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
Eloquence - Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2 & 4 / Ashkenazy
Release Date: 04/10/2001   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 1153917   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov Variations / Daniil Trifonov
Release Date: 08/28/2015   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 002335702   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: Rhapsody On A Theme / Jean Philippe Collard
Release Date: 10/20/2009   Label: Emi Classics  
Catalog: 97170   Number of Discs: 2
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Rachmaninov: Piano  Concertos / Stewart Goodyear
Release Date: 04/14/2015   Label: Steinway & Sons  
Catalog: 30047   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2 / Gabriela Montero
Release Date: 06/09/2015   Label: Orchid Classics  
Catalog: 100047   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Prelude for Piano in G sharp minor, Op. 32 no 12

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    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  ... 
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    Glass House Dancing / Sarah Hagen
    Label: Cd Baby   Catalog: 5637461908 Release Date: 01/27/2009  
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    Traumerei
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 59692 Release Date: 10/30/2008   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Elfrun Gabriel,  Rolf-Dieter Arens,  Andreas Pistorius,  Dieter Zechlin  ... 
    Conductor:  Max Pommer,  Heinz Rögner,  Kurt Masur,  Jörg-Peter Weigle  ... 
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  • 54.
    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
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    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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  • 56.
    Legendary Treasures - Sviatoslav Richter Archives Vol 15
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7940 Release Date: 05/13/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
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  • 57.
    Piano Fantasies
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 4916 Release Date: 01/22/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Elfrun Gabriel,  Andreas Pistorius,  Dieter Zechlin,  Renate Schorler  ... 
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    Rachmaninov: Preludes, Etudes Tableaux / Sviatoslav Richter
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1022 Release Date: 01/01/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
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  • 59.
    Touch Your Soul
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1275 Release Date: 12/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Elfrun Gabriel,  Andreas Pistorius,  Dieter Zechlin,  Renate Schorler  ... 
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  • 60.
    Alexander Gavryluk In Recital
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4433 Release Date: 10/30/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Mily Balakirev,  Moritz Moszkowski,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander Gavrylyuk
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    Gregory Partain, Vol 2 - Beethoven, Brahms, Et Al
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1231 Release Date: 06/05/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Gregory Partain
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  • 62.
    Piano Moods - A Collection of Romantic Melodies
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000872602 Release Date: 05/08/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Edvard Grieg,  Franz Liszt,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Mikhail Pletnev,  Daniel Barenboim,  Lazar Berman  ... 
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  • 63.
    Horowitz -  A Reminiscence
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4190 Release Date: 04/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Alexander Scriabin,  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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  • 64.
    Tribute To Rachmaninov / Ruth Slenczynska
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4412 Release Date: 04/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Ruth Slenczynska
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  • 65.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Music / Nikolai Demidenko
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55239 Release Date: 04/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Nikolai Demidenko
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    Schubert, Grieg, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Et Al / Martin Werner
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 7310 Release Date: 04/03/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Felder,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Edvard Grieg,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Martin Werner
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  • 67.
    Recital / Adriel Gomez-mansur
    Label: Avanti Classic   Catalog: 1025 Release Date: 01/30/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Alexander Scriabin,  Robert Schumann,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
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  • 68.
    Helene Grimaud - Collected Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 63265 Release Date: 10/17/2006   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Hélène Grimaud
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Kurt Masur,  David Zinman,  Kurt Sanderling
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  • 69.
    Steinway Legends - Vladimir Horowitz
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000707402 Release Date: 08/08/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Alexander Scriabin,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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  • 70.
    California Concert / Susanne Kessel
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 534 Release Date: 05/09/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Cage,  Harold Arlen,  Charles Chaplin,  Henry Cowell  ... 
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  • 71.
    Romantic Interpretations - Alla Nikitskaya
    Label: New England Records   Catalog: 3290 Release Date: 03/28/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Alla Nikitskaya
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  • 72.
    Legendary Treasures - Sviatoslav Richter Archives Vol 10
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7864 Release Date: 02/14/2006   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Franz Schubert,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
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  • 73.
    Rachmaninov, Mussorgsky / David Allen Wehr
    Label: Connoisseur Society   Catalog: 4252 Release Date: 01/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  David Allen Wehr
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  • 74.
