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The Rimsky-Korsakov Edition [25 CDs]

Notes & Reviews:

Detailing the works of one of Russia's greatest masters and full of fine, often authentically Russian performances, this fascinating 25-CD release is guaranteed to provide hours of pleasurable listening.

From the orchestral virtuosity of Scheherazade to the poetic beauty of The Snow Maiden, the Edition contains all of the composer's most famous works. It also features many compositions which have not held the stage, or concert hall outside Russia, as well as they deserve, such as the little performed String Sextet and Quintet for Piano and Winds of 1876.

The composer's three symphonies also make an appearance, as do many of his songs - ones that count Tolstoy and Pushkin among their authors. Perhaps most importantly the set features several of Rimsky's operas, from the lesser known, carnivalesque May Night and Mlada to the late masterpieces, The Invisible City of Kitezh and The Golden Cockerel, which respectively assimilate Wagnerian innovation and anticipate Stravinskian economy of idiom.

Featuring folksong, fairy tale and bewitching orchestration, this release contains many magical moments, especially in the operas. It exposes all facets of the Rimsky- Korsakov's character and records an important part of performance history including some of Russia's greatest singers and ensembles.

Performed by: Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Leningrad Philharmonic, Bolshoi

Theatre Orchestra, Oistrakh Trio, Loris Tjeknavorian, Yondani Butt, Evgeny Mravinsky, Evgeny Svetlanov and many others.

Includes booklet notes by the Russian music scholar and journalist David Nice.


Works:

Scheherazade, Op. 35 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Conductor: Loris Tjeknavorian
Orchestra/Ensemble: Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1888; Russia

Sadko, Op. 5 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Conductor: Loris Tjeknavorian
Orchestra/Ensemble: Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1867/1892; Russia

Sadko: no 4, Song of the Indian Guest by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Conductor: Loris Tjeknavorian
Orchestra/Ensemble: Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1894-1896; Russia

Tsar's Bride: Overture by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Conductor: Yondani Butt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1898; Russia

Fantasia on Serbian themes, Op. 6 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Conductor: Yondani Butt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: Russia

Symphony no 1 in E minor, Op. 1 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Conductor: Yondani Butt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: Russia

Symphony no 2, Op. 9 "Antar" by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Conductor: Yondani Butt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1868/1875; Russia

Overture on Russian themes, Op. 28 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Conductor: Yondani Butt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1866/1880; Russia

Symphony no 3 in C major, Op. 32 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Conductor: Yondani Butt
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1866-1873; Russia

Skazka, Op. 29 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Conductor: Yondani Butt
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1879-1880; Russia

Golden Cockerel: Suite by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Conductor: Loris Tjeknavorian
Orchestra/Ensemble: Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1907; Russia

Tale of Tsar Saltan: Suite, Op. 57 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Conductor: Loris Tjeknavorian
Orchestra/Ensemble: Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1903; Russia

Christmas Eve: Suite by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Conductor: Loris Tjeknavorian
Orchestra/Ensemble: Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1903; Russia

Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya: Suite by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Conductor: Eugen Mravinsky
Orchestra/Ensemble: Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1903-1905; Russia

Concerto for Piano in C sharp minor, Op. 30 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Conductor: Kiril Kondrashin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Moscow Youth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1882-1883; Russia

Pan Voyevoda: Suite, Op. 59 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Conductor: Yevgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1904; Russia

Trio for Piano and Strings in C minor by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Orchestra/Ensemble: Oistrakh Trio
Period: Romantic
Written: 1897; Russia

Quintet for Piano and Winds in B flat major by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Performer: Nicholas Busch (French Horn), Gwydion Brooke (Bassoon), John McCaw (Clarinet),
Felicja Blumental (Piano), Gareth Morris (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Philharmonia Wind Ensemble members
Period: Romantic
Written: 1876; Russia
Length: 25 Minutes 28 Secs.

