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Donald Macleod explores Rimsky-Korsakov’s legacy, and how much the composer was a conscious architect of his own music’s reputation and Russian music’s reception overseas

Donald Macleod delves into the life and work of one of the most important Russian composers of his age – Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Rimsky-Korsakov’s music is filled with lush orchestration and hints of orientalism and folk music. These elements and his role as a leading member of “The Mighty Handful” of composers who sought to forge a truly nationalistic music has led him to be regarded as the main architect of the Russian style of composition we know today. In the final programme of the week, Donald explores Rimsky-Korsakov’s legacy, and to what degree the composer was a conscious architect of his own music’s reputation via the countless revisions he made of his works. Donald also examines the impact which Rimsky-Korsakov had on the reception of other Russian composers’ music overseas.

Flight of the Bumblebee (Tsar Saltan)
Wynton Marsalis, trumpet
Eastman Wind Ensemble
Donald Hunsberger, director

Maid of Pskov – Overture
Chorus of the Kirov Opera
Kirov Orchestra
Valery Gergiev, conductor

Night on the Bare Mountain
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Mariss Jansons, conductor

Polonaise (Christmas Eve Suite)
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Eugene Ormandy, conductor

Mlada: Act III, Scenes 2 and 3
Nina Kulagina (Morena)
Chorus & Orchestra of Moscow State Broadcasting
Evgeny Svetlanov, conductor

Mozart & Salieri: Scene 2 (extract)
Nikita Storojev, bass
Vladimir Bogachov, tenor
I Musici de Montreal Choir
I Musici de Montreal
Yuli Turovsky, conductor

Upon the hills of Georgia, Op.3
Vladimir Bogachov, tenor
I Musici de Montreal Choir
I Musici de Montreal
Yuli Turovsky, conductor

Produced by Sam Phillips for BBC Wales

59 minutes

Music Played

  • Nicolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov

    The Flight of the Bumblebee

    Performer: Wynton Marsalis. Ensemble: Eastman Wind Ensemble. Conductor: Donald Hunsberger.
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  • Nicolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov

    The Maid of Pskov: Overture

    Performer: Kirov Opera Chorus And Orchestra. Conductor: Valery Gergiev.
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  • Modest Mussorgsky

    Night on the Bare Mountain (orch. Rimsky-Korsakov)

    Orchestra: Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Mariss Jansons.
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  • Nicolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov

    Christmas Eve Suite: Polonaise

    Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra. Conductor: Eugene Ormandy.
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  • Nicolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov

    Mlada: Act III, Scenes 2 and 3

    Performer: Chorus And Orchestra Of Moscow State Broadcasting. Conductor: Evgeny Fyodorovich Svetlanov.
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    • 3.
  • Nicolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov

    Mozart and Salieri: Scene 2 (extract)

    Orchestra: I Musici de Montréal. Conductor: Yuli Turovsky. Singer: Nikita Storoyev. Singer: Vladimir Bogachov.
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  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Upon the Hills of Georgia, Op 3

    Choir: I Musici de Montréal. Singer: Vladimir Bogachov. Conductor: Yuli Turovsky.
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