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: Preludes, Etudes Tableaux / Sviatoslav Richter
Release Date: 05/04/2010   Label: Musical Concepts  
Catalog: 1072   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: Symphony No 2... / Kogan
Release Date: 02/10/2009   Label: Musical Concepts  
Catalog: 1031   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: Music for Cello & Piano / Tarasova
Release Date: 03/08/2011   Label: Musical Concepts  
Catalog: 1132   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: Symphony No 3, Symphonic Dances / Kogan, Moscow State So
Release Date: 10/14/2008   Label: Musical Concepts  
Catalog: 1030   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: Symphony no 1, Isle of the Dead / Kogan, Moscow State SO
Release Date: 10/13/2009   Label: Musical Concepts  
Catalog: 1032   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Symphony no 2 in E minor, Op. 27

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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    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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  • 28.
    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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  • 29.
    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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  • 30.
    Rachmaninov: Symphony No 2 / Ryan, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine
    Label: Mirare   Catalog: 087 Release Date: 07/07/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Conductor:  Kwamé Ryan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bordeaux-Aquitaine National Orchestra
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  • 31.
    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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  • 32.
    Rachmaninov: Symphony No 2; Scriabin / Ormandy
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 38057 Release Date: 04/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Alexander Scriabin
    Performer:  Gilbert Johnson
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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    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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  • 34.
    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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  • 35.
    20th Century Classics - Rachmaninov
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 37616 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes
    Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
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  • 36.
    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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  • 37.
    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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  • 38.
    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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  • 39.
    An Hour With Rachmaninov
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 731246 Release Date: 08/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Arcadi Volodos,  Shigeo Neriki,  János Starker  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  Yuri Temirkanov,  Esa-Pekka Salonen,  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 40.
    Original Jacket Collection - Eugene Ormandy
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 727987 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Ottorino Respighi,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Anshel Brusilow,  Isaac Stern,  Mstislav Rostropovich
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 41.
    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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  • 42.
    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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  • 43.
    Label: Relief Classical   Catalog: 991062 Release Date: 01/01/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
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    Rachmaninov: Symphony No 2, Etc / Dutoit, Philadelphia Orch
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 440604 Release Date: 10/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 45.
    Rachmaninoff:  The Bells,  Symphonic Dances,  Symphony No. 2 / Bychkov, Wdr Sinfonieorchester
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101439 Release Date: 10/30/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Conductor:  Semyon Bychkov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 46.
    Rachmaninov: Symphonies No 1-3, Scherzo In D, Vocalise, Etc
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 885 Release Date: 10/02/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 47.
    Rachmaninoff: Symphony No 2;  Et Al / Steinberg
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 66554 Release Date: 08/06/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  William Steinberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
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  • 48.
    Rachmaninov: Complete Symphonies
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 112238 Release Date: 07/26/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Federation State Symphony Orchestra
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  • 49.
    Rachmaninov: Three Symphonies / Hughes, Royal Scottish NO
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1665 Release Date: 03/27/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Conductor:  Owain Arwel Hughes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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    Rachmaninoff: Symphony No 2, Etc / Järvi, Cincinnati So
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80670 Release Date: 01/23/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
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