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Saddened by Mussorgsky's death, in 1881, Rimsky-Korsakov devoted himself to editing his friend's unpublished manuscripts.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

Composition Type: Operas

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  • 1.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Complete Operas and Fragments
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 19010 Release Date: 10/02/2020   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
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    Seven Great Russian Operas from 1955 / National Theatre Belgrade
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 19040 Release Date: 02/14/2020   Number of Discs: 22
    Composer:  Mikhail Glinka,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Alexander Borodin  ... 
    Performer:  Vladeta Dimitrievich,  Maria Glavachevich,  Drago Startz,  Ivan Murgashki  ... 
    Conductor:  Oskar Danon,  Kreshimir Baranovich,  Wassili Nebolski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Belgrade National Opera Orchestra,  Yugoslav Army Chorus,  USSR State Academic Grand Theatre Chorus  ... 
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  • 3.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Le coq d'or
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002331 Release Date: 06/16/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Alexey Kovalov,  Evgeni Akulov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  All-Union Radio/TV Large Symphony Orchestra
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    Russian Opera Classics
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1203 Release Date: 03/25/2016   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Alessandra Marianelli,  Pavel Zubov,  Orlin Anastassov,  Mikhail Petrenko  ... 
    Conductor:  Gianandrea Noseda,  Stefan Herheim,  Michael Boder,  Marc Albrecht  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra Teatro Regio Torino,  Chorus of the Teatro Regio Torino,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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    Russian Opera Classics [6 Blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7193 Release Date: 03/25/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Orlin Anastassov,  Pavel Zubov,  Alessandra Marianelli,  Andrei Dunaev  ... 
    Conductor:  Gianandrea Noseda,  Stefan Herheim,  Michael Boder,  Marc Albrecht  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra Teatro Regio Torino,  Chorus of the Teatro Regio Torino,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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    Rimsky-Korsakov: Tsar's Bride / Barenboim, Peretyatko, Tomowa-Sinto, Kranzle, Cernoch
    Label: Bel Air Classiques   Catalog: 105 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Olga Peretyatko,  Anita Rachvelishvili,  Johannes Martin Kränzle,  Tobias Schabel  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Chorus
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    Rimsky-Korsakov: Tsar's Bride / Barenboim, Peretyatko, Tomowa-Sinto, Kranzle, Cernoch [Blu-ray]
    Label: Bel Air Classiques   Catalog: 405 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Pavel Cernoch,  Tobias Schabel,  Johannes Martin Kränzle,  Anita Rachvelishvili  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Chorus
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    Nikolai Rimsky-korsakov: Mozart & Salieri; The Noblewoman Vera Sheloga
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002344 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Evgeny Nesterenko,  V. Chasovennaya,  Sergei Girshenko
    Conductor:  Mark Ermler
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    Rimsky-Korsakov: Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh / Albrecht, Netherlands Opera Philharmonic
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1089 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Mayram Sokolova,  Alexey Markov,  Vladimir Vaneev,  Svetlana Ignatovitch  ... 
    Conductor:  Marc Albrecht
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Opera Chorus,  Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Rimsky-korsakov: Legend Of The Invisible City Of Kitezh / Albrecht, Netherlands Opera Philharmonic [blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7109 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Vladimir Ognovenko,  Maxim Aksenov,  Ante Jerkunica,  John Daszak  ... 
    Conductor:  Marc Albrecht
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Opera Chorus,  Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Rimsky-Korsakov: The Tsar's Bride / Mansurov, Bolshoi
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1001876 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Galina Vishnevskaya,  Yevgeny Nesterenko,  Irina Arkhipova,  Vladimir Atlantov
    Conductor:  Fuat Mansurov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra,  Bolshoi Theatre Chorus
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    Rimsky-Korsakov: Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh / Vedernikov, Kazakov, Panfilov, Gubsky
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8660288 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Mikhail Gubsky,  Alexander Naumenko,  Tatiana Monogarova,  Vitaly Panfilov  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Vedernikov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cagliari Lyric Theater Chorus,  Cagliari Lyric Theater Orchestra
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    Rimsky-korsakov: Legend Of The Invisible City Of Kitezh / Vedernikov, Kazakov, Panfilov
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 2110277 Release Date: 12/13/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Albert Schagidullin,  Mikhail Kazakov,  Vitaly Panfilov,  Tatiana Monogarova  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Vedernikov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cagliari Lyric Theater Chorus,  Cagliari Lyric Theater Orchestra
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    Rimsky-Korsakov: The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh / Gergiev, Kirov Opera
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001615802 Release Date: 11/21/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Vladimir Galusin,  Nikolai Putilin,  Nikolai Ohotnikov,  Yuri Marusin  ... 
