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This review is from: Dobrinka Tabakova: String Paths (Audio CD)
I have had this cd for a couple of months now and really enjoying it. Tabakova's Easter European roots are very clear, but the influences are subtle and add interest to the music. I particularly enjoy Frozen River Flows and Such Different Paths, though the outstanding work is the Concerto for Cello and Strings. There is a very memorable theme threaded throughout the three movements, the second movement, Longing, is especially haunting. I wouldn't be surprised if it finds its way onto a film soundtrack - this is not to diminish its quality, because it is a very moving piece.
I understand other reviewer's comments about Suite in Old Style, and though different it works very well for me. Again, there is an Eastern European feel to parts of it, but there is also a sense of Russia and Northern Europe - it reminds me of Schnittke, Shostakovich and others.
The playing and the production are exceptional. The sound is very clear, well balanced and open - a definite sense of light and space around this music. I am really looking forward to Tabakova's next works - it would be fascinating to see how she would score for a larger orchestra.