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Saturday, June 13, 2020


(Emil Tabakov)

The KZN Philharmonic present the audio recording of Capriccio Espagnol by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov which was recorded in February 2011, with its sister orchestra, the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra (JPO) under the baton of conductor Emil Tabakov.

"Until we can get back to the concert halls, we hope that you will continue to enjoy our online channel At Home with the KZN Phil from the comfort of your homes,” says Bongani Tembe, CEO and Artistic Director of both orchestras.

“The composer originally intended to write the work for a solo violin with orchestra, but later decided that a purely orchestral work would do better justice to the lively melodies. The Spanish themes created rich material for multiform orchestral effects, and undoubtedly Capriccio is a vividly brilliant piece for all that.”

Emil Tabakov is well known worldwide as a guest conductor in Germany, England, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, France, Italy, Russia, Spain, Romania, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Brazil, Israel, Netherlands, Republic of South Africa, Cuba, Ecuador and Columbia. Tabakov’s repertoire is enormous, showing a variety of styles from classical and romantic to contemporary genres.

He has conducted opera performances in Teatro La Fenice, Teatro Reggio-Torino, concerts of Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonic de Radio France, Orchestre National d'ile de France, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre National de Loraine, Orchestre de Avignon, Orchestre de Cannes, Orchestre de Nantes, Symphony Orchestra of Arena di Verona, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Radio Moscow, Moskow Philharmonic, New Russia Orchestra, Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, Bochum Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmony, Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra, Rio de Janeiro Symphony Orchestra, Sao Paolo Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of the State of Mexico, Monterrey Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra ”George Enescu” Bucureshti, Athens Philharmonic Orchestra, Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, Bourusan Symphony Orchestra (Istanbul), Presidential Symphony Orchestra Ankara, and others.

His recording output is considerable including the complete Mahler Symphonies in a 15-CD set, the complete Brahms Symphonies, Overtures, German Requiem and piano concertos, Richard Strauss’s Alpine Symphony, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherezade, the complete Scriabin Symphonies, the complete Beethoven piano concertos, Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra, The Miraculous Mandarin, Verdi Requiem, and highlights from Il Trovatore, Rigoletto, Un Ballo in maschera, La Forza del Destino and other works for Balkanton (Bulgaria), Elan (USA), Capriccio Delta (Germany), Mega-Music (Bulgaria), Pentagon (Holland), Gega-New (Bulgaria) and EMI.

He is the holder of prestigious national music awards like Musician of the Year of the Bulgarian National Radio in 1992, "Crystal Lyre" (2009) Union of Musicians in Bulgaria. He was nominated for Man of the Year (1992) by the International Bibliographic Centre in Cambridge. He was ranked among the 100 best professionals for 2012 by the International Biographical Centre, England.

Listen to the performance here:

Bongani Tembe (CEO and Artistic Director of the Johannesburg and KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestras) was interviewed recently on Expresso Morning Show (SABC 3) about his experience of leading a large group of musicians to celebrate Africa Day with the African Union Anthem. Watch the six-minute long interview on

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