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: Symphony No. 1 - Balakirev: Tamara / Gergiev, London Symphony
Release Date: 09/09/2016   Label: Lso Live  
Catalog: 0784   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: Troika
Release Date: 09/30/2016   Label: Bel Air Classiques  
Catalog: 133   Number of Discs: 2
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Rachmaninov: Francesca Da Rimini / Noseda, Et Al
Release Date: 12/04/2007   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10442   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: Aleko / Raichev, Gyuselev, Kurshumov
Release Date: 12/23/1997   Label: Capriccio Records  
Catalog: 10782   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: Aleko / Noseda, Murzaev, Akimov, BBC Philharmonic
Release Date: 04/27/2010   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10583   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18

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  • 76.
    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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  • 77.
    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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  • 78.
    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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  • 79.
    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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  • 80.
    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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  • 81.
    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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  • 82.
    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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  • 83.
    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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  • 84.
    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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  • 85.
    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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  • 86.
    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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  • 87.
    Basics 25-cd Boxset
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 186002 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Georges Bizet,  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
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  • 88.
    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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  • 89.
    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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  • 90.
    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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  • 91.
    Ultimate Piano Concertos - The Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001079202 Release Date: 03/11/2008   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Edvard Grieg,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Viktoria Postnikova,  Cristina Ortiz,  Jorge Bolet,  Clifford Curzon  ... 
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky,  Moshe Atzmón,  Riccardo Chailly,  Hans Knappertsbusch  ... 
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  • 92.
    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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  • 93.
    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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  • 94.
    Benno Moiseiwitsch Plays Delius And Rachmaninov
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 2326 Release Date: 12/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frederick Delius,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Benno Moiseiwitsch
    Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  Hugo Rignold
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 95.
    Addinsell: Warsaw Concerto;  Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto 2
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 414348 Release Date: 10/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Addinsell,  Louis Moreau Gottschalk,  Henry Charles Litolff,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Cristina Ortiz
    Conductor:  Moshe Atzmón
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 96.
    Basics - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2, Etc / Rosel
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 8558 Release Date: 10/23/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Peter Rösel
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra
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  • 97.
    Evgeny Kissin- A Musical Portrait
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 60567 Release Date: 10/12/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Evgeni Kissin
    Conductor:  Vladimir Spivakov,  Valery Gergiev,  Andrey Chistiakov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 98.
    Eugene List - The Great Piano Concertos - Grieg, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Mozart
    Label: Vox Box Legends   Catalog: 3504 Release Date: 10/09/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Franz Liszt,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Eugene List
    Conductor:  Matthias Kuntsch,  Zlatko Topolski,  Siegfried Landau
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra,  Vienna Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 99.
    Classical Collection
    Label: Jim Hendricks   Catalog: 5637342720 Release Date: 08/21/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Jim Hendricks
    Conductor:  Brett Mitchell
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  • 100.
    Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto 2, Rhapsody On Paganini / Fowke
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 9509 Release Date: 08/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Philip Fowke
    Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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