Armenian pianist Sergei Babayan studied in Moscow with Mikhael Pletnev, before settling in the States in 1989. He was a prizewinner in several important competitions: the Hamamatsu in Japan (where he won first prize), and the Queen Elisabeth and Busoni competitions. He regularly plays with Valery Gergiev, Yuri Temirkanov and Neeme Järvi. A wonderful interpreter of the great Romantics, Rachmaninoff and Liszt, he is equally at home with Bach (a superb Goldberg Variations!) and...Scarlatti, a generous selection of whose sonatas is recorded on this CD, formerly issued on the Pro Piano label: a stunning display of clarity, elegance, virtuosity and heartfelt emotion.
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