The programme is released in connection with the 40th anniversary of Sofia Soloists Chamber Ensemble. It presents three works from different epochs in music. These pieces are part of the large repertoire of the ensemble, which includes more than 400 works together with some Bulgarian composers (the album of Sofia Soloists – GD 273). Founded in 1962, the ensemble quickly established itself as an elite musical formation. It has given more than 2500 concerts in Bulgaria and abroad and has a discography of over 60 releases for various music companies, Gega New included, regular television and radio broadcasts. The soloists participate in prestigious international festivals and have partnered world-renowned artists such as Henryk Szeryng, Heinz Hollinger, Daniil Shafran, Nicanor Zabaletta, Patrick Galois, Nigel Kennedy, and others. The ensemble also supports the development of many young Bulgarian musicians. Plamen Djouroff has been the conductor of Sofia Soloists since 1988. He is also Associate Professor in conducting at the Pancho Vladigerov State Academy of Music. His compositions, including Fantasia, Elegy and Toccata, Oratorio-Requiem and others have been performed many times. He is director of the Boris Christoff International Festival for Young Opera Singers.

SOFIA SOLOISTS CHAMBER ENSEMBLE

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  • Track Listing

    GEORG PHILIPP TELEMANN

    Don Quixote Suite

    [1] Burlesque of Quixote 3'27''

    [2] Don Quixote's Awakening 2'05''

    [3] Attacking the Windmils 1'49''

    [4] The Sings of Love for Princess Dulcinee 1'50''

    [5] The Cheated Sancho Pansa 1'30''

    [6] Galop for Rosinante, Galop for Sancho's Donkey 2'26''

    [7] Don Quixote Retires to Sleep 1'22''

    BENJAMIN BRITTEN

    Simple Symphony

    [8] Boisterous bourree 2'50''

    [9] Playful pizzicato 3'18''

    [10] Sentimental saraband 7'34''

    [11] Frolicsome finale 3'04''

    FRANZ SCHUBERT - GUSTAV MAHLER

    Quartet "Death and the Maiden" D minor

    (Der Tod und das Madchen)

    [12] Allegro 11'36''

    [13] Andante con moto 14'46''

    [14] Scherzo: Allegro molto 4'01''

    [15] Presto 9'32''

    DDD 71'10''

  • Participating

    Sofia Soloists Chamber Ensemble

    Plamen Djouroff, conductor