The premiere performance of Symphony No. 1 took place on November 20th, 1889 in Budapest, conducted by the author himself. Almost 120 years after the premiere, Njagul Tumangelov accomplished the recording of this massive work.
Being the son of the famous composer, choir conductor and music pedagogue Dragia Tumangelov, he naturally chose music as his career. Njagul Tumangelov received his music education at the Music School for Gifted Children in Sofia and then went on to study at the State Academy of Music – Sofia, in the class of Professor Boyan Lechev. In 1962 he became the principal concertmaster of Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, and in 1969 he received the position of principal concertmaster of the Austrian Radio and Television, and later – the Bavarian Radio and Television. He is a founder and primarius of the Austrian Radio and Television string quartet. It was by accident that he launched on his career as a conductor – the conductor of Il barbiere di Siviglia by Paisiello in the chamber opera in Vienna was suddenly taken ill and Mr. Tumangelov took his place and conducted the performance. Since then he has been successfully working both as a violin player and a conductor.
In 2000 Gega New released a CD with three sonatas for violin and piano by Villa-Lobos, recorded by Njagul Tumangelov – violin, and Bojidar Noev – piano (GD 224). Now, 8 years later, his admirers will be able to appreciate his talent as a conductor.
Recorded in Studio 1 of the Bulgarian National Radio, October 2-4th, 2007
GUSTAV MAHLER · SYMPHONY No. 1 in D MAJOR “Titan”
 Langsam. Schleppend. Wie ein Naturlaut 16’13’’
 Kräftig bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell 7’35’’
 Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu shleppen 10’14’’
 Stümisch bewegt 20’11’’
Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Njagul Tumangelov, conductor