The Best of Rimsky-Korsakov

The Best of Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov (18 March [O.S. 6 March] 1844 — 21 June [O.S. 8 June] 1908)

Rimsky-Korsakov believed, as did fellow composer Mily Balakirev and critic Vladimir Stasov, in developing a nationalistic style of classical music. This style employed Russian folk song and lore along with exotic harmonic, melodic and rhythmic elements in a practice known as musical orientalism, and eschewed traditional Western compositional methods. However, Rimsky-Korsakov appreciated Western musical techniques after he became a professor of musical composition, harmony and orchestration at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory in 1871. He undertook a rigorous three-year program of self-education and became a master of Western methods, incorporating them alongside the influences of Mikhail Glinka and fellow members of The Five. His techniques of composition and orchestration were further enriched by his exposure to the works of Richard Wagner.

For much of his life, Rimsky-Korsakov combined his composition and teaching with a career in the Russian military—at first as an officer in the Imperial Russian Navy, then as the civilian Inspector of Naval Bands. He wrote that he developed a passion for the ocean in childhood from reading books and hearing of his older brother’s exploits in the navy. This love of the sea might have influenced him to write two of his best-known orchestral works, the musical tableau Sadko (not his later opera of the same name) and Scheherazade. Through his service as Inspector of Naval Bands, Rimsky-Korsakov expanded his knowledge of woodwind and brass playing, which enhanced his abilities in orchestration. He passed this knowledge to his students, and also posthumously through a textbook on orchestration that was completed by his son-in-law, Maximilian Steinberg.

Rimsky-Korsakov left a considerable body of original Russian nationalist compositions. He prepared works by The Five for performance, which brought them into the active classical repertoire (although there is controversy over his editing of the works of Modest Mussorgsky), and shaped a generation of younger composers and musicians during his decades as an educator. Rimsky-Korsakov is therefore considered “the main architect” of what the classical music public considers the Russian style of composition. His influence on younger composers was especially important, as he served as a transitional figure between the autodidactism which exemplified Glinka and The Five and professionally trained composers which would become the norm in Russia by the closing years of the 19th century. While Rimsky-Korsakov’s style was based on those of Glinka, Balakirev, Hector Berlioz, and Franz Liszt, he “transmitted this style directly to two generations of Russian composers” and influenced non-Russian composers including Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Paul Dukas and Ottorino Respi

0:00 The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship
9:59 The Story of the Kalander Prince
22:52 The Young Prince and the Young Princess
33:31 Festival at Baghdad – The Sea – Shipwreck

Capriccio Espagnol:
46:36 Alborada – Vivo e strepitoso
47:47 Variazioni: Andante con moto
52:34 Alborada. Vivo e strepitoso (II)
53:45 Scena e Canto Gitano: Allegretto
55:20 Fandango Asturiano

1:01:22 The Flight of the Bumble Bee
1:02:45 Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op.36


42 thoughts on “The Best of Rimsky-Korsakov

  1. Elizabeth Mak March 16, 2019 at 4:23 am

    6:00 repeat the chord A …. so boring …. not good

  2. ancient instrumentals music March 16, 2019 at 4:23 am

    My name will never match here

  3. Claudiu Vartolomei March 16, 2019 at 4:23 am

    Nikolai Andreievici Rimski-Korsakov, a fost un mare compozitor rus. Wikipedia

    Născut: 18 martie 1844, Tihvin, Rusia

    Decedat: 21 iunie 1908, Liubensk, Rusia

    Soție: Nadezhda Rimskaya-Korsakova (căs. 1872–1908)

    Copii: Andrej N. Rimskij-Korsakov, Sviatoslav Rimsky-Korsakov, MAI MULTE



    Zborul bondarului

    The Snow Maiden

  4. Nikola Tesla March 16, 2019 at 4:23 am

    Enfes. Mükemmel bir eser… ⚡❤

  5. Paul Hill March 16, 2019 at 4:23 am


  6. DaishoChikara March 16, 2019 at 4:23 am

    This video, while a great collection of an artist's work, is LOUSY with ads. It REALLY ruins the experience! You are not the creator of this work, and mere curation does not warrant monetization at the best of times. The sheer amount of ads go far beyond the bounds of propriety.

