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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 3, Symphonic Dances / Slatkin, Detroit
Release Date: 04/30/2013   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8573051   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: Symphony No 2, Vocalise / Slatkin, Detroit Symphony
Release Date: 01/26/2010   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8572458   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: Symphony No 1, Isle Of The Dead / Slatkin, Detroit
Release Date: 09/24/2013   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8573234   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: Corelli Variations, Piano Transcriptions / Olga Kern
Release Date: 05/11/2004   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 907336   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43

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    Eva Knardahl - Great Norwegian Performers 1945-2000, Vol 2
    Label: Simax   Catalog: 1831 Release Date: 07/21/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christian Sinding,  Halfdan Kjerulf,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
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    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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    Melodie D'amore - Liszt, Debussy, Labeniz, Etc / Chiaro
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2906 Release Date: 01/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Jacques Offenbach,  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Franz Schubert  ... 
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  • 54.
    100 Best Relaxing Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 15606 Release Date: 01/15/2008   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Pachelbel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Andrei Gavrilov,  Europa Galante,  Fabio Biondi  ... 
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  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos No 1-4, Etc / Anievas, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 00871 Release Date: 10/02/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Agustin Anievas
    Conductor:  Aldo Ceccato,  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos,  Moshe Atzmón
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 58.
    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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  • 59.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos, Etc / Ian Hobson, Et Al
    Label: Zephyr   Catalog: 7 Release Date: 07/17/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Ian Hobson
    Conductor:  Ian Hobson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Varsovia
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  • 60.
    The Russian Piano Tradition - Richter, Zak, Oborin
    Label: Apr (Appian)   Catalog: 6005 Release Date: 06/12/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Yakov Zak,  Lev Oborin,  Sviatoslav Richter
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin,  Konstantin Ivanov,  Alexander Gauk,  Kurt Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra,  USSR State Symphony Orchestra,  USSR Radio/TV Large Symphony Orchestra
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  • 61.
    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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  • 62.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2; Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini
    Label: Naxos Historical   Catalog: 913854 Release Date: 02/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  William Kapell
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  • 63.
    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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  • 64.
    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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    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos No 1-4 / Mistchuk, Et Al
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 797600 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Vladimir Mishtchuk,  Andrei Pisarev,  Peter Dmitriev
    Conductor:  Samuel Friedmann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
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  • 66.
    Label: Spj Music   Catalog: 95802 Release Date: 06/06/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
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  • 67.
    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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  • 68.
    Label: Spj Music   Catalog: 95803 Release Date: 06/06/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  George Frideric Handel,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
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  • 69.
    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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  • 70.
    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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  • 71.
    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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  • 72.
    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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  • 73.
    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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  • 74.
    Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No 3; Rachmaninov: Rhapsody / Byron Janis
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 10199 Release Date: 01/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Julius Katchen,  Byron Janis
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  • 75.
    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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