Сергей Рахманинов (Sergei Rachmaninoff)

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He naturalized to American citizenship on February 1, 1943 (eight weeks before he died).

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Legal name: Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff, Сергей Васильевич Рахманинов

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Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff (Russian: Серге́й Васи́льевич Рахма́нинов, tr. Sergéj Vasíl'evič Rahmáninov; IPA: [sʲɪrˈɡʲej rɐxˈmanʲɪnəf]; 1 April [O.S. 20 March] 1873 – 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. He is regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century.

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. He acquired U.S. citizenship a month before his death from advanced melanoma.

Early influences of Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, 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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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1950 Sibelius: Finlandia / The Swan of Tuonela / Rachmaninoff: Prelude in C-sharp minor / Prelude in G major / Prelude in G minor Sibelius, Rachmaninoff; The Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy 1
1951 Piano Concerto No. 2 In C Minor Sergei Rachmaninoff, Leopold Stokowski, The Philadelphia Orchestra 1
1959 Concerto no. 3 Sergei Rachmaninov; Symphony of the Air, Kiril Kondrashin, Van Cliburn 3
1964 Second Piano Concerto Rachmaninov; Vladimir Ashkenazy, Moscow Philharmonic, Kyril Kondrashin 1
1965 Songs of the Auvergne / Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 / Vocalise Joseph Canteloube, Heitor Villa‐Lobos, Сергей Васильевич Рахманинов; Anna Moffo, American Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski 5 5
1971 Horowitz Plays Rachmaninoff: Sonata in B-flat minor, op. 36 / Prelude in G-sharp minor, op. 32 / Moment musical in B minor, op. 16 / Three Etudes-Tableaux: E-flat minor, op. 33 / C major, op. 33 / D major, op. 39 Rachmaninoff; Horowitz 1
1973 Symphony no. 1 in D minor, op. 13 Сергей Васильевич Рахманинов; L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Walter Weller 1
1975 Isle of the Dead / The Bells Sergei Rachmaninov; Grand Symphony Orchestra of the USSR, Евгений Фёдорович Светланов 1
1975 Suites for Two Pianos nos. 1 & 2 Sergei Rachmaninov; John Ogdon, Brenda Lucas 3
1975 The Complete Piano Concertos Sergei Rachmaninoff; Tamás Vásáry, London Symphony Orchestra, Yuri Ahronovitch 2
1976 The Isle of the Dead / Symphonic Dances Rachmaninoff; The London Symphony Orchestra, André Previn 1
1977 Piano Concerto No. 2 / Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op 43 Rachmaninov; Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, Abbey Simon 4
1978 CBS Great Performances, Volume 72: Piano Concerto no. 3 Rachmaninoff; Lazar Berman, Claudio Abbado, London Symphony Orchestra 2
1978 Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 4 / Saint‐Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 2 Rachmaninoff, Saint‐Saëns; Earl Wild 1
1978 Solflöjt 2 Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart, Grieg, Sommerfeldt, Rachmaninov, von Koch; Gunilla von Bahr, The Stockholm Chamber Ensemble, Jan-Olav Wedin, Hans Fagius 1
1978 Sunken Cathedral Claude Debussy, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Vincent Persichetti, Chip Davis; Jackson Berkey 1
1982 Piano Concerto no. 2 / Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Saint‐Saëns, Rachmaninoff; Bella Davidovich, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam, Neeme Järvi 1
1982 Piano Sonata no. 2 / Études-tableaux op. 33 Rachmaninov; Vladimir Ashkenazy 1
1983 "The Nutcracker" Suite / Symphonic Dances, op. 45 (version for 2 pianos) Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov; Martha Argerich, Nicolas Economou 2
1984 Symphonic Dances / Vocalise / Aleko: Intermezzo Rachmaninov; Lorin Maazel, Berliner Philharmoniker 1
1984 Piano Concerto no. 2 / Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Rachmaninoff; Chicago Symphony, Fritz Reiner, Arthur Rubinstein 3
1984 Piano Concerto no. 3 in D minor Rachmaninov; Dimitris Sgouros, Berlin Philharmonic, Yuri Simonov 1
1984 The “Elegiac” Piano Trios Serge Rachmaninov; Borodin Trio 1
1985 Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 5 Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev; Sviatoslav Richter, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Stanisław Wisłocki, Witold Rowicki 1
1985 24 Preludes / Sonata No. 2 Rachmaninoff; Vladimir Ashkenazy 3
1985 Piano Concertos nos. 1 & 2 Rachmaninoff; Zoltán Kocsis, San Francisco Symphony, Edo de Waart 1
1986 Piano Concerto No. 3 Rachmaninoff; Vladimir Ashkenazy, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink 1
