List of compositions by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov - Wikipedia

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Russian composer who started out as a naval officer but went on to become Professor of Composition at the St Petersburg Conservatoire where he taught many important composers. As a member of 'The Five' he championed the cause of a Russian nationalistic style and wrote the first symphony by a Russian composer. He was a master of orchestration and his The Principles of Orchestration remains an important textbook. Capriccio Espagnole and Scheherazade are amongst his most popular works, but he also wrote operas, choral works and songs.

Russian composer who started out as a naval officer but went on to become Professor of Composition at the St Petersburg Conservatoire where he taught many important composers. As a member of 'The Five' he championed the cause of a Russian nationalistic style and wrote the first symphony by a Russian composer. He was a master of orchestration and his The Principles of Orchestration remains an important textbook. Capriccio Espagnole and Scheherazade are amongst his most popular works, but he also wrote operas, choral works and songs.

Golovchin gives a slower very deliberate reading (8 compared to 7 minutes) but the digital recording is well recorded and performed. Not quite as bright and lively as Butt, this available recording is at a budget price from Naxos or as a download on http://www.classicsonline.com

Butt on the now defunct ASV label gets a nice performance and good tempo, well recorded, from the Philharmonia Orchestra. There is a good distinct sound separation from the reed and flute section in the delicate area of the work. Look for this recording used as new prices are out of sight.

Svetlanov gives his usual excellent conducting abilities and the orchestra plays the work with a lot of emotion. Russians do know how to play their music! However, this recording from the defunct Melodiya label remastered by Warner Bros., has somewhat suffered from the ravages of time and it sounds rather thin in spots.

Russian composer who started out as a naval officer but went on to become Professor of Composition at the St Petersburg Conservatoire where he taught many important composers. As a member of 'The Five' he championed the cause of a Russian nationalistic style and wrote the first symphony by a Russian composer. He was a master of orchestration and his The Principles of Orchestration remains an important textbook. Capriccio Espagnole and Scheherazade are amongst his most popular works, but he also wrote operas, choral works and songs.

Golovchin gives a slower very deliberate reading (8 compared to 7 minutes) but the digital recording is well recorded and performed. Not quite as bright and lively as Butt, this available recording is at a budget price from Naxos or as a download on http://www.classicsonline.com

Butt on the now defunct ASV label gets a nice performance and good tempo, well recorded, from the Philharmonia Orchestra. There is a good distinct sound separation from the reed and flute section in the delicate area of the work. Look for this recording used as new prices are out of sight.

Svetlanov gives his usual excellent conducting abilities and the orchestra plays the work with a lot of emotion. Russians do know how to play their music! However, this recording from the defunct Melodiya label remastered by Warner Bros., has somewhat suffered from the ravages of time and it sounds rather thin in spots.

Pianissimo! performs this original transcription/arrangement entitled "Fantasy on Scheherazade for Four Pianos" (2015), by Margarita Zelenaia. This is the World Premiere performance and recording. Steinway Pianos. Merit School of Music, Chicago, IL, Sept. 12, 2015

I love it! What a creative way to use four pianos as an orchestra! Way to go! Looking forward to hearing more works from Ms. Zelenaia.

Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov , in full Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov , (born March 6 [March 18, New Style], 1844, Tikhvin, near Novgorod , Russia—died June 8 [June 21], 1908, Lyubensk), Russian composer, teacher, and editor who was at his best in descriptive orchestrations suggesting a mood or a place.

Rimsky-Korsakov was the product of many influences. His father was a government official of liberal views, and his mother was well educated and could play the piano. His uncle was an admiral in the Russian navy, and his elder brother was a marine officer. From them Rimsky-Korsakov acquired his interest in music and his abiding love for the sea. When he was 12 years old the family moved to St. Petersburg , where he entered the naval academy. At age 15 he began taking piano lessons and learned the rudiments of composition . In 1861 he met the composer Mily Balakirev , a man of great musical culture , and under the older man’s guidance he began to compose a symphony .

Of the composer’s orchestral works, the best known are Capriccio espagnol (1887), the symphonic suite Scheherazade , and Russian Easter Festival (1888) overture. “The Flight of the Bumble Bee” from The Tale of Tsar Saltan and the “Song of India” from Sadko are perennial favourites in a variety of arrangements.

Russian composer who started out as a naval officer but went on to become Professor of Composition at the St Petersburg Conservatoire where he taught many important composers. As a member of 'The Five' he championed the cause of a Russian nationalistic style and wrote the first symphony by a Russian composer. He was a master of orchestration and his The Principles of Orchestration remains an important textbook. Capriccio Espagnole and Scheherazade are amongst his most popular works, but he also wrote operas, choral works and songs.

Golovchin gives a slower very deliberate reading (8 compared to 7 minutes) but the digital recording is well recorded and performed. Not quite as bright and lively as Butt, this available recording is at a budget price from Naxos or as a download on http://www.classicsonline.com

Butt on the now defunct ASV label gets a nice performance and good tempo, well recorded, from the Philharmonia Orchestra. There is a good distinct sound separation from the reed and flute section in the delicate area of the work. Look for this recording used as new prices are out of sight.

Svetlanov gives his usual excellent conducting abilities and the orchestra plays the work with a lot of emotion. Russians do know how to play their music! However, this recording from the defunct Melodiya label remastered by Warner Bros., has somewhat suffered from the ravages of time and it sounds rather thin in spots.

Pianissimo! performs this original transcription/arrangement entitled "Fantasy on Scheherazade for Four Pianos" (2015), by Margarita Zelenaia. This is the World Premiere performance and recording. Steinway Pianos. Merit School of Music, Chicago, IL, Sept. 12, 2015

I love it! What a creative way to use four pianos as an orchestra! Way to go! Looking forward to hearing more works from Ms. Zelenaia.



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