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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Rachmaninov: The Isle Of The Dead,
Release Date: 06/24/2008   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10475   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: Symphony No 2, The Rock / Noseda, BBC PO
Release Date: 03/30/2010   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10589   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: Piano Sonatas / Wang
Release Date: 05/27/2014   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10816   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: Rare Piano Transcriptions / Severus
Release Date: 05/12/2017   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8573468   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43

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  • 51.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos No 1-4 / Nikolai Lugansky
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 63675 Release Date: 03/20/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky
    Conductor:  Sakari Oramo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
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  • 52.
    Romantic Rhapsodies / Alain Lefčvre
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 29277 Release Date: 10/31/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  André Mathieu
    Performer:  Alain Lefčvre,  Robert Crowley
    Conductor:  Matthias Bamert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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  • 53.
    Piano Concertos - Beethoven, Haydn, Etc / Rösel, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 2832 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Robert Schumann,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Rösel
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt,  Kurt Masur,  Kurt Sanderling,  Herbert Kegel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 54.
    Rachmaninov, Respighi, Casella / Pierce, Nanut, Et Al
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1176 Release Date: 06/06/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfredo Casella,  Ottorino Respighi,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Joshua Pierce,  Anton Nanut,  Stane Demsar
    Conductor:  Anton Nanut
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RTV Slovenia Orchestra
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  • 55.
    Legendary Treasures - Monique De La Bruchollerie Vol 1
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7842 Release Date: 05/23/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  César Franck,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Domenico Scarlatti  ... 
    Performer:  Monique de la Bruchollerie
    Conductor:  Jonel Perlea,  János Ferencsik,  Bernhard Paumgartner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Colonne Concerts Orchestra,  Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra,  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica
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  • 56.
    The Virtuoso Pianolist - Stravinsky: Les Noces; Etc / Lawson
    Label: Other Minds Records   Catalog: 1001 Release Date: 04/11/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Witold Lutoslawski,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Rex Lawson
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  • 57.
    Gemini - Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos 1-4, Etc / Anievas
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 76948 Release Date: 02/21/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Agustin Anievas
    Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos,  Moshe Atzmón,  Aldo Ceccato
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 58.
    Weekend Classics - A Rachmaninoff Weekend
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000583502 Release Date: 02/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Tamás Vásáry,  Lazar Berman,  Mischa Maisky,  Pavel Gililov
    Conductor:  Yuri Ahronovitch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 59.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 1-4, Etc / Marshev, Loughran
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 582/83 Release Date: 02/03/2006   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Oleg Marshev
    Conductor:  James Loughran
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
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  • 60.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 1-4, Etc / Shelley, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 24130 Release Date: 01/24/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Howard Shelley
    Conductor:  Bryden Thomson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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  • 61.
    Surround Yourself With Rachmaninov / Otaka, Lill
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 9003 Release Date: 05/10/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  John Lill
    Conductor:  Tadaaki Otaka
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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  • 62.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2, Etc / Lang Lang, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000427836 Release Date: 04/12/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Lang Lang
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra
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  • 63.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2, Etc / Lang Lang, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000390202 Release Date: 02/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Lang Lang
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra
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  • 64.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Variations, Etc / Lugansky, Et Al
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 60613 Release Date: 10/12/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky
    Conductor:  Sakari Oramo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
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  • 65.
    Rachmaninov: The Piano Concertos, Etc / Hough, Litton, Et Al
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67501/2 Release Date: 10/12/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Stephen Hough
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra
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  • 66.
    Gemini - Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos / Ricardo Muti, Et Al
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 85779 Release Date: 08/10/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Andrei Gavrilov
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 67.
    Arthur Rubinstein Plays
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4275 Release Date: 05/25/2004  
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
    Conductor:  Alfred Wallenstein
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  • 68.
    Producers' Showcase - Festival Of Music Volume 2
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4245 Release Date: 10/14/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Various  ... 
    Performer:  Andrés Segovia,  Boris Christoff,  Artur Rubinstein,  Marian Anderson  ... 
    Conductor:  Alfred Wallenstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Showcase Symphony Orchestra
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  • 69.
    Rachmaninov / Degoumois, Vlaiculescu, Bulgarian Radio So
    Label: Gega New   Catalog: 84 Release Date: 06/24/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Roland Degoumois
    Conductor:  George Vlaiculescu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 70.
    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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  • 71.
    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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  • 72.
    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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  • 73.
    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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  • 74.
    Rachmaninov: Orchestral Works / 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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  • 75.
    A Bride's Guide To Wedding Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8503134 Release Date: 02/19/2002   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Sir William Walton,  Théodore Dubois,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
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