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 “The orchestra from the second-largest city in Bulgaria must be placed alongside the elite orchestras of Europe. This team of outstanding musicians give an excellent performance. The complete homogeneity of the ensemble both overall and of its separate instrumental groups, the intensive brilliance of their stroke and the elegant softness—all are quite overpowering.”

—Bonner General Anzeiger, Bonn

 “Through its programme, the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra showed itself in the best possible light: versatile phrasing, depth of sound, perfect unison and a marvellous string section. Their superb performance brought many shouts of approval from the audience.”

—La depeche, Paris

 “It is not often that one can hear an orchestra that commands such an assertive presence as the Bulgarians did. They formed a homogeneous whole of almost grandiose joy in the performance of all groups of instruments, technically perfect and structurally overwhelming.”

—Rheinpfalz, Neustadt

“The opening of the Brahms Year by the Plovdiv Symphony Orchestra with the set of four symphonies was a great cultural event for the concert-goers in Aquila…The components of Brahms’ works were brought out with admirable fidelity through the orchestration which had been carefully worked out to the minutest detail in all sections–from the confident horns to the powerful warmth of the ‘cellos and the other strings, all merging to create a warm, compact, entirely Brahmsian sound. The solo parts for the wind instruments, so important in Brahms’ scores, were also brilliantly performed.”

—L’Unita, Aquila

 “The Plovdiv orchestra is a closely-knit team capable of the most formidable task. Its attraction lies not only in the unity of the ensemble and the fullness of its timbre, but also in its winning expressiveness.”

—Kultura, Moscow  

“The Plovdiv Philharmonic from Bulgaria gives a spirited account of what must have seemed a most unfamiliar score and style!”

—Gramophone, August 2000