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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 3, Symphonic Dances / Slatkin, Detroit
Release Date: 04/30/2013   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8573051   Number of Discs: 1
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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: Symphony No 2, Vocalise / Slatkin, Detroit Symphony
Release Date: 01/26/2010   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8572458   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: Symphony No 1, Isle Of The Dead / Slatkin, Detroit
Release Date: 09/24/2013   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8573234   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: Corelli Variations, Piano Transcriptions / Olga Kern
Release Date: 05/11/2004   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 907336   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Preludes (10) for Piano, Op. 23: no 5 in G minor, Alla marcia

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  • 26.
    Rachmaninov: 24 Preludes
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1001030 Release Date: 08/09/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
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  • 27.
    Russian Piano Music Vol 6 - Rachmaninov / Sergei Dukachev
    Label: Divine Art   Catalog: 25095 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Sergei Dukachev
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  • 28.
    Rachmaninoff Recital / Vassily Primakov
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9348 Release Date: 05/10/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Vassily Primakov
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  • 29.
    Rachmaninov: Music For Piano / Jeremy Filsell
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 230 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Jeremy Filsell
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  • 30.
    The Rachmaninov Experience
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 80816 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky,  Ulrich Koneffke,  Kalevi Olli,  Alexandre Rabinovitch  ... 
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov,  Sakari Oramo,  Edward Higginbottom
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  • 31.
    Essential Rachmaninov
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 07144 Release Date: 02/15/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Cécile Ousset,  Natalie Dessay,  John Ogdon,  Jean-Philippe Collard  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Michael Schoenwandt,  Stephen Cleobury,  Mariss Jansons  ... 
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  • 32.
    David Bismuth Plays Saint-saens & Rachmaninov
    Label: Ameson   Catalog: 1020 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Performer:  David Bismuth
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  • 33.
    Rachmaninov: 24 Preludes / Steven Osborne
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 30015 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Steven Osborne
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  • 34.
    The Best Of Lang Lang
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001466002 Release Date: 08/24/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Robert Schumann,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Lang Lang
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim,  Christoph Eschenbach,  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Paris Orchestra
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  • 35.
    Daniel Pollack In Moscow
    Label: Classical Records   Catalog: 136 Release Date: 08/10/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  César Franck,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Daniel Pollack
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  • 36.
    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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  • 37.
    Piano Duo 2
    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 38466 Release Date: 02/02/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Franz Liszt,  Francis Poulenc,  Darius Milhaud  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander Kolodochka,  Ekaterina Kolodochka
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  • 38.
    111 Years Of Deutsche Grammophon [55-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001341002 Release Date: 10/20/2009   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Franz Schubert,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman,  Fritz Wunderlich,  Hubert Giesen,  Helmut Walcha  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Daniele Callegari,  Herbert von Karajan,  Karl Richter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan,  Verdi Chorus Milan  ... 
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  • 39.
    Shura Cherkassky - The Complete HMV Stereo Recordings
    Label: First Hand Records   Catalog: 4 Release Date: 08/11/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ferruccio Busoni,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Shura Cherkassky
    Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • 40.
    Live At Verbier Festival - Nikolai Lugansky
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 3078658 Release Date: 07/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Franz Liszt,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Leos Janácek  ... 
    Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky
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  • 41.
    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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  • 42.
    Legendary Russian Pianists
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9014 Release Date: 06/02/2009   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Rudolf Kerer,  Konstantin Igumnov,  Yakov Flier,  Vladimir Horowitz  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Gauk,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky,  David Oistrakh,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  USSR Radio/TV Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 43.
    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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  • 44.
    The Essential Vladimir Horowitz
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 741940 Release Date: 04/07/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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  • 45.
    Rachmaninov Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 742566 Release Date: 03/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Ruth Laredo,  Yefim Bronfman,  Emanuel Ax,  Barry Douglas  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Yuri Temirkanov,  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 46.
    Bowen: Complete Solo 78-rpm Recordings
    Label: Apr (Appian)   Catalog: 6007 Release Date: 01/13/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt,  Ignaz Moscheles,  Peggie Cochrane  ... 
    Performer:  York Bowen
    Conductor:  Stanley Chapple
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  • 47.
    Vladimir Horowitz - Original Jacket Collection 2008
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 731623 Release Date: 10/21/2008   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini,  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic
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  • 48.
    Emil Gilels - Live In Moscow Vol 3
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4468 Release Date: 07/22/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Emil Gilels
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  • 49.
    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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  • 50.
    Label: Dal Segno   Catalog: 23 Release Date: 04/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Franz Liszt,  Vladimir Horowitz,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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