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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Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos No 1-4, Rhapsody / Wild, Et Al
Release Date: 06/24/2003   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10078   Number of Discs: 2
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Rachmaninov: Transcriptions For Orchestra / Järvi, Detroit
Release Date: 03/22/1994   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9261   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: Francesca Da Rimini / Noseda, Et Al
Release Date: 12/04/2007   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10442   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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Work: Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18

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  • 101.
    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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  • 102.
    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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  • 103.
    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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  • 104.
    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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  • 105.
    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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  • 106.
    Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos / Pommier, Et Al
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 82128 Release Date: 01/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Jean-Bernard Pommier
    Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
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  • 107.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 / Andsnes, Et Al
    Label: Emi 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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  • 108.
    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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  • 109.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2, Symphonic Dances / De Larrocha, Dutoit
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4767701 Release Date: 08/15/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 110.
    Original Masters - Clifford Curzon Vol 3
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000490902 Release Date: 08/09/2005   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Clifford Curzon,  Martin Lovett,  Peter Schidlof,  Norbert Brainin
    Conductor:  Sir Henry Wood,  Boyd Neel,  Enrique Jorda,  Sir Georg Solti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Queen's Hall Orchestra,  Amadeus String Quartet members,  National Symphony, Washington, D. C.  ... 
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  • 111.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2;  Chopin / Brailowsky
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 4229 Release Date: 05/31/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky
    Conductor:  Enrique Jorda
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
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  • 112.
    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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  • 113.
    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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  • 114.
    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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  • 115.
    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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  • 116.
    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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  • 117.
    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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  • 118.
    Degaetano Plays Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto No 2, Etc
    Label: Crystonyx   Catalog: 1005 Release Date: 10/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Robert DeGaetano
    Conductor:  Kirk Trevor
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 119.
    Original Masters - Hans Rosbaud
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000303102 Release Date: 09/14/2004   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Wolfgang Schneiderhan,  Robert Casadesus
    Conductor:  Hans Rosbaud
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 120.
    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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  • 121.
    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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  • 122.
    Gemini - Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos / Ricardo Muti, Et Al
    Label: Emi 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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  • 123.
    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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  • 124.
    Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos / Alexis Weissenberg
    Label: Emi Classics Encore   Catalog: 85705 Release Date: 05/04/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestre de Paris
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  • 125.
    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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