Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov
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1844-03-18
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Biography

‘Fantasy first, self-discipline later’ might have been the motto of Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov’s musical life, vividly described in his penetrating autobiography. The son of a noble family influenced by his much older brother to enter the St Petersburg Naval College in ...

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Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov, KIV Orchestra & Valery Gergiev
Overture (The Maid of Pskov)
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Overture (The Maid of Pskov) Overture (The Maid of Pskov) Overture (The Maid of Pskov) Overture (The Maid of Pskov)
Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov, Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Fritz Reiner
Scheherazade Op.35; 1. The Sea and Sinbad's Ship
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Scheherazade Op.35; 1. The Sea and Sinbad's Ship Scheherazade Op.35; 1. The Sea and Sinbad's Ship Scheherazade Op.35; 1. The Sea and Sinbad's Ship Scheherazade Op.35; 1. The Sea and Sinbad's Ship
Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov, Christopher Palmer, Evelyn Glennie, National Philharmonic Orchestra & Barry Wordsworth
Flight of the Bumblebee
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Flight of the Bumblebee Flight of the Bumblebee Flight of the Bumblebee Flight of the Bumblebee
Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai, BBC Philharmonic & Василий Серафимович Синайский
Overture to The Maid of Pskov
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Overture to The Maid of Pskov Overture to The Maid of Pskov Overture to The Maid of Pskov Overture to The Maid of Pskov
Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai, Sir Charles Mackerras & London Symphony Orchestra
Capriccio espagnol (Op.34)
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Capriccio espagnol (Op.34) Capriccio espagnol (Op.34) Capriccio espagnol (Op.34) Capriccio espagnol (Op.34)
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov & Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Scherzo in B flat major
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Scherzo in B flat major Scherzo in B flat major Scherzo in B flat major Scherzo in B flat major
Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov
Symphony No 1 - 3rd mvt Scherzo & Trio
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Symphony No 1 - 3rd mvt Scherzo & Trio Symphony No 1 - 3rd mvt Scherzo & Trio Symphony No 1 - 3rd mvt Scherzo & Trio Symphony No 1 - 3rd mvt Scherzo & Trio
Nathan Milstein, Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov, Robert Irving Orchestra & Robert Irving
Fantasia on Russian Themes, Op.33
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Fantasia on Russian Themes, Op.33 Fantasia on Russian Themes, Op.33 Fantasia on Russian Themes, Op.33 Fantasia on Russian Themes, Op.33
Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov, State Academic Symphony Orchestra of The Russian Federation & Evgeny Fyodorovich Svetlanov
Mlada - Procession of the nobles
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Mlada - Procession of the nobles Mlada - Procession of the nobles Mlada - Procession of the nobles Mlada - Procession of the nobles
Seattle Symphony, Николай Андреевич Римский-Корсаков & Gerard Schwarz
Snow maiden - suite: Dance of the tumblers
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Snow maiden - suite: Dance of the tumblers Snow maiden - suite: Dance of the tumblers Snow maiden - suite: Dance of the tumblers Snow maiden - suite: Dance of the tumblers
Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov, Mario Bernardi & Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
May Night - overture
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May Night - overture May Night - overture May Night - overture May Night - overture
Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov, Mikhail Pletnev & Russian National Orchestra
Nuit sur le Mount Triglav (Mlada Act III)
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Nuit sur le Mount Triglav (Mlada Act III) Nuit sur le Mount Triglav (Mlada Act III) Nuit sur le Mount Triglav (Mlada Act III) Nuit sur le Mount Triglav (Mlada Act III)
Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov, Martyn Brabbins, BBC National Orchestra of Wales & Nadine Koutcher
The Tsar's bride [Tsarskaya nevesta] - opera in 4 acts
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The Tsar's bride [Tsarskaya nevesta] - opera in 4 acts The Tsar's bride [Tsarskaya nevesta] - opera in 4 acts The Tsar's bride [Tsarskaya nevesta] - opera in 4 acts The Tsar's bride [Tsarskaya nevesta] - opera in 4 acts
Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai, Queensland Symphony Orchestra & Владимир Игоревич Вербицкий
The tale of Tsar Saltan - suite Op.57
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The tale of Tsar Saltan - suite Op.57 The tale of Tsar Saltan - suite Op.57 The tale of Tsar Saltan - suite Op.57 The tale of Tsar Saltan - suite Op.57
Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov, Igor Gryshyn & Olena Tokar
The lark sings louder Op.43 No.1
