Alexander Rachmaninov died early this morning of a brain haemorrhage. He was 80 years old. He had had a stroke on Monday at his home in Switzerland and was in a coma in a specialist hospital in Lausanne for two days.
He will be buried near his mother, Rachmaninov’s daughter, in Medun, south of Paris. His paternal surname was Conus, but he preferred his famous grandfather’s
Alexander, who lived in his grandfather’s villa on Lake Lucerne, was estranged from his children. He is survived by his recenly married wife, Natalie, who is likely to inherit the estate.
Serge Rachmaninov died in March 1943. Most of his copyrights will expire at the end of next year. Alexander was involved in creating a fifth piano concerto out of the original second symphony, which will earn revenues for much longer.
The pianist Denis Matsuev, who worked closely with Alexander and premiered the ‘fifth’ concerto, said of him today: ‘He was absolutely Russian in spirit, a man who could not survive without Russian nature, Russian language, Russian culture, music, grandfather…’