Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov
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1873-04-01
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Rachmaninov was born into a family of Russian landowners in financial decline and his parents separated when he was still at school. Despite this, family connections were important: he married a cousin, and another cousin, the pianist Alexander Siloti, taught ...

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Rachmaninov was born into a family of Russian landowners in financial decline and his parents separated when he was still at school. Despite this, family connections were important: he married a cousin, and another cousin, the pianist Alexander Siloti, taught him at the Moscow Conservatory. There, his studies were supervised by a musical ‘godfather’, Nikolay Zverev, with whom he also lodged. But Zverev wanted Rachmaninov to be a pianist and threw him out of the house when he persisted with composition. Rachmaninov got his revenge when his one-act opera Aleko (1892) won the highest possible marks in his final exam. This led to a publishing contract and a premiere at the Bolshoi Theatre.

Meanwhile, Rachmaninov had written his Prelude in C sharp minor, whose popularity was to hound him in later life. He began his First Symphony in 1895, the disastrous premiere of which in 1897 led to a creative block of almost three years. Rachmaninov was no mean conductor himself and, when he found it almost impossible to compose, he launched what was virtually a third career – conducting opera. Though he recovered from the crisis in creative self-confidence with the help of Dr Nikolay Dahl, he always doubted the worth of his music, which he often revised with substantial cuts.

In 1906, shortly after the first signs of political unrest in Russia, Rachmaninov and his family left for Dresden, where he wrote his Second Symphony and First Piano Sonata. For his first tour of America as a pianist he composed his Third Piano Concerto (1909). His earnings enabled him to buy a car, and in the same year his uncle made over to him the country estate of Ivanovka. But Rachmaninov’s world was to be shattered by the Revolution of 1917, although the composer attempted to recreate it in the USA by buying a house there, giving it the same name as his Russian estate and filling it with Russian friends.

Considered one of the greatest pianists of his time, Rachmaninov was never poor. But his luxurious lifestyle depended on exhausting concert tours and took him away from composing. Arguably, his exile from Russia, as well as radical changes in the arts, made his type of epic Romanticism impossible to sustain. Yet he didn’t remain altogether aloof from contemporary musical developments, for his Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (1934) does have, as well as tender passages, a lean and biting quality, characteristics also present in the Symphonic Dances of 1940.

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Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov & Radio Filharmonisch Orkest Holland, Edo de Waart (conductor)
Scherzo for orchestra in D minor [1887]
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Scherzo for orchestra in D minor [1887] Scherzo for orchestra in D minor [1887] Scherzo for orchestra in D minor [1887] Scherzo for orchestra in D minor [1887]

Scherzo for orchestra in D minor [1887]

