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 Concerto No. 2 & Etudes-tableaux / Giltburg, Prieto, RSNO
Release Date: 09/08/2017   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8573629   Number of Discs: 1
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Sibelius & Rachmaninov: Songs / Imbrailo, Hogarth
Release Date: 05/25/2018   Label: Linn Records  
Catalog: 482   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: Etudes-tableaux & Moments musicaux / Giltburg
Release Date: 05/13/2016   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8573469   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin; Rachmaninov, Cello Sonatas / Lastrapes, Carroll
Release Date: 03/13/2012   Label: Centaur Records  
Catalog: 3196   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: Symphony No 1, Isle Of The Dead / Slatkin, Detroit
Release Date: 09/24/2013   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8573234   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18

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    Esa-Pekka Salonen: The Complete Sony Recordings
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88985471842 Release Date: 05/04/2018   Number of Discs: 61
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    Russian Piano Concertos / Various
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95520 Release Date: 04/27/2018   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Sergei Lyapunov,  Anton Rubinstein,  Nikolai Medtner,  Mily Balakirev  ... 
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    Mozart & Rachmaninoff: Piano Concertos / Ciccolini, Nezet-Seguin, London Philharmonic
    Label: Lpo   Catalog: 102 Release Date: 03/02/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini
    Conductor:  Yannick Nézet-Séguin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Rachmaninov & Prokofiev: Piano Concertos / Matsuev, Gergiev, Mariinsky Orchestra
    Label: Mariinsky   Catalog: 599 Release Date: 02/02/2018  
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Denis Matsuev
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mariinsky Orchestra
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    The Sound of Herbert von Karajan
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 566686 Release Date: 02/02/2018   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Ravel,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg
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    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Paris Orchestra
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    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3 / Sudbin, Oramo, BBC Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2338 Release Date: 01/12/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Yevgeny Sudbin
    Conductor:  Sakari Oramo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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    Decca Sound: The Piano Edition
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4832243 Release Date: 11/17/2017   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt,  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Julius Katchen,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  André Previn  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Bernard Haitink,  André Previn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Boston Symphony Orchestra: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4797718 Release Date: 10/20/2017   Number of Discs: 57
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Ravel,  Alexander Scriabin,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Zukofsky,  Christoph Eschenbach,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Teresa Berganza  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Michael Tilson Thomas,  William Steinberg,  Rafael Kubelik  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Chamber Players
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    Rachmaninov Edition / Biret, Wit, Polish National Radio Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501065 Release Date: 10/13/2017   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Idil Biret
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 & Etudes-tableaux / Giltburg, Prieto, RSNO
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573629 Release Date: 09/08/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Fritz Kreisler,  Franz Behr
    Performer:  Boris Giltburg
    Conductor:  Carlos Miguel Prieto
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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    Anthology of Russian and Soviet Symphonic Music, Vol. 2 / Svetlanov, USSR State Academic Symphony
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: MELCD1002481 Release Date: 09/01/2017   Number of Discs: 56
    Composer:  Alexander Glazunov,  Alexander Scriabin,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Nikolay Myaskovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Ludmila Avdeyeva,  Anton Grigoriev,  Alexei Nasedkin  ... 
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    Rachmanoniv: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Richter, Wislocki, Warsaw National Philharmonic [Vinyl]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4797722 Release Date: 09/01/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
    Conductor:  Stanislaw Wislocki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Mathieu: Concerto de Quebec - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Sylvestre
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 22763 Release Date: 08/25/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  André Mathieu,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Jean-Philippe Sylvestre
    Conductor:  Alain Trudel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre Métropolitain
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    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 & Paganini Rhapsody / Vinnitskaya, Urbanski, NDR Elbphilharmonie
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 275 Release Date: 08/25/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Anna Vinnitskaya
    Conductor:  Krzysztof Urbanski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra
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    Ashkenazy: Complete Concerto Recordings / Various
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4831752 Release Date: 08/04/2017   Number of Discs: 48
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Keith Puddy,  Fou Ts'ong,  Daniel Barenboim  ... 
    Conductor:  Anatole Fistoulari,  Lorin Maazel,  Kiril Kondrashin,  David Zinman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 & 3 Etudes-Tableaux / Kondrashin, Ashkenazy, Moscow Philharmonic [Vinyl]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4832251 Release Date: 08/04/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Andre Cluytens: The Complete Orchestral & Concerto Recordings
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 562261 Release Date: 06/16/2017   Number of Discs: 65
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Richard Strauss,  Raoul Laparra,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Monique de la Bruchollerie,  Marcelle Meyer,  Zino Francescatti,  Jeanne-Marie Darré  ... 
    Conductor:  André Cluytens
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire,  Le Grand Orchestre Symphonique Columbia,  Orchestre du Theatre National de l'Opera-Comique  ... 
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  • 18.
    Arthur Rubinstein plays Great Piano Concertos
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88883737172 Release Date: 05/12/2017   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim,  Erich Leinsdorf,  Eugene Ormandy,  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski  ... 
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    Rachmaninov: The 4 Piano Concertos & The 3 Symphonies / Lugansky, Previn
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 559984 Release Date: 03/24/2017   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky,  Alexander Kniazev
    Conductor:  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Tatiana Nikolayeva: Prague Recordings
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 4216 Release Date: 02/24/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Tatiana Nikolayeva
    Conductor:  Konstantin Ivanov
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    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 / Zimerman, Ozawa, Boston Symphony [Vinyl]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4796868 Release Date: 02/03/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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    Tharaud plays Rachmaninov
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 557829 Release Date: 10/21/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Alexandre Tharaud,  Sabine Devieilhe,  Alexander Melnikov,  Aleksandar Madzar
    Conductor:  Alexander Vedernikov
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    Evgeny Kissin: The Complete RCA & Sony Classical Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 5033827 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
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    Julius Katchen: The Complete Decca Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002543002 Release Date: 09/30/2016   Number of Discs: 35
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    Simon Rattle & His Soloists: The CBSO Years
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 555058 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Franz Liszt,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
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