Rachmaninov

Rachmaninov
Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff (Rakhmaninov) (Russian: Серге́й Васи́льевич Рахма́нинов,1 April [O.S. 20 March] 1873[nb 2] – 28 March 1943) was a Russian pianist, composer, and conductor of the late-Romantic period, some of whose works are among the most popular in the classical repertoire.

Born into a musical family, Rachmaninoff took up the piano at age four. He graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in 1892 and had composed several piano and orchestral pieces by this time. In 1897, following the 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. After the Russian Revolution, Rachmaninoff and his family left Russia and resided in the United States, first in New York City. Demanding piano concert tour schedules caused his output as composer to slow tremendously; between 1918 and 1943, he completed just six compositions, including Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Symphony No. 3, and Symphonic Dances. In 1942, Rachmaninoff moved to Beverly Hills, California. One month before his death from advanced melanoma, Rachmaninoff acquired American citizenship.

Early influences of Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Balakirev, Mussorgsky, and other Russian composers gave way to a personal style notable for its song-like melodicism, expressiveness and his use of rich orchestral colors. The piano is featured prominently in Rachmaninoff's compositional output, and through his own skills as a performer he explored the expressive possibilities of the instrument.
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Rachmaninov

Rachmaninov

Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff (Rakhmaninov) (Russian: Серге́й Васи́льевич Рахма́нинов,1 April [O.S. 20 March] 1873[nb 2] – 28 March 1943) was a Russian pianist, composer, and conductor of the late-Romantic period, some of whose works are among the most popular in the classical repertoire.

Born into a musical family, Rachmaninoff took up the piano at age four. He graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in 1892 and had composed several p...
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BRAHMS Piano Sonata No. 3
RACHMANINOV
Piano Concerto No. 2

Recorded in 1949 and 1951
Total duration: 64:28

Julius Katchen, piano
The New Symphony Orchestra
conductor Anatole Fistoulari
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DOHNÁNYI Variations on a Nursery Tune
RACHMANINOV Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Recorded 1959
Total duration: 45:49

Julius Katchen, piano
London Philharmonic Orchestra
conductor Sir Adrian Boult

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RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No. 1
RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No. 2
LITOLFF Concerto Symphonique No. 4
Recorded 1958/59
Total duration: 66:22

Peter Katin, piano
London Philharmonic Orchestra
New Symphony Orchestra of London
Sir Adrian Boult,
conductor
Colin Davis,
conductor

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RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No. 1
RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No. 2
RACHMANINOV Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Recorded in 1937, 1938, 1948

Total duration: 78:19

Benno Moiseiwitsch, piano
Philharmonia Orchestra • London Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Malcolm Sargent • Walter Goehr • Basil Cameron

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    RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No. 2
    BARTÓK
    Rhapsody No. 1
    VIOTTI
    Violin Concerto No. 22
    Live stereo recordings, 1961
    Total duration: 69:31

    Pierre Monteux, conductor
    Gary Graffman
    , piano
    Isaac Stern
    , violin
    Boston Symphony Orchestra
     
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    STRAVINSKY Petrushka Suite
    STRAVINSKY The Rite of Spring
    RACHMANINOV Preludes

    Recorded in 1950. 1954 and 1955
    Total duration: 66:10

    The Philadelphia Orchestra
    conducted by Eugene Ormandy