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: Piano Concerto No 2; Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade / Matsuev, Temirkanov
Release Date: 08/26/2014   Label: Euroarts  
Catalog: 75068   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: Symphony No 2 / Handley, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Release Date: 09/14/2010   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28220   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2 / Ardakov, Gibson
Release Date: 01/10/2011   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 29210   Number of Discs: 1
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Medtner: Sonata Romantica; Skazki; Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No. 2; Corelli Variations
Release Date: 09/09/2014   Label: Hyperion  
Catalog: 67936   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: Symphony No 2 / Cura, Sinfonia Varsovia
Release Date: 12/09/2003   Label: Avie  
Catalog: 22   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Prelude for Piano in G sharp minor, Op. 32 no 12

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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    Rachmaninoff Recital / Vassily Primakov
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9348 Release Date: 05/10/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Vassily Primakov
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  • 28.
    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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  • 29.
    David Bismuth Plays Saint-saens & Rachmaninov
    Label: Ameson   Catalog: 1020 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Performer:  David Bismuth
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  • 30.
    Horowitz - The Complete Recordings On Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001491202 Release Date: 11/16/2010   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
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  • 31.
    Pearls
    Label: Www.classicpro.com   Catalog: 5637692071 Release Date: 11/02/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joaquin Turina,  Enrique Granados,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Astor Piazzolla  ... 
    Performer:  Julia Muench
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  • 32.
    Rachmaninov: 24 Preludes / Steven Osborne
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 30015 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Steven Osborne
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  • 33.
    Jorge Bolet - The Romantic Virtuoso
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001479502 Release Date: 10/05/2010   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Paul de Schlözer,  Isaac Albeniz,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Jorge Bolet
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti,  Iván Fischer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 34.
    Daniel Pollack In Moscow
    Label: Classical Records   Catalog: 136 Release Date: 08/10/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  César Franck,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Daniel Pollack
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  • 35.
    Alexander Gavrylyuk In Recital
    Label: Video Artists Int'l   Catalog: 1272 Release Date: 07/20/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Arcadi Volodos,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Mily Balakirev,  Moritz Moszkowski  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander Gavrylyuk
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    Rachmaninov: Preludes, Etudes Tableaux / Sviatoslav Richter
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1072 Release Date: 05/04/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
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  • 37.
    Sviatoslav Richter In The 1950s, Vol. 6
    Label: Parnassus Records   Catalog: 96025 Release Date: 04/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Anatole Liadov,  Alexander Glazunov,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
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  • 38.
    Legendary Berlin Concert 18 May, 1986 / Vladimir Horowitz
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 760481 Release Date: 02/02/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin,  Alexander Scriabin  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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  • 39.
    Piano Duo 2
    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 38466 Release Date: 02/02/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Franz Liszt,  Francis Poulenc,  Darius Milhaud  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander Kolodochka,  Ekaterina Kolodochka
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  • 40.
    State Of The Art - The Story Of Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001341102 Release Date: 12/15/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin,  Gabriel Fauré,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Rafal Blechacz,  Kathleen Battle,  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Leonard Bernstein,  Pierre Boulez  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort,  Andalucian Dogs
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  • 41.
    111 Years Of Deutsche Grammophon [55-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001341002 Release Date: 10/20/2009   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Franz Schubert,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman,  Fritz Wunderlich,  Hubert Giesen,  Helmut Walcha  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Daniele Callegari,  Herbert von Karajan,  Karl Richter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan,  Verdi Chorus Milan  ... 
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  • 42.
    Rachmaninov: Rhapsody On A Theme / Jean Philippe Collard
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 97170 Release Date: 10/20/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Jean-Philippe Collard
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  • 43.
    Live At Verbier Festival - Nikolai Lugansky
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 3078658 Release Date: 07/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Franz Liszt,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Leos Janácek  ... 
    Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky
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  • 44.
    Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No 7;  Rachmaninov: Piano Preludes & Etudes, Etc / Benjamin Moser
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 726 Release Date: 06/30/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Alexander Scriabin,  Nikolai Medtner,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Benjamin Moser
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  • 45.
    Rachmaninov Goes To Hollywood
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 457132 Release Date: 06/19/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Lazar Berman,  Tamás Vásáry
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  Yuri Ahronovitch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 46.
    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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  • 47.
    Rachmaninov: 24 Preludes / Osborne
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67700 Release Date: 05/12/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Steven Osborne
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  • 48.
    Brilliantissimo / David Helfgott
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 46725 Release Date: 05/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Louis Moreau Gottschalk,  Frédéric Chopin,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  David Helfgott
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  • 49.
    Michael Studer - The Legacy
    Label: Claves   Catalog: 2713/18 Release Date: 08/12/2008   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Studer
    Conductor:  Fritz Rieger,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Helmut Müller-Brühl,  Tibor Varga
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra,  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Cologne Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 50.
    Rachmaninov: Chopin Variations, 5 Preludes / Jorge Bolet
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 421061 Release Date: 06/10/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Fritz Kreisler
    Performer:  Jorge Bolet
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