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: Symphony No. 1 - Balakirev: Tamara / Gergiev, London Symphony
Release Date: 09/09/2016   Label: Lso Live  
Catalog: 0784   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: Troika
Release Date: 09/30/2016   Label: Bel Air Classiques  
Catalog: 133   Number of Discs: 2
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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: Aleko / Raichev, Gyuselev, Kurshumov
Release Date: 12/23/1997   Label: Capriccio Records  
Catalog: 10782   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.
    Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto 2, Rhapsody On Paganini / Fowke
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 9509 Release Date: 08/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Philip Fowke
    Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 102.
    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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  • 103.
    The Russian Piano Tradition - Richter, Zak, Oborin
    Label: Apr (Appian)   Catalog: 6005 Release Date: 06/12/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Yakov Zak,  Lev Oborin,  Sviatoslav Richter
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin,  Konstantin Ivanov,  Alexander Gauk,  Kurt Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra,  USSR State Symphony Orchestra,  USSR Radio/TV Large Symphony Orchestra
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  • 104.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos No 1-4 / Nikolai Lugansky
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 63675 Release Date: 03/20/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    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;  Hummel / Blumental, Et Al
    Label: Brana Records   Catalog: 12 Release Date: 01/30/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Nepomuk Hummel,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Felicja Blumental
    Conductor:  Helmuth Froschauer,  Michael Gielen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Chamber Orchestra,  Vienna Musikgesellschaft Orchestra
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  • 106.
    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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  • 107.
    Helene Grimaud - Collected Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 63265 Release Date: 10/17/2006   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Hélčne Grimaud
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Kurt Masur,  David Zinman,  Kurt Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 108.
    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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  • 109.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 2 & 4 / Ashkenazy, Haitink
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000639102 Release Date: 05/16/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 110.
    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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  • 111.
    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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  • 112.
    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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  • 113.
    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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  • 114.
    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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  • 115.
    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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  • 116.
    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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  • 117.
    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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  • 118.
    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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  • 119.
    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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  • 120.
    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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  • 121.
    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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  • 122.
    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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  • 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.
    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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  • 125.
    Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No 2, Etc / Nishikawa, Et Al
    Label: Angelok   Catalog: 9928 Release Date: 06/24/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Junko Nishikawa
    Conductor:  Vakhtang Jordania
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Federation State Symphony Orchestra
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