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Saddened by Mussorgsky's death, in 1881, Rimsky-Korsakov devoted himself to editing his friend's unpublished manuscripts.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: 3 Symphonies / Jarvi, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Release Date:    Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 423604   Number of Discs: 2
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Rimsky-korsakov: Scheherazade, Etc / Serebrier, London Po
Release Date: 10/12/1999   Label: Reference Recordings  
Catalog: 89   Number of Discs: 1
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Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Le Coq d'Or Suite / Ansermet
Release Date: 10/14/2014   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002126802   Number of Discs: 1
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Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade / Boughton, Philharmonia Orchestra
Release Date: 08/14/2012   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 7087   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    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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  • 28.
    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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  • 29.
    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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  • 30.
    Barcarole: Favourite Orchestral Pieces
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 282752 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Jacques Offenbach,  Jules Massenet,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Performer:  Hans Kalafusz
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
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  • 31.
    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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  • 32.
    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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  • 33.
    EMI Eminence - The Original Jacket Collection [50-CD Set]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 393872 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  William Byrd  ... 
    Performer:  David Nolan,  Jonathan Small,  George Malcolm,  William Bennett  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Anton Rickenbacher,  Vernon Handley,  George Guest,  George Malcolm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir  ... 
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  • 34.
    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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  • 35.
    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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  • 36.
    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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  • 37.
    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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  • 38.
    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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  • 39.
    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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  • 40.
    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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  • 41.
    Itzhak Perlman - A Portrait
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 941217 Release Date: 11/06/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Max Bruch,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Samuel Sanders,  André Previn
    Conductor:  Itzhak Perlman,  Daniel Barenboim,  Bernard Haitink,  Jean Martinon  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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  • 42.
    Itzhak Perlman - A Portrait [Deluxe Edition - 2 CDs + 2 DVDs]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 941194 Release Date: 11/06/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Max Bruch,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Samuel Sanders,  André Previn
    Conductor:  Itzhak Perlman,  Daniel Barenboim,  Bernard Haitink,  Jean Martinon  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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  • 43.
    Bonbons For Organ / Martin Setchell
    Label: Atoll Records (New Zealand)   Catalog: 600 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Albert Renaud,  George Frideric Handel,  Felix Arndt,  Francois Dubois  ... 
    Performer:  Martin Setchell
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  • 44.
    Cello Testament, Vols. 6 & 7: Forty Cello Favourites
    Label: Danica   Catalog: 8231 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi,  Maria Theresia Paradis,  Jean-Baptiste Breval,  Johann Paul A. Martini  ... 
    Performer:  Anders Gron,  Jorgen Hald Nielsen
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  • 45.
    Russian Treasures
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2572 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Mikhail Glinka  ... 
    Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev,  Natalie Dessay,  Dmitri Alexeev,  Jean-Yves Thibaudet  ... 
    Conductor:  Paavo Järvi,  André Cluytens,  Armin Jordan,  Sir Charles Mackerras  ... 
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  • 46.
    A Tribute To Erling Blondal Bengtsson
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 724 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Franz Schubert,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Erling Blondal Bengtsson,  Arni Kristjansson
    Conductor:  Jean-Pierre Jacquillat
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  • 47.
    Leopold Stokowski - The Columbia Stereo Recordings
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 197115 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Charles Ives  ... 
    Performer:  Shirley Verrett,  Fernando Valenti,  Anshel Brusilow,  William Kincaid  ... 
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski,  Gregg Smith
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  American Symphony Orchestra,  Schola Cantorum New York members  ... 
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  • 48.
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1300 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Felix Mendelssohn,  George Frideric Handel,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
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  • 49.
    The Very Best Of Paul Tortelier
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 21730 Release Date: 07/17/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Johannes Brahms,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Tortelier,  Maria de La Pau,  Max Rostal,  Shuku Iwasaki  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Tortelier,  Jörg Faerber,  Rudolf Kempe,  Sir Adrian Boult  ... 
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  • 50.
    Ofra Harnoy, Vol. 2
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 6609 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Jules Massenet,  Eugène Bozza  ... 
    Performer:  Ofra Harnoy,  Igor Oistrakh,  Michael Dussek,  Patricia Parr  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Robinson
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