Songs (4), Op. 2 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Performer: Aleksey Martinov (Tenor), Ilya Scheps (Piano), Mikhail Lanskoi (Baritone),
Vladimir Skanavi (Piano), Aristotel Konstantinidi (Piano), Natalia Gerasimova (Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1865-1866; Russia

Songs (4), Op. 3 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Performer: Elena Tcheglakova (Piano), Aleksey Martinov (Tenor), Marina Choutova (Mezzo Soprano),
Ilya Scheps (Piano), Aristotel Konstantinidi (Piano), Sergey Baikov (Bass)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1866; Russia

Songs (4), Op. 4 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Performer: Aleksey Martinov (Tenor), Ilya Scheps (Piano), Vladimir Skanavi (Piano),
Aristotel Konstantinidi (Piano), Natalia Gerasimova (Soprano), Sergey Baikov (Bass)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1866; Russia

Songs (4), Op. 7 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Performer: Elena Tcheglakova (Piano), Marina Choutova (Mezzo Soprano), Mikhail Lanskoi (Baritone),
Ilya Scheps (Piano), Vladimir Skanavi (Piano), Natalia Gerasimova (Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1867; Russia

Songs (6), Op. 8 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Performer: Marina Choutova (Mezzo Soprano), Mikhail Lanskoi (Baritone), Ilya Scheps (Piano),
Vladimir Skanavi (Piano), Aristotel Konstantinidi (Piano), Natalia Gerasimova (Soprano),
Aleksey Martinov (Tenor), Elena Tcheglakova (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1868-1870; Russia

Songs (2), Op. 25 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Performer: Sergey Baikov (Bass), Aristotel Konstantinidi (Piano), Ilya Scheps (Piano),
Aleksey Martinov (Tenor)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1870-1876; Russia

Songs (4), Op. 26 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Performer: Elena Tcheglakova (Piano), Aleksey Martinov (Tenor), Marina Choutova (Mezzo Soprano),
Mikhail Lanskoi (Baritone), Ilya Scheps (Piano), Aristotel Konstantinidi (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1882; Russia

Songs (4), Op. 27 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Performer: Natalia Gerasimova (Soprano), Aristotel Konstantinidi (Piano), Vladimir Skanavi (Piano),
Ilya Scheps (Piano), Mikhail Lanskoi (Baritone), Marina Choutova (Mezzo Soprano),
Aleksey Martinov (Tenor), Elena Tcheglakova (Piano), Sergey Baikov (Bass)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1883; Russia

Songs (4), Op. 39 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Performer: Natalia Gerasimova (Soprano), Aristotel Konstantinidi (Piano), Vladimir Skanavi (Piano),
Ilya Scheps (Piano), Mikhail Lanskoi (Baritone), Marina Choutova (Mezzo Soprano),
Aleksey Martinov (Tenor), Elena Tcheglakova (Piano), Sergey Baikov (Bass)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1897; Russia

Songs (4), Op. 40 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Performer: Natalia Gerasimova (Soprano), Aristotel Konstantinidi (Piano), Vladimir Skanavi (Piano),
Ilya Scheps (Piano), Mikhail Lanskoi (Baritone), Marina Choutova (Mezzo Soprano),
Aleksey Martinov (Tenor), Elena Tcheglakova (Piano), Sergey Baikov (Bass)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1897; Russia

Songs (4), Op. 41 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Performer: Natalia Gerasimova (Soprano), Aristotel Konstantinidi (Piano), Vladimir Skanavi (Piano),
Ilya Scheps (Piano), Mikhail Lanskoi (Baritone), Marina Choutova (Mezzo Soprano),
Aleksey Martinov (Tenor), Elena Tcheglakova (Piano), Sergey Baikov (Bass)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1897; Russia

Songs (4), Op. 42 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Performer: Natalia Gerasimova (Soprano), Aristotel Konstantinidi (Piano), Vladimir Skanavi (Piano),
Ilya Scheps (Piano), Mikhail Lanskoi (Baritone), Marina Choutova (Mezzo Soprano),
Aleksey Martinov (Tenor), Elena Tcheglakova (Piano), Sergey Baikov (Bass)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1897; Russia

