Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov (18 March 1844 - 21 June 1908) was a Russian composer, and a member of the group of composers known as "The Five". He was a master of orchestration. His best-known orchestral compositions - Capriccio Espagnol, the Russian Easter Festival Overture, and the symphonic suite Scheherazade - are considered staples of the classical music repertoire, along with suites and excerpts from some of his 15 operas. Scheherazade is an example of his frequent use of fairy tale and folk subjects.
1001 Arabian Nights starring Brian Blessed & Rory Bremner
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Click below to hear and read Rory Bremner’s interviews about working on The Opus Pocus
“I loved being involved with this project – the idea of setting a funny and fast-moving script to the original music was inspired, creating a lively and engaging experience that I’ve rarely experienced in classical music productions for a younger audience. It could become a kind of Peter and the Wolf for a new generation.”
– Rory Bremner
“The script had me chuckling from start to finish, but I was also struck by how original the concept was: a children’s story written to perfectly overlay an entire symphony (and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade is one of my favourites, by the way) as an exciting introduction to classical music. a magical idea indeed!”
– Brian Blessed