    Live In Recital
    Label: Cd Baby   Catalog: 5637447030 Release Date: 01/01/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Aram Khachaturian,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Thies
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  • 75.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Works / Beata Bilinska
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 438 Release Date: 10/25/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Beata Bilinska
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Sergei Rachmaninov


WORKS
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2 In C Minor, Op.18 - 1. Moderato
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2 In C Minor, Op.18 - 2. Adagio sostenuto
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2 In C Minor, Op.18 - 3. Allegro scherzando
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3 In D Minor, Op.30 - 1. Allegro ma non tanto
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3 In D Minor, Op.30 - 2. Intermezzo (Adagio)
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3 In D Minor, Op.30 - 3. Finale (Alla breve)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43 (2001 Digital Remaster): Introduction (Allegro vivace)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43 (2001 Digital Remaster): Variation I (Precedente)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43 (2001 Digital Remaster): Thema (L'istesso tempo)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43 (2001 Digital Remaster): Variation II (L'istesso tempo)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43 (2001 Digital Remaster): Variation III (L'istesso tempo)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43 (2001 Digital Remaster): Variation IV (Più vivo)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43 (2001 Digital Remaster): Variation V (Tempo precedente)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43 (2001 Digital Remaster): Variation VI (L'istesso tempo)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43 (2001 Digital Remaster): Variation VII (Meno mosso, a tempo moderato)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43 (2001 Digital Remaster): Variation VIII (Tempo I)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43 (2001 Digital Remaster): Variation IX (L'istesso tempo)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43 (2001 Digital Remaster): Variation X
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43 (2001 Digital Remaster): Variation XI (Moderato)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43 (2001 Digital Remaster): Variation XII (Tempo di Minuetto)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43 (2001 Digital Remaster): Variation XIII (Allegro)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43 (2001 Digital Remaster): Variation XIV (L'istesso tempo)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43 (2001 Digital Remaster): Variation XV (Più vivo. Scherzando)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43 (2001 Digital Remaster): Variation XVI (Allegretto)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43 (2001 Digital Remaster): Variation XVII
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43 (2001 Digital Remaster): Variation XVIII (Andante cantabile)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43 (2001 Digital Remaster): Variation XIX (A tempo vivace)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43 (2001 Digital Remaster): Variation XX (Un poco più vivo)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43 (2001 Digital Remaster): Variation XXI (Un poco più vivo)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43 (2001 Digital Remaster): Variation XXII (Un poco più vivo - Alla breve)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43 (2001 Digital Remaster): Variation XXIII (L'istesso tempo)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43 (2001 Digital Remaster): Variation XXIV (A tempo un poco meno mosso)
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances, Op.45 - 1. Non allegro
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances, Op.45 - 2. Andante con moto (Tempo di valse)
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances, Op.45 - 3. Lento assai - Allegro vivace
1. Largo - Allegro moderato
2. Allegro molto
3. Adagio
4. Allegro vivace
Rachmaninov: Symphony No.1 in D minor, Op.13 - 1. Grave - Allegro ma non troppo
Rachmaninov: Symphony No.1 in D minor, Op.13 - 2. Allegro animato
Rachmaninov: Symphony No.1 in D minor, Op.13 - 3. Larghetto
Rachmaninov: Symphony No.1 in D minor, Op.13 - 4. Allegro con fuoco
Vespers (All-Night Vigil) Op. 37: Vosstanite...Slava svyatei - 1. Amin'
Vespers (All-Night Vigil) Op. 37: Priidite, poklonimysa
Vespers (All-Night Vigil) Op. 37: 2. Blagoslovi, dushe moya', Gospoda
Vespers (All-Night Vigil) Op. 37: 3. Blazhen muzh
Vespers (All-Night Vigil) Op. 37: 4. Svete tikhii
Vespers (All-Night Vigil) Op. 37: 5. Nyne otpushchaeshi
Vespers (All-Night Vigil) Op. 37: 6. Bogoroditse Devo
Vespers (All-Night Vigil) Op. 37: 7. Shestopsalmie
Vespers (All-Night Vigil) Op. 37: 8. Khvalite imya Gospodne
Vespers (All-Night Vigil) Op. 37: 9. Blagosloven esi, Gospodi
Vespers (All-Night Vigil) Op. 37: 10. Voskresenie Khristovo videvshe
Vespers (All-Night Vigil) Op. 37: 11. Velichit dusha moya Gospoda
Vespers (All-Night Vigil) Op. 37: 12. Slavoslovie velikoe
Vespers (All-Night Vigil) Op. 37: 13. Tropar': Dnes' spasenie
Vespers (All-Night Vigil) Op. 37: 14. Tropar': Voskres iz groba
Vespers (All-Night Vigil) Op. 37: 15. Vzbrannoi voevode
Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor: I. Allegro Agitato
Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor: II. Non Allegro - Lento
Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor: III. Allegro Molto