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: All-Night Vigil (Vespers) / Halsey, London Symphony Chorus
Release Date: 06/10/2016   Label: Lso Live  
Catalog: 781   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: The Isle Of The Dead, Etc / Jurowski, Et Al
Release Date: 10/18/2005   Label: Lpo  
Catalog: 4   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 3; Balakirev: Russia / Gergiev, London Symphony
Release Date: 09/11/2015   Label: Lso Live  
Catalog: 779   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: Songs / Julia & Elena Sukmanova
Release Date: 06/10/2016   Label: Hänssler Classic  
Catalog: 16024   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No 1, Etc / Martin Cousin
Release Date: 05/30/2006   Label: Somm  
Catalog: 48   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: 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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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    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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  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    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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  • 58.
    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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  • 59.
    Brilliantissimo / David Helfgott
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 46725 Release Date: 04/23/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Louis Moreau Gottschalk,  Frédéric Chopin,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  David Helfgott
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  • 60.
    Glass House Dancing / Sarah Hagen
    Label: Cd Baby   Catalog: 5637461908 Release Date: 01/27/2009  
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Erik Satie,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Sarah Hagen
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  • 61.
    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  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Wind Soloists,  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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  • 62.
    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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  • 63.
    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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  • 64.
    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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  • 65.
    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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  • 66.
    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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  • 67.
    The Premium Collection - 75 Classical Masterworks
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000988602 Release Date: 10/09/2007   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Pachelbel,  Edvard Grieg,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Alfons Kontarsky,  Aloys Kontarsky,  Wolfgang Herzer,  Göran Söllscher  ... 
    Conductor:  Baumgartner,  Neeme Järvi,  Seiji Ozawa,  Rafael Kubelik  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucerne Festival Strings
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  • 68.
    Rachmaninov: Rhapsody On Paganini / Plasson, Collard
    Label: Emi Laser Series   Catalog: 62745 Release Date: 09/11/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Jean-Philippe Collard
    Conductor:  Michel Plasson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra
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  • 69.
    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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  • 70.
    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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  • 71.
    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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  • 72.
    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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  • 73.
    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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  • 74.
    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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  • 75.
    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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