If there is a caveat for this release, it’s that the hour-long playing time is not enough – a measure of just how good this Rachmaninov recital is. Sergei Babayan has chosen fifteen pieces – mostly from the Preludes and Etudes-tableaux, adding, as a novelty, Volodos’s transcription of the Cello Sonata’s slow movement (nice!). It can be taken for granted that Babayan has a transcendental technique, to which I can advise that he plays, as any one of these tasty morsels respectively requires, with power, passion, sensitivity, delicacy, mercurial dexterity and a flexible expressivity that drawers the listener in through a variety of idiomatic touches, colours and dynamics, faithfully recorded (in December 2009 says the booklet, surely a mistake?). DG 483 9181.