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Saddened by Mussorgsky's death, in 1881, Rimsky-Korsakov devoted himself to editing his friend's unpublished manuscripts.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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Work: Snow Maiden: Dance of the Tumblers

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    Phase 4 Stereo: Stereo Concert Series [41-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002188302 Release Date: 10/27/2014   Number of Discs: 41
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa,  Charles A. Zimmerman,  Francis S. Van Boskerck,  George Norton  ... 
    Performer:  Stanley Black,  David Parkhouse,  Alan Loveday,  Robert Merrill  ... 
    Conductor:  Rodney Bashford,  Stanley Black,  Bernard Herrmann,  Edward Downes  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grenadier Guards Band,  London Festival Orchestra,  London Festival Recording Ensemble  ... 
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    Sir Adrian Boult - The Complete Conductor
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 1927023 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Gustav Holst,  Robert Simpson,  Sir Arthur Bliss  ... 
    Performer:  Felicity Palmer
    Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Magical Music Box
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 55477 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leopold Mozart,  Gabriel Pierné,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Strauss,  Marielle Labèque,  Katia Labèque
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Zubin Mehta,  John Lanchbery,  Herbert Blomstedt  ... 
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    White Nights - Viola Music From St. Petersburg / Masurenko, Ishay
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 10029 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Mikhail Glinka,  Alexander Glazunov,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Tatiana Masurenko,  Roglit Ishay
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    Ernest Ansermet: The Early Days (1916-1955)
    Label: Cascavelle   Catalog: 3119 Release Date: 06/08/2010   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Nikolai N. Tcherepnin,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Ernest Christensen,  Leslie Heward,  Fanny Davies  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
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    Berlitz Passport - The Music Of Russia
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 47282 Release Date: 11/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Maurice Jarre,  Aram Khachaturian  ... 
    Conductor:  Andre Kostelanetz,  Leonard Bernstein,  Eugene Ormandy,  Sir Andrew Davis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Philadelphia Orchestra  ... 
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    Exotic Dances From The Opera / Eiji Oue, Minnesota Orchestra
    Label: Reference Recordings   Catalog: 712 Release Date: 11/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Richard Strauss,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Eiji Oue
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
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    Encore! / Leonard Slatkin, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 68511 Release Date: 08/18/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa,  Reinhold Gliere,  Anatole Liadov,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Performer:  George Silfies
    Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
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    The Dance / Erich Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 5130 Release Date: 07/14/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Léo Delibes,  Georges Bizet,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Wallen,  Philip Collins
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
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    Bernstein Favorites - Opera For Orchestra
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 46714 Release Date: 07/06/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Alexander Borodin,  Georges Bizet,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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    Tutti!: Orchestral Sampler
    Label: Reference Recordings   Catalog: 906 Release Date: 10/14/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  George W. Chadwick,  Igor Stravinsky,  Paul Paray  ... 
    Performer:  Elizabeth Blumenstock,  Eugene Istomin
    Conductor:  Eiji Oue,  José Serebrier,  James Paul,  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski  ... 
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    Leonard Bernstein: The Encore Collection Vol 1
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 44723 Release Date: 03/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Igor Stravinsky,  Georges Bizet,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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    The Royal Edition - Ballet Music / Bernstein
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 47600 Release Date: 03/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Charles Gounod,  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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    Spectacular Dances / Stanley Black, Royal Philharmonic
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 444107 Release Date: 11/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Bedrich Smetana,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Performer:  Alan Loveday
    Conductor:  Stanley Black
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Lyndon Baglin's Best Of Brass
    Label: Saydisc   Catalog: 347 Release Date: 06/27/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bert Paige / Pol Stone,  Philip Lane,  Stanley H. Boddington,  Reinhold Gliere  ... 
    Conductor:  Nigel Seaman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Best of Brass
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    Bandstand In The Park  / Bbc Wireless Band, Et Al
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5117 Release Date: 03/28/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lionel Monckton,  José Padilla,  Emil Waldteufel,  Albert William Ketèlbey  ... 
    Conductor:  B. Walton O'Donnell,  George Miller,  Frederick Harris Jr.,  Louis Castellucci  ... 
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    The Best Of The Academy  / Neville Marriner, Asmf
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 85624 Release Date: 02/03/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Franz von Suppé,  Luigi Boccherini  ... 
    Performer:  Denis Vigay,  Kenneth Sillito,  Paul Davies,  William Bennett
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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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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    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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  • 20.
    The Best Of Rimsky-korsakov
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556674 Release Date: 06/22/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  David Nolan,  Wolf Harden,  Takako Nishizaki
    Conductor:  Enrique Bátiz,  Donald Johanos,  Anthony Bramall,  Andrei Anikhanov  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava,  St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra
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    Tutti! - Orchestral Sampler
    Label: Reference Recordings   Catalog: 906 Release Date: 02/24/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leos Janácek,  Igor Stravinsky,  Malcolm Arnold,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Conductor:  José Serebrier,  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Gerard Schwarz,  Eiji Oue  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  Seattle Symphony Orchestra,  Brno State Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 22.
    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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    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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    Exotic Dances From The Opera / Eiji Oue, Minnesota Orchestra
    Label: Reference Recordings   Catalog: 71 Release Date: 04/30/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Antonín Dvorák,  Anton Rubinstein,  Henri Rabaud  ... 
    Conductor:  Eiji Oue
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
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  • 25.
    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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