In spring, Op. 43 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Performer: Natalia Gerasimova (Soprano), Aristotel Konstantinidi (Piano), Vladimir Skanavi (Piano),
Ilya Scheps (Piano), Mikhail Lanskoi (Baritone), Marina Choutova (Mezzo Soprano),
Aleksey Martinov (Tenor), Elena Tcheglakova (Piano), Sergey Baikov (Bass)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1897; Russia

To the poet, Op. 45 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Performer: Natalia Gerasimova (Soprano), Aristotel Konstantinidi (Piano), Vladimir Skanavi (Piano),
Ilya Scheps (Piano), Mikhail Lanskoi (Baritone), Marina Choutova (Mezzo Soprano),
Aleksey Martinov (Tenor), Elena Tcheglakova (Piano), Sergey Baikov (Bass)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1897-1899; Russia

By the sea (5), Op. 46 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Performer: Natalia Gerasimova (Soprano), Aristotel Konstantinidi (Piano), Vladimir Skanavi (Piano),
Ilya Scheps (Piano), Mikhail Lanskoi (Baritone), Marina Choutova (Mezzo Soprano),
Aleksey Martinov (Tenor), Elena Tcheglakova (Piano), Sergey Baikov (Bass)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1897; Russia

Songs (4), Op. 50 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Performer: Natalia Gerasimova (Soprano), Aristotel Konstantinidi (Piano), Vladimir Skanavi (Piano),
Ilya Scheps (Piano), Mikhail Lanskoi (Baritone), Marina Choutova (Mezzo Soprano),
Aleksey Martinov (Tenor), Elena Tcheglakova (Piano), Sergey Baikov (Bass)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1897-1898; Russia

Songs (5), Op. 51 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Performer: Natalia Gerasimova (Soprano), Aristotel Konstantinidi (Piano), Vladimir Skanavi (Piano),
Ilya Scheps (Piano), Mikhail Lanskoi (Baritone), Marina Choutova (Mezzo Soprano),
Aleksey Martinov (Tenor), Elena Tcheglakova (Piano), Sergey Baikov (Bass)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1897; Russia

Songs (4), Op. 55 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Performer: Natalia Gerasimova (Soprano), Aristotel Konstantinidi (Piano), Vladimir Skanavi (Piano),
Ilya Scheps (Piano), Mikhail Lanskoi (Baritone), Marina Choutova (Mezzo Soprano),
Aleksey Martinov (Tenor), Elena Tcheglakova (Piano), Sergey Baikov (Bass)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1897-1898; Russia

Songs (2), Op. 56 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Performer: Natalia Gerasimova (Soprano), Aristotel Konstantinidi (Piano), Vladimir Skanavi (Piano),
Ilya Scheps (Piano), Mikhail Lanskoi (Baritone), Marina Choutova (Mezzo Soprano),
Aleksey Martinov (Tenor), Elena Tcheglakova (Piano), Sergey Baikov (Bass)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1898; Russia

Poem about Aleksey, the Man of God, Op. 20 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Conductor: Vladimir Ziva
Orchestra/Ensemble: Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Choral Academy
Period: Romantic
Written: 1878; Russia
Language: Russian

Song of Oleg the Wise, Op. 58 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Performer: Dmitri Kortchak (Tenor), Nikolai Didenko (Bass)
Conductor: Vladimir Ziva
Orchestra/Ensemble: Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Choral Academy
Period: Romantic
Written: 1899; Russia
Language: Russian

Iz Gomera, Op. 60 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Performer: Svetlana Sizova (Mezzo Soprano), Tatiana Fedotova (Soprano), Svetlana Luchmanova (Alto)
Conductor: Vladimir Ziva
Orchestra/Ensemble: Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Choral Academy
Period: Romantic
Written: 1901; Russia
Language: Russian

Switezianka, Op. 44 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Performer: Elena Mitrakova (Soprano), Dmitri Kortchak (Tenor)
Conductor: Vladimir Ziva
Orchestra/Ensemble: Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Choral Academy
Period: Romantic
Written: 1897; Russia
Language: Russian

