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 / Bruffy
Release Date: 03/10/2015   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 5148   Number of Discs: 1
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Yevgeny Sudbin plays Medtner & Rachmaninov
Release Date: 02/12/2016   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1848   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos No 1-4, Rhapsody / Wild, Et Al
Release Date: 06/24/2003   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10078   Number of Discs: 2
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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: Songs / Sergei Leiferkus, Howard Shelley
Release Date: 08/22/1995   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9374   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: 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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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    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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  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    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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  • 58.
    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:  Hélčne Grimaud
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Kurt Masur,  David Zinman,  Kurt Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 59.
    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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  • 60.
    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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  • 61.
    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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  • 62.
    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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  • 63.
    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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  • 64.
    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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  • 65.
    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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  • 66.
    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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  • 67.
    Gemini - Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos / Ricardo Muti, Et Al
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 85779 Release Date: 08/10/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Andrei Gavrilov
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 68.
    Preludes - Live From Italy
    Label: Julian Lawrence Gargiulo   Catalog: 5637344089 Release Date: 02/10/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti,  Debussy,  George Gershwin,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Lawrence Gargiulo
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  • 69.
    Scriabin, Prokofiev: Piano Sonatas;  Rachmaninov / W. Kocyan
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 389 Release Date: 10/21/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Alexander Scriabin
    Performer:  Wojciech Kocyan
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  • 70.
    Horowitz - The Complete Recordings On Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000120102 Release Date: 10/14/2003   Number of Discs: 6
    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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  • 71.
    The Romantic Piano / Gargiulo
    Label: Julian Lawrence Gargiulo   Catalog: 5637344088 Release Date: 10/07/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann,  Alexander Scriabin,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Lawrence Gargiulo
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  • 72.
    In The Hands Of The Master / Vladimir Horowitz
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 93039 Release Date: 09/30/2003   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Alexander Scriabin,  Robert Schumann,  Domenico Scarlatti  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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  • 73.
    Rachmaninoff's Greatest Hits
    Label: Cbs Composers'greatest Hits   Catalog: 39437 Release Date: 05/15/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Gary Graffman,  Philippe Entremont
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 74.
    Busoni, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff / Geoffrey Dorfman
    Label: Aw Promotions   Catalog: 5637306875 Release Date: 12/17/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ferruccio Busoni,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Geoffrey Dorfman
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  • 75.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 3, Etc / Goerner, Et Al
    Label: Cascavelle   Catalog: 3051 Release Date: 11/05/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Blumenfeld,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Nelson Goerner
    Conductor:  Vassili Sinaisky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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