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: 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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Rachmaninov: The Transcriptions / Howard Shelley
Release Date: 03/11/2014   Label: Helios  
Catalog: 55458   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov: Songs / Dobraceva, Siurina, Vinogradov, Gringyte, Shtoda, Burnside
Release Date: 04/08/2014   Label: Delphian  
Catalog: 34127   Number of Discs: 3
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Work: Prelude in C sharp minor, Op. 3 no 2

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  • 76.
    Label: Spj Music   Catalog: 95802 Release Date: 06/06/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
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  • 77.
    Schubert To Bartok / Stephen G. Szirmai
    Label: Eroica Classical Recordings   Catalog: 3273 Release Date: 05/16/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Claude Debussy,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Szirmai,  Stephen G. Szirmai
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  • 78.
    Romantic Interpretations - Alla Nikitskaya
    Label: New England Records   Catalog: 3290 Release Date: 03/28/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Alla Nikitskaya
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  • 79.
    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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  • 80.
    The Complete Leopold Godowsky Vol. 2
    Label: Marston   Catalog: 52051 Release Date: 01/12/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin,  Camille Zeckwer,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Leopold Godowsky
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  • 81.
    Legend - Music Of Myth, Magic And Mystery
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 33619 Release Date: 11/08/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Richard Wagner,  Claude Debussy,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli,  Klaus Tennstedt,  Jean Martinon,  Wolfgang Sawallisch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  ORTF National Chorus  ... 
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  • 82.
    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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  • 83.
    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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  • 84.
    The Classical Piano You Love
    Label: Vox Classics   Catalog: 97004 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Claude Debussy,  Franz Schubert  ... 
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  • 85.
    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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  • 86.
    Rachmaninov: Piano Works / Andrei Nikolsky
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 277950 Release Date: 10/11/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Andrei Nikolsky
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  • 87.
    Piano Favourites / Pletnev, Andsnes, Et Al
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 62481 Release Date: 09/27/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Franz Liszt,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Francois-René Duchable,  Dmitri Alexeev,  Mikhail Pletnev,  Kun-Woo Paik  ... 
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  • 88.
    Rachmaninov: Preludes / Boris Berezovsky
    Label: Mirare   Catalog: 4 Release Date: 09/13/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Boris Berezovsky
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  • 89.
    Only / Julian Lawrence Gargiulo
    Label: Julian Lawrence Gargiulo   Catalog: 5637344090 Release Date: 08/16/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Franz Liszt,  Alexander Scriabin  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Lawrence Gargiulo
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  • 90.
    Label: Intim Musik   Catalog: 97 Release Date: 06/13/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Megumi Fujita
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  • 91.
    Rachmaninov: Suite No 2 For 2 Pianos, Preludes / Katia & Marielle Labeque, Lympany
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4620362 Release Date: 05/09/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Moura Lympany,  Marielle Labèque,  Katia Labèque
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  • 92.
    Original Masters - Moura Lympany
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4756368 Release Date: 03/01/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Aram Khachaturian
    Performer:  Moura Lympany
    Conductor:  Anthony Collins,  Anatole Fistoulari
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra of London,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 93.
    Simon Trpceski Plays Rachmaninov
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57943 Release Date: 02/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Simon Trpceski
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  • 94.
    Discover - Music Of The Romantic Era
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558155-56 Release Date: 01/18/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Gustav Mahler  ... 
    Performer:  Ewa Podles,  Idil Biret,  Dong-Suk Kang,  Pascal Devoyon  ... 
    Conductor:  Piergiorgio Morandi,  George Hurst,  Michael Halász,  Jerzy Maksymiuk  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hungarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,  Katowice Polish Radio/TV Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 95.
    Midnight At Notre-dame / Olivier Latry
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000269736 Release Date: 08/10/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Liszt,  Hector Berlioz  ... 
    Performer:  Olivier Latry
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  • 96.
    Rachmaninov: Preludes, Op 23 & 32 / Lympany
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1349 Release Date: 07/13/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Moura Lympany
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  • 97.
    Nadia Reisenberg - Kabalevsky, Tchaikovsky, Et Al
    Label: Ivory Classics   Catalog: 74002 Release Date: 07/06/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Nadia Reisenberg
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  • 98.
    Original Masters - Leopold Stokowski
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000150902 Release Date: 11/25/2003   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  William Byrd,  Jeremiah Clarke,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Howard Snell,  David Gray,  Alan Civil
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 99.
    Rachmaninov: Preludes / Rustem Hayroudinoff
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10107 Release Date: 09/23/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Rustem Hayroudinoff
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  • 100.
    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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