1986 Piano Concerto no. 3 Rachmaninoff; The Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy, Vladimir Ashkenazy 2
1986 Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 4 Rachmaninoff; Vladimir Ashkenazy, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink 1
1986 Rachmaninov: The Bells (Choral Symphony) / Vocalise / Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Duo / Festival Coronation March Sergey Rachmaninov, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Scottish National Orchestra, SNO Chorus, Neeme Järvi, Suzanne Murphy, Keith Lewis, David Wilson-Johnson 1
1986 Russian Choral Music: Vespers Rachmaninov; Valery Polyansky, USSR Ministry of Culture Chamber Choir 4
1986 Symphonic Dances / Prince Rostislav Rachmaninoff; Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin 1
1986 Symphonie no. 1 / Der Fels / Vocalise Rachmaninov; Berliner Philharmoniker, Lorin Maazel 1
1987 Piano Concerto No. 2 / Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Rachmaninoff; Vladimir Ashkenazy, London Symphony Orchestra, André Previn 2
1987 Tschaikowsky: Klavierkonzert Nr. 1 / Rachmaninov: 5 Préludes Peter Tschaikowsky, Sergej Rachmaninov; Wiener Symphoniker, Herbert von Karajan, Svjatoslav Richter 1
1987 Piano Concertos Nos. 2, 4 Sergej Rachmaninow; Tamás Vásáry, London Symphony Orchestra, Yuri Ahronovitch 1
1987 24 Preludes Rakhmaninov; Marta Deyanova 1
1987 Piano Concerto no. 1 / Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Rachmaninov; Vladimir Ashkenazy, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Bernard Haitink 2
1987 Piano Concertos Nos. 1-4 / Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Rachmaninoff; Earl Wild, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Jascha Horenstein 2
1987 Rachmaninoff Plays Rachmaninoff: Concertos 2 & 3 Sergei Rachmaninoff, Leopold Stokowski, Eugene Ormandy & The Philadelphia Orchestra 1
1987 Rachmaninoff: Concerto no. 3 / Prokofiev: Concerto no. 3 Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev; Van Cliburn 3
1987 Rhapsody in blue, Concerto en fa / Rhapsodie sur un thème de Paganini Gershwin, Rachmaninov; Daniël Wayenberg 1
1987 Symphony no. 3 / Piano Concerto no. 1 Rachmaninov; Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, Abbey Simon 1
1987 Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto no. 1 / Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto no. 2 Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff; Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Charles Dutoit, Jorge Bolet 1
1987 The Complete Transcriptions Sergei Rachmaninoff; Sequeira Costa 1
1988 Piano Concerto no. 2 / Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Rachmaninoff; New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein, Gary Graffman 1
1988 Corelli Variations, op. 42 / Etudes Tableaux, op. 39 Rachmaninoff; Vladimir Ashkenazy 1
1988 Piano Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 28 / Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 36 Rachmaninov; Howard Shelley 2
1988 Piano Concerto no. 2 / Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Sergei Rachmaninov; Budapest Symphony Orchestra, György Lehel, Jenő Jandó 2
1988 Ten Preludes, op. 23 / Morceaux de Fantaisie, op. 3 Rachmaninov; Howard Shelley 1
1988 Variations on a Theme of Chopin, op. 22 / Variations on a Theme of Corelli, op. 42 Serge Rachmaninov; Howard Shelley 2
1988 Rachmaninoff Plays Rachmaninoff: Concertos no. 1 & 4 / Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Sergei Rachmaninoff, Leopold Stokowski, Eugene Ormandy & The Philadelphia Orchestra 1
1988 Ravel: Piano Concerto in G / Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 4 Ravel, Rachmaninov; Philharmonia Orchestra, Ettore Gracis, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli 3
1988 Russian Choral Music: Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom (Moscow Chamber Choir, director: Vladimir Minin) Сергей Васильевич Рахманинов 4
1988 Symphonic Dances, Vocalise Rachmaninoff, The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Donald Johanos 1
1988 Symphony no. 2 / Vocalise / The Sea and the Gulls Sergei Rachmaninoff; Oregon Symphony, James DePreist 1
1988 Symphony no. 2 in E minor Сергей Васильевич Рахманинов; London Symphony Orchestra, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky 1
1989 Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini / Franck: Symphonic Variations / Ravel: Alborada del Gracioso Rachmaninoff, Franck, Ravel; The Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell, Leon Fleisher 5 1
1989 Horowitz plays Rachmaninoff Rachmaninoff; Horowitz 2
1989 Solo Works and Transcriptions Сергей Васильевич Рахманинов 1
1989 Klaviersonaten nos. 1 & 2 Rachmaninov; Alexis Weissenberg 1
