Sergey Rachmaninov
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Sergey Rachmaninov

Sergey 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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Sergey Rachmaninov Biography (Wikipedia)

Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff (Серге́й Васи́льевич Рахма́нинов) (1 April [O.S. 20 March] 1873 – 28 March 1943) was a Russian composer, virtuoso pianist 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 the age of 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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Sergey Rachmaninov
Prelude in C minor, Op.23 No.7
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Prelude in C minor, Op.23 No.7

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Concerto no. 2 in C minor Op.18 for piano and orchestra
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Concerto no. 2 in C minor Op.18 for piano and orchestra
Sergey Rachmaninov
Vocalise, Op.34 no.14
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Vocalise, Op.34 no.14

Vocalise, Op.34 no.14

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Sergey Rachmaninov
Fantaisie-tableaux, Op.5 (Barcarolle)
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Fantaisie-tableaux, Op.5 (Barcarolle)
Sergey Rachmaninov
Symphonic Dances
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Symphonic Dances
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Prelude in C​-​sharp minor Op. 3, No. 2
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Prelude in C​-​sharp minor Op. 3, No. 2
Sergey Rachmaninov
Symphony No. 1 in D minor Op.13
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Symphony No. 1 in D minor Op.13
Sergey Rachmaninov
The Bells
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The Bells
Sergey Rachmaninov
Moments musicaux, Op.16 - No.6 in C minor
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Moments musicaux, Op.16 - No.6 in C minor
Sergey Rachmaninov
Ave Maria (All-Night Vigil)
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Ave Maria (All-Night Vigil)
Sergey Rachmaninov
Prelude in G minor, Op 23 No 5
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Prelude in G minor, Op 23 No 5
Sergey Rachmaninov
Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor
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Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor
Sergey Rachmaninov
Symphony no 2
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Symphony no 2
Sergey Rachmaninov
Prelude in B minor, Op.32 No.10
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Prelude in B minor, Op.32 No.10
Sergey Rachmaninov
3 Symphonic Dances, Op.45 (no.1)
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3 Symphonic Dances, Op.45 (no.1)
Sergey Rachmaninov
Vocalise, Op 34 No 14 arr for cello and piano
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Vocalise, Op 34 No 14 arr for cello and piano
Sergey Rachmaninov
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
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Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Sergey Rachmaninov
Prelude in G major, Op 32 No 5
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Prelude in G major, Op 32 No 5
Sergey Rachmaninov
Prelude in D minor, Op 23, No.3
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Prelude in D minor, Op 23, No.3
Sergey Rachmaninov
Symphonic Dances Op 45
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Symphonic Dances Op 45
Sergey Rachmaninov
Symphonic Dances Op. 45 (No. 1)
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Symphonic Dances Op. 45 (No. 1)
Sergey Rachmaninov
Prelude Op 23 no 10
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Prelude Op 23 no 10
Sergey Rachmaninov
Six moments musicaux, No 4
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Six moments musicaux, No 4
Sergey Rachmaninov
Piano concerto no 1
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Piano concerto no 1
Sergey Rachmaninov
Praise the Lord, O my soul (Vespers)
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Praise the Lord, O my soul (Vespers)
Sergey Rachmaninov
Variations on a theme of Chopin, Op 22 for piano
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Variations on a theme of Chopin, Op 22 for piano
Sergey Rachmaninov
Etude-tableau in E flat minor, Op.39 no.5
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Etude-tableau in E flat minor, Op.39 no.5
Sergey Rachmaninov
Symphony No 2 in E minor
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Symphony No 2 in E minor
Sergey Rachmaninov
Barcarolle from 6 duets Op.11 No.1
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Barcarolle from 6 duets Op.11 No.1
Sergey Rachmaninov
Valse (Suite No 2 for two pianos, Op 17)
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Valse (Suite No 2 for two pianos, Op 17)
Sergey Rachmaninov
Etude-Tableau in E flat minor, op. 39/5
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Etude-Tableau in E flat minor, op. 39/5
Sergey Rachmaninov
Suite From Partita In E For Violin (after J S Bach)
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Suite From Partita In E For Violin (after J S Bach)
Sergey Rachmaninov
Prelude in G minor, Op 23 No 5
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Prelude in G minor, Op 23 No 5
Sergey Rachmaninov
Prelude in B flat major, Op.23 no.2
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Prelude in B flat major, Op.23 no.2
Sergey Rachmaninov
Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor
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Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor
Sergey Rachmaninov
6 Duets Op.11 for piano 4 hands
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6 Duets Op.11 for piano 4 hands
Sergey Rachmaninov
Prelude in G minor, Op 23 No 5
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Prelude in G minor, Op 23 No 5
Sergey Rachmaninov
The Bells
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The Bells
Sergey Rachmaninov
Lilacs, Op 21 No 5 transc for piano
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Lilacs, Op 21 No 5 transc for piano
Sergey Rachmaninov
Vocalise, Op 34 No 14
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Vocalise, Op 34 No 14
Sergey Rachmaninov
Vocalise, Op 34 No 14
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Vocalise, Op 34 No 14
Sergey Rachmaninov
Hymn of the Cherubim (Liturgy of St John Chrysostom)
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Hymn of the Cherubim (Liturgy of St John Chrysostom)
Sergey Rachmaninov
Suite No 2 Op 17
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Suite No 2 Op 17
Sergey Rachmaninov
Suite No 1 Op 5
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Suite No 1 Op 5
Sergey Rachmaninov
The Sea and the Seagulls (5 Etudes Tableaux)
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The Sea and the Seagulls (5 Etudes Tableaux)
Sergey Rachmaninov
Vocalise
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Vocalise

Vocalise

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Douglas Ashcraft
Sergey Rachmaninov
The Bells
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The Bells
Sergey Rachmaninov
Symphony No 3 in A minor, Op 44
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Symphony No 3 in A minor, Op 44
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