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today’s birthday: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844) (Flight of the Bumble Bee, Itzhak Perlman)

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844)

Rimsky-Korsakov, a Russian composer noted for his skill in orchestration, completed his first symphony at the age of 21, while serving as a midshipman with the Imperial Russian Navy. In 1871, he became a professor at St. Petersburg Conservatory, and he taught many famous future composers, including Igor Stravinsky. As a member of a group of nationalist composers known as “The Five,” Rimsky-Korsakov aimed to write music of distinctively Russian character. What often inspired his work? More… Discuss

Tchaikovsky – Andante Cantabile for Cello and String Orchestra

Tchaikovsky – Andante Cantabile in B major,  for Cello and String Orchestra

Borodin – In the Steppes of Central Asia (1880), played on period instruments

In the Steppes of Central Asia (1880)

A “musical tableau” for orchestra by Russian composer and chemist Alexander Borodin (1833-1887), a member of the group of composers known as The Five, or the Mighty Handful. The work was originally intended to celebrate the silver anniversary of the reign of Czar Alexander II, who had expanded the domain of Imperial Russia eastward into Central Asia. The celebration never came to fruition due to the assassination of the Czar; instead the piece was premiered in a concert in 1880 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and the orchestra of the Russian Opera. Borodin dedicated it to Franz Liszt.

This recording was made by conductor Jos van Immerseel and the Anima Eterna Orchestra, which plays on period instruments.


Tchaikovsky – The Storm, Op. 76 (Overture in E minor)

The Storm, Op. 76, is a posthumously published overture by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893). 


Tchaikovsky's tomb at the Alexander Nevsky Mon...

Tchaikovsky’s tomb at the Alexander Nevsky Monastery (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Completed in 1864, this first large-scale orchestral work of Tchaikovsky was inspired by the play of the same name by Aleksandr Ostrovsky (which also forms the basis of Leoš Janáček‘s opera “Káťa Kabanová“). Tchaikovsky composed this overture as an exercise while vacationing in the Ukraine, and since he did not consider it worthy of publication, it did not receive its premiere until three years after the composer’s death.

Conductor: Antoni Wit
Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra