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Sergei Rachmaninov

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

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  • 101.
    Russian Soul, Russian Glory - Scriabin, Et Al / Estrin
    Label: Connoisseur Society   Catalog: 4239 Release Date: 08/01/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian,  Anatole Liadov,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Anton Rubinstein  ... 
    Performer:  Morton Estrin
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  • 102.
    Rachmaninoff's Greatest Hits
    Label: Cbs Composers'greatest Hits   Catalog: 39437 Release Date: 05/15/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Gary Graffman,  Philippe Entremont
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 103.
    The #1 Piano Album
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 472589 Release Date: 11/12/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  George Gershwin,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Béla Bartók  ... 
    Performer:  Olli Mustonen,  Werner Haas,  Martha Argerich,  Zoltán Kocsis  ... 
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  • 104.
    Classics - The Fantastic Stokowski Transcriptions / Kunzel
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80338 Release Date: 07/23/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johannes Brahms,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
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  • 105.
    Mozart, Rachmaninov / Anna & Ines Walachowski
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1733 Release Date: 05/21/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ines Walachowski,  Anna Walachowski
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  • 106.
    Who Needs An Orchestra? - Rossini, Et Al / Thomas Heywood
    Label: Pro Organo   Catalog: 7141 Release Date: 02/26/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Heywood
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  • 107.
    Essential Rachmaninoff - 15 Of His Greatest Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470457 Release Date: 01/15/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Fritz Kreisler
    Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber,  John Lenehan,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Rafael Orozco  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Nikolai Korniev,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Edo De Waart  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  St. Petersburg Chamber Choir,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 108.
    The Kiss - World's Most Romantic Piano Music / Pollack
    Label: Four Winds   Catalog: 3019 Release Date: 11/07/2001   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Johannes Brahms,  Erik Satie,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  John Novacek,  Daniel Pollack
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  • 109.
    Movie Adagios / Solti, Tebaldi, Lupu, Schiff, Fleming, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 468506 Release Date: 10/09/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Giacomo Puccini,  Andrea Morricone  ... 
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Renée Fleming,  Dietfried Gürtler  ... 
    Conductor:  András Schiff,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Nick Ingman,  Charles Dutoit  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Prague Philharmonia  ... 
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  • 110.
    Rachmaninov: Préludes, Moments Musicaux / Nikolai Lugansky
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 385770 Release Date: 05/15/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky
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  • 111.
    Rachmaninov: Great Works For Solo Piano / John Lill
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1736 Release Date: 04/03/2001   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  John Lill
    Conductor:  Tadaaki Otaka
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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  • 112.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No 2, Preludes, Etc / Mihailovich
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2483 Release Date: 02/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Zora Mihailovich
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  • 113.
    Ethel Leginska - The Complete Columbia Masters (1928-29)
    Label: Ivory Classics   Catalog: 72002 Release Date: 02/20/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Ethel Leginska
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  • 114.
    Rachmaninov: 24 Preludes
    Label: Universal   Catalog: 467685 Release Date: 02/06/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
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  • 115.
    Music from the Movies
    Label: Dg Panorama   Catalog: 46956 Release Date: 01/23/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  John T. Williams,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Carl Orff  ... 
    Performer:  Trevor Pinnock,  Carlo Bergonzi,  Harold Wright,  Anatol Ugorski  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock,  John Mauceri,  Herbert von Karajan,  James Levine  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert Winds,  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra  ... 
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  • 116.
    Grand Piano - Chopin & Encores / Josef Hofmann
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 8819 Release Date: 09/26/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Constantin Sternberg,  Anton Rubinstein,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Josef Hofmann
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  • 117.
    Rubinstein Collection Vol 35 - Rachmaninoff / Reiner
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63035 Release Date: 08/08/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 118.
    Music For A Rainy Day 2 / Roland Pöntinen
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 883 Release Date: 08/07/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Franz Liszt,  Isaac Albeniz  ... 
    Performer:  Roland Pöntinen
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  • 119.
    My Favorite Rachmaninoff - Van Cliburn
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63612 Release Date: 05/16/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Van Cliburn
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  • 120.
    The Art Of Ashkenazy
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 466462 Release Date: 02/08/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Bernard Haitink,  David Zinman,  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 121.
    William Kapell Edition Vol 3 - Rachmaninoff: Concerto No 2
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 68992 Release Date: 02/08/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  William Kapell
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner,  William Steinberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robin Hood Dell Orchestra of Philadelphia
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  • 122.
    Triumph Of The Piano - Keyboard Classics From Bach To Bartok
    Label: Sony Classical Npr Milestones   Catalog: 60993 Release Date: 01/18/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Scott Joplin,  Béla Bartók,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Yefim Bronfman,  Eugene List,  Paul Crossley,  Philippe Entremont  ... 
    Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen,  George Szell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra members
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  • 123.
    Sounds Of Excellence - Top 20 Greatest Classics
    Label: Platinum Disc   Catalog: 672 Release Date: 01/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian,  Carl Orff,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
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  • 124.
    Short Stories - Liszt, Debussy, Et Al / Anatol Ugorski
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 447105 Release Date: 07/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Alexander Scriabin,  Robert Schumann,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Anatol Ugorski
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  • 125.
    Music And Revolution - Russian Classical Music 1890-1917
    Label: Sony Classical Npr Milestones   Catalog: 61699 Release Date: 05/25/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Glazunov,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Igor Stravinsky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Yefim Bronfman,  Stefka Evstatieva,  Philippe Entremont,  Arcadi Volodos  ... 
    Conductor:  Andre Kostelanetz,  Leonard Bernstein,  Igor Stravinsky,  Emil Tchakarov  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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