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
Mussorgsky, Rachmaninov & Makris: Orchestral Works / Gosta, London Symphony
Release Date: 06/24/2016   Label: Edition Lilac  
Catalog: 160305   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Symphony no 2 in E minor, Op. 27

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  • 26.
    Icon: William Steinberg
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 26486 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Nathan Milstein,  Rudolf Firkusny
    Conductor:  William Steinberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 27.
    Europa Konzert 2011 - Madrid / Canizares, Rattle, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2058398 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Juan Manuel Cañizares
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 28.
    Europa Konzert 2011 - Madrid / Canizares, Rattle, Berlin Philharmonic [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2058394 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Juan Manuel Cañizares
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 29.
    Rachmaninov Edition: Complete Works
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9071 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 28
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Performer:  Earl Wild,  Olga Lutsiv-Ternovskaya,  Leonid Bomstein,  Viacheslav Pochapsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Jascha Horenstein,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky,  Leonard Slatkin,  Valeri Polyanskii  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 30.
    Rachmaninov: Symphony No 2 / Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802082 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra
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  • 31.
    Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2; Vocalise
    Label: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra   Catalog: 31 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Dmitry Yablonsky,  Farhad Badalbeyli
    Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
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  • 32.
    Rachmaninov: Symphonies No 1-3 / Pletnev, Russian NO [4-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001538602 Release Date: 04/19/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
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  • 33.
    Rachmaninov: Symphony No 2; Liadov: The Enchanted Lake / Pappano
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 49462 Release Date: 04/05/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Anatole Liadov
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
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  • 34.
    Rachmaninov: Symphony No 2 / Handley, RPO
    Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks   Catalog: 28220 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Conductor:  Vernon Handley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 35.
    Rachmaninov: Symphony No 2 / Gergiev, London SO
    Label: Lso Live   Catalog: 677 Release Date: 05/11/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 36.
    Rachmaninov: Symphony No 2, The Rock / Noseda, BBC PO
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10589 Release Date: 03/30/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Conductor:  Gianandrea Noseda
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 37.
    Rachmaninov: Symphony No 2, Vocalise / Slatkin, Detroit Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572458 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Detroit Symphony Orchestra
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  • 38.
    Stravinsky: Firebird Suite; Rachmaninov: Symphony No 2 / Ormandy
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2072258 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 39.
    Simon Rattle - Russian Music
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 97597 Release Date: 10/20/2009   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Cécile Ousset,  Felix Kok,  Andrei Gavrilov,  Karita Mattila  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
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  • 40.
    Rachmaninov: Symphony 2, Piano Concerto 2 / Pennario
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 69029 Release Date: 08/05/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Leonard Pennario
    Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf,  Alfred Wallenstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 41.
    Rachmaninov: Symphony No 2, Vocalise / Litton, Royal Phil
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 90831 Release Date: 05/22/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 42.
    Andre Previn - The Great Recordings - The LSO Years 1971-1980
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 67969 Release Date: 05/19/2009   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Samuel Barber,  Carl Orff,  Benjamin Britten  ... 
    Performer:  André Previn,  Sheila Armstrong,  Thomas Allen,  Gerald English  ... 
    Conductor:  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  St. Clement Danes Grammar School Boys Choir,  London Symphony Chorus
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  • 43.
    Rachmaninov: Symphony No 2; Scriabin / Ormandy
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 38057 Release Date: 04/16/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Alexander Scriabin
    Performer:  Gilbert Johnson
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 44.
    Rachmaninov: Symphony No 2, Vocalise / Shui, Singapore Symphony
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1712 Release Date: 03/31/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Conductor:  Lan Shui
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Singapore Symphony Orchestra
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  • 45.
    Anthology Of The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
    Label: Rco Live   Catalog: 8005 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Carl Nielsen,  Luigi Dallapiccola,  Anton Bruckner  ... 
    Performer:  Dorothy Dorow,  George Pieterson,  Werner Herbers,  Theo Olof  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Kiril Kondrashin,  Lucas Vis,  Eugen Jochum  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 46.
    Rachmaninov: Symphony No 2... / Kogan
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1031 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Conductor:  Pavel Kogan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow State Symphony Orchestra
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  • 47.
    Evgeny Svetlanov Conducts Rachmaninov
    Label: Svetlanov Foundation   Catalog: 4981 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Yevgeny Svetlanov,  Galina Pisarenko,  Alexei Maslennikov,  Sergei Yakovenko
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian State Academic Symphony Orchestra,  Yurlov Russian Choir,  USSR Radio/TV Large Chorus
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  • 48.
    Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 / Sir Alexander Gibson, Scottish
    Label: Chandos Collect   Catalog: 6606 Release Date: 10/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Conductor:  Sir Alexander Gibson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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  • 49.
    Rachmaninov: Symphony no 2; Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol / De Waart, Rotterdam PO
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186153 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Conductor:  Edo De Waart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 50.
    Rachmaninov: Symphony No 2 Op 27;  Prokofiev: Romeo And Juliet / Entremont, Et Al
    Label: Cascavelle   Catalog: 3108 Release Date: 04/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Conductor:  Philippe Entremont
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santo Domingo Music Festival Orchestra
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