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
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: Symphony No 2 / Handley, RPO
Release Date: 09/14/2010   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28220   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2 / Ardakov, Gibson
Release Date: 01/10/2011   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 29210   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: The Complete Works [32-CD Set]
Release Date: 09/23/2014   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002145102   Number of Discs: 32
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Stravinsky: Petrushka;  Rachmaninov / Jansons, Et Al
Release Date: 01/10/2006   Label: Rco Live  
Catalog: 5004   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18

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  • 126.
    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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  • 127.
    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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  • 128.
    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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  • 129.
    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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  • 130.
    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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  • 131.
    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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  • 132.
    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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  • 133.
    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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  • 134.
    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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  • 135.
    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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  • 136.
    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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  • 137.
    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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  • 138.
    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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  • 139.
    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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  • 140.
    Rachmaninov: Orchestral Works / Mariss 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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  • 141.
    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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  • 142.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 1-4, Etc / Marshev, Loughran
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 582 Release Date: 09/03/2002   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Oleg Marshev
    Conductor:  James Loughran
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
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  • 143.
    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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  • 144.
    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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  • 145.
    Rubinstein Collection Vol 60 - Grieg, Rachmaninoff
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63060 Release Date: 10/09/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy,  Alfred Wallenstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
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  • 146.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2, Etc / Wordsworth, Margalit
    Label: Black Box   Catalog: 3001 Release Date: 09/11/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Israela Margalit
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 147.
    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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  • 148.
    Eloquence - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2 & 4 / Ashkenazy
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 467453 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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  • 149.
    Rubinstein Collection Vol 15 - Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63015 Release Date: 03/06/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
    Conductor:  Dimitri Mitropoulos,  Vladimir Golschmann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra,  NBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • 150.
    Walter Gieseking In Performance- Rachmaninov: Piano Concerti
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 4250 Release Date: 11/28/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Walter Gieseking
    Conductor:  Willem Mengelberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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