About the Performance

Sergei Babayan, master pianist
Sunday, May 16 | 2:30 PM
Folly Theater

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Sergei Babayan is one of the leading pianists of our time. Hailed for his emotional intensity, bold energy and remarkable levels of color, Sergei Babayan brings a deep understanding and insight into an exceptionally diverse repertoire. Le Figaro has praised his “unequaled touch, perfectly harmonious phrasing, and breathtaking virtuosity.” Le Devoir from Montreal put it simply: “Sergei Babayan is a genius. Period

Concert Program

LISZT St François de Paule: marchant sur les flots, S. 175, No. 2
Schubert Song Transcriptions
Die Stadt, S. 560, No. 1
Lob Der Tränen, S. 557 )
Der Atlas, S. 560, No. 11
Der Müller und Der Bach, S. 565, No. 2
Gretchen am Spinnrade, S. 558, No. 8
Ständchen von Shakespeare, S. 558, No. 9
Auf dem Wasser zu singen, S. 558, No. 2

RACHMANINOFF Prelude in D Major, Op. 23, No. 4
Etude-tableaux in D minor, Op. 39, No. 8
Etude-tableaux in E-flat minor, Op. 39, No. 5
Etude-tableaux in A minor, Op. 39, No. 2
Moment musicaux in E-flat minor, Op. 16, No. 2
Moment musicaux in C Major, Op. 16, No. 6


ŽLABYS Echoes of Light (2019)

SCHUMANN Kreisleriana, Op. 16
Ausserst bewegt (1810 – 1856)
Sehr innig und nicht zu rasch
Sehr aufgeregt
Sehr langsam
Sehr lebhaft
Sehr langsam
Sehr rasch
Schnell und spielend

“He smashes all expectations:  Pianism, larger than life.” (Diapason)

About Sergei Babayan

Sergei Babayan is a Deutsche Grammophon exclusive artist; his latest release of his own transcriptions for two pianos of works by Sergei Prokofiev, with Martha Argerich as his partner (‘Prokofiev for Two’; DG 2018), was praised by reviewers as ‘the CD one has waited for’ (Le Devoir), an ‘electrifying duo that leaves the listener in consternation’ (Pianiste), taking ‘the piano duo to a new level: If all music was like this, there would be no sorrow in the world.’ (Norman Lebrecht, MyScena).

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