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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: 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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Rachmaninov: The Piano Trios / Borodin Trio
Release Date: 09/30/1992   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 8341   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: The Isle Of The Dead,
Release Date: 06/24/2008   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10475   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: Symphony No 2, The Rock / Noseda, BBC PO
Release Date: 03/30/2010   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10589   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: Aleko / Noseda, Murzaev, Akimov, BBC Philharmonic
Release Date: 04/27/2010   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10583   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18

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  • 101.
    Simon Barere - Live Recordings At Carnegie Hall Vol 5 - 1929
    Label: Apr (Appian)   Catalog: 5625 Release Date: 11/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Simon Barere
    Conductor:  Antonia Brico
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 102.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 / Andsnes, Et Al
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 74813 Release Date: 10/04/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 103.
    Mozart, Schumann, Liszt, Schubert, Rachmaninoff, Etc / Würtz
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 92614 Release Date: 09/27/2005   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Klára Würtz
    Conductor:  Vladimir Sirenko,  Arie Van Beek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra,  Northwest German Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 104.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos No 2 & 4 / Lugansky, Et Al
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 61946 Release Date: 05/10/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky
    Conductor:  Sakari Oramo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
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  • 105.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2, Etc / Lang Lang, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000427836 Release Date: 04/12/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Lang Lang
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra
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  • 106.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2, Etc / Lang Lang, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000390202 Release Date: 02/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Lang Lang
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra
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  • 107.
    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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  • 108.
    Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No 1, Etc / Van Cliburn, Et Al
    Label: Rca Victor Living Stereo   Catalog: 61392 Release Date: 09/14/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Van Cliburn
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin,  Fritz Reiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 109.
    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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  • 110.
    Klára Würtz Plays Romantic Piano Music
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 92122 Release Date: 05/25/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Klára Würtz
    Conductor:  Vladimir Sirenko,  Arie Van Beek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra,  Northwest German Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 111.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos no 1 & 2 / Zimerman, Ozawa
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000185802 Release Date: 02/10/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 112.
    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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  • 113.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2, Rhapsody On Paganini  / Ashkenazy, Previn, Lso
    Label: Universal   Catalog: 000055202 Release Date: 06/10/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Conductor:  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 114.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2, Etc / Haas, Inbal, Et Al
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186114 Release Date: 05/27/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Werner Haas
    Conductor:  Eliahu Inbal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 115.
    Rachmaninoff's Greatest Hits
    Label: Cbs Composers'greatest Hits   Catalog: 39437 Release Date: 05/15/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Gary Graffman,  Philippe Entremont
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 116.
    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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  • 117.
    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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  • 118.
    Rachmaninov: Orchestral Works / 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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  • 119.
    Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky: Piano Concertos / Sultanov, Et Al
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 40835 Release Date: 09/17/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Alexei Sultanov
    Conductor:  Maxim Shostakovich
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 120.
    Grieg, Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos / Gyorgy Cziffra
    Label: Emi Classics Encore   Catalog: 74732 Release Date: 08/13/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  György Cziffra
    Conductor:  György Cziffra Jr.
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Budapest Symphony Orchestra
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  • 121.
    Essential Rachmaninoff - 15 Of His Greatest Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470457 Release Date: 01/15/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Fritz Kreisler
    Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber,  John Lenehan,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Rafael Orozco  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Nikolai Korniev,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Edo de Waart  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  St. Petersburg Chamber Choir,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 122.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2, Études Tableux / Grimaud
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 84376 Release Date: 05/15/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Hélčne Grimaud
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia London
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  • 123.
    Eloquence - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2 & 4 / Ashkenazy
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 1153917 Release Date: 04/10/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  André Previn,  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Conductor:  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 124.
    Rachmaninov, Rubinstein: Piano Concertos /Shilovskaya, Et Al
    Label: Amadis   Catalog: 7150 Release Date: 10/07/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Anton Rubinstein
    Performer:  Svetlana Navasardyan,  Larisa Shilovskaya
    Conductor:  Gennady Provatorov,  Alexander Anissimov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
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  • 125.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Music / Idil Biret
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501005 Release Date: 08/15/2000   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  John Stafford Smith,  Franz Behr,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Idil Biret
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice
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