Classical Album of the Week: Prokofiev for Two—Martha Argerich and Sergei Babayan

May 28, 2018

May 28, 2018.  Discovering this album is really quite a treat.  On Prokofiev for Two pianist Martha Argerich is joined by Armenian-born American pianist Sergei Babayan in his transcriptions for two pianos.  Together, they play some of Prokofiev’s best-loved music. 

I’ve always followed performances by Argerich, a pianist whose playing is right on the edge.  She generates tremendous musicality and excitement. 

Here, you’ll find Argerich and Babayan playing music from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet.  There are also other works Babayan transcribed for two pianos from their original orchestral guise, and it’s music that is very convincing.  

Babayan says he made the transcriptions because of his love of the Russian composer, as well as his love of Argerich.  From the opening chords of Romeo and Juliet, you’ll know you’re in for a rare treat.  

The disc also includes Babayan’s arrangements of music from Hamlet, War and Peace, as well as Prokofiev’s film music for The Queen of Spades.  

Equal parts percussive and lyrical, Prokofiev for Two will make you want to listen again and again.