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Saddened by Mussorgsky's death, in 1881, Rimsky-Korsakov devoted himself to editing his friend's unpublished manuscripts.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 / Oundjian, Toronto Symphony
Release Date: 08/26/2014   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 5145   Number of Discs: 1
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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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Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2; Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade / Matsuev, Temirkanov
Release Date: 08/26/2014   Label: Euroarts  
Catalog: 75068   Number of Discs: 1
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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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  • 251.
    Classic Wynton
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 60804 Release Date: 11/10/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Stanley,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Niccolň Paganini,  Henri Tomasi  ... 
    Performer:  Wynton Marsalis,  Anthony Newman,  Judith Lynn Stillman,  Neil Black  ... 
    Conductor:  Anthony Newman,  Donald Hunsberger,  Esa-Pekka Salonen,  Raymond Leppard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Eastman Wind Ensemble,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 252.
    Discover The Classics Volume 2
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554246-47 Release Date: 09/29/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Malcolm Arnold,  Gioachino Rossini,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Performer:  Benjamin Frith,  Maria Kliegel
    Conductor:  Prionnsias O'Duinn,  Andrew Penny,  Michael Halász,  Adrian Leaper  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RTE Sinfonietta,  Queensland Symphony Orchestra,  Zagreb Festival Orchestra  ... 
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  • 253.
    Bronika Kushkuley In Concert - Bach, Beethoven, Et Al
    Label: Eroica Classical Recordings   Catalog: 3012 Release Date: 09/01/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Bronika Kushkuley
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  • 254.
    A Window In Time- Rachmaninoff Performs His Solo Piano Works
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80489 Release Date: 08/25/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Stafford Smith,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
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  • 255.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Transcriptions And Arrangements / Biret
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550978 Release Date: 07/28/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Stafford Smith,  Franz Behr,  Franz Schubert,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Performer:  Idil Biret
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  • 256.
    Nathan Milstein - Vignettes / Leon Pommers
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 66871 Release Date: 07/14/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Wieniawski,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Leon Pommers,  Nathan Milstein
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  • 257.
    Heifetz - Violin Greatest Hits
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 63154 Release Date: 06/16/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Jascha Heifetz,  Brooks Smith,  Emanuel Bay,  Erick Friedman
    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  William Steinberg,  Donald Voorhees,  Fritz Reiner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 258.
    Greensleeves - Recorder Favorites / Michala Petri
    Label: Philips Silverline Classics   Catalog: 420897 Release Date: 04/03/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  François Joseph Gossec,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Niccolň Paganini,  Arcangelo Corelli  ... 
    Performer:  Michala Petri
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  • 259.
    Concert A La Carte / Vienna Wind Quintet
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 42175 Release Date: 02/27/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Franz Schubert,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Performer:  Karl Leister,  HansJörg Schellenberger,  Wolfgang Schulz,  Günter Högner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Wien-Berlin
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  • 260.
    Itzhak Perlman's Greatest Hits
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 56602 Release Date: 02/17/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pablo de Sarasate,  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann,  Moritz Moszkowski  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Samuel Sanders
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  • 261.
    Evelyn Glennie - Her Greatest Hits
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 47629 Release Date: 01/13/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Vittorio Monti,  John Psathas,  Scott Joplin,  Jenö Hubay  ... 
    Performer:  Evelyn Glennie,  Björk
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  • 262.
    Works For Bassoon And Piano / Dmitri & Shoshana Rudiakov
    Label: Eroica Classical Recordings   Catalog: 3010 Release Date: 01/01/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Viktor Kuprevich,  Anatole Liadov,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Eugčne Bozza  ... 
    Performer:  Shoshana Rudiakov,  Dimitri Rudiakov
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  • 263.
    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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  • 264.
    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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  • 265.
    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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  • 266.
    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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  • 267.
    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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  • 268.
    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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  • 269.
    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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  • 270.
    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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  • 271.
    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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  • 272.
    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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  • 273.
    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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  • 274.
    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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  • 275.
    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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