SERGEY RACHMANINOV

Contents

1. Life
2. Selected Discography

Life

Sergey RachmaninovSergey Rachmaninov (Oneg, 20 March/1 April 1873 – Beverly Hills, 28 March 1943), Russian pianist, composer, and conductor.

Born into a musical family, Rachmaninov started playing the piano at an early age and later studied at the Moscow Conservatory, from where he graduated in 1892. He already composed several works when, in 1897, the negative reception of his Symphony No. 1 led him to depression. He did not compose much for the next years and only the success of his Piano Concerto No. 2 in 1901 marked the end of this sad period.

Rachmaninov’s early works reveal the influence of Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Mussorgsky and other great Russian composers, but he developed his distinctive musical style, characterized by expressive lyricism and by a very rich palette of colours. Among his most significant works, it is worth remembering the Symphony No. 2 (1908), the Cello Sonata (1901), his four Piano Concertos and his two Piano Sonatas. He also completed three operas: Aleko (1892), The Miserly Knight (1905) and Francesca da Rimini (1905).

Apart from his compositional activity, Rachmaninov was acknowledged as one of the best pianist of his time. After the Russian Revolution, when he and his family had to move to the United States, his activity as a virtuoso pianist was actually his main source of income. He was so successful that he had almost to give up composition. In fact, he completed only six works between 1918 and 1943, the most important being the Symphonic Dances and the Symphony No. 3.

Rachmaninov died in 1943 in Beverly Hills.

Selected Discography

Trifonov Destination Rachmaninov DepartureDaniil Trifonov – Destination Rachmaninov. Departure

Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 4

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor
Deutsche Grammophon, 2018
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Nina Kotova Rachmaninov Prokofiev Cello SonatasNina Kotova – Rachmaninov & Prokofiev. Cello Sonatas

Fabio Bidini, piano
Warner Classics, 2017
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Khatia Buniatishvili – Buniatishvili Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto Nos 2 & 3 Paavo JarviRachmaninoff. Piano Concerto Nos 2 & 3

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Paavo Järvi, conductor
Sony, 2017
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Rachmaninov All-Night Vigil HillerVespers & Complete All-Night Vigil

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Paul Hiller, conductor
Harmonia Mundi, 2008
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Rachmaninov Suites Morceaux Oxen ApekishevaThe Two Piano Suites – Six Morceaux, op. 11

Charles Owen, Katya Apekisheva, pianos
Avie Records, 2018
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Symphony No. 2

Live in Concert
Philharmonia Orchestra
Vladimir Ashkenazy, conductor
Signum Classics, 2018
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Rachmaninov Symphony No. 3 Symphonic Dances AshkenazySymphonic Dances, Symphony No. 3
Live in Concert

Philharmonia Orchestra
Vladimir Ashkenazy, conductor
Signum Classics, 2018
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