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
Mussorgsky, Rachmaninov & Makris: Orchestral Works / Gosta, London Symphony
Release Date: 06/24/2016   Label: Edition Lilac  
Catalog: 160305   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18

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  • 126.
    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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  • 127.
    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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  • 128.
    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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  • 129.
    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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  • 130.
    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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  • 131.
    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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  • 132.
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: 104 Release Date: 02/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Walter Gieseking
    Conductor:  Willem Mengelberg
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  • 133.
    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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  • 134.
    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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  • 135.
    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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  • 136.
    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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  • 137.
    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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  • 138.
    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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  • 139.
    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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  • 140.
    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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  • 141.
    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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  • 142.
    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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  • 143.
    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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  • 144.
    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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  • 145.
    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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  • 146.
    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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  • 147.
    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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  • 148.
    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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  • 149.
    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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  • 150.
    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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