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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Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov, NYOS Symphony Orchestra & Rory MacDonald
Symphony No. 2, 1st mvt
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Symphony No. 2, 1st mvt Symphony No. 2, 1st mvt Symphony No. 2, 1st mvt Symphony No. 2, 1st mvt
Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov, BBC National Orchestra of Wales & Xian Zhang
Symphony No.2 in E minor
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Symphony No.2 in E minor Symphony No.2 in E minor Symphony No.2 in E minor Symphony No.2 in E minor
Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov, Stephen Hough, Dallas Symphony Orchestra & Andrew Litton
Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18
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Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18 Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18 Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18 Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18
Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov & Alexander Melnikov
Etude-tableaux in A minor, Op.39 No.6
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Etude-tableaux in A minor, Op.39 No.6 Etude-tableaux in A minor, Op.39 No.6 Etude-tableaux in A minor, Op.39 No.6 Etude-tableaux in A minor, Op.39 No.6
Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov
Symphony No. 2 in E minor
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Symphony No. 2 in E minor Symphony No. 2 in E minor Symphony No. 2 in E minor Symphony No. 2 in E minor
Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov, London Symphony Orchestra & Valery Gergiev
Symphonic Dances
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Symphonic Dances Symphonic Dances Symphonic Dances Symphonic Dances
Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov, Daniel Braden & Richard Tognetti (violin), Australian Chamber Orchestra
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 & Leon McCawley
Prelude in G flat Op.23/10
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Prelude in G flat Op.23/10 Prelude in G flat Op.23/10 Prelude in G flat Op.23/10 Prelude in G flat Op.23/10
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
Fredrik Zetterstrom, Anders Kilstrom, Сергей Васильевич Рахманинов & Tobias Ringborg
2 Songs - When Night Descends in silence & Oh stop thy singing maiden fair
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2 Songs - When Night Descends in silence & Oh stop thy singing maiden fair 2 Songs - When Night Descends in silence & Oh stop thy singing maiden fair 2 Songs - When Night Descends in silence & Oh stop thy singing maiden fair 2 Songs - When Night Descends in silence & Oh stop thy singing maiden fair
Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov & Sergei Terentjev
Prelude in C sharp minor [Bells]
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Prelude in C sharp minor [Bells] Prelude in C sharp minor [Bells] Prelude in C sharp minor [Bells] Prelude in C sharp minor [Bells]
Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov & Vladimir Horowitz
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;
Vladimir Davidovich Ashkenazy, Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov, The Philadelphia Orchestra & Eugene Ormandy
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, Vladimir Davidovich Ashkenazy & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Symphonic Dances
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Symphonic Dances Symphonic Dances Symphonic Dances Symphonic Dances
Ouellet-Murray Duo & Сергей Васильевич Рахманинов
Suite No.2 (Op.17) for 2 pianos
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Suite No.2 (Op.17) for 2 pianos Suite No.2 (Op.17) for 2 pianos Suite No.2 (Op.17) for 2 pianos Suite No.2 (Op.17) for 2 pianos
Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov, The BBC Symphony Chorus, Crouch End Festival Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Ľuba Orgonášová, Stuart Skelton, Mikhail Petrenko & Edward Gardner
The Bells [Kolokola] Op.35 for soloists, chorus and orchestra
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The Bells [Kolokola] Op.35 for soloists, chorus and orchestra The Bells [Kolokola] Op.35 for soloists, chorus and orchestra The Bells [Kolokola] Op.35 for soloists, chorus and orchestra The Bells [Kolokola] Op.35 for soloists, chorus and orchestra
Freddy Kempf, Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov, Herbert Soudant & KBS Symphony Orchestra
Concerto for piano and orchestra no. 2 (Op.18) in C minor
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Concerto for piano and orchestra no. 2 (Op.18) in C minor Concerto for piano and orchestra no. 2 (Op.18) in C minor Concerto for piano and orchestra no. 2 (Op.18) in C minor Concerto for piano and orchestra no. 2 (Op.18) in C minor
Maria de la Pau, Paul Tortelier & Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov
Vocalise
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Vocalise Vocalise Vocalise Vocalise
Van Cliburn & Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov
Piano Sonata No 2 in B flat minor, Op 36
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Piano Sonata No 2 in B flat minor, Op 36 Piano Sonata No 2 in B flat minor, Op 36 Piano Sonata No 2 in B flat minor, Op 36 Piano Sonata No 2 in B flat minor, Op 36
Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov, Vladimir Davidovich Ashkenazy & Sydney Symphony Orchestra
"Youth" Symphony
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"Youth" Symphony "Youth" Symphony "Youth" Symphony "Youth" Symphony
Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov & The BBC Symphony Chorus
Vespers - All-night vigil, Op.37
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Vespers - All-night vigil, Op.37 Vespers - All-night vigil, Op.37 Vespers - All-night vigil, Op.37 Vespers - All-night vigil, Op.37
Sol Gabetta, Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov & Bertrand Chamayou
Andante from Sonata in G minor Op.19 for cello and piano
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Andante from Sonata in G minor Op.19 for cello and piano Andante from Sonata in G minor Op.19 for cello and piano Andante from Sonata in G minor Op.19 for cello and piano Andante from Sonata in G minor Op.19 for cello and piano
Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov & Alessio Bax
Variations on a theme of Corelli Op.42
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Variations on a theme of Corelli Op.42 Variations on a theme of Corelli Op.42 Variations on a theme of Corelli Op.42 Variations on a theme of Corelli Op.42
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]
Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov & Matti Raekallio
No.9 in D major from Etudes-tableaux for piano (Op.39)
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No.9 in D major from Etudes-tableaux for piano (Op.39) No.9 in D major from Etudes-tableaux for piano (Op.39) No.9 in D major from Etudes-tableaux for piano (Op.39) No.9 in D major from Etudes-tableaux for piano (Op.39)
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 & 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
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Biography

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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