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: Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36

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  • 26.
    Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Prokofiev
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 735 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Alexander Scriabin,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Konrad Skolarski
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  • 27.
    Ashkenazy - 50 Years on Decca
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001820202 Release Date: 04/02/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Robert Schumann,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Boris Belkin,  Daniel Barenboim,  Fou Ts'ong  ... 
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Lorin Maazel,  Uri Segal  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Wind Soloists  ... 
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  • 28.
    Rachmaninoff: Sonata No. 2, Op. 36 (First Version)
    Label: Arts Music   Catalog: 47761 Release Date: 03/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Alessandro Mazzamuto
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  • 29.
    Forgotten Melodies / Polina Leschenko
    Label: Avanti Classic   Catalog: 1039 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mischa Levitzki,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Nikolai Medtner
    Performer:  Polina Leschenko
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  • 30.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Sonatas 1 & 2 / Lugansky
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 208 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky
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  • 31.
    Lang Lang - Complete Recordings On Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001697972 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Lang Lang,  Guo-Ren Lang,  Wu Yuxia,  Chen Shasha  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim,  Valery Gergiev,  Long Yu,  Christoph Eschenbach  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra,  Central Philharmonic Orchestra of China  ... 
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  • 32.
    Irina Georgieva Plays Rachmaninoff
    Label: Gega New   Catalog: 262 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Irina Georgieva
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  • 33.
    Rachmaninoff: Moments Musicaux, Sonata No 2; Kreisler: Liebesfreud & Liebesleid / Rubinova
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: 8553249 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Fritz Kreisler
    Performer:  Evgenia Rubinova
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  • 34.
    First Choice: Chopin, Rachmaninov
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001662602 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Hélčne Grimaud
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  • 35.
    Rachmaninov: Complete Solo Piano Works
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9192 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Santiago Rodriguez,  Alexander Ghindin,  Nils Franke,  Garrick Ohlsson  ... 
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  • 36.
    David Pasbrig Plays Schubert, Respighi & Rachmaninoff
    Label: Disc Makers   Catalog: 50166602 Release Date: 01/15/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Ottorino Respighi,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  David Pasbrig
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  • 37.
    Fiorentino Edition Vol 1 - The Berlin Recordings
    Label: Piano Classics   Catalog: 33 Release Date: 01/10/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Sergio Fiorentino
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  • 38.
    Simone Leitao Recital
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1405 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Alberto Ginastera,  André Mehmari,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Simone Leitao
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  • 39.
    Rakhmaninov: The Piano Concertos / John Lill, Tadaaki Otaka
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1720 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  John Lill
    Conductor:  Tadaaki Otaka
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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  • 40.
    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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  • 41.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Sonatas 1 & 2 / Leslie Howard
    Label: Melba   Catalog: 301127 Release Date: 08/09/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Leslie Howard
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  • 42.
    Van Cliburn Competition 1993 Gold Medalist / Simone Pedroni
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 438905 Release Date: 07/28/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Paul Hindemith,  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Simone Pedroni
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  • 43.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No 2, Corelli Variations / Nikolai Lugansky
    Label: Piano Classics   Catalog: 1 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky
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  • 44.
    Russian Piano Music Vol 6 - Rachmaninov / Sergei Dukachev
    Label: Divine Art   Catalog: 25095 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Sergei Dukachev
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  • 45.
    Schumann, Chopin, Rachmaninov: Works For Piano Solo / Anastasia Voltchok
    Label: Genuin Classics   Catalog: 11201 Release Date: 04/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Anastasia Voltchok
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  • 46.
    Rachmaninoff: Complete Piano Music / Michael Ponti
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 198 Release Date: 04/05/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Sergei Taneyev
    Performer:  Michael Ponti,  Robert Leonardy
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  • 47.
    Rachmaninov: Music For Piano / Jeremy Filsell
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 230 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Jeremy Filsell
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  • 48.
    Rachmaninoff / Pompa-Baldi, Friscioni
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3062 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Antonio Pompa-Baldi,  Emanuela Friscioni
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  • 49.
    Sona Shaboyan Plays Rachmaninov, Abramyan & Babajanyan
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 1321 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eduard Abramyan,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Arno Babadjanyan
    Performer:  Sona Shaboyan
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  • 50.
    Primakov In Concert 1
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9322 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Schubert,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Vassily Primakov
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