About the Performance

Sergei Babayan
Rescheduled for March 18, 2022
Folly Theater

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

INTERMISSION

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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