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 ( rahkh-MAH-nə-nawf, -⁠nof, rahk-; Russian: Серге́й Васи́льевич Рахма́нинов, Sergei Vasilyevich Rakhmaninov,; 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 his compositions are staples in the classical music 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
Concerto no.3 in D minor: 2) Intermezzo
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Concerto no.3 in D minor: 2) Intermezzo

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Symphony No 1 in D Minor, Op 13 (2nd mvt)
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Symphony No 1 in D Minor, Op 13 (2nd mvt)
Sergey Rachmaninov
Romance and Waltz
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Romance and Waltz

Romance and Waltz

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Dutch Pianists Quartet
Sergey Rachmaninov
Prelude Op 23 No 4 in D major
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Prelude Op 23 No 4 in D major
Sergey 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)
Sergey Rachmaninov
Symphony No 2 in E minor Op 27
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Symphony No 2 in E minor Op 27
Sergey Rachmaninov
Symphonic Dances Op 45
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Symphonic Dances Op 45
Sergey Rachmaninov
Lilacs Op.21`5
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Lilacs Op.21`5
Sergey Rachmaninov
Piano Concerto No 1 in F sharp minor, Op 1 (2nd mvt)
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Piano Concerto No 1 in F sharp minor, Op 1 (2nd mvt)
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
3 Symphonic dances Op.45 for orchestra
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3 Symphonic dances Op.45 for orchestra
Sergey Rachmaninov
Prelude in C-sharp Minor
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Prelude in C-sharp Minor
Sergey 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)
Sergey Rachmaninov
Moment Musicaux in E minor Op.16 No.4
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Moment Musicaux in E minor Op.16 No.4
Sergey Rachmaninov
Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27: II. Allegro molto
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Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27: II. Allegro molto
Sergey Rachmaninov
Prelude in G minor, Op 23 No 5
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Prelude in G minor, Op 23 No 5
Sergey Rachmaninov
Daisies, Op. 38 No. 3
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Daisies, Op. 38 No. 3
Sergey Rachmaninov
String Quartet in G minor (Romance)
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String Quartet in G minor (Romance)
Sergey Rachmaninov
Trio Élégaique in G minor No. 1 Op. posth
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Trio Élégaique in G minor No. 1 Op. posth

Trio Élégaique in G minor No. 1 Op. posth

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Trio Mezzena - Patria - Bellario
Sergey Rachmaninov
Vocalise, Op 34 No 14 for orchestra
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Vocalise, Op 34 No 14 for orchestra
Sergey Rachmaninov
Oh never sing to me again Op.4 No.4
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Oh never sing to me again Op.4 No.4
Sergey Rachmaninov
They answered Op.21 no.4
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They answered Op.21 no.4
Sergey Rachmaninov
5 Etudes-Tableaux
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5 Etudes-Tableaux
Sergey Rachmaninov
2 pieces for cello & piano, Op.2
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2 pieces for cello & piano, Op.2
Sergey Rachmaninov
Prelude in C sharp minor, Op 3 No 2
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Prelude in C sharp minor, Op 3 No 2
Sergey Rachmaninov
Vocalise
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Vocalise
Sergey Rachmaninov
Concerto no.3 in D minor: 2) Intermezzo
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Concerto no.3 in D minor: 2) Intermezzo
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Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18 (2nd mvt)
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Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18 (2nd mvt)
Sergey Rachmaninov
Moments musicaux, Op 16 (No 4 in E minor)
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Moments musicaux, Op 16 (No 4 in E minor)
Sergey Rachmaninov
10 Preludes, Op.23: No.4 in D major
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10 Preludes, Op.23: No.4 in D major
Sergey Rachmaninov
Tebe Poem from The Liturgy Of St John Chrysostom Op. 31
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Tebe Poem from The Liturgy Of St John Chrysostom Op. 31
Sergey Rachmaninov
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]
Sergey Rachmaninov
Prelude in B Minor
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Prelude in B Minor
Sergey Rachmaninov
Symphony No.2 - Adagio
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Symphony No.2 - Adagio
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Scherzo in D minor
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Scherzo in D minor
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Symphonic Dances, Op 45 (1st mvt)
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Symphonic Dances, Op 45 (1st mvt)
Sergey Rachmaninov
Etudes-tableaux, Op.39 (no.8)
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Etudes-tableaux, Op.39 (no.8)
Felix Mendelssohn
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Scherzo)
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A Midsummer Night's Dream (Scherzo)
Sergey Rachmaninov
Girls' Dance; Intermezzo (Aleko)
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Girls' Dance; Intermezzo (Aleko)
Sergey Rachmaninov
3 Symphonic Dances Op.45
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3 Symphonic Dances Op.45
Sergey Rachmaninov
Vocalise, Op.34 no.14
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Vocalise, Op.34 no.14
Felix Mendelssohn
Scherzo (A Midsummer Night's Dream)
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Scherzo (A Midsummer Night's Dream)
Sergey Rachmaninov
Symphony No. 3
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Symphony No. 3
Sergey Rachmaninov
Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
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Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
Sergey Rachmaninov
18th Variation Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
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18th Variation Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
Sergey Rachmaninov
Sonata in G minor, Op 19 (3rd mvt)
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Sonata in G minor, Op 19 (3rd mvt)
Sergey Rachmaninov
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 - III - Allegro Scherzando
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Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 - III - Allegro Scherzando
Sergey Rachmaninov
Symphony No 3 in A minor, Op 44
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Symphony No 3 in A minor, Op 44
Sergey Rachmaninov
Piano Concerto No.2 (Adagio Sostenuto)
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Piano Concerto No.2 (Adagio Sostenuto)
Sergey Rachmaninov
How fair this spot (Zdes' horosho)
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How fair this spot (Zdes' horosho)
Sergey Rachmaninov
Symphony in D minor, 'Youth'
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Symphony in D minor, 'Youth'
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