  7. mm 18 March 16, 2019 at 4:23 am

    Country of my fathers. I want to go back to Moscow

  8. علی تمیز معینی March 16, 2019 at 4:23 am


  9. Cole Kirkland March 16, 2019 at 4:23 am

    Am I the only one here from Black Ops?

  10. Ljiljana Stanić March 16, 2019 at 4:23 am

    This music is from beautiful Russia s soul…I love Russia…Phenomenal !

  11. KsiazeIgor March 16, 2019 at 4:23 am

    Gargamel sent me here.

  12. Mhamad. Noor March 16, 2019 at 4:23 am

    east magic

  13. driss rawhide March 16, 2019 at 4:23 am

    The music that makes you dream.

  14. The Shah March 16, 2019 at 4:23 am

    It reminds me a bit Richard Wagner.

  15. Nice Price II March 16, 2019 at 4:23 am


  16. Almir Rogerio da Silva March 16, 2019 at 4:23 am

    Лучшие композиторы – русские.

  17. juergen spatschke March 16, 2019 at 4:23 am


  18. Deborah O. March 16, 2019 at 4:23 am

    I am a direct descendent of Rimsky on my mother's side

  19. Џамбуру Н`кома March 16, 2019 at 4:23 am

    Ово може само Рус да осмисли, нико више под небом.

  20. Manyi Ramotainé March 16, 2019 at 4:23 am

    Nagyon nagyon koszonom

  21. marlonplays March 16, 2019 at 4:23 am

    i love this🙂

  22. Miss Lemon March 16, 2019 at 4:23 am


  23. Julio Robles March 16, 2019 at 4:23 am

    Otro gran director :Karajan, junto con Toscanini, Ansermet, Adrián Boult, y dos mas. Siempre sacando el máximo provecho a los grandes compositores

  24. Rebecca Stroble March 16, 2019 at 4:23 am

    Listen to Mozart is good stuff

  25. ¡Sublime!

  26. Jeremy Feit March 16, 2019 at 4:23 am

    i'm always russian to hear this

  27. Cybernet en linea March 16, 2019 at 4:23 am

    Parece Venustiano CarranzaLoL

  28. Jan te Wierik March 16, 2019 at 4:23 am

    'I have Korsakov!'
    'But you don't drink!'
    'I have all the symphonies!'

  29. talastra March 16, 2019 at 4:23 am

    Russian Easter Festival Overture, like Borodin's Au Couvent or Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition (just to stick with the nineteenth century) seem so completely Russian to me, and why I have always had a thing for Russian music (the Slavophiles at least).

  30. Maria Ribeiro Machado March 16, 2019 at 4:23 am


  31. Margo Wiersema-Nicolaï March 16, 2019 at 4:23 am


  32. Kevin Palacios March 16, 2019 at 4:23 am

    everyone I listen too is mostly dead🤷🏻‍♀️

  33. ryuk March 16, 2019 at 4:23 am

    Youtube la puta que te pario con las propagandas!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. Roswell Grey March 16, 2019 at 4:23 am

    I’m here because “a couple of rats” turned me on to him.

  35. docrhw Weil March 16, 2019 at 4:23 am

    Thanks for having this, and the excellent biography as well as references to each work played. This is wonderful music by which to study or grade papers!

  36. Flavia C. March 16, 2019 at 4:23 am


  37. Hugh van dere Kuil March 16, 2019 at 4:23 am

    Just American Idiots can say this is the best or the very best

  38. 小島信一 March 16, 2019 at 4:23 am

    Please tell me the worldwide
    evaluation of this song and
    the country and age of
    the audience .
    Please tell me mental attitude of
    listening of this song .

    Greetings from Japan

  39. Miguel Garcia Balcon March 16, 2019 at 4:23 am

    ¡Me encantó y alegró la mañana fresca de un día de agosto!

  40. wwemario12345 March 16, 2019 at 4:23 am

    no trombone concerto 🙁

  41. Joe Masters March 16, 2019 at 4:23 am

    Too bad I didn't like Classical as a kid. Flight Of The Bumblebee? I mean come on… 😉 Today I can say that this is one musical genre that everyone can recognize & hopefully someday learn to love. 🙂

  42. Frédéric Cannes March 16, 2019 at 4:23 am

    Thank you for this "best of"

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