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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: Prelude for Piano in G sharp minor, Op. 32 no 12

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  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    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  ... 
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    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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  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    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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  • 58.
    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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  • 59.
    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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  • 60.
    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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  • 61.
    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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  • 62.
    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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  • 63.
    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  ... 
    Performer:  Adriel Gomez-Mansur
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  • 64.
    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
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 65.
    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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  • 66.
    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  ... 
    Performer:  Susanne Kessel
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  • 67.
    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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  • 68.
    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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  • 69.
    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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  • 70.
    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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  • 71.
    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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  • 72.
    The Very Best Of Rachmaninov
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8552113-14 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
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  • 73.
    Rachmaninov / Laure Favre-khan
    Label: Transart Live   Catalog: 108 Release Date: 09/27/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Laure Favre-Kahn
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  • 74.
    Leningrad - 1986 / Vladimir Horowitz
    Label: Palexa   Catalog: 536 Release Date: 06/14/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Moritz Moszkowski,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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  • 75.
    Horowitz In Moscow
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64545 Release Date: 04/05/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Alexander Scriabin  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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