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Saddened by Mussorgsky's death, in 1881, Rimsky-Korsakov devoted himself to editing his friend's unpublished manuscripts.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
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: Scheherezade; Balakirev: Islamey / Goetzel, Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic
Release Date: 08/12/2014   Label: Onyx (Classical Label)  
Catalog: 4124   Number of Discs: 1
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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: 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: Orchestral Works / Ogawa, Bakels, Malaysian PO
Release Date: 09/25/2007   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1667   Number of Discs: 4
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  • 276.
    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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  • 277.
    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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  • 278.
    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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  • 279.
    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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  • 280.
    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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  • 281.
    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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  • 282.
    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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  • 283.
    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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  • 284.
    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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  • 285.
    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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  • 286.
    James Galway - The Lark In The Clear Air
    Label: Rca Victor   Catalog: 61379 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Barber,  Edvard Grieg,  Claude Debussy,  Johann Paul A. Martini  ... 
    Performer:  Hiro Fujikake,  James Galway
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  • 287.
    Romantic Piano Favourites Vol 3 / Balázs Szokolay
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550107 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Claude Debussy,  Ernö von Dohnányi  ... 
    Performer:  Balázs Szokolay,  Péter Nagy
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  • 288.
    10-year Jubilee / Christian Lindberg
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 638 Release Date: 12/07/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke,  Luciano Berio,  Joseph I,  Christian Lindberg  ... 
    Performer:  Christian Lindberg,  Monica Groop,  Olof Larsson,  Björn Gäfvert  ... 
    Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä,  Leif Segerstam,  Okko Kamu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tapiola Sinfonietta,  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 289.
    Ravel, Gershwin, Bernstein, Glazunov / Nakarjakov, Markovich
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 77705 Release Date: 09/07/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jeanine Rueff,  Reinhold Gliere,  Grigoras Dinicu,  Zdenék Fibich  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander Markovich,  Sergei Nakariakov
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  • 290.
    Rachmaninov: Complete Piano Music / Howard Shelley
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 44041/8 Release Date: 09/01/1993   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Fritz Kreisler,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Howard Shelley
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  • 291.
    Fantastic Voyage / North Wind Quintet
    Label: Cambria   Catalog: 1031 Release Date: 08/23/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Brackett,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Donald Ransom,  Jenice Rosen,  Louis MacGillivray,  Michael Kibbe  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North Wind Quintet
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  • 292.
    The Art Of Nathan Milstein - Beethoven, Brahms, Dvorák, Etc
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64830 Release Date: 07/20/1993   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Performer:  Leon Pommers,  Nathan Milstein,  Artur Balsam,  Rudolf Firkusny  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Irving,  William Steinberg,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra,  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 293.
    Virtuoso Trombone / Christian Lindberg, Roland Pöntinen
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 258 Release Date: 07/06/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Martin,  Luciano Berio,  Paul Hindemith,  Arthur Pryor  ... 
    Performer:  Christian Lindberg,  Roland Pöntinen
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  • 294.
    Rachmaninov: Complete Solo Piano Music Vol 2 / Ruth Laredo
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 48469 Release Date: 06/22/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Fritz Kreisler,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Ruth Laredo
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  • 295.
    British Bandsmen Centenary Concert
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 4513 Release Date: 03/09/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Arthur Sullivan,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Elgar Howarth  ... 
    Performer:  Phillip McCann,  James Shepherd,  William Lang,  Maurice Murphy  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Mortimer,  Major Peter Parkes,  James Scott,  Roy Newsome
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Besses o' th' Barn Band,  Black Dyke Mills Band,  IMI Yorkshire Imperial Bands
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  • 296.
    Russian Festival / Bramall, Slovak Radio Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550085 Release Date: 02/05/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Aram Khachaturian,  Mikhail Glinka,  Reinhold Gliere  ... 
    Conductor:  Anthony Bramall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 297.
    The Sound Of Cellos - The Yale Cellos Play Favorites
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3042 Release Date: 12/11/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Francesco Maria Veracini,  Scott Joplin,  David Popper  ... 
    Performer:  Dennis Parker,  Mark Tanner,  Elizabeth Sawyer,  Xin-Hua Ma  ... 
    Conductor:  Aldo Parisot
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Yale Cellos
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  • 298.
    Russian Masterpieces / Järvi, Scottish National Orchestra
    Label: Chandos Collect   Catalog: 6511 Release Date: 10/28/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Glazunov,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Aram Khachaturian,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 299.
    Kalinka / Red Star Red Army Chorus
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 77307 Release Date: 09/01/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Boris Mokrousov,  Traditional,  Vasily Solov'yov-Sedoy  ... 
    Performer:  Sergei Dzhemelinsky,  Evgeny Belyaev,  Nikolai Nizienko,  Evgeny Grekhov  ... 
    Conductor:  Anatoly N. Bazhalkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Red Star Red Army Chorus and Dance Ensemble
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  • 300.
    The Essential Canadian Brass
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 432571 Release Date: 08/11/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gioachino Rossini,  W.C. Handy,  Traditional  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
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