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Radio Filharmonisch Orkest Holland, Edo de Waart (conductor)
Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov, City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra & Edward Gardner
Symphony No.2
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Symphony No.2 Symphony No.2 Symphony No.2 Symphony No.2
Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & Vasily Petrenko
Isle of the Dead, Op 29
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Isle of the Dead, Op 29 Isle of the Dead, Op 29 Isle of the Dead, Op 29 Isle of the Dead, Op 29
Vladimir Davidovich Ashkenazy, Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov & Elisabeth Söderström
Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14
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Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14 Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14 Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14 Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14
Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov, Juraj Valcuha & Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester
The Isle of the dead Op.29
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The Isle of the dead Op.29 The Isle of the dead Op.29 The Isle of the dead Op.29 The Isle of the dead Op.29
Alexei Volodin, Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov, Juraj Valcuha & Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester
Piano Concerto no. 3 in D minor Op.30
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Piano Concerto no. 3 in D minor Op.30 Piano Concerto no. 3 in D minor Op.30 Piano Concerto no. 3 in D minor Op.30 Piano Concerto no. 3 in D minor Op.30
Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov & Nikolai Demidenko
5 Morceaux de fantaisie for piano (Op.3), no.4; Polichinelle in F sharp minor
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5 Morceaux de fantaisie for piano (Op.3), no.4; Polichinelle in F sharp minor 5 Morceaux de fantaisie for piano (Op.3), no.4; Polichinelle in F sharp minor 5 Morceaux de fantaisie for piano (Op.3), no.4; Polichinelle in F sharp minor 5 Morceaux de fantaisie for piano (Op.3), no.4; Polichinelle in F sharp minor
Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov & Leipziger Streichquartett
Romanze for string quartet
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Romanze for string quartet Romanze for string quartet Romanze for string quartet Romanze for string quartet
Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov & Nikolai Lugansky
Etude Tableau op.33 no.8 in G minor
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Etude Tableau op.33 no.8 in G minor Etude Tableau op.33 no.8 in G minor Etude Tableau op.33 no.8 in G minor Etude Tableau op.33 no.8 in G minor
Martha Argerich, Сергей Васильевич Рахманинов & Александр Рабинович-Бараковский
Suite for 2 pianos no. 2 (Op.17), Valse
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Suite for 2 pianos no. 2 (Op.17), Valse Suite for 2 pianos no. 2 (Op.17), Valse Suite for 2 pianos no. 2 (Op.17), Valse Suite for 2 pianos no. 2 (Op.17), Valse
Lukas Geniusas & Сергей Васильевич Рахманинов
Prelude no.13 in D flat major [from 13 Preludes Op.32 for piano]
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Prelude no.13 in D flat major [from 13 Preludes Op.32 for piano] Prelude no.13 in D flat major [from 13 Preludes Op.32 for piano] Prelude no.13 in D flat major [from 13 Preludes Op.32 for piano] Prelude no.13 in D flat major [from 13 Preludes Op.32 for piano]
Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov, Steven Isserlis & Stephen Hough
Cello Sonata in G Minor op.19 (Andante)
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Cello Sonata in G Minor op.19 (Andante) Cello Sonata in G Minor op.19 (Andante) Cello Sonata in G Minor op.19 (Andante) Cello Sonata in G Minor op.19 (Andante)
Lisa Batiashvili, Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov & Hélène Grimaud
Vocalise (Op.34`14) arr. for violin & piano [orig. for voice & piano]
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Vocalise (Op.34`14) arr. for violin & piano [orig. for voice & piano] Vocalise (Op.34`14) arr. for violin & piano [orig. for voice & piano] Vocalise (Op.34`14) arr. for violin & piano [orig. for voice & piano] Vocalise (Op.34`14) arr. for violin & piano [orig. for voice & piano]
Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov & Natalya Pasichnyk
Variations on a theme of Corelli for piano (Op.42)
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Variations on a theme of Corelli for piano (Op.42) Variations on a theme of Corelli for piano (Op.42) Variations on a theme of Corelli for piano (Op.42) Variations on a theme of Corelli for piano (Op.42)
Сергей Васильевич Рахманинов, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & Vasily Petrenko
Vocalise Op34
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Vocalise Op34 Vocalise Op34 Vocalise Op34 Vocalise Op34
Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov
How Beautiful it is here
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How Beautiful it is here How Beautiful it is here How Beautiful it is here How Beautiful it is here
Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov & Nadine Koutcher sop. and Llyr Williams piano
To Her Op38 and The Dream Op38
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To Her Op38 and The Dream Op38 To Her Op38 and The Dream Op38 To Her Op38 and The Dream Op38 To Her Op38 and The Dream Op38
Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov & Amartuvshin Enkhbat
In the Silence of the Night
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In the Silence of the Night In the Silence of the Night In the Silence of the Night In the Silence of the Night
Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov
Vespers No1 and No.13 Dnes spasye
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Vespers No1 and No.13 Dnes spasye Vespers No1 and No.13 Dnes spasye Vespers No1 and No.13 Dnes spasye Vespers No1 and No.13 Dnes spasye
Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov & Regula Muhlemann
15 Songs Op.26 - Before my window
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15 Songs Op.26 - Before my window 15 Songs Op.26 - Before my window 15 Songs Op.26 - Before my window 15 Songs Op.26 - Before my window
Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov, Simon Lepper & Marina Pinchuk
12 Songs Op.14 - I wait for you
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12 Songs Op.14 - I wait for you 12 Songs Op.14 - I wait for you 12 Songs Op.14 - I wait for you 12 Songs Op.14 - I wait for you
Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov & Freddy Kempf
Prelude Op.23 no.10 in G-flat major
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Prelude Op.23 no.10 in G-flat major Prelude Op.23 no.10 in G-flat major Prelude Op.23 no.10 in G-flat major Prelude Op.23 no.10 in G-flat major
Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov, Llyr Williams & J'Nai Bridges
12 Songs Op.21 - No 4 The Answer
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12 Songs Op.21 - No 4 The Answer 12 Songs Op.21 - No 4 The Answer 12 Songs Op.21 - No 4 The Answer 12 Songs Op.21 - No 4 The Answer
Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov, BBC Singers & Stephen Cleobury
Vespers (All-night vigil) for chorus (Op.37)
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Vespers (All-night vigil) for chorus (Op.37) Vespers (All-night vigil) for chorus (Op.37) Vespers (All-night vigil) for chorus (Op.37) Vespers (All-night vigil) for chorus (Op.37)
Simon Trpceski & Сергей Васильевич Рахманинов
10 Preludes for piano (Op.23), no.2 in B flat major;
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10 Preludes for piano (Op.23), no.2 in B flat major; 10 Preludes for piano (Op.23), no.2 in B flat major; 10 Preludes for piano (Op.23), no.2 in B flat major; 10 Preludes for piano (Op.23), no.2 in B flat major;
Ruta Ibelhauptiene, Сергей Васильевич Рахманинов & Zbignevas Ibelhauptaus
Italian Polka for piano duet
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Italian Polka for piano duet Italian Polka for piano duet Italian Polka for piano duet Italian Polka for piano duet
Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov
Symphony No. 2
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Symphony No. 2 Symphony No. 2 Symphony No. 2 Symphony No. 2
Simon Trpchesk, Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & Vasily Petrenko
Concerto for piano and orchestra no. 2 (Op. 18) in C minor, Moderato
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Concerto for piano and orchestra no. 2 (Op. 18) in C minor, Moderato Concerto for piano and orchestra no. 2 (Op. 18) in C minor, Moderato Concerto for piano and orchestra no. 2 (Op. 18) in C minor, Moderato Concerto for piano and orchestra no. 2 (Op. 18) in C minor, Moderato
Сергей Васильевич Рахманинов, Steven Isserlis & Stephen Hough
Cello Sonata (Andante)
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Cello Sonata (Andante) Cello Sonata (Andante) Cello Sonata (Andante) Cello Sonata (Andante)
Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov, St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra & Yuri Temirkanov
Symphonic Dances - 2nd mvt
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Symphonic Dances - 2nd mvt Symphonic Dances - 2nd mvt Symphonic Dances - 2nd mvt Symphonic Dances - 2nd mvt
Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov
Etudes Tableaux Op33. Nos 2 in C and 7 in Eb
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Etudes Tableaux Op33. Nos 2 in C and 7 in Eb Etudes Tableaux Op33. Nos 2 in C and 7 in Eb Etudes Tableaux Op33. Nos 2 in C and 7 in Eb Etudes Tableaux Op33. Nos 2 in C and 7 in Eb
Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov
From the Gospel of John
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From the Gospel of John From the Gospel of John From the Gospel of John From the Gospel of John
Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov
Melody in E major Op3/3
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Melody in E major Op3/3 Melody in E major Op3/3 Melody in E major Op3/3 Melody in E major Op3/3
Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov & Grigory Sokolov, piano
Prelude in D, Op 23 No 4
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Prelude in D, Op 23 No 4 Prelude in D, Op 23 No 4 Prelude in D, Op 23 No 4 Prelude in D, Op 23 No 4
Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov & Nikolai Lugansky
Moments musicaux for piano (Op.16), no.6 in C major; Maestoso
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Moments musicaux for piano (Op.16), no.6 in C major; Maestoso Moments musicaux for piano (Op.16), no.6 in C major; Maestoso Moments musicaux for piano (Op.16), no.6 in C major; Maestoso Moments musicaux for piano (Op.16), no.6 in C major; Maestoso
Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov & Guy Johnston (cello), Tom Poster (piano)
Cello Sonata in G minor, Op 19
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Cello Sonata in G minor, Op 19 Cello Sonata in G minor, Op 19 Cello Sonata in G minor, Op 19 Cello Sonata in G minor, Op 19
Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov
Piano Concerto No 4
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Piano Concerto No 4 Piano Concerto No 4 Piano Concerto No 4 Piano Concerto No 4
Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov & BBC Philharmonic
Rachmaninov - Caprice boheme
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Rachmaninov - Caprice boheme Rachmaninov - Caprice boheme Rachmaninov - Caprice boheme Rachmaninov - Caprice boheme
Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov & David Helfgott
Prelude in G major, Op.32 No.5
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Prelude in G major, Op.32 No.5 Prelude in G major, Op.32 No.5 Prelude in G major, Op.32 No.5 Prelude in G major, Op.32 No.5
Maxim Vengerov, Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov & Vag Papian
Vocalise
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Vocalise Vocalise Vocalise Vocalise
Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov, Polyphonia & Ivelin Dimitrov
Bogoroditse Devo [Rejoice O Virgin]
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Bogoroditse Devo [Rejoice O Virgin] Bogoroditse Devo [Rejoice O Virgin] Bogoroditse Devo [Rejoice O Virgin] Bogoroditse Devo [Rejoice O Virgin]
Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov, Valery Kuzmich Polyansky, Russian State Symphony Cappella & Tigran Alikhanov
6 Choruses Op.15 for female or children's voices
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6 Choruses Op.15 for female or children's voices 6 Choruses Op.15 for female or children's voices 6 Choruses Op.15 for female or children's voices 6 Choruses Op.15 for female or children's voices
Сергей Васильевич Рахманинов & Nicholas Angelich
Etudes-Tableaux (Op.39) (I to VI only)
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Etudes-Tableaux (Op.39) (I to VI only) Etudes-Tableaux (Op.39) (I to VI only) Etudes-Tableaux (Op.39) (I to VI only) Etudes-Tableaux (Op.39) (I to VI only)
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Николай Луганский, Martha Argerich, Государственный Академический Симфонический Оркестр России, Choir of New College Oxford, Сергей Васильевич Рахманинов
10 Preludes for piano (Op.23), no.5 in G minor;
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10 Preludes for piano (Op.23), no.5 in G minor; 10 Preludes for piano (Op.23), no.5 in G minor; 10 Preludes for piano (Op.23), no.5 in G minor; 10 Preludes for piano (Op.23), no.5 in G minor;
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