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Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov

Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov (Composer)

Born: 1st April 1873, Starorussky Uyezd

Died: 28th March 1943, Beverly Hills

Nationality: Russian

Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff was a Russian composer, virtuoso pianist, and conductor of the late Romantic period. The influence of Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Balakirev, Mussorgsky, and other Russian composers is seen in his early works, later giving way to a personal style notable for song-like melodicism, expressiveness and rich orchestral colours.

Born into a musical family, Rachmaninoff took up the piano at the age of 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 supportive therapy allowed him to complete his enthusiastically received Piano Concerto No.

Further Reading: Rachmaninov

 Interview, Martin James Bartlett on Rachmaninov and Gershwin

The pianist talks about his new album that draws links between two giants of the early twentieth century, via Earl Wild and the New York jazz scene in the 1920s.

 Recording of the Week, MUSE from Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason

The siblings' contrasting musical personalities complement one another quite beautifully in sonatas by Barber and Rachmaninov, plus a well-chosen selection of songs by both composers.

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