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: The Bells, The Rock / Anissimov, Field, Et Al
Release Date: 09/01/2001   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550805   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov Cello Works / Harriet Krijgh & Magda Amara
Release Date: 11/13/2015   Label: Capriccio Records  
Catalog: 5258   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: Rare Piano Transcriptions / Severus
Release Date: 05/12/2017   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8573468   Number of Discs: 1
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The Best Of Rachmaninov
Release Date: 09/21/1998   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8556682   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2, Paganini Rhapsody / Jandó
Release Date: 06/30/1992   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550117   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18

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  • 126.
    Great Piano Concertos / Clifford Curzon
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 460994 Release Date: 08/02/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Edvard Grieg,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Clifford Curzon
    Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch,  Oivin Fjeldstad,  Sir Adrian Boult,  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 127.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos No 2 & 3 / Ogawa, Hughes
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 900 Release Date: 01/25/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Noriko Ogawa
    Conductor:  Owain Arwel Hughes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
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  • 128.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos 2 & 3 / Glemser, Wit
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550810 Release Date: 09/29/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Bernd Glemser
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 129.
    Rachmaninov: Complete Piano Concertos / Vásáry, Ahronovitch
    Label: Dg Double   Catalog: 453136 Release Date: 07/14/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Tamás Vásáry
    Conductor:  Yuri Ahronovitch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 130.
    Rachmaninov: The Piano Concertos, Etc / Ashkenazy, Previn
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 455234 Release Date: 08/12/1997   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  André Previn
    Conductor:  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 131.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2 / Katchen
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 448604 Release Date: 07/15/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Ernö von Dohnányi
    Performer:  Julius Katchen
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti,  Sir Adrian Boult
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 132.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 2 & 3 / Berezovsky, Duchable
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 18411 Release Date: 06/10/1997   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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  • 133.
    Rakhmaninov: Piano Concertos No 1 & 2 / Lill, Otaka, Bbc
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5511 Release Date: 06/01/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  John Lill
    Conductor:  Tadaaki Otaka
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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  • 134.
    Tchaikovsky / Rachmaninoff: Piano Concertos / Ohlsson, Marriner
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98932 Release Date: 04/22/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 135.
    Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky: Piano Concertos / Richter
    Label: Dg The Originals   Catalog: 447420 Release Date: 02/13/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
    Conductor:  Stanislaw Wislocki,  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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  • 136.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 1-4 / Ashkenazy, Previn
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 444839 Release Date: 02/13/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Conductor:  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 137.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2, Paganini Rhapsody / Thibaudet, Ashkenazy
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 440653 Release Date: 10/11/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 138.
    Rachmaninoff Plays Rachmaninoff - The 4 Piano Concertos, Etc
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 61658 Release Date: 08/16/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski,  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 139.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos No 2 & 3 / Shelley, Thomson
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9193 Release Date: 07/26/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Howard Shelley
    Conductor:  Bryden Thomson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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  • 140.
    Rachmaninoff: Concerto No 2;  Beethoven / Van Cliburn
    Label: Rca Victor Living Stereo   Catalog: 61961 Release Date: 03/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Van Cliburn
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 141.
    The Best Of Rachmaninoff
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 438383 Release Date: 10/12/1993   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Fritz Kreisler,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Rafael Orozco,  Zoltán Kocsis
    Conductor:  Edo de Waart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 142.
    Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No 2 / Kissin, Gergiev
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 57982 Release Date: 08/10/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Evgeny Kissin
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 143.
    Tchaikovsky: Concerto No 1, Rachmaninov: Concerto No 2 / Cliburn
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 55912 Release Date: 01/12/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Van Cliburn
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner,  Kiril Kondrashin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
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  • 144.
    Rachmaninoff: Works For Piano And Orchestra / Simon, Slatkin
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 5008 Release Date: 11/04/1992   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Abbey Simon
    Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
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  • 145.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2, Paganini Rhapsody / Jandó
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550117 Release Date: 06/30/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó
    Conductor:  György Lehel,  Gyula Németh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Symphony Orchestra
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  • 146.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos No 2 & 3, Etc / Janis, Dorati
    Label: Mercury Living Presence   Catalog: 432759 Release Date: 11/08/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Byron Janis
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
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  • 147.
    Classics - Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No 2 / Gutierrez
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80259 Release Date: 10/15/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Horacio Gutierrez
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
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  • 148.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2, Etc / Graffman, Bernstein
    Label: Cbs Great Performances   Catalog: 36722 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Gary Graffman
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 149.
    Rachmaninov: The Four Piano Concertos / Ashkenazy, Haitink
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 421590 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 150.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 2 & 4 / Ashkenazy, Haitink
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 414475 Release Date: 02/10/1986   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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