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Saddened by Mussorgsky's death, in 1881, Rimsky-Korsakov devoted himself to editing his friend's unpublished manuscripts.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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  • 1.
    Wind Band Masterworks Vol 2 / Texas A&M Symphonic Band
    Label: Mark Masters   Catalog: 5637568618 Release Date: 11/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Joel Martinson,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Conductor:  Timothy Rhea
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Texas A&M University Symphonic Band
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    Evgeny Svetlanov Conducts Nikolai Rimsky-korsakov
    Label: Svetlanov Foundation   Catalog: 2 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian State Academic Symphony Orchestra
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  • 3.
    By Request - A Collection Of Our Favorites / Mainstreet Brass
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1290 Release Date: 01/13/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Traditional,  Jean Jacques Perrey,  Edward "Duke" Ellington  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mainstreet Brass Quintet
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  • 4.
    Greatest Hits - Rimsky-korsakov
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000543302 Release Date: 10/11/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Leon Spierer
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  Neeme Järvi,  Tutti Camarata,  David Zinman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Kingsway Chorus  ... 
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    Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker (Excerpts)/ Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 93014 Release Date: 09/30/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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    Great Conductors Of The 20th Century - Albert Coates
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 75486 Release Date: 02/11/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Frida Leider,  Lauritz Melchior
    Conductor:  Albert Coates
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 7.
    Classics - Orchestral Spectaculars / Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80115 Release Date: 05/28/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Franz Liszt,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Jaromir Weinberger  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
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  • 8.
    40 Famous Marches
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 466241 Release Date: 02/08/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Sir Arthur Bliss,  Sir William Walton,  Carl Nielsen  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Hurford,  Simon Preston,  Carlo Curley
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge,  Bernard Herrmann,  Roger Norrington,  Herbert Blomstedt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 9.
    Music And Revolution - Russian Classical Music 1890-1917
    Label: Sony Classical Npr Milestones   Catalog: 61699 Release Date: 05/25/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Glazunov,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Igor Stravinsky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Yefim Bronfman,  Stefka Evstatieva,  Philippe Entremont,  Arcadi Volodos  ... 
    Conductor:  Andre Kostelanetz,  Leonard Bernstein,  Igor Stravinsky,  Emil Tchakarov  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    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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  • 11.
    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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  • 12.
    Frederick Fennell Conducts Carousel Waltz, Etc
    Label: Mercury Living Presence   Catalog: 434356 Release Date: 09/19/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Jaromir Weinberger,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Reinhold Gliere  ... 
    Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Pops,  Eastman-Rochester Pops
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    Rimsky-Korsakov: Symphony no 3, etc / Evgeny Svetlanov
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 62684 Release Date: 07/18/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian State Symphony Orchestra
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  • 14.
    Marches - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 66710 Release Date: 12/06/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Augustine Arne,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Sergei Prokofiev,  John T. Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Crispian Steele-Perkins,  Edward Carroll
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Sir Andrew Davis,  Michael Tilson Thomas,  John T. Williams  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 15.
    100 Fiedler Favorites
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 62698 Release Date: 10/11/1994   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Jacob Gade,  Stevie Wonder,  George Cory,  Jerry Herman  ... 
    Performer:  Leo Litwin,  Earl Wild,  Pasquale Cardillo,  Toni Noichl  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 16.
    Majestic Marches / Hayman, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550370 Release Date: 01/14/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Newman,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Léo Delibes  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hayman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 17.
    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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  • 18.
    Fiedler - Greatest Hits
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 60835 Release Date: 09/06/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Georges Bizet,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 19.
    Stars & Stripes Forever And The Greatest Marches
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 60838 Release Date: 09/06/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  John Philip Sousa,  Edwin Eugene Bagley,  Johannes Hanssen  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 20.
    Fiedler's Favorite Marches / Boston Pops Orchestra
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 60700 Release Date: 11/20/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa,  Edwin Eugene Bagley,  Johannes Hanssen,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 21.
    Class Brass / Empire Brass
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80220 Release Date: 11/21/1989   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Maurice Ravel,  Gabriel Fauré,  Alberto Ginastera  ... 
    Performer:  Sam Pilafian,  Rolf Smedvig,  Scott Hartman,  Jeffrey Curnow  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Empire Brass
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  • 22.
    Pops A La Russe / John Williams, Boston Pops
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 426247 Release Date: 03/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Alexander Borodin,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Conductor:  John T. Williams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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