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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386 102
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
Symphony Edition, Classical Anthology, Eternal Classics

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300 96
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
Classical Anthology, Eternal Classics, Piano Sonata No. 2 / Variations on a Theme of Corelli / Moments Musicaux

3
236 70
Sergei Prokofiev is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
The Perlman Edition (disc 15: Bach), Alexander Nevsky Op. 78, Great Violin Concertos

4
291 96
Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
The Symphonies, Great Violin Concertos, Symphony no. 1 / Symphony no. 7 "Leningrad"

5
211 67
Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps, Stravinsky Conducts Stravinsky, Bernstein Conducts Stravinsky (Israel Philharmonic Orchestra)

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163 44
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
Classical Anthology, Scheherazade, OP.35

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142 36
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
CBS Great Performances, Volume 13: Pictures at an Exhibition / Night on Bald Mountain, CBS Great Performances

8
95 31
Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition / Scriabin: Poem of Ecstasy, Richter the Master, Volume 3: Scriabin

9
94 38
Alexander Borodin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
Great Russian Symphonies, Romantic Russia, Piano Works by 'The Mighty Handful'

10
77 31
Aram Khachaturian is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
Gayaneh (USSR RTV Large Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Djansug Kakhidze), Piano Concerto / Violin Concerto / Suites from Gayaneh, Masquerade and Spartacus

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60 25
Mikhail Glinka is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
Romantic Russia, Reiner conducts Russian and Slavonic Works (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, feat. conductor: Fritz Reiner)

12
43 20
Alexander Glazunov is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
gnicholls added Great Violin Concertos, Symphonies (Complete) / Cantatas / Famous Ballet Music / Violin Concerto (Russian State Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Valeri Polyansky), Great Russian Symphonies

13
39 18
Dmitri Borisovich Kabalevsky is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
Reiner conducts Russian and Slavonic Works (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, feat. conductor: Fritz Reiner), BBC Music

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35 17
Mily Balakirev is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
Piano Works by 'The Mighty Handful', Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto no. 1 / Prokofiev: Piano Concerto no. 1 / Balakirev: Islamey, Piano Works

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18 8
Alfred Schnittke is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
Alex Gaginsky added Myaskovsky: Sinfonietta, op. 32 no. 2 / Schnittke: Sonata for Violin & Chamber Orchestra / Denisov: Five Paganini Caprices, The Ten Symphonies

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21 11
Sofia Gubaidulina is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
Canticle of the Sun, In the Mirror, Am Rande des Abgrunds / De profundis / Quaternion / In croce

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16 8
Anton Arensky is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
gnicholls added Scheherazade / Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky / The Seasons, The Australian Trio, Great Pianists of the 20th Century

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22 14
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jimmosk added 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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15 10
Lera Auerbach is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
RuneKjærRasmussen added Preludes and Dreams, 24 Preludes for Violin and Piano / T'filah / Postlude (feat. violin: Vadim Gluzman, piano: Angela Yoffe)

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18 14
Rodion Shchedrin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
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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13 9
Mieczysław Weinberg is listed (or ranked) 21 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

22
13 9
Galina Ustvolskaya is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
Pianoconcerto / Symphony No. 1 (The Ural Philharmonic Orchestra feat. conductor: Dmitri Liss), Compositions I, II

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8 4
Georgy Sviridov is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
Alex Gaginsky added Music for Chamber Orchestra / Time, Forward! / It Is Snowing / The Songs of Hard Times, Petersburg

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14 11
César Cui is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
Piano Works by 'The Mighty Handful', Suites Nos. 2, 4 / Le Flibustier (Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Robert Stankovsky)

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4 2
Nikolai Kapustin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Russian Composers of All Time
Toby Vigneau added Piano Music, Volume 1 (Steven Osborne), 24 Preludes