Sergei Rachmaninov

Biography

Born: Apr 1, 1873; Russia   Died: Mar 28, 1943; USA   Period: 20th Century
Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninov, born in Semyonovo, Russia, on April 1, 1873, is today remembered as one of the most formidable pianists of all time and the last truly great composer in the Russian Romantic tradition. Rachmaninov came from a music-loving, land-owning family; young Sergey's mother fostered the boy's innate talent by giving him his first piano lessons. After a decline in the family fortunes, the Rachmaninovs moved to St. Petersburg, Read more where Sergei studied with Vladimir Delyansky at the Conservatory. As his star continued to rise, Sergei went to the Moscow Conservatory, where he received a sound musical training: piano lessons from the strict disciplinarian Nikolay Zverev and Alexander Siloti (Rachmaninov's cousin), counterpoint with Taneyev, and harmony with Arensky. During his time at the Conservatory, Rachmaninov boarded with Zverev, whose weekly musical Sundays provided the young musician the valuable opportunity to make important contacts and to hear a wide variety of music.
As Rachmaninov's conservatory studies continued, his burgeoning talent came into full flower; he received the personal encouragement of Tchaikovsky, and, a year after earning a degree in piano, took the Conservatory's gold medal in composition for his opera Aleko (1892). Early setbacks in his compositional career -- particularly, the dismal reception of his Symphony No. 1 (1895) -- led to an extended period of depression and self-doubt, which he overcame with the aid of hypnosis. With the resounding success of his Piano Concerto No. 2 (1900-1901), however, his lasting fame as a composer was assured. The first decade of the twentieth century proved a productive and happy one for Rachmaninov, who during that time produced such masterpieces as the Symphony No. 2 (1907), the tone poem Isle of the Dead (1907), and the Piano Concerto No. 3 (1909). On May 12, 1902, the composer married his cousin, Natalya Satina.
By the end of the decade, Rachmaninov had embarked on his first American tour, which cemented his fame and popularity in the United States. He continued to make his home in Russia but left permanently following the Revolution in 1917; he thereafter lived in Switzerland and the United States between extensive European and American tours. While his tours included conducting engagements (he was twice offered, and twice refused, leadership of the Boston Symphony Orchestra), it was his astounding pianistic abilities which won him his greatest glory. Rachmaninov was possessed of a keyboard technique marked by precision, clarity, and a singular legato sense. Indeed, the pianist's hands became the stuff of legend. He had an enormous span -- he could, with his left hand, play the chord C-E flat-G-C-G -- and his playing had a characteristic power, which pianists have described as "cosmic" and "overwhelming." He is, for example, credited with the uncanny ability to discern, and articulate profound, mysterious movements in a musical composition which usually remain undetected by the superficial perception of rhythmic structures.
Fortunately for posterity, Rachmaninov recorded much of his own music, including the four piano concerti and what is perhaps his most beloved work, the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (1934). He became an American citizen a few weeks before his death in Beverly Hills, CA, on March 28, 1943. Read less
Rachmaninov: The Complete Works
Release Date: 09/23/2014   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002145102   Number of Discs: 32
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Rachmaninov: Complete Symphonies & Piano Concertos
Release Date: 10/14/2014   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 002155902   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
Release Date: 10/15/1996   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 5497/98   Number of Discs: 2
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Wolf, Strauss, Rachmaninov, Ives, Weill / Dawn Upshaw, Margo Garrett
Release Date: 03/10/2009   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 2521   Number of Discs: 1
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Chausson, Debussy & Rachmaninov Piano Trios
Release Date: 02/14/2012   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 6159   Number of Discs: 2
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Work: Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30

