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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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  • 76.
    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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  • 77.
    Maksim - (The) Piano Player
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57522 Release Date: 03/01/2005  
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Edvard Grieg,  Ernest Gold,  Tonci Huljic  ... 
    Performer:  Maksim
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  • 78.
    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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  • 79.
    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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  • 80.
    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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  • 81.
    Degaetano Plays Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto No 2, Etc
    Label: Crystonyx   Catalog: 1005 Release Date: 10/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Robert DeGaetano
    Conductor:  Kirk Trevor
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 82.
    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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  • 83.
    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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  • 84.
    Vladimir Ashkenazy - Great Piano Concertos
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 473601 Release Date: 10/14/2003   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt,  István Kertész  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 85.
    Original Masters - Ferenc Fricsay - A Life In Music
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000085402 Release Date: 08/12/2003   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Gustav Mahler  ... 
    Performer:  Maureen Forrester,  Rudolf Schulz,  Margrit Weber,  Ernst Haefliger  ... 
    Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 86.
    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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  • 87.
    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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  • 88.
    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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  • 89.
    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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  • 90.
    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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  • 91.
    Rachmaninov: Orchestral Works / Mariss 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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  • 92.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 1-4, Etc / Marshev, Loughran
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 582 Release Date: 09/03/2002   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Oleg Marshev
    Conductor:  James Loughran
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
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  • 93.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos No 1 & 4 / Entremont, Ormandy
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 89962 Release Date: 08/06/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Philippe Entremont
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 94.
    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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  • 95.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 1, Paganini Rhapsody / Pletnev
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 61976 Release Date: 01/29/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev
    Conductor:  Libor Pesek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 96.
    101 Great Orchestral Classics
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550001 Release Date: 01/25/2002   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Erik Satie,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
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  • 97.
    Essential Rachmaninoff - 15 Of His Greatest Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470457 Release Date: 01/15/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Fritz Kreisler
    Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber,  John Lenehan,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Rafael Orozco  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Nikolai Korniev,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Edo De Waart  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  St. Petersburg Chamber Choir,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 98.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 3, Etc / Nakamatsu
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 907286 Release Date: 09/11/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Jon Nakamatsu
    Conductor:  Christopher Seaman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 99.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 3, Rhapsody / Pennario, Et Al
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 74522 Release Date: 08/14/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Leonard Pennario
    Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf,  Walter Susskind
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 100.
    Rachmaninov: Great Works For Solo Piano / John Lill
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1736 Release Date: 04/03/2001   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  John Lill
    Conductor:  Tadaaki Otaka
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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