composers The Best Russian Composers of All Time  

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These are the best Russian composers, ranked from best to worst by users. This is truly some of the most interesting music ever written and has more than left an indelible mark on the world of Classical music. Some of the more famous Russian composers gained popularity during the Renaissance while some other great musicians on this list are still making music to this day.

So, let's get into some specifics about some of the composers you can expect to find on this list. With compositions like “The Nutcracker” and “Swan Lake” to his name, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky stands out as one of the greatest Russian composers of all time. He rose to popularity during the later years of the Romantic period. Mily Balakirev is another extremely talented composer who hailed from Russia.

Igor Stravinsky's “The Rite of Spring” remains a popular piece with leading orchestras across the world. Other good musicians who are featured on this best Russian composers list include Sergei Prokofiev, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Symphony Edition, Classical Anthology, Eternal Classics

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Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
Sergei Rachmaninoff Classical Anthology, Eternal Classics, Piano Sonata No. 2 / Variations on a Theme of Corelli / Moments Musicaux

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Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
Igor Stravinsky Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps, Stravinsky Conducts Stravinsky, Bernstein Conducts Stravinsky (Israel Philharmonic Orchestra)

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Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
Dmitri Shostakovich The Symphonies, Great Violin Concertos, Symphony no. 1 / Symphony no. 7 "Leningrad"

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Sergei Prokofiev is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
Sergei Prokofiev The Perlman Edition (disc 15: Bach), Alexander Nevsky Op. 78, Great Violin Concertos

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Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Classical Anthology, Scheherazade, OP.35

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Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky CBS Great Performances^! Volume 13: Pictures at an Exhibition / Night on Bald Mountain, CBS Great Performances^! Volume 13: Pictures at an Exhibition / Night on Bald Mountain, Pictures at an Exhibition

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Alexander Borodin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
Alexander Borodin Great Russian Symphonies, Romantic Russia, Piano Works by 'The Mighty Handful'

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Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
Alexander Scriabin Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition / Scriabin: Poem of Ecstasy, Richter the Master, Volume 3: Scriabin

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Aram Khachaturian is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
Aram Khachaturian Gayaneh (USSR RTV Large Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Djansug Kakhidze), Piano Concerto / Violin Concerto / Suites from Gayaneh, Masquerade and Spartacus

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Mikhail Glinka is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
Mikhail Glinka Romantic Russia, Reiner conducts Russian and Slavonic Works (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra^! feat. conductor: Fritz Reiner), Borodin: The Sixteen Songs / Glinka^! Dargomyjsky^! Balakirev: Songs

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Dmitri Borisovich Kabalevsky is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
Dmitri Borisovich Kabalevsky Reiner conducts Russian and Slavonic Works (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, feat. conductor: Fritz Reiner), BBC Music

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Alexander Glazunov is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
gnicholls added Alexander Glazunov Great Violin Concertos, Symphonies (Complete) / Cantatas / Famous Ballet Music / Violin Concerto (Russian State Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Valeri Polyansky), Great Russian Symphonies

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Mily Balakirev is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
Mily Balakirev Piano Works by 'The Mighty Handful', Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto no. 1 / Prokofiev: Piano Concerto no. 1 / Balakirev: Islamey, Piano Works

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jimmosk added Sergei Taneyev Taneyev: Suite de concert / Rimsky-Korsakov: Fantasy on Russian Themes, Rachmaninov: The Bells / Taneyev: John of Damascus, Overture The Oresteia / Symphony no. 4 - A mix of perfectionism in form and passion in content. Friend and assistant to Tchaikovsky.

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Anton Arensky is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
gnicholls added Anton Arensky Scheherazade / Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky / The Seasons, The Australian Trio, Great Pianists of the 20th Century

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Sofia Gubaidulina is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
Sofia Gubaidulina Canticle of the Sun, In the Mirror, Am Rande des Abgrunds / De profundis / Quaternion / In croce

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Alfred Schnittke is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
Alex Gaginsky added Alfred Schnittke Myaskovsky: Sinfonietta, op. 32 no. 2 / Schnittke: Sonata for Violin & Chamber Orchestra / Denisov: Five Paganini Caprices, The Ten Symphonies

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Rodion Shchedrin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
Rodion Shchedrin Anna Karenina (Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra feat. conductor: Yuri Simonov), Carmen Suite / Naughty Limericks / The Chimes, Cello Concerto / Seagull Suite (Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra feat. conductor: Olli Mustonen

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Mieczysław Weinberg is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
Zedzep added Mieczysław Weinberg Works for Cello (feat. cello: Yosif Feigelson), Symphony No. 5 / Sinfonietta No. 1 (National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Gabriel Chmura), Piano Quintet / String Quartet No. 12

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Georgy Sviridov is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
Alex Gaginsky added Georgy Sviridov Music for Chamber Orchestra / Time, Forward! / It Is Snowing / The Songs of Hard Times, Petersburg

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César Cui is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
César Cui Piano Works by 'The Mighty Handful', Suites Nos. 2^! 4 / Le Flibustier (Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Robert Stankovsky), Russian Piano Music

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Galina Ustvolskaya is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
Galina Ustvolskaya Pianoconcerto / Symphony No. 1 (The Ural Philharmonic Orchestra feat. conductor: Dmitri Liss), Compositions I, II

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Lera Auerbach is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
RuneKjærRasmussen added Lera Auerbach Preludes and Dreams, 24 Preludes for Violin and Piano / T'filah / Postlude (feat. violin: Vadim Gluzman, piano: Angela Yoffe)

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Pavel Grigorievich Chesnokov is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
Pavel Grigorievich Chesnokov

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Boris Alexandrovich Tchaikovsk... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
Leslie Ackerman added Boris Alexandrovich Tchaikovsky Rostropovich : The Russian Years, Chamber Symphony / Sinfonietta for Strings, Symphony No. 1 / The Murmuring Forest Suite / After the Ball Suite

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Vladimir Martynov is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
RuneKjærRasmussen added Vladimir Martynov Litania Ad Mariam Virginem, Opus Posth, Come In!

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Alexander Tchaikovsky is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
Leslie Ackerman added Alexander Tchaikovsky

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Alexander Tchaikovsky is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
Leslie Ackerman added Alexander Tchaikovsky

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Yury Chernavsky is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
Yury Chernavsky

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Maximilian Steinberg is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
Maximilian Steinberg Symphony No. 1 / Prélude symphonique / Fantaisie dramatique (Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Neeme Järvi), Symphony no. 2 / Variations^! op. 2

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Leonid Desyatnikov is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
Leonid Desyatnikov The Leaden Echo, Sketches to Sunset

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Eduard Artemyev is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
Alex Gaginsky added Eduard Artemyev Solaris / The Mirror / Stalker, As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me, Solaris

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Alexander Abramsky is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
Alexander Abramsky

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Vladimir Vavilov is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
Alex Gaginsky added Vladimir Vavilov