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra,  Kirov Theater Chorus
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    Rimsky-Korsakov: Le Coq D'or / Nagano, Schagidullin, Trifonova, Orchestre De Paris, Mariinsky Theatre Chorus
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107387 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Olga Trifonova,  Andrei Breus,  Albert Schagidullin,  Elena Manistina
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Orchestra,  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Chorus
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    Rimsky-Korsakov: 5 Operas / Gergiev, Kirov Opera Orchestra [11-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001546102 Release Date: 04/19/2011   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Marina Shaguch,  Alexandr Gergalov,  Larissa Diadkova,  Alexandr Morozov  ... 
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra,  Kirov Theater Chorus
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  • 17.
    Rachmaninov: Aleko; Rimsky-korsakov: Kashchey The Immortal
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4527 Release Date: 10/19/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Evgeny Nesterenko,  Konstantin Pluzhnikov
    Conductor:  Dmitri Kitayenko,  A. Trifonov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow State Symphony Orchestra,  Shostakovich Leningrad Orchesta
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    Rimsky-korsakov: The Tsar's Bride / Simonov, Vedernikov, Kovaleva, Terentieva
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4526 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Evgeny Shapin,  Anna Kovaleva,  Nina Terentieva,  Alexander Vedernikov  ... 
    Conductor:  Yuri Simonov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra,  Bolshoi Theatre Chorus
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  • 19.
    Stone Guest
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4525 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Dargomizhsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Vladimir Atlantov,  Tamara Milashkina,  Alexander Vedernikov,  Tamara Sinyavskaya  ... 
    Conductor:  Mark Ermler,  Ruben Vartanian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra,  Bolshoi Theatre Chorus
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    Rimsky-korsakov: Golden Cockerel / Katanian, Gondjian, Kubelian, Shakhverdian
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4518 Release Date: 08/10/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Sergey Shushardjian,  Grand Aivazian,  Ruben Kubelian,  Susanna Martirosian  ... 
    Conductor:  Aram Katanian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alexander Spendiaryan State Theatre Chorus,  Alexander Spendiaryan State Theatre Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: May Night / Chistiakov
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94036 Release Date: 05/01/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Vitali Tarashchenko,  Viacheslav Pochapsky,  Maria Lapina,  Alexander Arkhipov  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrey Chistiakov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra,  Sveshnikov Russian Academic Choir
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    Rimsky-korsakov: Sadko / Simonov, Atlantov, Arkhipova, Morozov, Milashkina, Grigorieva
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4512 Release Date: 03/16/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Valery Jaroslavtsev,  Andrei Sokolov,  Petr Glubokiy,  Alexandre Ognivtsev  ... 
    Conductor:  Yuri Simonov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Chorus,  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Rimsky-korsakov: May Night / Korobov, Ulyanov, Polpudin, Vladimirskaya, Chistyakova
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4510 Release Date: 02/16/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Roman Ulybin,  Irina Chistyakova,  Dmitri Ulyanov,  Natalia Vladimirskaya  ... 
    Conductor:  Felix Korobov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stanislavsky & Nemirovich-Dantchenko Music Theatre
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    Rimsky-korsakov: Snow Maiden / Fedoseyev, Tchaikovsky So
    Label: Relief Classical   Catalog: 991049 Release Date: 01/01/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Valentina Sokolik,  Irina Arkhipova,  Anton Grigoriev,  Anatoli Vedernikov  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Fedoseyev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Radio Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra,  USSR Radio/TV Large Chorus
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    Rimsky-Korsakov: The Tsar's Bride / Svetlanov
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 1287 Release Date: 07/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Evgeny Kibkalo,  Larissa Avdeyeva
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra,  Bolshoi Theatre Chorus
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