Rimsky-korsakov (1844-1908) [composer Of The Week]

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A Revised Legacy20181221

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

Donald Macleod explores Rimsky-Korsakov\u2019s legacy

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

A Revised Legacy20181221

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

Donald Macleod explores Rimsky-Korsakov\u2019s legacy

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

A Surprising Revolutionary20181219

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 Wednesday’s programme, Donald examines the acts of rebellion which pepper Rimsky-Korsakov’s life, exploring the composer’s dual roles as establishment stalwart and revolutionary hero, a position which led, at one point, to the banning of his music in St. Petersburg.

Allegro in B flat major (Les Vendredis, Book II)
Vertavo Quartet

Overture on Russian Themes, Op 28
Seattle Symphony
Gerard Schwarz, conductor

Symphony No 3: II. Scherzo
London Symphony Orchestra
Yondani Butt, conductor

Kashchey the Immortal: Tableau 3
Konstantin Pluzhnikov, tenor (Kashchey)
Marina Shaguch, soprano (The Princess)
Larissa Diadkova, mezzo-soprano (Kastcheyevna)
Alexander Morozov, baritone (Prince Ivan Korolovitch)
Alexander Gergalov, bass (The Storm-Knight)
Chorus of the Kirov Opera, St. Petersburg
Orchestra of the Kirov Opera
Valery Gergiev, conductor

Suite from “The Golden Cockerel”: IV. Wedding Feast – Death of King Dodon - Finale
Scottish National Opera
Neeme Järvi, conductor

Produced by Sam Phillips for BBC Wales

Donald Macleod examines Rimsky\u2019s dual role as establishment stalwart and revolutionary

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

Atheist, Christian, Pantheist20181220

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. Rimsky-Korsakov professed to be an atheist, but wrote some sacred music for the Imperial Court Chapel. In Thursday’s programme, Donald explores this claim, and the intriguing links between folk music and religion in the life and music of the man who Stravinsky famously said was "closed to any religious or metaphysical idea".

Octave (5 Songs “To the Poet”, Op 45)
Yuriy Yurchuk, baritone
Sergey Rybin, piano

May Night – Overture
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Neeme Järvi, conductor

Snow Maiden: Act IV Finale
Anna Netrebko, soprano (Snow Maiden)
Vladimir Moroz, baritone (Mizgir)
Dmitry Voropaev, tenor (Tsar Berendey)
Nikolai Kornev, chorus master
Mariinsky Orchestra
Valéry Gergiev, conductor

Russian Easter Festival Overture
USSR Academic Symphony Orchestra
Yevgeny Svetlanov, conductor

Chants for Holy Week: Alleluia; Thy Bridal Chamber; Let all Mortal Flesh Keep Silent
Cappella Romana
Alexander Lingas, conductor

The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya Suite: I. Hymn to Nature
Russian National Orchestra
Mikhail Pletnev, conductor

Produced by Sam Phillips for BBC Wales

Donald Macleod explores Rimsky-Korsakov\u2019s beliefs.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

The Fantastic World of Nikolai Andreyevich20181218

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 Tuesday’s episode, Donald explores Rimsky Korsakov’s use of fairy-tales and folklore, the idea of ‘otherness’ and the excitement of the exotic in his music – elements which seem to contrast with reports of the man himself.

Captivated by the Rose, the Nightingale (4 Songs, Op 2 No 2)
Anna Netrebko, soprano
Daniel Barenboim, piano

Antar: IV. Allegretto - Adagio
The Philharmonia
Yevgeny Sveltlanov, conductor

Skazka, Op 29
BBC Philharmonic
Vassily Sinaisky, conductor

Capricco Espagnol, Op 34
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Jesús Lopez-Cobos, conductor

Hymn to the Sun from The Golden Cockerel
Aida Garifullina, soprano
ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
Cornelius Meister, conductor

Produced by Sam Phillips for BBC Wales

Donald Macleod explores the idea of the exotic in Rimsky-Korsakov\u2019s works

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

The Sea20181217

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 Monday’s episode, Donald explores Rimsky-Korsakov's relationship with the sea, which began as a childhood obsession, before an early naval career, and a civilian job as Inspector of Russia’s Naval Bands brought him into closer proximity to the ocean. Donald also ponders what the ocean represented for Rimsky and for his largely landlocked Russian audience, alongside the various evocations of the sea in his music.

By the Sea, Op 46: The Wave Breaks into a Spray
Dmitri Hvorostovsky, baritone
Mikhail Arkadiev, piano

Scheherazade (I. The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship)
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Mariss Jansons, conductor

From Homer Op.60
Svetlana Sizova, mezzo-soprano
Tatiana Fedotova, soprano
Chorus of the Moscow Academy of Choral Art & Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Vladimir Ziva, conductor

Symphony No 1 (II. Andante tranquillo)
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Neeme Järvi, conductor

Sadko, Op. 6
L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Ernest Ansermet, conductor

Trombone Concerto (I. Allegro Vivace)
Christian Lindberg, trombone
Kosei Wind Orchestra
Chikara Imamura, conductor

Produced by Sam Phillips for BBC Wales

Donald Macleod explores Rimsky-Korsakov\u2019s relationship with the sea.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

The Sea20181217

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 Monday’s episode, Donald explores Rimsky-Korsakov's relationship with the sea, which began as a childhood obsession, before an early naval career, and a civilian job as Inspector of Russia’s Naval Bands brought him into closer proximity to the ocean. Donald also ponders what the ocean represented for Rimsky and for his largely landlocked Russian audience, alongside the various evocations of the sea in his music.

By the Sea, Op 46: The Wave Breaks into a Spray
Dmitri Hvorostovsky, baritone
Mikhail Arkadiev, piano

Scheherazade (I. The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship)
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Mariss Jansons, conductor

From Homer Op.60
Svetlana Sizova, mezzo-soprano
Tatiana Fedotova, soprano
Chorus of the Moscow Academy of Choral Art & Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Vladimir Ziva, conductor

Symphony No 1 (II. Andante tranquillo)
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Neeme Järvi, conductor

Sadko, Op. 6
L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Ernest Ansermet, conductor

Trombone Concerto (I. Allegro Vivace)
Christian Lindberg, trombone
Kosei Wind Orchestra
Chikara Imamura, conductor

Produced by Sam Phillips for BBC Wales

Donald Macleod explores Rimsky-Korsakov\u2019s relationship with the sea.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.