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: Piano Concerto No 2; Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade / Matsuev, Temirkanov
Release Date: 08/26/2014   Label: Euroarts  
Catalog: 75068   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: Symphony No 2 / Handley, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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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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 / Cura, Sinfonia Varsovia
Release Date: 12/09/2003   Label: Avie  
Catalog: 22   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18

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  • 51.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2 / Ardakov, Gibson
    Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks   Catalog: 29210 Release Date: 01/10/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Alexander Ardakov
    Conductor:  Sir Alexander Gibson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 52.
    Zubin Mehta & The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra - Live Recordings 1963-2006 [12-CD Set]
    Label: Helicon   Catalog: 9625 Release Date: 12/07/2010   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Radu Lupu,  Arie Vardi,  Yefim Bronfman,  Alicia De Larrocha  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Prague Philharmonic Choir,  Scottish National Chorus  ... 
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  • 53.
    Byron Janis: The Legendary Concerto Recordings
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 6591822 Release Date: 06/01/2010   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Robert Schumann,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Byron Janis
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti,  Kiril Kondrashin,  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Herbert Menges
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 54.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 2 & 3 / Trpceski, Petrenko
    Label: Avie   Catalog: 2192 Release Date: 03/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Simon Trpceski
    Conductor:  Vasily Petrenko
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 55.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 2 & 3 / Soerjadi, Martinez
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 464602 Release Date: 02/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Wibi Soerjadi
    Conductor:  Miguel Gómez-Martinez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 56.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 / De Waart, Kocsis
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 412881 Release Date: 01/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis
    Conductor:  Edo De Waart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
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    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 2 & 4 / Vasary, Ahronovich, Lso
    Label: Dg Galleria   Catalog: 419061 Release Date: 12/17/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Tamás Vásáry
    Conductor:  Yuri Ahronovitch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 58.
    Piano Masterworks - The World's Favourite Piano Classics - Bach, Debussy, Etc / Argerich, Arrau, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: B001206502 Release Date: 12/16/2009   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Andrei Gavrilov,  Friedrich Gulda,  Wilhelm Kempff  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  Eliahu Inbal,  Horst Stein,  Zubin Mehta  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 59.
    A Russian Night / Grimaud, Abbado
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001346909 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Hélčne Grimaud
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucerne Festival Orchestra
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  • 60.
    111 Years Of Deutsche Grammophon [55-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001341002 Release Date: 10/20/2009   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Franz Schubert,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman,  Fritz Wunderlich,  Hubert Giesen,  Helmut Walcha  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Daniele Callegari,  Herbert von Karajan,  Karl Richter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan,  Verdi Chorus Milan  ... 
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  • 61.
    Simon Rattle - Russian Music
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 97597 Release Date: 10/20/2009   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Cécile Ousset,  Felix Kok,  Andrei Gavrilov,  Karita Mattila  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
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  • 62.
    Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky: Piano Concertos [hybrid Sacd]
    Label: Gramola   Catalog: 98796 Release Date: 09/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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  • 63.
    Rachmaninov: Symphony 2, Piano Concerto 2 / Pennario
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 69029 Release Date: 08/05/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Leonard Pennario
    Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf,  Alfred Wallenstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 64.
    Rachmaninov Goes To Hollywood
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 457132 Release Date: 06/19/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Lazar Berman,  Tamás Vásáry
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  Yuri Ahronovitch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 65.
    Sviatoslav Richter - Pianist Of The Century
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4778122 Release Date: 06/09/2009   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling,  Stanislaw Wislocki,  Witold Rowicki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wiener Symphoniker,  Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 66.
    Rachmaninov Plays Rachmaninov
    Label: Membran International Gmbh   Catalog: 2232676 Release Date: 05/01/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 67.
    The Helene Grimaud Collection
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 4691489 Release Date: 04/06/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Hélčne Grimaud
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Kurt Sanderling,  David Zinman,  Kurt Masur
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  • 68.
    Geza Anda Plays Chopin, Rachmaninov, Schumann, Brahms / Bour, Rosbaud, Et Al
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 94208 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Robert Schumann,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Géza Anda
    Conductor:  Ernest Bour,  Hans Rosbaud
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baden-Baden Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 69.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2, Moments Musicaux / Lazic, Petrenko, London Po
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 26308 Release Date: 12/09/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Dejan Lazic
    Conductor:  Kirill Petrenko
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 70.
    20th-century Masterpieces - 100 Years Of Classical Music
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 17500 Release Date: 11/24/2008   Number of Discs: 16
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Claude Debussy,  Frederick Delius,  Gustav Mahler  ... 
    Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes,  Christa Ludwig,  Martha Argerich,  Sarah Chang  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Otto Klemperer  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
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  • 71.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 1-4 / Rosel, Sanderling
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 13422 Release Date: 10/27/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Peter Rösel
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra
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  • 72.
    Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2; Schumann: Piano Concerto
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 958771 Release Date: 10/21/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Klára Würtz
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  • 73.
    Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No 1, Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2 / Richter, Mravinsky, Sanderling
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1000993 Release Date: 10/20/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Mravinsky,  Kurt Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academic Symphony Orchestra Leningrad
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  • 74.
    Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No 1;  Rachmaninov: Concerto 2
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 421181 Release Date: 09/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Jorge Bolet
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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  • 75.
    Rachmaninoff & Tchaikovsky : Piano Concertos / Blumental
    Label: Vox Allegretto   Catalog: 8020 Release Date: 09/18/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Felicja Blumental
    Conductor:  Michael Gielen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Musikgesellschaft Orchestra
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