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Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky Korsakov

Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky Korsakov (1844-1908)


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.

Further Reading: Rimsky Korsakov

 Recording of the Week, Rimsky-Korsakov from Vasily Petrenko and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

As on their recent series of Strauss tone poems, the Russian conductor and his Norwegian orchestra prove themselves master story-tellers on this trio of showpieces from the late 1880s.

 Interview, Vasily Petrenko on Rimsky-Korsakov

The Russian conductor talks to Katherine about today's Recording of the Week and reflects on his time with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Popular Works: Rimsky Korsakov

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