Special Alert

Sergei Babayan, Piano

  • November 12, 2016
  • Baldwin Auditorium
  • 1336 Campus Dr, Durham, NC 27705
  • 8pm
  • $38, $32, $15 Ages 30 & under, $10 Duke students
  • (919) 660-3356
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Sergei Babayan was one of the first Soviet pianists to emerge after the fall of the Iron Curtain, and his arrival in the West was a sensation. Twenty-five years after his dramatic arrival on the international scene, this Armenian-born virtuoso is still hailed as a musician’s musician. “Babayan is no mere pianist,” The Scotsman declared. “He is a master-musician for whom the piano is his voice, his orchestra.” Babayan’s “unrivalled touch, perfectly harmonious phrasing, and breathtaking virtuosity” were lauded by Le Figaro. After a decade focused on teaching — he was the teacher of pianist Daniil Trifonov, appearing at Duke Performances on March 31 — he has been called back to the recital stage by popular demand. Babayan arrives at Duke Performances with a powerhouse program. He begins with a dreamlike fantasia by his Russian contemporary Vladimir Ryabov, building to a selection of Chopin’s arch-romantic miniatures, including the famous and poignant Waltz in C-sharp Minor. The highlight of the program is Bach’s thirty Goldberg Variations, the pinnacle of baroque keyboard music. Program: Vladimir Ryabov: Fantasia in C minor, op. 21, in memory of Maria Yudina Chopin: Polonaise op. 26, no 1 in C-sharp Minor; Valse op.64, no. 2 in C-sharp Minor; Barcarolle op. 60 in F-sharp Major; Valse op. 69, no. 2 in B Minor; Impromptu op. 29, no. 1 in A-flat Major; Ballade no. 3 in A-flat Major, op. 47 Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

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