Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908) is best known as the composer of operas, including The Snow Maiden
and The Golden Cockerel
, as well as symphony poems like Scheherazade
and Capriccio Espagnol
, but his song output was considerable, numbering more than eighty, and the three represented here are settings after Byron. His 1897 setting Sun of the sleepless
, composed during one of the most productive years of his career, is to a text by Count Alexei Tolstoy and was dedicated to a friend, Nikolai Shtrup. This elegiac song of regret is the work of the composer at the peak of his creativity.
from notes by Edward Morgan © 2001