1989 Piano Concerto no. 3 / Prince Rostislav / Vocalise Sergei Rachmaninoff; Jorge Luis Prats, Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, Enrique Bátiz 1
1989 Piano Sonata no. 2, op. 36 / Variations on a Theme of Corelli, op. 42 / Moments musicaux, op. 16 Rachmaninov; İdil Biret 2
1989 Rachmaninoff: 17 Etudes-Tableaux Сергей Васильевич Рахманинов;Ian Hobson 1
1989 Rachmaninov: Symphony no. 3 in A minor, op. 44 / Kalinnikov: Two Intermezzi for Orchestra Sergey Rachmaninov, Vasily Kalinnikov; London Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi 1
1990 Piano Concertos Nos. 1, 3 Sergei Rachmaninov; Tamás Vásáry, London Symphony Orchestra, Yuri Ahronovitch 1
1990 Suite no. 1 / Suite no. 2 / Symphonic Dances Rachmaninov; Howard Shelley, Hilary MacNamara 2
1990 Piano Concerto No. 3 / Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Sergei Rachmaninoff; Vladimir Feltsman, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta 1
1990 Rachmaninoff Preludes: Complete Sergei Rachmaninoff; Alexis Weissenberg 1
1990 Aleko S. Rachmaninov; Dmitri Kitaenko 1
1990 Mélodies Rachmaninov, Tcherepnine; Nicolai Gedda, Alexis Weissenberg, Alexandre Tcherepnine 1
1990 Piano Concerto No. 2 / Paganini-Rhapsody Serge Rachmaninoff; Zoltán Kocsis, San Francisco Symphony, Edo de Waart 2
1990 Piano Concerto no. 2 / Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Rachmaninoff; Cécile Licad, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado 2
1990 Sinfonie Nr. 2 e-moll, Op. 27 Sergej Rachmaninoff; Bohuslav-Martinů-Philharmonie, Peter Lücker 1
1990 Symphony no. 1 / The Isle of the Dead Rachmaninov; Andrew Litton & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
1990 Symphony no. 2 / Vocalise Sergei Rachmaninov; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Litton 1
1990 Symphony no. 3 / Symphonic Dances Sergei Rachmaninov; Andrew Litton, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
1991 Symphony no. 2 in E minor, op. 27 / The Rock, op. 7 Sergey Rachmaninov; CSR Symphony Orchestra, Stephen Gunzenhauser 1
1991 Etudes-Tableaux Rachmaninov; İdil Biret 1
1991 Vespers Sergei Rachmaninov; Corydon Singers, Matthew Best 4
1991 Preludes, Op. 23 / Cinq morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3 Rachmaninov; İdil Biret 3
1991 13 Preludes, op. 32 / Kreisler: Liebesleid and Liebesfreud Rachmaninov; İdil Biret 2
1991 24 Preludes Rachmaninoff; Ian Hobson 1
1991 The Isle of the Dead, Op. 29 / Symphonic Dances Rachmaninoff; Concertgebouw Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy 2
1991 Cello Sonatas Prokofiev, Rachmaninov; Yo‐Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax 3
1991 Piano Concerto no. 2 / Paganini Rhapsody Rachmaninov; The Philadelphia Orchestra, Riccardo Muti, Andrei Gavrilov 2
1991 Piano Concerto no. 2 / Piano Concerto no. 3 / Prelude in C-sharp minor / Prelude in E-flat major Rachmaninoff; Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti, Byron Janis 3
1991 Piano Concerto no. 2 / Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Sergei Rachmaninoff; Jorge Luis Prats, Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, Enrique Bátiz 1
1991 Piano Concertos nos. 1 & 4 / Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini Rachmaninov; Philippe Entremont, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy 1
1991 Piano Concertos nos. 2, 3 Rachmaninoff; Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Lorin Maazel, Horacio Gutiérrez 1
1991 Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto no. 2 / Addinsell: Warsaw Concerto Sergei Rachmaninov, Richard Addinsell; Dubravka Tomšič, George Rider, Radio Symphony Orchestra Ljubljana, Anton Nanut 1
1991 Russian Cello sonatas Sergei Rachmaninoff, Sergei Prokofiev; Arto Noras, Eero Heinonen 1
1991 Symphonic Dances / Vocalise Sergei Rachmaninoff; Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Donald Johanos 1
1991 Symphony no. 1 Sergei Rachmaninov; Philharmonie de Gdansk, Paweł Przytocki 2
1991 Symphony No. 2, Op. 27 (Orchestre de Paris feat. conductor: Semyon Bychkov) Сергей Васильевич Рахманинов 1
1992 Suites, op. 5 & op. 17 / Symphonic Dances, op. 45 Sergei Rachmaninov; Martha Argerich, Alexandre Rabinovitch 1
1992 Classical Romance Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Prokofiev, Reger, Chopin; Tübingen Medical Orchestra, Norbert Kirchmann, Robert-Alexander Bohnke 1
1992 Concerto pour piano no. 3 Rachmaninov; Boris Berezovsky, Philharmonia Orchestra, Eliahu Inbal 1
1992 Dances: Symphonic Dances / Dances from “Aleko” / Capriccio Bohémien Sergey Rachmaninov; The Philharmonia, Neeme Järvi 1
1992 E.Grieg / S.Rachmaninoff: Sonatas for Cello & Piano Edvard Grieg, Sergei Rachmaninoff; Mikael Ericsson,František Malý 1

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