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

FIXME: Currently 2 works are in need of serious cleanup:
1. Op. 31 Liturgy of St John Chrysostom
2. Op. 37 All-Night Vigil

Annotation last modified on 2013-07-08 01:59 UTC.

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Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff (Russian: Серге́й Васи́льевич Рахма́нинов; Russian pronunciation: [sʲɪrˈɡʲej rɐxˈmanʲɪnəf]; 1 April [O.S. 20 March] 1873 – 28 March 1943) was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor. Rachmaninoff is widely considered one of the finest pianists of his day and, as a composer, one of the last great representatives of Romanticism in Russian classical music.

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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Album

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
1959 Concerto no. 3 Sergei Rachmaninov; Symphony of the Air, Kiril Kondrashin, Van Cliburn 1
1963 The Bells / Symphonic Dances S. Rachmaninov; Moscow Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Kirill Kondrashin 2
1964 Second Piano Concerto Rachmaninov; Vladimir Ashkenazy, Moscow Philharmonic, Kyril Kondrashin 1
1972 Piano Concertos nos. 1 & 3 Rachmaninoff; Vladimir Ashkenazy, London Symphony Orchestra, André Previn 2
1975 Isle of the Dead / The Bells Sergei Rachmaninov; Grand Symphony Orchestra of the USSR, Евгений Фёдорович Светланов 1
1975 Suites for 2 Pianos 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 (London Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: André Previn) Сергей Васильевич Рахманинов 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 Concerto no. 2 / Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Rachmaninoff; Arthur Rubinstein, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner 2
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; Vladimir Ashkenazy, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy 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 (USSR Ministry of Culture Chamber Choir feat. conductor: Valeri Polyansky) Сергей Васильевич Рахманинов 4
1986 Symphonic Dances / Prince Rostislav Rachmaninoff; Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin 1
1987 Piano Concerto No. 2 / Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Rachmaninoff; Vladimir Ashkenazy, London Symphony Orchestra, André Previn 1
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 Piano Concerto no. 1 / Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Rachmaninoff; Vladimir Ashkenazy, Concertgebouw 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 Symphony No. 3; Piano Concerto No. 1 Сергей Васильевич Рахманинов; Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, Abbey Simon 1
1987 Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 / Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 (Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal feat. conductor: Charles Dutoit, piano: Jorge Bolet) Tchaikovsky / Rachmaninoff 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 Ten Preludes, Op. 23 / Morceaux de Fantaisie, Op. 3 (feat. piano: Howard Shelley) Сергей Васильевич Рахманинов 1
1988 Variations on a Theme of Chopin, Op. 22 / Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 (piano: Howard Shelley) Сергей Васильевич Рахманинов 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 Symphony no. 2 in E minor Сергей Васильевич Рахманинов; London Symphony Orchestra, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky 1
1988 The Sea and the Gulls (Oregon Symphony feat. conductor: James DePreist) Сергей Васильевич Рахманинов 1
1989 Horowitz plays Sergei Rachmaninoff Сергей Васильевич Рахманинов; Владимир Самойлович Горовиц 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 (Mexico City Philharmonic feat. conductor: Enrique Bátiz, piano: Jorge Luis Prats) Сергей Васильевич Рахманинов 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 Rachmaninov: Symphony no. 3 in A minor, op. 44 / Kalinnikov: Two Intermezzi for Orchestra Sergey Rachmaninov, Vasily Kalinnikov; London Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi 1

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