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The lark sings louder Op.43 No.1 The lark sings louder Op.43 No.1 The lark sings louder Op.43 No.1 The lark sings louder Op.43 No.1
Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov
The Nymph, Op.56 No.1
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The Nymph, Op.56 No.1 The Nymph, Op.56 No.1 The Nymph, Op.56 No.1 The Nymph, Op.56 No.1
Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov
Forgive! Remember Not These Tearful Days, Op.27 No.4
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Forgive! Remember Not These Tearful Days, Op.27 No.4 Forgive! Remember Not These Tearful Days, Op.27 No.4 Forgive! Remember Not These Tearful Days, Op.27 No.4 Forgive! Remember Not These Tearful Days, Op.27 No.4
Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov
Of What I Dream in the Quiet Night, Op.40 No.3
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Of What I Dream in the Quiet Night, Op.40 No.3 Of What I Dream in the Quiet Night, Op.40 No.3 Of What I Dream in the Quiet Night, Op.40 No.3 Of What I Dream in the Quiet Night, Op.40 No.3
Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov
Quietly Evening Falls, Op.4 No.4
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Quietly Evening Falls, Op.4 No.4 Quietly Evening Falls, Op.4 No.4 Quietly Evening Falls, Op.4 No.4 Quietly Evening Falls, Op.4 No.4
Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov
From my Tears, Op.2 No.4
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From my Tears, Op.2 No.4 From my Tears, Op.2 No.4 From my Tears, Op.2 No.4 From my Tears, Op.2 No.4
Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov
In Spring op.43 No.2 Not the Wind, Blowing from the Heights
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In Spring op.43 No.2 Not the Wind, Blowing from the Heights In Spring op.43 No.2 Not the Wind, Blowing from the Heights In Spring op.43 No.2 Not the Wind, Blowing from the Heights In Spring op.43 No.2 Not the Wind, Blowing from the Heights
Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov, Igor Gryshyn & Olena Tokar
Not the wind, blowing from the heights Op.43 No.2
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Not the wind, blowing from the heights Op.43 No.2 Not the wind, blowing from the heights Op.43 No.2 Not the wind, blowing from the heights Op.43 No.2 Not the wind, blowing from the heights Op.43 No.2
Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov
Enslaved by Rose and Nightingale, Op.2 No.2
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Enslaved by Rose and Nightingale, Op.2 No.2 Enslaved by Rose and Nightingale, Op.2 No.2 Enslaved by Rose and Nightingale, Op.2 No.2 Enslaved by Rose and Nightingale, Op.2 No.2
Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov, Royal Scottish National Orchestra & Neeme Järvi
The Three wonders from The tale of Tsar Saltan - suite Op.57
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The Three wonders from The tale of Tsar Saltan - suite Op.57 The Three wonders from The tale of Tsar Saltan - suite Op.57 The Three wonders from The tale of Tsar Saltan - suite Op.57 The Three wonders from The tale of Tsar Saltan - suite Op.57
Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov, Sinfonia Lahti Cello and Bass Ensemble & Ilkka Pälli
Flight of the Bumble Bee, arr. Ilkka Palli
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Flight of the Bumble Bee, arr. Ilkka Palli Flight of the Bumble Bee, arr. Ilkka Palli Flight of the Bumble Bee, arr. Ilkka Palli Flight of the Bumble Bee, arr. Ilkka Palli
Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov, Romanian National Radio Orchestra & Iosif Conta
Sheherazade - symphonic suite (Op.35)
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Sheherazade - symphonic suite (Op.35) Sheherazade - symphonic suite (Op.35) Sheherazade - symphonic suite (Op.35) Sheherazade - symphonic suite (Op.35)
Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov & Marianne and her Gypsy Orchestra
The Tale of Tsar Saltan - The Flight of the Bumble-Bee
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The Tale of Tsar Saltan - The Flight of the Bumble-Bee The Tale of Tsar Saltan - The Flight of the Bumble-Bee The Tale of Tsar Saltan - The Flight of the Bumble-Bee The Tale of Tsar Saltan - The Flight of the Bumble-Bee
Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov, Vladimir Davidovich Ashkenazy & Philharmonia Orchestra
The Flight of the bumblebee [from 'The tale of the Tsar Sultan'] ...
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The Flight of the bumblebee [from 'The tale of the Tsar Sultan'] ... The Flight of the bumblebee [from 'The tale of the Tsar Sultan'] ... The Flight of the bumblebee [from 'The tale of the Tsar Sultan'] ... The Flight of the bumblebee [from 'The tale of the Tsar Sultan'] ...
Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov, The Cleveland Orchestra & Lorin Maazel
The Golden Cockerel: Suite
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The Golden Cockerel: Suite The Golden Cockerel: Suite The Golden Cockerel: Suite The Golden Cockerel: Suite
Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov, Mario Bernardi, Joanne Kolomyjec & Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
Sleep my beauty (cradle song from "May Night")
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Sleep my beauty (cradle song from "May Night") Sleep my beauty (cradle song from "May Night") Sleep my beauty (cradle song from "May Night") Sleep my beauty (cradle song from "May Night")
Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov, Royal Scottish National Orchestra & Neeme Järvi
Prelude : A Hymn to Nature from The Legend of the invisible city of Kitezh suite
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Prelude : A Hymn to Nature from The Legend of the invisible city of Kitezh suite Prelude : A Hymn to Nature from The Legend of the invisible city of Kitezh suite Prelude : A Hymn to Nature from The Legend of the invisible city of Kitezh suite Prelude : A Hymn to Nature from The Legend of the invisible city of Kitezh suite
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Charles Dutoit & Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov
Khovanshchina - Prelude to Act 1...
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Khovanshchina - Prelude to Act 1... Khovanshchina - Prelude to Act 1... Khovanshchina - Prelude to Act 1... Khovanshchina - Prelude to Act 1...
Tibor Winkler, Chamber Wind Orchestra, Zdenek Machacek & Николай Андреевич Римский-Корсаков
Concerto for trombone and military band in B flat major
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Concerto for trombone and military band in B flat major Concerto for trombone and military band in B flat major Concerto for trombone and military band in B flat major Concerto for trombone and military band in B flat major
Николай Андреевич Римский-Корсаков, Neeme Järvi & London Symphony Orchestra
Dubinushka [The little oak stick] for orchestra and chorus ad lib. (Op.62)
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Dubinushka [The little oak stick] for orchestra and chorus ad lib. (Op.62) Dubinushka [The little oak stick] for orchestra and chorus ad lib. (Op.62) Dubinushka [The little oak stick] for orchestra and chorus ad lib. (Op.62) Dubinushka [The little oak stick] for orchestra and chorus ad lib. (Op.62)
BBC Philharmonic, Николай Андреевич Римский-Корсаков & Василий Серафимович Синайский
The Three Wonders from The tale of Tsar Saltan - suite (Op.57)
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The Three Wonders from The tale of Tsar Saltan - suite (Op.57) The Three Wonders from The tale of Tsar Saltan - suite (Op.57) The Three Wonders from The tale of Tsar Saltan - suite (Op.57) The Three Wonders from The tale of Tsar Saltan - suite (Op.57)
Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov, Symfonický orchester Slovenského rozhlasu & Donald Johanos
The Snow Maiden, Dance of the Birds
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The Snow Maiden, Dance of the Birds The Snow Maiden, Dance of the Birds The Snow Maiden, Dance of the Birds The Snow Maiden, Dance of the Birds
Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov, Royal Scottish National Orchestra & Neeme Järvi
May Night - Overture
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May Night - Overture May Night - Overture May Night - Overture May Night - Overture
Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov, London Symphony Orchestra & Igor Markevitch
Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34
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Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34 Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34 Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34 Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34
Berlin Philharmonic, Lorin Maazel & Николай Андреевич Римский-Корсаков
Sheherazade
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Sheherazade Sheherazade Sheherazade Sheherazade
Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov & Leonard Bernstein
Scheherazade
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Scheherazade Scheherazade Scheherazade Scheherazade
Julian Jacobson, Philippa Davies, Anthony Lewis, Felix Warnock, Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov & Capricorn
Quintet for fl, cl, bsn, hn and pno in B flat major , 3rd mvt: Rondo (Allegro)
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Quintet for fl, cl, bsn, hn and pno in B flat major , 3rd mvt: Rondo (Allegro) Quintet for fl, cl, bsn, hn and pno in B flat major , 3rd mvt: Rondo (Allegro) Quintet for fl, cl, bsn, hn and pno in B flat major , 3rd mvt: Rondo (Allegro) Quintet for fl, cl, bsn, hn and pno in B flat major , 3rd mvt: Rondo (Allegro)
Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Charles Dutoit
Russian Easter Festival Overture Op. 36
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Russian Easter Festival Overture Op. 36 Russian Easter Festival Overture Op. 36 Russian Easter Festival Overture Op. 36 Russian Easter Festival Overture Op. 36
Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov, Fuat Mansurov & Bol'shoi Simfonicheskiy Orkestr
The Tsar's Bride: Overture
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The Tsar's Bride: Overture The Tsar's Bride: Overture The Tsar's Bride: Overture The Tsar's Bride: Overture
Christian Lindberg, Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov & Roland Pöntinen
The Flight of the bumble-bee – from The tale of Tsar Saltan
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The Flight of the bumble-bee – from The tale of Tsar Saltan The Flight of the bumble-bee – from The tale of Tsar Saltan The Flight of the bumble-bee – from The tale of Tsar Saltan The Flight of the bumble-bee – from The tale of Tsar Saltan
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Biography

