Tabakov - Complete Symphonies Vol.3 | Toccata Classics TOCC0467

Tabakov - Complete Symphonies Vol.3


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Label: Toccata Classics

Cat No: TOCC0467

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 31st August 2018



Symphony Orchestra of Bulgarian National Radio


Emil Tabakov


Tabakov, Emil

Concert Piece for orchestra
Symphony no.4


Symphony Orchestra of Bulgarian National Radio


Emil Tabakov


The Bulgarian Emil Tabakov (b. 1947) follows in the footsteps of such musicians as Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss, being active as both composer and conductor. Like Mahler, he prefers to write for large forces and now has ten symphonies to his name. Again like Mahler, Tabakovís symphonies explore the darker side of the human spirit in epic scores as austere as they are powerful. Behind the plain title of Tabakovís Concert Piece for Orchestra (1985) lurks an extraordinary explosion of violence and anger. The Fourth Symphony (1997) sandwiches a wild Bulgarian dance between two glacial slow movements, the second with an episode of Tchaikovskian lyricism at its centre; the finale is a dark, whirling moto perpetuo Ė a ride through hell. This is the third volume of a projected series of all ten Tabakov symphonies, most of them receiving their first recordings.

Emil Tabakov first took to the podium at the age of seventeen and won the Nikolai Malko Young Conductors Competition in Copenhagen in 1977. At the head of a number of Bulgarian orchestras and as guest conductor of many orchestras elsewhere he has performed all over the world. Beginning to compose at the age of fourteen, he has been always drawn towards the big symphonic forms and numbers Shostakovich, Brahms, Skryabin and Richard Strauss among his foremost influences. He has now written ten symphonies and an impressive series of concertos.

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