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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: The Complete Works
Release Date: 09/23/2014   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002145102   Number of Discs: 32
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Rachmaninov: Piano Trios / Moscow Rachmaninov Trio
Release Date: 08/13/2013   Label: Helios  
Catalog: 55431   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: Etudes-tableaux / Howard Shelley
Release Date: 09/13/2011   Label: Helios  
Catalog: 55403   Number of Discs: 1
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Medtner: Sonata Romantica; Skazki; Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No. 2; Corelli Variations
Release Date: 09/09/2014   Label: Hyperion  
Catalog: 67936   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: The Piano Concertos, Etc / Hough, Litton, Et Al
Release Date: 10/12/2004   Label: Hyperion  
Catalog: 67501/2   Number of Discs: 2
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Work: Prelude in C sharp minor, Op. 3 no 2

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  • 126.
    Rakhmaninov: Prelude In C Sharp Minor, Etc / John Lill
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5575 Release Date: 11/17/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  John Lill
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  • 127.
    William Kapell Edition
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 68442 Release Date: 09/29/1998   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Robert Schumann,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  William Kapell,  Jascha Heifetz,  William Primrose,  Edmund Kurtz
    Conductor:  William Steinberg,  Fritz Reiner,  Serge Koussevitzky,  Antal Doráti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robin Hood Dell Orchestra of Philadelphia,  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Dallas Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 128.
    The Best Of Rachmaninov
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556682 Release Date: 09/21/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Bernd Glemser,  Idil Biret,  Jénö Jandó,  Maria Kliegel  ... 
    Conductor:  Jerzy Maksymiuk,  Enrique Bátiz,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  György Lehel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava  ... 
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  • 129.
    Rachmaninov: Paganini Variations, Corelli Variations, 6 Preludes
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 457906 Release Date: 09/04/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Lazar Berman,  Tamás Vásáry
    Conductor:  Yuri Ahronovitch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 130.
    Nocturne / Gerhard Oppitz
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 61968 Release Date: 08/30/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Frédéric Chopin,  Karol Szymanowski  ... 
    Performer:  Gerhard Oppitz
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  • 131.
    A Window In Time- Rachmaninoff Performs His Solo Piano Works
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80489 Release Date: 08/25/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Stafford Smith,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
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  • 132.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 4, Etc / Thibaudet, Ashkenazy
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 458930 Release Date: 02/24/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 133.
    Classic Piano Favorites / David Watkins
    Label: Aca Digital   Catalog: 20059 Release Date: 12/16/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Claude Debussy,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  David Watkins
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  • 134.
    The Complete Josef Hofmann Vol 5 - Solo Recordings 1935-1948
    Label: Marston   Catalog: 52004 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Josef Hofmann,  Efrem Zimbalist
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  • 135.
    Rachmaninov: The Piano Concertos, Etc / Ashkenazy, Previn
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 455234 Release Date: 08/12/1997   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  André Previn
    Conductor:  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 136.
    Palace Of The Winds - Piano At The Movies / Michael Chertock
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80477 Release Date: 07/29/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  Cootie Williams,  Clint Eastwood,  Michel Legrand  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Chertock
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  • 137.
    Passionate Kiss - Romantic Piano Music / Daniel Pollack
    Label: Four Winds   Catalog: 3004 Release Date: 05/20/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Frédéric Chopin,  Johannes Brahms,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Pollack
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  • 138.
    Rachmaninoff - Greatest Hits
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 68788 Release Date: 04/15/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Leonard Pennario,  Kathryn Stott,  Byron Janis,  Alexis Weissenberg  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler,  Charles Munch,  Eugene Ormandy,  Leopold Stokowski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 139.
    David Helfgott Plays Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 3, Etc
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 40378 Release Date: 12/17/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  David Helfgott
    Conductor:  Milan Horvat
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Copenhagen Philharmonic
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  • 140.
    Piano Festival / Pietro Spada
    Label: Arts Music   Catalog: 47198 Release Date: 11/19/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Muzio Clementi,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Manuel de Falla,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Pietro Spada
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  • 141.
    Romantic Piano - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 62366 Release Date: 05/14/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Michie Koyama,  Katia Labčque,  Marielle Labčque,  Philippe Entremont  ... 
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  • 142.
    My Gift To You - Favorite Piano Encores / Antonin Kubalek
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90218 Release Date: 04/09/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Ignace Jan Paderewski,  Franz Liszt,  Isaac Albeniz  ... 
    Performer:  Antonin Kubalek
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  • 143.
    Piano Favorites / Moura Lympany
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 69028 Release Date: 10/17/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erik Satie,  Maurice Ravel,  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Moura Lympany
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  • 144.
    The Complete Josef Hofmann Vol 4 - Brunswick Recordings
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1047 Release Date: 06/02/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Carl Tausig,  Johannes Brahms,  Anton Rubinstein  ... 
    Performer:  Josef Hofmann,  Josef Hofmann
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  • 145.
    Rachmaninov: 24 Preludes, Etc / Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 443841 Release Date: 05/16/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
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  • 146.
    Für Elise - Best Of Romantic Piano Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550647 Release Date: 03/21/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Robert Schumann,  Erik Satie,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Balázs Szokolay,  Jénö Jandó,  Klára Körmendi,  Idil Biret  ... 
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  • 147.
    The Complete Josef Hofmann Vol 3 - Chopin, Liszt
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1036 Release Date: 09/01/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Constantin Sternberg,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt,  Carl Tausig  ... 
    Performer:  Josef Hofmann
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  • 148.
    Greatest Hits - Rachmaninov
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64056 Release Date: 08/09/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Ruth Laredo,  Yo-Yo Ma,  Emanuel Ax,  Philippe Entremont  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy,  Zubin Mehta,  Esa-Pekka Salonen,  Lazar Gosman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tal & Groethuysen Duo,  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 149.
    Romantic Piano Favorites Vol 6 / Balázs Szokolay
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 550215 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Edvard Grieg,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Balázs Szokolay
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  • 150.
    The Best Of Rachmaninoff
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 438383 Release Date: 10/12/1993   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Fritz Kreisler,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Rafael Orozco,  Zoltán Kocsis
    Conductor:  Edo De Waart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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