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Daniil Trifonov and Sergei Babayan at Verbier

In performances filmed at the 2019 Verbier Festival, Daniil Trifonov and his teacher Sergei Babayan display dazzling pianistic virtuosity and an exceptional depth of mutual musical understanding. They begin with Schumann’s Andante and Variations for two pianos, capturing every nuance of the music’s mercurial changes of mood. The pianists are then accompanied by the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra and Gábor Takács-Nagy in Bach’s C minor Concerto for two keyboards, the composer’s own transcription of his Double Violin Concerto, BWV 1043. Two lively Italianate movements frame a Largo of serene beauty. The final work on the programme features Babayan as soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.9. This work was groundbreaking in terms of its scale, virtuosic demands and elements of surprise, the first of which comes when the piano interrupts the orchestra in the third bar, subverting the conventions of sonata form. Babayan here performs two cadenzas, the first by Mozart, the second his own invention. 

See Sergei Babayan perform live this year at Verbier Festival 2021.

Robert Schumann, arr. Babayan
Andante and Variations, op.46*

Johann Sebastian Bach
Concerto for two keyboards in C minor, BWV 1062*
I Vivace
II Largo ma non tanto
III Allegro assai

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat major, K271 “Jenamy” (“Jeunehomme”)
I Allegro (cadenza: Mozart)
II Andantino (cadenza: Babayan)
III Rondo (Presto)

Daniil Trifonov* piano
Sergei Babayan piano
Gábor Takács-Nagy conductor
Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra

©Photo Nicholas Broadard/Verbier Festival


Recorded live at Verbier Festival’s enthusiastically celebrated concert of 2015, Sergei Babayan and his former apprentice Daniil Trifonov join artistic forces. Listen to their release of Rachmaninov’s Suite No. 1 for 2 Pianos, Op. 5 “Fantaisie-tableaux”: I. Barcarolle here.


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