Argerich and Babayan: Prokofiev

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Argerich and Babayan: Prokofiev

Post by Lance » Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:10 pm

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PROKOFIEV FOR TWO
Martha Argerich, piano
Sergei Babayan, piano

In a beautifully recorded and packaged presentation, we have seven pieces for two pianos arranged by Sergei Babayan and all dedicated to Martha Argerich.

Not all of Prokofiev's music is as bombastic and percussive as you might think. From the 12 Movements from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64, section 9 (Morning Serenade) and 11 (Romeo and Juliet Before Departure) are in deep contrast to section 12 (Death of Tybalt). The sheer artistry from both pianists captivates throughout.

As large as the Argerich discography is, this is a welcome addition, as is all new Argerich recordings. The pianos are well balanced, and there is "air" surrounding them thus giving a very lifelike listening experience.

Highly recommended!
Lance G. Hill
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Re: Argerich and Babayan: Prokofiev

Post by Rach3 » Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:06 am

Thanks !!

YouTube sound, but a taste :

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Re: Argerich and Babayan: Prokofiev

Post by maestrob » Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:26 am

To be truthful, I didn't know that Prokofiev wrote operas called Eugene Onegin or The Queen of Spades: I thought they were by Tchaikovsky!! At any rate, this looks like a fascinating release, and it goes on my Want List immediately. Thanks, Lance! :D

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