Nayden Todorov conducts Vladigerov and Mendelssohn — With Ludmil Angelov

Sofia Philharmonic visits The Grand Hall at Berlin Philharmonic: 60th anniversary of Bulgarian Cultural Institute in Berlin

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Ludmil Angelov — Pianist

Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra — Orchestra

Nayden Todorov — Conductor

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The excellent Sofia Philharmonic comes to the German capital to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Bulgarian Cultural Institute in Berlin! In the prestigious Grand Hall of the Berlin Philharmonie, maestro Nayden Todorov and virtuoso pianist Ludmil Angelov—two of Bulgaria's most celebrated artists—join the widely respected ensemble in a superb program spotlighting one of their most illustrious countrymen, plus a favorite work by Mendelssohn…

Angelov begins the evening playing the solo role of the Piano Concerto No. 3 by Pancho Vladigerov (1899-1978), a figure of Bulgarian national pride. Inspired by Bulgarian folk music, this work finds a worthy place in the grand tradition of Slavic Romantic music and will delight fans of Tchaikovsky, Medtner, or Rachmaninov! We also travel to warmer climates with Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony No. 4, composed during the spring of 1830 while the composer was staying in Rome. This flamboyant and ebullient work evokes the charm of the countryside of Lazio, a place in which Mendelssohn wrote that he had found "the supreme joy in life. And I am loving it." 

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