Released in 1996, the CD links together two 20th-century composers - Igor Stravinsky and Emil Tabakov. Its originality is not only in the combination of Firebird and Concerto for Orchestra but also in Tabakov's interpretation as principal conductor of the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra. And if in the Firebird ballet suite, a classical work of the 20th century, both the orchestra and the conductor have unanimously achieved the sound brilliance of the score, with all its variety of colours and sound effects, in Concerto for Orchestra the author Tabakov continues not only his own development but also the elaboration of the traditions of the Bulgarian school of composing in the symphonic genre. In its three movements expanded in time, the composition reveals a modern Bulgarian world of feelings and expressiveness in which the rhythm and the Bulgarian merry and sad songs are present. The performance is of a high class, impressing with depth and multitude of orchestra colours.
STRAVINSKY AND EMIL TABAKOV
IGOR STRAVINSKY - L'OISEAU DE FEU (FIREBIRD)
Suite, reorchestrated 1919
 Introduction. L'oiseau de feu et sa danse 3'32"
 Variation de l'oiseau de feu 1'12"
Ronde des princesses. Khorovode 5'43"
 Danse infernale du roi Kastcheï 4'27"
 Berceuse 3'49"
 Final 3'02"
EMIL TABAKOV CONCERTO FOR ORCHESTRA
 Allegro 10'01"
 Adagio 10'35"
 Presto 12'15"
Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra
Emil Tabakov, conductor