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: Etudes-tableaux & Moments musicaux / Giltburg
Release Date: 05/13/2016   Label: Naxos  
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Work: Preludes (10) for Piano, Op. 23: no 5 in G minor, Alla marcia

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  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    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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  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    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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  • 58.
    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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  • 59.
    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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  • 60.
    The Russian Piano Tradition - Yakov Flier
    Label: Apr (Appian)   Catalog: 5665 Release Date: 01/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Yakov Flier
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  • 61.
    Vladimir Horowitz - The HMV Recordings 1930-1951
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 63538 Release Date: 12/26/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
    Conductor:  Albert Coates
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 62.
    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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  • 63.
    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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  • 64.
    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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  • 65.
    Ultimate Piano Classics - The Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000766402 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Rhondda Gillespie,  Julius Katchen,  András Schiff  ... 
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  • 66.
    Rachmaninov, Chopin, Liszt / David Tong
    Label: Melba   Catalog: 301086 Release Date: 09/05/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  David Tong
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  • 67.
    Gemini - Violin Encores / Itzhak Perlman
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 76957 Release Date: 02/21/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Maurice Ravel,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Ernesto Halffter  ... 
    Performer:  Samuel Sanders,  Itzhak Perlman
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  • 68.
    Legendary Treasures - Sviatoslav Richter Archives Vol 10
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7864 Release Date: 02/14/2006   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Franz Schubert,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
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  • 69.
    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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  • 70.
    Philadelphia Organ Builder / Parrott, Glandorf
    Label: Raven Recordings   Catalog: 780 Release Date: 10/25/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Matthew Glandorf,  Béla Bartók,  Herbert Howells  ... 
    Performer:  Matthew Glandorf,  Wesley Parrot
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  • 71.
    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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  • 72.
    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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  • 73.
    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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  • 74.
    Russian Music For Brass Quintet / Montanus Brass Quintet
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 20022 Release Date: 06/28/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Victor Grishin,  Alexander Scriabin,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Alexander Alyabyev  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montanus Brass Quintet
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  • 75.
    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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