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: Piano Sonatas / Xiayin Wang
Release Date: 05/27/2014   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10816   Number of Discs: 1
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Emil Gilels Legacy Vol 7 - Rachmaninov
Release Date: 09/02/2003   Label: Doremi Records  
Catalog: 7815   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: Symphony No  3, Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini / Sudbin, Shui, Singapore Symphony
Release Date: 02/28/2012   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1988   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: Piano Trios / Ashkenazy, Visontay, Lidstrom
Release Date: 09/17/2013   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 001903402   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: Etudes-tableaux / Nicholas Angelich
Release Date: 08/12/2014   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 951547   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30

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  • 51.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 3, Paganini Rhapsody / Matsuev
    Label: Mariinsky   Catalog: 505 Release Date: 02/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Denis Matsuev
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra
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  • 52.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 3 / Berman, Abbado
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 37809 Release Date: 01/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Lazar Berman
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 53.
    Piano Masterworks - The World's Favourite Piano Classics - Bach, Debussy, Etc / Argerich, Arrau, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: B001206502 Release Date: 12/16/2009   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Andrei Gavrilov,  Friedrich Gulda,  Wilhelm Kempff  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  Eliahu Inbal,  Horst Stein,  Zubin Mehta  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 54.
    Vladimir Horowitz - Complete Original Jacket Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 757500 Release Date: 12/01/2009   Number of Discs: 70
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz,  Nathan Milstein
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • 55.
    Waldbuhne In Berlin 2009 / Rattle, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2057758 Release Date: 11/17/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Yefim Bronfman
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 56.
    Earl Wild In Concert Vol 2
    Label: Ivory Classics   Catalog: 79001 Release Date: 07/07/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Earl Wild,  Florida Philharmonic Orchestra
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florida Philharmonic Orchestra,  Earl Wild
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  • 57.
    Rachmaninov Goes To Hollywood
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 457132 Release Date: 06/19/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Lazar Berman,  Tamás Vásáry
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  Yuri Ahronovitch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 58.
    Rachmaninov Plays Rachmaninov
    Label: Membran International Gmbh   Catalog: 2232676 Release Date: 05/01/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 59.
    20th Century Classics - Rachmaninov
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 37616 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes
    Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
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  • 60.
    Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No 1; Rachmaninov, Kabalevsky / Cliburn, Kondrashin, Moscow PO
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1440 Release Date: 01/13/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Dmitri Kabalevsky
    Performer:  Van Cliburn
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 61.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 1-4 / Rosel, Sanderling
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 13422 Release Date: 10/27/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Peter Rösel
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra
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  • 62.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 2 & 3 / Zilberstein, Abbado
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 439930 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Lilya Zilberstein
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 63.
    An Hour With Rachmaninov
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 731246 Release Date: 08/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Arcadi Volodos,  Shigeo Neriki,  János Starker  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  Yuri Temirkanov,  Esa-Pekka Salonen,  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 64.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos No 2 & 3, Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Piano Sonata No 2, Etc
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80737 Release Date: 08/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
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  • 65.
    Van Cliburn In Moscow Vol 3 - Rachmaninov
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4454 Release Date: 08/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Vasily Solov'yov-Sedoy
    Performer:  Van Cliburn
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 66.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 3
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 279722 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Barry Douglas
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian State Symphony Orchestra
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  • 67.
    William Kapell Rediscovered - The Australian Broadcasts
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 68560 Release Date: 05/06/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Thomas Augustine Arne  ... 
    Performer:  William Kapell
    Conductor:  Sir Bernard Heinze
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Victorian Symphony Orchestra
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  • 68.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos No 1 & 2 / Sigfridsson, Et Al
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98259 Release Date: 02/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Henri Sigfridsson
    Conductor:  Stefan Solyom
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart SW German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 69.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 3, Symphonic Dances / Massa, Giorgi
    Label: Genuin Musikproduction   Catalog: 88112 Release Date: 01/01/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Pietro Massa
    Conductor:  Daniele Giorgi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra Bruno Maderna
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  • 70.
    Vladimir Horowitz - The HMV Recordings 1930-1951
    Label: Emi Classics Références   Catalog: 63538 Release Date: 12/26/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
    Conductor:  Albert Coates
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 71.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 3 / Jorge Bolet, Fischer
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 414671 Release Date: 10/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Jorge Bolet
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 72.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos No 2 & 3 / Hough, Litton, Et Al
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67649 Release Date: 10/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Stephen Hough
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra
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  • 73.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos No 1-4, Etc / Anievas, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 00871 Release Date: 10/02/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Agustin Anievas
    Conductor:  Aldo Ceccato,  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos,  Moshe Atzmón
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 74.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos, Etc / Ian Hobson, Et Al
    Label: Zephyr   Catalog: 7 Release Date: 07/17/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Ian Hobson
    Conductor:  Ian Hobson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Varsovia
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  • 75.
    Vladimir Ashkenazy - Personal Collection
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000897102 Release Date: 07/10/2007   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Jean Sibelius,  Alexander Scriabin  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
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