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. 2 & Vocalise / Marriner, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart
Release Date: 01/06/2017   Label: Capriccio Records  
Catalog: 8010   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: Piano Trios / De la Salle, Niziol, Herrmann
Release Date: 01/06/2017   Label: Accentus  
Catalog: PHR0107   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov, Prokofiev: Cello Sonatas; Etc / Kotova, Bidini
Release Date: 01/13/2017   Label: Warner Classics  
Catalog: 559201   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Prelude for Piano in G sharp minor, Op. 32 no 12

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  • 76.
    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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  • 77.
    Vladimir Horowitz - The Original Jacket Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 89765 Release Date: 12/04/2001   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Alexander Scriabin,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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  • 78.
    The Kiss - World's Most Romantic Piano Music / Pollack
    Label: Four Winds   Catalog: 3019 Release Date: 11/07/2001   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Johannes Brahms,  Erik Satie,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  John Novacek,  Daniel Pollack
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  • 79.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2, Études Tableux / Grimaud
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 84376 Release Date: 05/15/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Hélčne Grimaud
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia London
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  • 80.
    Meditations For All Seasons - Music For Spring, Summer, Etc
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1737 Release Date: 03/06/2001   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen,  Jacques Offenbach,  Michael Tippett,  Domenico Cimarosa  ... 
    Performer:  Judith Hall,  Elinor Bennett,  John Anderson,  Martin Jones  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Swierczewski,  Michael Tippett,  Simon Wright,  Jaime Laredo  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gulbenkian Foundation Symphony Orchestra Lisbon,  English Northern Philharmonia,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 81.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No 2, Preludes, Etc / Mihailovich
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2483 Release Date: 02/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Zora Mihailovich
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  • 82.
    Introducing Dmitry Paperno - Selections From The Artist's Recordings
    Label: Cedille Records   Catalog: 5001 Release Date: 09/19/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ferruccio Busoni,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Dmitry Paperno
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  • 83.
    Van Cliburn - My Favorite Rachmaninoff
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63612 Release Date: 05/16/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Van Cliburn
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  • 84.
    Rachmaninov: Paganini Variations, Corelli Variations, 6 Preludes
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 457906 Release Date: 09/04/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Tamás Vásáry,  Lazar Berman
    Conductor:  Yuri Ahronovitch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 85.
    Sviatoslav Richter - In Memoriam
    Label: Dg Double   Catalog: 457667 Release Date: 03/17/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
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  • 86.
    Rachmaninoff - Greatest Hits
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 68788 Release Date: 04/15/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Leonard Pennario,  Kathryn Stott,  Byron Janis,  Alexis Weissenberg  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler,  Charles Munch,  Eugene Ormandy,  Leopold Stokowski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 87.
    Awadagin Pratt - Live From South Africa
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 55293 Release Date: 01/21/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  César Franck
    Performer:  Awadagin Pratt
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  • 88.
    David Helfgott Plays Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 3, Etc
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 40378 Release Date: 12/17/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  David Helfgott
    Conductor:  Milan Horvat
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Copenhagen Philharmonic
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  • 89.
    Dmitry Paperno Plays Russian Piano Music
    Label: Cedille Records   Catalog: 1 Release Date: 10/07/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Medtner,  Alexander Scriabin,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Anatole Liadov  ... 
    Performer:  Dmitry Paperno
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  • 90.
    Rachmaninov, Scriabin: Piano Works / Faina Lushtak
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2287 Release Date: 08/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Scriabin,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Faina Lushtak
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  • 91.
    First Kiss - Romantic Piano Music / Daniel Pollack
    Label: Four Winds   Catalog: 3002 Release Date: 04/09/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Scriabin,  Robert Schumann,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Pollack
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  • 92.
    Yablonskaya Plays Rachmaninoff
    Label: Connoisseur Society   Catalog: 4194 Release Date: 12/01/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Oxana Yablonskaya
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  • 93.
    Greatest Hits - Rachmaninov
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64056 Release Date: 08/09/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Ruth Laredo,  Yo-Yo Ma,  Emanuel Ax,  Philippe Entremont  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy,  Zubin Mehta,  Esa-Pekka Salonen,  Lazar Gosman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tal & Groethuysen Duo,  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 94.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No 2, Etc / John Browning
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3044 Release Date: 12/11/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  John Browning
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  • 95.
    Horowitz In Moscow
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 419499 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Moritz Moszkowski,  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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  • 96.
    Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No 1, Etc / Graffman, Szell
    Label: Cbs Great Performances   Catalog: 37263 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Gary Graffman
    Conductor:  George Szell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 97.
    Van Cliburn - A Romantic Collection
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 60414 Release Date: 10/10/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Maurice Ravel,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Van Cliburn
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