Sergey Rachmaninov

Sergey Rachmaninov (photo: Tully Potter)
Born: 1873
Died: 1943

Few musicians have successfully followed two musical disciplines, but Rachmaninov managed three: composer, conductor and pianist. His music is tonal, classically structured and imbued with harmonic beauty and melodies of overpowering expressiveness – a Romantic writing after the Romantic era had passed.

Explore Rachmaninov's life and music...

Top 10 Rachmaninov recordings 

There are many truly great recordings of Rachmaninov's passionate music, but these 10 recordings would grace any classical collection... Read more

Rachmaninov on the future of broadcasting 

A revealing interview with Sergey Rachmaninov from Gramophone, April 1931... Read more

Rachmaninov's Etudes-tableaux, Op 39 – which recording should you buy?

The essence of these piano pieces is, as Bryce Morrison finds, best captured by the Russian piano elite... Read more

Rachmaninov’s Symphony No 2 – which recording is best?

Premiered in 1908, it was almost 70 years before Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony came in from the cold, finds David Gutman... Read more

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