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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: Piano Trios / Moscow Rachmaninov Trio
Release Date: 08/13/2013   Label: Helios  
Catalog: 55431   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: Etudes-tableaux / Howard Shelley
Release Date: 09/13/2011   Label: Helios  
Catalog: 55403   Number of Discs: 1
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Medtner: Sonata Romantica; Skazki; Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No. 2; Corelli Variations
Release Date: 09/09/2014   Label: Hyperion  
Catalog: 67936   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: The Piano Concertos, Etc / Hough, Litton, Et Al
Release Date: 10/12/2004   Label: Hyperion  
Catalog: 67501/2   Number of Discs: 2
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Work: Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30

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  • 76.
    The Great Piano Concertos - Beethoven, Etc / Horowitz
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 4253 Release Date: 01/30/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner,  Arturo Toscanini,  George Szell,  Serge Koussevitzky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,  NBC Symphony Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic  ... 
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  • 77.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 3 / Gelber, Et Al
    Label: Transart Live   Catalog: 127 Release Date: 11/07/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Bruno-Leonardo Gelber
    Conductor:  Isaac Karabtchevsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana
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  • 78.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 3 / Laplante, Lazarev, Et Al
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 23107 Release Date: 10/26/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  André Laplante
    Conductor:  Alexander Lazarev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 79.
    Piano Concertos - Beethoven, Haydn, Etc / Rösel, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 2832 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Robert Schumann,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Rösel
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt,  Kurt Masur,  Kurt Sanderling,  Herbert Kegel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 80.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos No 1-4 / Mistchuk, Et Al
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 797600 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Vladimir Mishtchuk,  Andrei Pisarev,  Peter Dmitriev
    Conductor:  Samuel Friedmann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
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  • 81.
    Label: Gold Classics   Catalog: 5637204319 Release Date: 04/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
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  • 82.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos No 2 & 3 / Berezovsky, Et Al
    Label: Mirare   Catalog: 8 Release Date: 03/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Boris Berezovsky
    Conductor:  Dmitry Liss
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ural State Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 83.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto 3; Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto 2 / Gilels
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 45820 Release Date: 03/07/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Emil Gilels
    Conductor:  André Cluytens
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
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  • 84.
    Gemini - Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos 1-4, Etc / Anievas
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 76948 Release Date: 02/21/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Agustin Anievas
    Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos,  Moshe Atzmón,  Aldo Ceccato
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 85.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 3;  Liszt / Bolet, Et Al
    Label: Palexa   Catalog: 503 Release Date: 02/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Jorge Bolet
    Conductor:  Charles Webb
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Indiana University Symphony Orchestra
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  • 86.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 1-4, Etc / Marshev, Loughran
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 582/83 Release Date: 02/03/2006   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Oleg Marshev
    Conductor:  James Loughran
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
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  • 87.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 1-4, Etc / Shelley, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 24130 Release Date: 01/24/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Howard Shelley
    Conductor:  Bryden Thomson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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  • 88.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 3;  Gershwin / Jardon, Et Al
    Label: Ar Re-se   Catalog: 20013 Release Date: 12/27/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Lydia Jardon
    Conductor:  Jean-Paul Penier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bratislava Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 89.
    Original Masters - Moura Lympany
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4756368 Release Date: 03/01/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Aram Khachaturian
    Performer:  Moura Lympany
    Conductor:  Anthony Collins,  Anatole Fistoulari
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra of London,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 90.
    Walter Gieseking - Piano
    Label: Andante   Catalog: 2090 Release Date: 02/22/2005   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Robert Schumann,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Walter Gieseking
    Conductor:  Hans Rosbaud,  Willem Mengelberg,  Wilhelm Furtwängler,  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra members,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 91.
    The Great Piano Concertos - Rachmaninov, Chopin, Et Al
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 92293 Release Date: 01/25/2005   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Robert Schumann,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Nelson Freire,  Klára Würtz,  Emil Gilels,  Evgeni Kissin  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Plasson,  Arie Van Beek,  Vladimir Sirenko,  Kurt Masur  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra,  Northwest German Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 92.
    Rachmaninov: The Piano Concertos, Etc / Hough, Litton, Et Al
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67501/2 Release Date: 10/12/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Stephen Hough
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra
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  • 93.
    Label: Antes Edition   Catalog: 319203 Release Date: 09/09/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
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  • 94.
    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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  • 95.
    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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  • 96.
    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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  • 97.
    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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  • 98.
    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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  • 99.
    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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  • 100.
    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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