Posted: Sunday | 12.18.11
D. Scarlatti: Sonatas
If you have read my posts before, you already know that I get excited about connecting with performing artists whom I consider to be outstanding. While I have not attended a live performance of Sergei Babayan, I have been impressed with his musicianship, his sensitivity, and his ability to create amazing pianissimos at the piano!
Sergei Babayan was born in Guimri, Armenia, and began his musical studies at age six. His numerous teachers have included the legendary Lev Naumov, and at the Moscow Conservatory, Michael Pletnev.
Mr. Babayan first traveled to the United States in 1989, and that same year he won First Prize in The Robert Casadesus International Piano Competition. His entrance and subsequent victory marked the first time a Russian artist had participated without official government sponsorship.
In a span of two years, he won First Prize in The Palm Beach International Piano Competition, First Prize in the 1991 International Hamamatsu Competition, was a Laureate of the Queen Elisabeth International Piano Competition, won First Prize (and all three special performance awards,) in the Scottish International Piano Competition, third prize at the Busoni International Piano Competition, and was a prize winner at the inaugural Esther Honens International Piano Competition.
On this CD, we get to hear Mr. Babayan perform the music of Scarlatti:
Keyboard Sonata K8 in G minor
Keyboard Sonata K54 in A minor
Keyboard Sonata K454 in G major
Keyboard Sonata K547 in G major
Keyboard Sonata K247 in C sharp minor
Keyboard Sonata K118 in D major
Keyboard Sonata K198 in E minor
Keyboard Sonata K79 in G major
Keyboard Sonata K239 in F minor
Keyboard Sonata K45 in D major
Keyboard Sonata K17 in F major
Keyboard Sonata K365 in F minor
Keyboard Sonata K445 in F major
Keyboard Sonata K502 in C major
Keyboard Sonata K141 in D minor
Keyboard Sonata K487 in C major
Keyboard Sonata K425 in G major
Keyboard Sonata K427 in G major
Here is Sergei Babayan performing the Rachmaninov Moment musicaux op.16 No. 2
And here he is in the W. A. Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466; Second Movement – Romanze
What magical, wonderful sounds he makes in this music
Tags: Sergei Babayan, piano, Scarlatti