VICTOR BABIN (1908-1972): Concerto No. 2 for 2 Pianos and Orchestra, BÉLA BARTÓK (1881-1945):  Concerto for 2 Pianos, Percussion and Orchestra.

Catalogue Number: 02S012

Label: CPO

Reference: 555 001-2

Format: CD

Price: $15.98

Description: Half of the famous Vronsky & Babin piano duo, Babin wrote his concerto in 1956, a neo-baroque/neo-classical work of 26 minutes and four movements which comes closest to the Gallic insouciance of Françaix or Poulenc its motoric second movement while the brief slow movement is a calm and unruffled night lakescape; the outer ones are heavier, more in the Slavic style of Stravinsky or Prokofiev with just a hint of the sardonic Shostakovich. The coupling may be Bartók but at least it’s rarely recorded Bartók - the 1940 orchestration of the 1937 sonata for two pianos and percussion. Piano Duo Genova & Dimitrov, Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra; Yordan Kamdzhalov.

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