‘Fantasy first, self-discipline later’ might have been the motto of Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov’s musical life, vividly described in his penetrating autobiography. The son of a noble family influenced by his much older brother to enter the St Petersburg Naval College in 1856, he took his first steps in composition four years later under the guidance of that influential doyen of Russian musical nationalism, Mily Balakirev. After an inspirational meeting, the 17-year-old naval cadet set off to sail the world and to work on the symphony Balakirev had encouraged him to write (part of it was completed off the English coast at Gravesend).

Back in St Petersburg, he contributed several significant scores as one of the group of composers gathered around Balakirev and known collectively as ‘The Mighty Handful’ (moguchaya kuchka) – chiefly the symphonic suite Antar, a tone poem about the legendary Novgorod minstrel Sadko that was to form the basis for his much later opera of that name, and his first opera, The Maid of Pskov (1868–72), much influenced by his close friend Musorgsky’s Boris Godunov.

What he later lamented in his autobiography as lacking in Balakirev’s teaching – ‘the technique of harmony and counterpoint, and an idea of musical forms’ – he learnt for himself from 1871 onwards as a professor at the St Petersburg Conservatory who always kept one step ahead of his students. For a while, the effect on his compositions was stultifying; but he was soon back on track with the freshest of his fairy-tale operas, May Night (1878–9) and The Snow Maiden (1880–81). His magical orchestration came to the fore in three concert-hall scores composed in the single season of 1887–8: Capriccio espagnol, the Russian Easter Festival Overture and the symphonic suite Sheherazade.

Parallel with his own fitful output at this time were his collegial efforts with fellow-composers from the group that had once, and so briefly, been ‘The Mighty Handful’ – working with Balakirev on scores by the father of Russian music, Glinka, and helping Borodin and Musorgsky with their long-term operatic projects.

Standing alone by the mid-1890s, he produced a steady stream of operas that range from the extended magic of Christmas Eve (1894–5) to the terse speech-melodies of Mozart and Salieri (1897). Collaboration with a poet well-versed in Russian folk tales, Vladimir Belsky, reached its peak in the deeply emotional fable The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh (1903–5).

By the time of his death in 1908, Rimsky-Korsakov was something of a hero to the Russian left, a reputation bolstered by his resignation from the directorship of the Conservatory in solidarity with students sympathetic to the 1905 uprising and by tsarist censorship of his final opera, The Golden Cockerel (1906–7). In musical terms he remained essentially conservative, but his carefully restricted experiments in harmony and orchestration had a lasting impact on 20th-century music – from Stravinsky, his last and unofficial pupil, through to Messiaen and beyond.

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