Known for his ridiculously popular Flight of the Bumblebee and Scheherazade, Rimsy-Korsakov was part of The Five, which sounds like the title of a Netflix crime show, but was actually a collective of Russian composers that included Borodin and Mussorgsky. (It’s also the title of a Netflix crime show). Here’s three colorful albums of obscure orchestral works from the composer. The two Mercury sleeves are as Russian as it gets, while the London cover is all about Persian appropriation in the gaudiest way.
And if you need more R-K in your life, visit Rimsky-Korsakoffee House, a classical music-themed coffee and desert establishment in Portland, Oregon.