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  • 101.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos No 2 & 3 / Duchable, Berezovsky
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4614712 Release Date: 08/23/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Francois-René Duchable,  Boris Berezovsky
    Conductor:  Theodor Guschlbauer,  Eliahu Inbal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 102.
    Gemini - Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos / Ricardo Muti, Et Al
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 85779 Release Date: 08/10/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Andrei Gavrilov
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 103.
    Classic Library - Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No 3
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 59411 Release Date: 04/20/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 104.
    Rachmaninoff: Piano Concertos No 2 & 3 / Scherbakov, Yablonsky, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 6110013 Release Date: 04/20/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov
    Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian State Symphony Orchestra
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  • 105.
    Rachmaninoff: Piano Concertos No 2 & 3 / Douglas, Janis, Etc
    Label: Rca 24/96 Sound Dimension   Catalog: 55269 Release Date: 01/13/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Barry Douglas,  Byron Janis
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Charles Munch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 106.
    Horowitz - Legendary Rca Recordings
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 56052 Release Date: 11/04/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Vladimir Horowitz,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini,  Fritz Reiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra,  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
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  • 107.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos No 1 & 3 / Lugansky, Et Al
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 47941 Release Date: 11/04/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky
    Conductor:  Sakari Oramo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
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  • 108.
    Vladimir Ashkenazy - Great Piano Concertos
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 473601 Release Date: 10/14/2003   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt,  István Kertész  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 109.
    Emil Gilels Legacy Vol 7 - Rachmaninov
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7815 Release Date: 09/02/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Emil Gilels
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Symphony Orchestra
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  • 110.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos No 1-4, Rhapsody / Wild, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10078 Release Date: 06/24/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Earl Wild
    Conductor:  Jascha Horenstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 111.
    Rachmaninoff: Piano Concertos 2 & 3 / Entremont, Watts
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 87283 Release Date: 04/01/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  André Watts,  Philippe Entremont
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 112.
    Prokofiev, Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos / Pletnev, Etc
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471576 Release Date: 03/11/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev
    Conductor:  Mstislav Rostropovich
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
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  • 113.
    Trio - Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos, Etc / Ashkenazy, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 473251 Release Date: 01/14/2003   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Conductor:  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 114.
    Rachmaninov: Orchestral Works / Mariss Jansons
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 75510 Release Date: 11/05/2002   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Mikhail Rudy
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra,  Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 115.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 3, Etc / Goerner, Et Al
    Label: Cascavelle   Catalog: 3051 Release Date: 11/05/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Blumenfeld,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Nelson Goerner
    Conductor:  Vassili Sinaisky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 116.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 1-4, Etc / Marshev, Loughran
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 582 Release Date: 09/03/2002   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Oleg Marshev
    Conductor:  James Loughran
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
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  • 117.
    Rachmaninov, Prokofiev: Piano Concertos / Cherkassky, Et Al
    Label: Bbc Legends   Catalog: 4092 Release Date: 04/23/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Shura Cherkassky
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano,  Rudolf Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • 118.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 3;  Et Al / Lang Lang, Et Al
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80582 Release Date: 04/23/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Scriabin,  Traditional,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Lang Lang
    Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 119.
    Gieseking - 3 Legendary Concert Performances
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1095 Release Date: 02/26/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  César Franck,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Walter Gieseking
    Conductor:  Willem Mengelberg,  Sir John Barbirolli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
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  • 120.
    Eloquence - Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos No 1 & 3 /Ashkenazy
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 467419 Release Date: 09/18/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Conductor:  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 121.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 3, Etc / Nakamatsu
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 907286 Release Date: 09/11/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Jon Nakamatsu
    Conductor:  Christopher Seaman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 122.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 3, Rhapsody / Pennario, Et Al
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 74522 Release Date: 08/14/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Leonard Pennario
    Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf,  Walter Susskind
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 123.
    Philips 50 - Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto, Etc / Argerich
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 464732 Release Date: 05/08/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Nelson Freire,  Martha Argerich
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 124.
    Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos / Horowitz, Et Al
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 4963 Release Date: 11/28/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
    Conductor:  Serge Koussevitzky,  William Steinberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
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  • 125.
    Walter Gieseking In Performance- Rachmaninov: Piano Concerti
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 4250 Release Date: 11/28/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Walter Gieseking
    Conductor:  Willem Mengelberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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