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 (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

Sergey Rachmaninov
Preludes Op.32 Nos 12 & 13
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Preludes Op.32 Nos 12 & 13

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Op. 4 no 3 V molchan'i nochi tajnoj
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Op. 4 no 3 V molchan'i nochi tajnoj
Sergey Rachmaninov
The Isle of the Dead, Op. 29
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The Isle of the Dead, Op. 29
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Prelude (Partita No 3 in E major, BWV.1006)
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Prelude (Partita No 3 in E major, BWV.1006)
Sergey Rachmaninov
Preghiera
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Preghiera
Sergey Rachmaninov
The Bells, Op 35 (3rd movement)
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The Bells, Op 35 (3rd movement)
Sergey 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
Sergey Rachmaninov
Symphonic Dances, Op. 45: II. Andante con moto (Tempo di valse)
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Symphonic Dances, Op. 45: II. Andante con moto (Tempo di valse)
Sergey Rachmaninov
Elegiac Trio No. 2 in D Minor: I. Moderato (1917 version)
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Elegiac Trio No. 2 in D Minor: I. Moderato (1917 version)
Sergey Rachmaninov
Daises (6 Romances, Op 38)
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Daises (6 Romances, Op 38)
Sergey Rachmaninov
Étude-tableaux in E flat minor, Op 39 No 5
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Étude-tableaux in E flat minor, Op 39 No 5
Sergey Rachmaninov
Caprice Bohemien, Op 12
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Caprice Bohemien, Op 12
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 D major, op.23 no.4
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Prelude in D major, op.23 no.4
Sergey Rachmaninov
Piano Concerto no.2 in C minor, 1st mvt
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Piano Concerto no.2 in C minor, 1st mvt
Sergey Rachmaninov
Symphony No 2 in E minor, Op 27 (2nd mvt)
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Symphony No 2 in E minor, Op 27 (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
5 Morceaux de fantaisie Op.3 for piano
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5 Morceaux de fantaisie Op.3 for piano
Sergey Rachmaninov
Symphonic Dance, Op.45 no.1
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Symphonic Dance, Op.45 no.1
Sergey Rachmaninov
Vespers (All-night vigil) Op.37 for chorus
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Vespers (All-night vigil) Op.37 for chorus
Sergey Rachmaninov
Symphony No 2, 2nd mvmt
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Symphony No 2, 2nd mvmt
Sergey Rachmaninov
Symphonic Dance no 1 [Non allegro], Op 45
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Symphonic Dance no 1 [Non allegro], Op 45
Sergey Rachmaninov
Prelude Op. 23 No. 2
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Prelude Op. 23 No. 2
Sergey Rachmaninov
Symphony no. 3 in A minor Op.44
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Symphony no. 3 in A minor Op.44
Sergey Rachmaninov
Moments musicaux, Op 16 (No 1 in B flat minor)
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Moments musicaux, Op 16 (No 1 in B flat minor)
Sergey Rachmaninov
Vocalise, Op 34 No 14 orch Rachmaninov
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Vocalise, Op 34 No 14 orch Rachmaninov
Sergey Rachmaninov
Piano Concerto No 3
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Piano Concerto No 3
Johann Sebastian Bach
Partita No 3 for violin in E major, BWV 1006 (1st mvt)
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Partita No 3 for violin in E major, BWV 1006 (1st mvt)
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
Cello Sonata in G minor Op 19 (Andante)
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Cello Sonata in G minor Op 19 (Andante)
Sergey 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
Sergey Rachmaninov
Daisies, Op 38 No 3
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Daisies, Op 38 No 3
Sergey Rachmaninov
Etude-tableau in G minor (Op.33 No.8)
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Etude-tableau in G minor (Op.33 No.8)
Sergey Rachmaninov
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor (Proms 2015)
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Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor (Proms 2015)
Sergey Rachmaninov
Symphony No 1 in D minor, Op 13 (Allegro animato)
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Symphony No 1 in D minor, Op 13 (Allegro animato)
Sergey Rachmaninov
Preludes Op. 23 No. 5 in D Major
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Preludes Op. 23 No. 5 in D Major
Sergey Rachmaninov
Nunc dimittis (All-Night Vigil)
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Nunc dimittis (All-Night Vigil)
Johann Sebastian Bach
Prelude from Partita No 3 in E for solo violin (tr. for piano by Rachmaninov)
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Prelude from Partita No 3 in E for solo violin (tr. for piano by Rachmaninov)
Franz Schubert
Duo Sonata in A major, D 574 (4th mvt)
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Duo Sonata in A major, D 574 (4th mvt)
Sergey Rachmaninov
Prelude in C minor, Op 23, No 7
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Prelude in C minor, Op 23, No 7
Sergey Rachmaninov
Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor, Op 18
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Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor, Op 18
Sergey Rachmaninov
Polka Italienne
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Polka Italienne
Sergey Rachmaninov
The Bells: 'The Mellow Wedding Bells' (2nd mvt)
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The Bells: 'The Mellow Wedding Bells' (2nd mvt)
Sergey Rachmaninov
13 Préludes, Op. 32: No. 5 in G Major. Moderato
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13 Préludes, Op. 32: No. 5 in G Major. Moderato
Sergey Rachmaninov
Piano Concerto In C Minor: 2Nd Movement
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Piano Concerto In C Minor: 2Nd Movement
Sergey Rachmaninov
Vocalise
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Vocalise
Sergey Rachmaninov
Concerto No. 2, Op. 18, In C Minor: Moderato - Allegro
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Concerto No. 2, Op. 18, In C Minor: Moderato - Allegro
Sergey Rachmaninov
Vespers - 'Blessed art Thou, o Lord'
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Vespers - 'Blessed art Thou, o Lord'

Vespers - 'Blessed art Thou, o Lord'

Choir
RSFSR Academic Russian Choir
Conductor
Alexander Sveshnikov
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Proms 2018: Prom 59: Relaxed Prom
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Proms 2018: Prom 59: Relaxed Prom

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