Tabakov - Complete Symphonies Vol.6: Symphony no.7 | Toccata Classics TOCC0597

Tabakov - Complete Symphonies Vol.6: Symphony no.7

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Label: Toccata Classics

Cat No: TOCC0597

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 2nd April 2021

Contents

Artists

Symphony Orchestra of Bulgarian National Radio

Conductor

Emil Tabakov

Works

Tabakov, Emil

Symphony no.7

Artists

Symphony Orchestra of Bulgarian National Radio

Conductor

Emil Tabakov

About

The music of the Bulgarian composer-conductor Emil Tabakov (b. 1947) explores the darker side of the human spirit in epic scores as austere as they are powerful. His mighty Seventh Symphony, almost an hour in length, is conceived on a massive scale. The monumental opening Allegro moderato passes through islands of calm during its desperate ride through hell and is followed by a heaven-rattling funeral march and a wild, swirling dance. The finale opens by stoking up the tension in an extensive slow introduction before the music is once again whipped into a maelstrom of dark, driven energy, piling forward to its inexorable conclusion.

“The Bulgarian Dances which open this album, for example, clearly owe something to Bartók and Kodály yet are completely sui generis  [...]. Symphony No.8 is music with something individual to say and though it’s not always a comforting message or an easy listen, I found it well worth hearing.” – MusicWeb International (TOCC0365: Vol.1)

“The orchestral playing is vivid, and I welcome the wealth of orchestral detail revealed in the performances; it’s certainly an advantage having the composer conduct his own score. Paul Conway's superb, informative annotations are an added bonus.” – Fanfare, September 2017 (TOCC0410: Vol.2)

“Tabakov is unquestionably skilled in building large symphonic structures and judicious in his use of the large orchestral forces at his disposal” – MusicWeb International (TOCC0467: Vol.3)

“Tabakov’s Fifth stands in the same lineage as the epic-scale symphonies of the Soviet era: Shostakovich’s Fourth and Seventh, Khachaturian’s Second, Schnittke’s First. Besides scope, Tabakov’s shares the same edginess and wry humor, and contains more than a touch of the black-as-night bleakness of his predecessors. [...] A very satisfying disc showcases the talents of a composer-conductor whose output is worthy of exploration. This is the fourth in a series of Tabakov’s recordings of his own symphonies – check it out!” – Fanfare, March 2020 (TOCC0530: Vol.4)

“They are both angry works, but whereas the Second gives us unbridled fury, the Sixth is etched on a canvas of more directed, but no less intense, rage and angst. This is not music for the faint of heart. Both symphonies are relentless in their intensity, and the moments of quiet feel like we’re waiting for a bomb to explode. It’s not the music of a placid soul, and it certainly isn’t dull.” – Fanfare, November 2020 (TOCC0562: Vol.5)

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