I have been listening all weekend to this exquisite CD by Sergei Babayan, mixing some of Rachmaninov’s Préludes, Études-Tableaux and Moments musicaux. They are not in their usual order, which really adds to the experience. I sometimes felt as if I was rediscovering some pieces, as one just flows to the other very naturally. Babayan plays lyrically, passionately, in a very moving way. Simply beautiful and very highly recommended.
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Sergei Babayan is an Armenian-American pianist born in 1961. He is the winner of numerous international competitions, including the Robert Casadesus International Piano Competition in 1989 and the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in 1991. He appears as soloist with leading orchestras, including the Cleveland Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester, London Symphony Orchestra, Bamberger Symphoniker, and the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, under such conductors as Valery Gergiev, Yuri Temirkanov, Tugan Sokhiev, Neeme Järvi, Rafael Payare, and David Robertson.