May Night by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Performer: Vitali Tarashchenko (Tenor), Viacheslav Pochapsky (Bass), Maria Lapina (Soprano),
Alexander Arkhipov (Tenor), Elena Okolycheva (Alto), Piotr Glouboky (Bass),
Natalia Erasova (Mezzo Soprano), Nikolai Rechetniak (Baritone)
Conductor: Andrey Chistiakov
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, Sveshnikov Russian Academic Choir
Period: Romantic
Written: 1878-1879; Russia
Date of Recording: 09/1994
Venue: Mosfilm Studios, Moscow, Russia
Length: 123 Minutes 40 Secs.
Language: Russian

Snow Maiden by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Performer: Lyubomir Diakowki (Tenor), Alexandrina Milcheva (Mezzo Soprano), Lyubomir Videnov (Baritone),
Avram Andreev (Tenor), Elena Zemenkova (Soprano), Vessela Zorova (Mezzo Soprano),
Nicolai Ghiuselev (Bass), Stefka Evstatieva (Soprano), Stefka Mineva (Alto)
Conductor: Stoyan Angelov
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bulgarian Radio Orchestra, Bulgarian Radio Chorus
Period: Romantic
Written: 1880/1895; Russia

Mozart and Salieri, Op. 48 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Performer: Alexei Maslennikov (Tenor), Yevgeny Nesterenko (Bass)
Conductor: Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1897; Russia

Boyarinya Vera Sheloga, Op. 54 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Performer: Peter Bakardjiev (Bass), Stefka Evstatieva (Soprano), Stefka Mineva (Mezzo Soprano),
Alexandrina Milcheva (Mezzo Soprano), Dimiter Stanchev (Bass)
Conductor: Stoyan Angelov
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1898; Russia
Language: Russian

Tsar's Bride by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Performer: Arkady Mishenkin (Tenor), Vladislav Verestnikov (Baritone), Ekaterina Kudriavchenko (Soprano),
Nina Terentieva (Mezzo Soprano), Vladimir Kudriashov (Tenor)
Conductor: Andrey Chistiakov
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1898; Russia

Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Performer: Gennadiy Troirsky (Bass), Dmitri Tarkhov (Tenor), V. Shevtsov (Tenor),
Lidia Melnikova (Mezzo Soprano), Nina Kulagina (Mezzo Soprano), Leonid Ktitorov (Bass),
Maria Zvezdina (Soprano), Tikhon L. Tchernyakoff (Tenor), Vladimir Ivanovsky (Tenor),
Ivan Petrov (Bass), Natalia Rozhdestvenskaya (Soprano), Ilya Bogdanov (Baritone),
Boris Dobrin (Bass), Sergueï N. Koltypin (Bass)
Conductor: Vassily Nebolssin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Radio Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic
Written: 1903-1905; Russia
Date of Recording: 1956
Venue: Moscow, Russia, USSR
Length: 202 Minutes 17 Secs.
Language: Russian

Songs (2), Op. 49: no 1, The upas tree by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Performer: Ivan Petrov (Bass), S. Stuchevski (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1882; Russia
Date of Recording: 1956
Venue: Moscow, Russia, USSR
Length: 4 Minutes 54 Secs.
Language: Russian

Golden Cockerel by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Performer: Emil Ugrinov (Baritone), Elena Stoyanova (Soprano), Lyubomir Diakowki (Tenor),
Nikolai Stoilov (Soprano), Evgenia Babacheva (Alto), Kosta Videv (Bass),
Ljubomir Bodourov (Tenor), Yavora Stoilova (Soprano)
Conductor: Dimiter Manolov
Orchestra/Ensemble: Sofia National Opera Chorus, Sofia National Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1906-1907; Russia

Symphony no 3 in C major, Op. 32 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Conductor: Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble: USSR State Radio/TV Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1866-1873; Russia

Scheherazade, Op. 35 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Conductor: Nikolai Golovanov
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1888; Russia




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