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: Prelude in C sharp minor, Op. 3 no 2

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    Discover Piano Classics
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 0300719 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Erik Satie,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda,  Andrej Hoteev,  Jeroen van Veen,  Matthias Kirschnereit  ... 
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    Lazar Berman: The Complete Sony Recordings
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875168362 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Alexander Scriabin  ... 
    Performer:  Lazar Berman
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Erich Leinsdorf
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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    Great Moments at Carnegie Hall
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 503227 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 43
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Roy Harris,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz,  Jussi Björling,  Frederick Schauwecker,  Van Cliburn  ... 
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    Rhapsody in Blue / Mailley-Smith
    Label: Sleeveless   Catalog: 1010 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Louis Moreau Gottschalk,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Warren Mailley-Smith
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    Kathryn Stott: The Complete Solo Recordings
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875135622 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Franz Liszt,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Kathryn Stott
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    James Brawn: In Recital, Vol. 2
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1502 Release Date: 11/10/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  James Brawn
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    Inside Tracks: The Mix Tape
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 425 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Siloti,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Ferruccio Busoni  ... 
    Performer:  James Rhodes
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    Russian Recital
    Label: Fondamenta   Catalog: 1401017 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Alexander Scriabin,  Nikolai Medtner,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Vladimir Tropp
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    Rachmaninoff: Prelude In C Sharp Minor; Piano Concerto No. 2; Symphony No. 3
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 2423 Release Date: 08/11/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Cyril Smith
    Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
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    Transcriptions For Strings
    Label: Meridian Records   Catalog: 84632 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Anna Hashimoto
    Conductor:  Jacques Cohen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ISIS Ensemble
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    Rachmaninoff: 24 Preludes / Dmitri Levkovich
    Label: Piano Classics   Catalog: 89 Release Date: 06/30/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Dmitri Levkovich
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    Rachmaninov: The Complete Preludes / Leon Mccawley
    Label: Somm   Catalog: 143 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Leon McCawley
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    Transcriptions - Retranscriptions
    Label: Bnl Productions   Catalog: 112978 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Paul Imbert
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    Rachmaninov: Complete RCA Recordings
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 88843073922 Release Date: 04/28/2015   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Fritz Kreisler,  Natalie Rachmaninov,  Nadezhda Plevitskaya
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski,  Eugene Ormandy,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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    111 - The Piano - Legendary Recordings
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002281002 Release Date: 04/21/2015   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Pierre-Laurent Aimard,  Géza Anda,  Martha Argerich,  Daniel Barenboim  ... 
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    Nadia Resienberg - 110th Anniversary Tribute
    Label: Roméo Records   Catalog: 7309 Release Date: 04/07/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Nadia Reisenberg
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    The Return / Raffi Besalyan
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 92187 Release Date: 03/31/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Arno Babadjanyan
    Performer:  Raffi Besalyan
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    Rachmaninov: Complete Symphonies & Concertos
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 6005 Release Date: 01/20/2015   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Byron Janis,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli,  Abbey Simon  ... 
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin,  Stanislaw Wislocki,  Pavel Kogan,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra,  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra,  Moscow State Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Ewa Podles & Garrick Ohlsson - Live At The Fryderyk Chopin University  In Warsaw
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 9883 Release Date: 01/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson,  Ewa Podles
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    The Complete Rachmaninov Recordings (1937-43)  / Benno Moiseiwitsch
    Label: Apr (Appian)   Catalog: 5505 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Benno Moiseiwitsch
    Conductor:  Walter Goehr,  Basil Cameron
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  • 21.
    Phase 4 Stereo - Stereo Concert Series
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002188302 Release Date: 10/27/2014   Number of Discs: 41
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa,  Charles A. Zimmerman,  Francis S. Van Boskerck,  George Norton  ... 
    Performer:  Stanley Black,  David Parkhouse,  Alan Loveday,  Robert Merrill  ... 
    Conductor:  Rodney Bashford,  Stanley Black,  Bernard Herrmann,  Edward Downes  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grenadier Guards Band,  London Festival Orchestra,  London Festival Recording Ensemble  ... 
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  • 22.
    Love In London - James Rhodes Live In Concert
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 12 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Franz Liszt,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Giovanni Sgambati  ... 
    Performer:  James Rhodes
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  • 23.
    Rachmaninov: The Complete Works
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002145102 Release Date: 09/23/2014   Number of Discs: 32
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Franz Schubert,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  André Previn,  Peter Jablonski,  Mikhail Pletnev  ... 
    Conductor:  André Previn,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Kiril Kondrashin,  Stanislaw Wislocki  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Goldner String Quartet,  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 24.
    Rachmaninoff: Preludes; Piano Sonatas 1 & 2; Transcriptions
    Label: Piano Classics   Catalog: 65 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Fritz Kreisler,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Sergio Fiorentino
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    Rachmaninov: Complete Works for Piano / Ashkenazy
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002033002 Release Date: 04/15/2014   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Franz Schubert,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  André Previn,  Vovka Ashkenazy,  Dody Ashkenazy  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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