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 / Bruffy
Release Date: 03/10/2015   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 5148   Number of Discs: 1
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Yevgeny Sudbin plays Medtner & Rachmaninov
Release Date: 02/12/2016   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1848   Number of Discs: 1
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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker Suite;  Rachmaninov / Argerich
Release Date: 11/04/2008   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 410616   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: Songs / Sergei Leiferkus, Howard Shelley
Release Date: 08/22/1995   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9374   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: The Piano Trios / Borodin Trio
Release Date: 09/30/1992   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 8341   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 Edition: Complete Works
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9071 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 28
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Performer:  Earl Wild,  Olga Lutsiv-Ternovskaya,  Leonid Bomstein,  Viacheslav Pochapsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Jascha Horenstein,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky,  Leonard Slatkin,  Valeri Polyanskii  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 52.
    Piano Concertos - Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Liszt
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94095 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Alfred Brendel,  Karin Lechner,  Paolo Giacometti,  Nelson Freire  ... 
    Conductor:  Willfried Boettcher,  Heinz Wallberg,  Eduardo Marturet,  Arie Van Beek  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    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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  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    Simon Rattle - Russian Music
    Label: Warner 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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  • 58.
    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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  • 59.
    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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  • 60.
    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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  • 61.
    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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  • 62.
    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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  • 63.
    20th-Century Masterpieces - 100 Years of Classical Music
    Label: Warner 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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  • 64.
    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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  • 65.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2, Rhapsody / Ousset, Rattle
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 47223 Release Date: 10/15/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Cécile Ousset
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
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  • 66.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2;  Tchaikovsky: Symphony 4
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 54003 Release Date: 10/02/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Andrei Gavrilov
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 67.
    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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  • 68.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 2 & 3 / Zilberstein, Abbado
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 439930 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Lilya Zilberstein
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 69.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos No 2 & 3, Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Piano Sonata No 2, Etc
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80737 Release Date: 08/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
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  • 70.
    Van Cliburn In Moscow Vol 3 - Rachmaninov
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4454 Release Date: 08/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Vasily Solov'yov-Sedoy
    Performer:  Van Cliburn
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 71.
    Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos / Hiroko Nakamura
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 48030 Release Date: 06/19/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Hiroko Nakamura
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Academy Symphony Orchestra
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  • 72.
    Karajan In Concert
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001099209 Release Date: 05/13/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 73.
    Karajan - Complete Emi Recordings 1946-84 Vol 1 - Orchestral Works
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 12038 Release Date: 04/01/2008   Number of Discs: 88
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss,  E. Nikolaus von Reznicek,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Karl Leister,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Ernst Haefliger,  Anne-Sophie Mutter  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
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  • 74.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos No 1 & 2 / Sigfridsson, Et Al
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98259 Release Date: 02/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Henri Sigfridsson
    Conductor:  Stefan Solyom
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart SW German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 75.
    Rachmaninoff: Concerto No 2;  Tchaikovsky / Pennario, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67315 Release Date: 12/26/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Leonard Pennario
    Conductor:  Vladimir Golschmann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
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