Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-korsakov (1844-1908)



Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)

5/5. Donald Macleod describes how, as Russia inched towards revolution, Rimsky-Korsakov found himself at the centre of a student uprising which helped his reputation among the people. At the same time, however, his operas were suffering at the hands of the increasingly paranoid state censors.

Koliadka (Christmas Eve)

Bolshoi Chorus and Symphony Orchestra

Alexander Lazarev (conductor)

The Tale of Tsar Saltan (excerpt from Act 3)

Gvidon....Vladimir Ivanovsky (tenor)

La Princesse-Cygne....Galina Oleinitchenko (soprano)

Choir and Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre

Vassily Nebolsin (conductor)


USSR Radio Symphony Orchestra

Vladimir Fedoseyev (conductor)

The Golden Cockerel (excerpt from Act 3)

Tsar Dodon....Nikolai Stoilov (bass)

Astrologer....Lyubomir Dyakovski (tenor)

Queen of Shemakha....Elena Stoyanova (soprano)

Sofia National Opera Chorus and Orchestra

Dimiter Manolov (conductor)

Capriccio espagnol

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Mariss Jansons (conductor).


Donald Macleod explores Rimsky-Korsakov's early years. As a teenager, the composer was nicknamed 'beautiful child' by his colleagues in the loose collective of composers known as 'The Mighty Handful' and was seen by many of them as the brightest hope for the future of Russian music.
Song of the Grain (The Snow Maiden)
Bolshoi Chorus and Symphony Orchestra
Alexander Lazarev (conductor)
Concertstuck for clarinet and military band
Solve Kingstedt (clarinet)
Stockholm Concert Band
Gennady Rozhdestvensky (conductor)
Fantasy on Serbian Themes
The USSR Academic Symphony Orchestra
Yevgeny Svetlanov (conductor)
Symphony No 2 (Antar)
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Dmitri Kitajenko (conductor).


Donald Macleod examines the circumstances of Rimsky-Korsakov's 'defection' from the progressive but amateur 'Mighty Handful' of his composer contemporaries to the haven of academia that was the St Petersburg conservatory.
The Maid of Pskov (Love Duet)
Mikhail Andreyich Tucha....Vladimir Galusin (tenor)
Princess Olga Yurevna Tokmakova....Galina Gorchakova (soprano)
Kirov Opera and Orchestra
Valery Gergiev (conductor)
Rimsky-Korsakov: The Maid of Pskov (Act 1, Scene 2)
A messenger....Georgy Zastavni (bass)
Prince Yuri Ivanovich Tokmakov....Gennady Bezzubenkov (bass)
Mikhail Andreyich Tucha....Vladimir Galusin (tenor)
Boyar Nikita Matuta....Nikolai Gassiev (bass)
Kirov Opera and Orchestra
Valery Gergiev (conductor)
Quintet (Allegro con brio)
The Snow Maiden Suite
Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
Kees Bakels (conductor).


Donald Macleod looks at the consequences of the arrival in St Petersburg of millionaire Mitrofan Belyayev, a man whose new business venture would lead to Rimsky-Korsakov becoming one of the most powerful and influential musicians in Russia.
Skazka (Legend)
BBC Philharmonic
Vassily Sinaisky (conductor)
Mussorgsky (ed. Rimsky-Korsakov): A Night on the Bare Mountain
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Mariss Jansons (conductor)
Allegro for string quartet
Vertavo String Quartet
Piano Concerto
Geoffrey Tozer (piano)
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Dmitri Kitajenko (conductor).


Donald Macleod details the period in the late 1880s, when Rimsky-Korsakov composed a series of orchestral works that would eventually make him famous across the world.

But then his life was beset by tragedy and a creative block that seemed insurmountable.

Denza, arr.

Rimsky-Korsakov: Neapolitan Song

Anthony Goldstone, Caroline Clemmow (piano duet)

Russian Easter Festival Overture

Philharmonia Orchestra

Yevgeny Svetlanov (conductor)

Mlada Suite

Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra

Donald Johanos (conductor)

Sadko (Excerpt from Sc 1)

Sadko....Vladimir Galusin (tenor)

First Elder....Foma Nazarich (tenor)

Second Elder....Gannadi Bezzubenkov (bass)

Duda....Vladimir Ognovenko (bass)

Sopel....Nikolai Gassiev (tenor)

Kirov Chorus and Orchestra

Valery Gergiev (conductor).