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 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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Sergey Rachmaninov Performances & Interviews


Sergey Rachmaninov Tracks

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'Son' from 6 songs, op.38
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'Son' from 6 songs, op.38

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Études-tableaux, Op 39 (No 2 in A minor)
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Études-tableaux, Op 39 (No 2 in A minor)
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Prelude in G minor, Op 23 No 5
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Prelude in G minor, Op 23 No 5
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Prelude in B flat major, Op.23 no.2
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Prelude in B flat major, Op.23 no.2
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Symphony No 2 in E minor, Op 27 (4th mvt)
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Symphony No 2 in E minor, Op 27 (4th mvt)
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Piano Concerto no.1 in F sharp minor Op 1
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Piano Concerto no.1 in F sharp minor Op 1
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Vocalise (Op.34 No.14) [orig. for voice and piano]
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Vocalise (Op.34 No.14) [orig. for voice and piano]
Sergey Rachmaninov
Pieces for four hands (Op.11)
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Pieces for four hands (Op.11)
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Prelude in D flat, Op. 32 no. 13
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Prelude in D flat, Op. 32 no. 13
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Prelude in G sharp minor, Op. 32 no. 12
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Prelude in G sharp minor, Op. 32 no. 12
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Romance: Andantino (Suite for 2 pianos, Op. 17)
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Romance: Andantino (Suite for 2 pianos, Op. 17)
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Piano Concerto no 2 in C minor (2nd mvt)
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Piano Concerto no 2 in C minor (2nd mvt)
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To The Children (15 Songs, Op. 26: No. 7)
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To The Children (15 Songs, Op. 26: No. 7)
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Prelude Op.23 No.9
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Prelude Op.23 No.9
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Cello Sonata in G minor, Op 19 (3rd mvt)
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Cello Sonata in G minor, Op 19 (3rd mvt)
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Never sing to me again
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Never sing to me again
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Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op 42
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Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op 42
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The Bells, Op 35 (1st mvt, The Silver Sleigh Bells)
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The Bells, Op 35 (1st mvt, The Silver Sleigh Bells)
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Fantaisie-tableaux, Op.5 (Barcarolle)
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Fantaisie-tableaux, Op.5 (Barcarolle)
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Fate
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Fate
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How fair this spot
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How fair this spot
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'Oni otvetxali', op. 21'4
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'Oni otvetxali', op. 21'4
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'Ostrovok', Op.14'2
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'Ostrovok', Op.14'2
Sergey Rachmaninov
'Ne poi, krassavitsa, pri mne' Op.4'4
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'Ne poi, krassavitsa, pri mne' Op.4'4
Sergey Rachmaninov
'Son', Op.38'5
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'Son', Op.38'5
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Ten Preludes, op. 23: no. 4 in D
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Ten Preludes, op. 23: no. 4 in D
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Vespers
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Vespers
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Vocalise, Op 34 No 14 for orchestra
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Vocalise, Op 34 No 14 for orchestra
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Vespers (All Night Vigil) Op.37 No.6 Bogoroditse Devo
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Vespers (All Night Vigil) Op.37 No.6 Bogoroditse Devo
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The Bells (Kolokola) for soloists, chorus and orchestra (Op.35)
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The Bells (Kolokola) for soloists, chorus and orchestra (Op.35)
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Cello Sonata in G minor, Op.19 (3rd mvt)
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Cello Sonata in G minor, Op.19 (3rd mvt)
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Symphonic Dance, Op.45 no.1
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Symphonic Dance, Op.45 no.1
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Moments musicaux, Op.16 (Adagio sostenuto)
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Moments musicaux, Op.16 (Adagio sostenuto)
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Etudes-tableaux Op.39 for piano: no.9 in D major
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Etudes-tableaux Op.39 for piano: no.9 in D major
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Etudes-tableaux Op.39 for piano: no.2 in A minor
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Etudes-tableaux Op.39 for piano: no.2 in A minor
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Etudes-tableaux Op.33 for piano: no.3 in C minor
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Etudes-tableaux Op.33 for piano: no.3 in C minor
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Elegy in E minor, Op 3, No 1
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Elegy in E minor, Op 3, No 1
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Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor, Op 18
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Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor, Op 18
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Aleko's aria (Aleko)
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Aleko's aria (Aleko)
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Cello Sonata in G minor, op. 19: III. Andante
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Cello Sonata in G minor, op. 19: III. Andante
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Valse (Suite No 2 for two pianos, Op 17)
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Valse (Suite No 2 for two pianos, Op 17)
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Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
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Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
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Otrivok iz A Myusse Op21 No 6
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Otrivok iz A Myusse Op21 No 6
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O cease they singing Op 4
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O cease they singing Op 4
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Do not sing, my beauty (Op 4 no 4)
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Do not sing, my beauty (Op 4 no 4)
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I wait for you, Op.14 no.1
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I wait for you, Op.14 no.1
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In the [mysterious] silence of the night, Op.4 no.3
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In the [mysterious] silence of the night, Op.4 no.3
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I am alone again, Op.26 no.9
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I am alone again, Op.26 no.9
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Do not sing my beauty, Op 4
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Do not sing my beauty, Op 4
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Spring Waters, Op.14 no.11
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Spring Waters, Op.14 no.11
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Proms 2018: Prom 59: Relaxed Prom
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