Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov


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Saddened by Mussorgsky's death, in 1881, Rimsky-Korsakov devoted himself to editing his friend's unpublished manuscripts.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

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  • 26.
    Icon: The Early Years - Yehudi Menuhin
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 928129 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Marius Casadesus,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  George Enescu,  Hephzibah Menuhin,  Hubert Giesen  ... 
    Conductor:  George Enescu,  Pierre Monteux,  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris,  Orchestre de Paris  ... 
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  • 27.
    Common Ground
    Label: Alma   Catalog: 21213 Release Date: 01/21/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Edward Yadzinski,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Kornel Wolak,  Chris Donnelly
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  • 28.
    Classical Music For Dogs
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001916602 Release Date: 11/25/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Pachelbel,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Andras Schiff,  Wilhelm Kempff,  Marisa Robles  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Richter,  Karl Münchinger,  Sir Georg Solti,  David Zinman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
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  • 29.
    Classical Wellness: Musical Tonics For Mind, Body And Spirit
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3464 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Henri Vieuxtemps,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Wolseley Charles,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Dmitry Khakhamov,  Oleg Sergeev,  John Aler,  Grant Gershon  ... 
    Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian,  James DePreist,  Gerard Schwarz,  Anatoly Lapunov  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Russian Folk Ensemble Balalaika,  Style of Five,  Brazilian Guitar Quartet  ... 
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  • 30.
    Intermezzo: Works For Violin And Piano
    Label: Genuin Musikproduction   Catalog: 13544 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Moritz Moszkowski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Intermezzo
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  • 31.
    Battle of Stalingrad / Pedersen, Royal Norwegian Air Force Band
    Label: Lawo Classics   Catalog: 1045 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Reinhold Gliere,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Aram Khachaturian,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Leif Arne Pedersen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Norwegian Air Force Band
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  • 32.
    La Passion / Roby Lakatos & Ensemble
    Label: Avanti Classic   Catalog: 1041 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Vittorio Monti,  Traditional,  Astor Piazzolla  ... 
    Performer:  Roby Lakatos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Roby Lakatos Ensemble
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  • 33.
    Rachmaninov: Preludes; Transcriptions  / Corlin Horsley
    Label: Atoll Records (New Zealand)   Catalog: 442 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Colin Horsley
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  • 34.
    The Expressive Voice Of The Flute
    Label: Divine Art   Catalog: 21222 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Howard Blake,  William Lloyd Webber  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Rhodes,  Kenneth Smith
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  • 35.
    Great Works for Flute & Orchestra / Sharon Bezaly
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1679 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen,  Charles Tomlinson Griffes,  Carl Reinecke,  Cécile Louise Chaminade  ... 
    Performer:  Sharon Bezaly
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hague Residentie Orchestra
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  • 36.
    Rachmaninoff: Moments Musicaux Op. 16; Transcriptions / Alexander Ghindin
    Label: Piano Classics   Catalog: 54 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Fritz Kreisler,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Alexander Ghindin
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  • 37.
    Best Of Pops / Arthur Fiedler, Boston Pops Orchestra
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 3580 Release Date: 07/02/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Jacob Gade,  Leroy Anderson,  Victor Young,  Meredith Willson  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 38.
    The Belyayev Project / Andrey Baranov, Alexey Zhilin, Miki Aoki
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 12033 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Alexander Glazunov,  Anatole Liadov,  Felix Blumenfeld
    Performer:  Andrey Baranov,  Mike Aoki,  Alexey Zhilin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Belyayev Project
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  • 39.
    Bach, Brahms, Prokofiev
    Label: Motema Music   Catalog: 116 Release Date: 05/14/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Eldar Djangirov
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  • 40.
    Balalaika Favourites!
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1936 Release Date: 05/07/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Pavlovich Budashk,  Traditional,  Pavel Kulikov,  Nikolay Osipov  ... 
    Performer:  Rudolf Belov
    Conductor:  Vitaly Gnutov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra,  Russian Balalaika Orchestra
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  • 41.
    A Musical Journey: Crimea, Russia, Uzbekistan
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 2110291 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Reinhold Gliere,  Mikhail Glinka,  Aram Khachaturian  ... 
    Conductor:  Anthony Bramall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 42.
    Laugh With Classical Music
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 1627 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Vieuxtemps,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Wolseley Charles,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Dmitry Khakamov,  Oleg Sergeev,  John Aler,  Grant Gershon  ... 
    Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian,  Constantine Orbelian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra,  Philharmonia of Russia,  Italian Saxophone Quartet
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  • 43.
    Mit Der Flote Durch 5 Jahrhunderte
    Label: Bella Musica   Catalog: 312448 Release Date: 03/01/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Jules Massenet,  Frédéric Chopin,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Junko Ukigaya,  Miyuki Motoi
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  • 44.
    Le Maestro De La Trompette
    Label: Indesens   Catalog: 15 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Ernesto Lecuona,  Michael Carr,  Charles Trenet  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice André
    Conductor:  J. Faustin,  Jacques Denjean
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  • 45.
    Ten Years
    Label: Smekkleysa   Catalog: 77 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bára Grímsdóttir,  Hrodmar I Sigurbjörnsson,  Hildigunnur Rúnarsdóttir,  Atli Heimir Sveinsson  ... 
    Performer:  Arny Ingvarsdottir,  Lovisa Arnadóttir,  Gudrídur Thóra Gísladóttir
    Conductor:  Jón Stephánsson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Graduale Nobili
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  • 46.
    The Sound of Pablo Casals
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 780032 Release Date: 02/05/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Max Bruch,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Pablo Casals,  Alfred Cortot,  Jacques Thibaud,  Otto Schulhof
    Conductor:  George Szell,  Sir Adrian Boult,  Landon Ronald,  Pablo Casals
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 47.
    Pictures / Boston Cello Quartet
    Label: Cd Baby   Catalog: 5638070466 Release Date: 02/04/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Cello Quartet
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  • 48.
    Label: Net Fx   Catalog: 4780792 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robat Arwyn,  Karl Jenkins,  César Franck,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Performer:  Rhys Meirion,  Bryn Terfel,  Aled Jones,  Dewi Ellis Jones  ... 
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  • 49.
    Ingolf Wunder 300
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001793002 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Frédéric Chopin,  Raoul Koczalski  ... 
    Performer:  Ingolf Wunder
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  • 50.
    50 Shades Of Classical
    Label: Cleopatra   Catalog: 159 Release Date: 11/27/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Gabriel Fauré,  Franz Liszt,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Danielle Dechenne,  Henrik Lagendaal,  Nora Ksendzov,  Dubravka Tomsic  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Raucheisen,  Zdenek Chabala,  Ferdinand Lang,  Zoltan Kovats  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Caspar da Salo Quartett
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