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 Fifth Symphony, a work almost an hour in length, is obsessive and violent, with the two outer movements, wild kaleidoscopes of whirling colours and driving energy, framing a tragic slow movement and a sardonic march. The much earlier Double-Bass Concerto, which sits downstream from Shostakovich, shows the same grim sense of humour in the teeth of the dancing indifference of fate.
Entcho Radoukanov, double bass Tracks 1 – 3 Symphony Orchestra of Bulgarian National Radio Emil Tabakov, conductor
Symphony No. 5 (2000) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0530/Track04.mp3
Catalogue No: TOCC0530EAN/UPC: 5060113445308Release Date: 01.07.2019Composer: Emil Tabakov Artists: Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Emil Tabakov, Entcho Radoukanov
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