Sergei Rachmaninov
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Sergei Rachmaninov

Sergei Rachmaninov Biography (BBC)

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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Sergei Rachmaninov Biography (Wikipedia)

Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff (1 April [O.S. 20 March] 1873 – 28 March 1943) was a Russian pianist, composer, and conductor of the late Romantic period, some of whose works are among the most popular in the Romantic repertoire.

Born into a musical family, Rachmaninoff took up the piano at age four. He graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in 1892 having already composed several piano and orchestral pieces. In 1897, following the negative critical reaction to his Symphony No. 1, Rachmaninoff entered a four-year depression and composed little until successful therapy allowed him to complete his enthusiastically received Piano Concerto No. 2 in 1901. For the next sixteen years, Rachmaninoff conducted at the Bolshoi Theatre, relocated to Dresden, Germany, and toured the United States for the first time.

Following the Russian Revolution, Rachmaninoff and his family left Russia; in 1918, they settled in the United States, first in New York City. With his main source of income coming from piano and conducting performances, demanding tour schedules led to a reduction in his time for composition; between 1918 and 1943, he completed just six works, including Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Symphony No. 3, and Symphonic Dances. By 1942, his failing health led to his relocation to Beverly Hills, California. One month before his death from advanced melanoma, Rachmaninoff was granted American citizenship.

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Cello Sonata in G minor Op 19
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Cello Sonata in G minor Op 19
Sergei Rachmaninov
Symphony No 2 in E minor, Op 27 (3rd mvt)
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Symphony No 2 in E minor, Op 27 (3rd mvt)
Sergei Rachmaninov
Prelude in G major, Op 32 No 5
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Prelude in G major, Op 32 No 5
Sergei Rachmaninov
Piano Concerto No 3 In D Minor, Op 30: I. Allegro Ma Non Tanto
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Piano Concerto No 3 In D Minor, Op 30: I. Allegro Ma Non Tanto
Sergei Rachmaninov
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op.18 (1st mvt)
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Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op.18 (1st mvt)
Sergei Rachmaninov
Vocalise, Op 34 No 14
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Vocalise, Op 34 No 14
Sergei Rachmaninov
Romance and Waltz
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Romance and Waltz

Romance and Waltz

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Dutch Pianists Quartet
Sergei Rachmaninov
Romance (Suite No 2 for two pianos, Op 17)
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Romance (Suite No 2 for two pianos, Op 17)
Sergei Rachmaninov
No.s 8 and 10 from 10 Preludes, Op.23
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No.s 8 and 10 from 10 Preludes, Op.23
Sergei Rachmaninov
No.s 9-12 from 13 Preludes, Op. 32
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No.s 9-12 from 13 Preludes, Op. 32
Sergei Rachmaninov
Symphony No 2 in E minor, Op 27 (4th mvt)
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Symphony No 2 in E minor, Op 27 (4th mvt)
Sergei Rachmaninov
Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op 42 for piano
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Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op 42 for piano
Sergei Rachmaninov
6 Duets Op.11 for piano 4 hands
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6 Duets Op.11 for piano 4 hands
Sergei Rachmaninov
Etudes-Tableaux Op33 No 9 in C sharp minor Op39 No 1 in Cminor
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Etudes-Tableaux Op33 No 9 in C sharp minor Op39 No 1 in Cminor
Sergei Rachmaninov
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
Sergei Rachmaninov
3 Symphonic dances Op.45 for orchestra
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3 Symphonic dances Op.45 for orchestra
Sergei Rachmaninov
Vocalise, Op.34
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Vocalise, Op.34
Sergei Rachmaninov
Suite No.2 (Op.17) for 2 pianos
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Suite No.2 (Op.17) for 2 pianos
Sergei Rachmaninov
Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op 42
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Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op 42
Sergei Rachmaninov
Symphonic Dances
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Symphonic Dances
Sergei Rachmaninov
Piano Concerto No. 2
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Piano Concerto No. 2
Sergei Rachmaninov
All Night Vigil (Vespers) - 5th movement - 'Lord now lettest thy servant depart'
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All Night Vigil (Vespers) - 5th movement - 'Lord now lettest thy servant depart'
Sergei Rachmaninov
Prelude in B flat major, Op 23 No 2
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Prelude in B flat major, Op 23 No 2
Sergei Rachmaninov
Polyubila Ya Na Pechal' Svoyu (The Soldier's Wife)
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Polyubila Ya Na Pechal' Svoyu (The Soldier's Wife)
Sergei Rachmaninov
Piano Concerto No 4 in G minor, Op 40
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Piano Concerto No 4 in G minor, Op 40
Sergei Rachmaninov
Symphonic Dance No.1 [Non allegro] (Op.45)
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Symphonic Dance No.1 [Non allegro] (Op.45)
Sergei Rachmaninov
Prelude in F sharp minor, Op 23 No 1
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Prelude in F sharp minor, Op 23 No 1
Sergei Rachmaninov
Nymph
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Nymph

Nymph

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Anush Hovhannisan
Sergei Rachmaninov
Vocalise, Op 34 No 14
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Vocalise, Op 34 No 14
Sergei Rachmaninov
Prelude in B flat major, Op 23 No 2
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Prelude in B flat major, Op 23 No 2
Sergei Rachmaninov
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
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Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
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Arias by Tchaikovsky, Arensky & Rachmaninov
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Arias by Tchaikovsky, Arensky & Rachmaninov

Arias by Tchaikovsky, Arensky & Rachmaninov

Singer
Agunda Kulaeva
Alexei Tatarintsev
Orchestra
Novaya Opera Orchestra
Conductor
Andrei Lebedev
Sergei Rachmaninov
Vespers (All-night vigil)
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Vespers (All-night vigil)
Sergei Rachmaninov
Prelude in E flat major, Op.23 No.6
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Prelude in E flat major, Op.23 No.6
Sergei Rachmaninov
Concerto for piano and orchestra No.3 in D minor
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Concerto for piano and orchestra No.3 in D minor
Sergei Rachmaninov
Aleko - opera in 1 act; 'Ves' tabar spit'
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Aleko - opera in 1 act; 'Ves' tabar spit'
Sergei Rachmaninov
Scherzo in D minor
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Scherzo in D minor
Sergei Rachmaninov
2 Pieces for piano 6 hands
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2 Pieces for piano 6 hands
Sergei Rachmaninov
The Bells (Kolokola) for soloists, chorus and orchestra (Op.35)
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The Bells (Kolokola) for soloists, chorus and orchestra (Op.35)
Sergei Rachmaninov
Symphony No.2 in E minor
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Symphony No.2 in E minor
Sergei Rachmaninov
Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 19: III. Andante
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Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 19: III. Andante
Sergei Rachmaninov
Piano Concerto no 2 in C minor, Op 18
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Piano Concerto no 2 in C minor, Op 18
Sergei Rachmaninov
Prelude, Op 2 No 1
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Prelude, Op 2 No 1
Sergei Rachmaninov
Symphony No.2
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Symphony No.2
Sergei Rachmaninov
Piano Concerto No 2 In C Minor : 1st Movement: Moderato
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Piano Concerto No 2 In C Minor : 1st Movement: Moderato
Sergei Rachmaninov
Tarantelle (Suite No 2 in C major for two pianos, Op 17)
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Tarantelle (Suite No 2 in C major for two pianos, Op 17)
Sergei Rachmaninov
Prelude in G major, Op 32 No 5
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Prelude in G major, Op 32 No 5
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