pennario
    Conductor:  Felix Slatkin,  Carmen Dragon,  Miklós Rózsa,  Earl Bernard Murray  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
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  • 265.
    Basic 100 Vol 67 - Rimsky-korsakov: Scheherazade, Etc
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 68335 Release Date: 08/15/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Sidney Harth
    Conductor:  André Previn,  Leopold Stokowski,  Fritz Reiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 266.
    Lollipops / Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
    Label: Claves   Catalog: 8503 Release Date: 07/26/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Baptiste Arban,  Gordon Langford,  Traditional,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Performer:  Frank Lloyd,  John Fletcher
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
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  • 267.
    Bach And Noodles / Harvey Pittel
    Label: Crystal   Catalog: 654 Release Date: 06/27/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Jimmy Dorsey  ... 
    Performer:  Harvey Pittel,  Gabor Rejto,  Levering Rothfuss,  Anton Nel
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  • 268.
    The Legendary Trumpet Virtuosity Of Rafael Mendez Vol 1
    Label: Summit Records   Catalog: 177 Release Date: 06/19/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leroy Anderson,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Vittorio Monti,  Zequinha de Abreu  ... 
    Performer:  Rafael Mendez
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  • 269.
    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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  • 270.
    Trumpet - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 66702 Release Date: 12/06/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Jean-Baptiste Arban,  Leroy Anderson,  Herbert L. Clarke  ... 
    Performer:  William Vacchiano,  André Previn,  Wynton Marsalis,  Mark Gould  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Donald Hunsberger,  Stanley Black,  Gunther Schuller  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Eastman Wind Ensemble,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 271.
    Bits And Pieces / Itzhak Perlman, Samuel Sanders
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 54882 Release Date: 10/11/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Edwin Grasse  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Samuel Sanders
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  • 272.
    Selections From The Heifetz Collection
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 62645 Release Date: 09/13/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Manuel de Falla,  George Gershwin,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Jascha Heifetz,  Brooks Smith,  Israel Baker,  Arnold Belnick  ... 
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner,  Alfred Wallenstein,  William Steinberg,  Franz Waxman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 273.
    Dragon's Tongue / Robert Spring
    Label: Summit Records   Catalog: 166 Release Date: 08/23/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Franz Schubert (Dresden),  Luigi Bassi,  Niccolň Paganini  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Spring
    Conductor:  Richard Strange
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arizona State University Symphonic Band
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  • 274.
    Virtuoso Trumpet
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 94524 Release Date: 07/05/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Grigoras Dinicu,  John Hartmann  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice André,  Alexander Markovich,  Sergei Nakariakov,  Theo Mertens
    Conductor:  Jörg Faerber,  André Rieu,  Jaap Schröder,  Jean-Pierre Wallez  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra,  Concerto Amsterdam,  Orchestre d'Harmonie des Gardiens de la Paix  ... 
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  • 275.
    Schumann, Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos / Szeryng, Dorati
    Label: Mercury Living Presence   Catalog: 434339 Release Date: 06/14/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Robert Schumann,  Béla Bartók,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Henryk Szeryng,  Charles Reiner
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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