Critical Acclaim for “Prokofiev For Two”

04.30.18
Sergei Babayan

Translated

"Prokofiev's symphonic battleships on two pianos – could 176 keys cope with them? Absolutely, if they are played by Martha Argerich and Sergei Babayan. The two not only bring out the rhythmic quality of this music, but also let previously unseen colors shine. An addictive album."
Peter Korfmacher, Märkische Allgemeine, April 23, 2018

"A truly diabolical duo is being offered by Martha Argerich and Sergei Babayan on 'Prokofiev for Two' (DG): They rip through the transcriptions for two pianos from 'Romeo and Juliet', 'Hamlet', 'Eugen Onegin' or War and Peace'. The virtuoso transcriptions have been created by Babayan himself and were dedicated to his piano partner of many years, Martha Argerich. A dazzling album, all of a piece."
Miriam Damev, Falter 15/2018 of April 13, 2018

"This drama will not have a happy end – Sergei Babayan makes this clear with the very first bars of his own transcriptions of Prokofiev's 'Romeo and Juliet'. (...) But in the very moment in which one might think this recording exaggerates the dark and harsh side of Prokofiev's work, it suddenly changes in tone, when the two caress the keys tenderly in the Dance of the Ladies. In this instance, if not earlier, one will have forgotten that this music is actually designed to be performed by the large instrumentation of a full orchestra, because Sergei Babayan has transferred the colors onto two pianos with great intelligence – and because the two of them form a perfect team that draws up in complete sync the scenes and characters in vivid fashion. (...) The concluding piece returns to the harsh sound of the beginning of this CD and demonstrates once again the impressive precision and virtuosity of the two pianists."
Markus Stäbler, NDR Radio April 4, 2018