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: All-Night Vigil (Vespers) / Halsey, London Symphony Chorus
Release Date: 06/10/2016   Label: Lso Live  
Catalog: 781   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 3; Balakirev: Russia / Gergiev, London Symphony
Release Date: 09/11/2015   Label: Lso Live  
Catalog: 779   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: Songs / Julia & Elena Sukmanova
Release Date: 06/10/2016   Label: Hänssler Classic  
Catalog: 16024   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No 1, Etc / Martin Cousin
Release Date: 05/30/2006   Label: Somm  
Catalog: 48   Number of Discs: 1
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Music Of Strauss And Rachmaninov / Lazaridis, Zhislin, Et Al
Release Date: 06/06/2006   Label: Somm  
Catalog: 46   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18

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  • 126.
    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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  • 127.
    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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  • 128.
    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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  • 129.
    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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  • 130.
    Rubinstein Collection Vol 35 - Rachmaninoff / Reiner
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63035 Release Date: 08/08/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 131.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2, Rhapsody / Rösel, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 3205 Release Date: 05/23/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Peter Rösel
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra
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  • 132.
    Pure Passion / José Carreras
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 27305 Release Date: 10/19/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Paul McCartney,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Roderick Elms,  José Carreras,  Dave Hartley
    Conductor:  Simon Lee
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capital Voices,  London Musicians Orchestra
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  • 133.
    Manchester Music Festival - Rachmaninov, Dvorák: Concertos
    Label: Eroica Classical Recordings   Catalog: 3024 Release Date: 09/26/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Michael Rudiakov,  Shoshana Rudiakov
    Conductor:  David Gilbert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Manchester Music Festival Orchestra
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  • 134.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 2 & 3 / Ashkenazy, Kondrashin
    Label: London/Decca Legends   Catalog: 466375 Release Date: 09/14/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Conductor:  Anatole Fistoulari,  Kiril Kondrashin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 135.
    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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  • 136.
    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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  • 137.
    Rachmaninov, Schumann: Piano Concertos / Felicja Blumental
    Label: Tuxedo Music   Catalog: 1045 Release Date: 11/01/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Felicja Blumental
    Conductor:  Hans Swarowsky,  Michael Gielen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Pro Musica Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
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  • 138.
    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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  • 139.
    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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  • 140.
    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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  • 141.
    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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  • 142.
    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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  • 143.
    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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  • 144.
    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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  • 145.
    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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  • 146.
    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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  • 147.
    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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  • 148.
    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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  • 149.
    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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  • 150.
    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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