Started by foxandpeng, September 10, 2021, 01:47:42 AM
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Quote from: foxandpeng on September 02, 2022, 05:38:07 AMPredictable cross post today from WAYLT. Release day has been long overdue and much anticipated!Emil TabakovComplete Symphonies Volume 7Concerto for 15 Strings Symphony 9Emil Tabakov Sofia Philharmonic OrchestraI have only listened to the Symphony 9 so far, but here are some initial thoughts.This is as outstanding as I hoped it might be. Fraught and frantic, atmospheric and funereal (those bells in the Presto!), edgy and anxious, ponderous and reflective... it has lots of the nails on chalkboard that Tabakov does so well. This is 3am music, when the darkness feels deepest and the emotions feel most fragile. Edvard Munch would be proud. I wish I understood the technicalities of the music well enough to be able to analyse, comment and add value to your decision whether or not to invest time in listening, but you will have to make do with an effusive endorsement from an enthusiastic amateur. No feel-good factor in this, but lots of painful human experience and raw honesty. There was a metal band some years ago who carried as their strapline, 'Grim Northern Bastards' - mere amateurs compared to Tabakov. It is a live recording, but clearly the recording values are high quality and the players do a real number on this performance. No hints of background noise or audience intrusions - they wouldn't dare, I suspect. Tabakov continues to be the emotional successor to all that I have heard by Pettersson, and long may his composing reign as an utter force of nature and skill. 5 stars for me.
Quote from: Maestro267 on September 02, 2022, 11:36:53 PMSo the only ones we're missing now are 3, 10 and 11.
Quote from: vandermolen on September 04, 2022, 12:58:55 PMThe only one I have is No.1. I enjoyed it but it didn't make a huge impression on me so I should listen to it again ASAP.
Quote from: relm1 on September 04, 2022, 04:36:32 PMI haven't heard No. 1 but all the ones I've heard from the Toccata Classics releases (plus No. 3 which was referenced in this thread but not a Toccata release) have been very intense and fine works. I just listened to the newly released No. 9 and to me, it commands attention. Unlike Allan Pettersson who has a similar sound world, Tabakov has more variety. Pettersson is like a long, dark agitated adagio in sound space but Tabakov will have more a Shostakovich approach - you'll get the adagio but the presto and allegro too. So, more variation in the sound while still being dire. To me, that's more interesting. You won't want to see a play where everyone is a tragic character but also need a villain, heroin, romantic interest, maybe comic too. That's why Shakespeare was so brilliant. If you only focus on the villain, that can be very uninteresting and is one of the flaws of Pettersson and advantages of Mahler or Shostakovich. Darkness also has satire thereby heightening the wonderful brilliance of the transformation we'll experience. If you only get darkness, it actually gets boring. Tabakov is a more varied version of Pettersson and to me, that's more satisfying.
Quote from: vandermolen on September 05, 2022, 12:38:24 AMInteresting points Karim. May I ask which Tabakov symphonies you would recommend. I do find glimpses of light in Pettersson which are all the more affecting because of the pervasive darkness from which they emerge - in particular I'm thinking of 'the long struggle towards the sunrise' at the end of No.6 and moments of tranquil beauty in No.7 and, most of all, the last few minutes of the Violin Concerto No.2.
Quote from: Maestro267 on September 05, 2022, 09:44:14 AMListened to the first two symphonies today and blown away by both of them, along with No. 5 which I heard the other day. One thing I've picked up on is his use of contrasts. Usually loud and fast music interrupted by quieter, stiller passages. Kind of reminds me of the end of Tippett's symphonies 1, 3 & 4.
Quote from: relm1 on September 05, 2022, 06:38:42 AMI quite liked the Symphony No. 7. No. 9 is good too. No. 3, I like the intense violence and presto ending. Another composer he reminds me a little bit of is Giya Kancheli. Maybe No. 7 is a place you'd like to start with. When first hearing it, I remember thinking this looks like a long slog, but it was over before I knew it and never really felt the passage of time if you know what I mean...it held my attention throughout.
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