The Baden-Baden Philharmonic breathes with the singers, creates atmosphere and shines with fine woodwind solos. This is also due to Nayden Todorov from Plovdiv, who conducts the evening. Also in the orchestral pieces, the orchestra, under Todorov’s prudent direction, impresses with homogeneity and precision.
The string sound was clean and bright, ensemble was pin-sharp, the timbre of every woodwind instrument was rich, the solos attractively phrased. The sound of the two horns was gorgeous in their many interventions, particularly the hunting calls of the third movement. Under the attentive baton of Nayden Todorov, not a hair was out of place…
Todorov was a purposeful conductor, always precise, always involved, never histrionic…
The musicianship, high emotions and attention to text of this performance made it an absolute winner.
The Liceu orchestra was plastic and technically fine as early as the Nabucco Overture, later putting some drama and little poetry into the introduction to Isabelle de Valois’s aria. Nayden Todorov led with clarity, efficiency and focus to achieve good results throughout the evening.
Nayden Todorov had no qualms about emphasizing large melodic extensions or excited rhythms – his “La Tragenda” was enthusiastically received, confirming the current good level of the Liceu Orchestra. The audience got what they came to hear – an excellent evening.
Sonya Yoncheva was accompanied by the Russian National Youth Symphony Orchestra conducted by the expressive Bulgarian conductor Nayden Todorov. The musicians played with enthusiasm and passion, getting involved in the imaginative environment of opera arias and symphonic fragments of the evening.
Maestro Nayden Todorov was keenly aware of the nuances. The Russian National Youth Symphony Orchestra acted as a faithful assistant to him in this task.
It was really magical what was presented on stage for a good two and a half hours. Actually, it would have been enough just to listen to the orchestra under the direction of Nayden Todorov.
You could feel and see how Todorov managed to get the musicians involved and inspire them. In the sold out Musikverein the audience thanked him with long lasting ovations
Conductor Nayden Todorov pulled out all the musical skills. The audience was thrilled by the contrast between the finely chiseled passages and the rapidly virtuoso parts. In this interpretation, Todorov combined spiritedly gripping gesture and masterly formal overview. The sound beauty and fine sound culture are impressive. Todorov explored the increases under high tension until the final.
In early December we could experience the Sofia Philharmonic under the direction of conductor Nayden Todorov in the sold-out Musikverein. Todorov manages to work out a special, warm and colourful sound. He succeeds in combining the classical Viennese tradition with the Slavic emotion. Conductor and the orchestra are obviously not looking for shows or big effects, but are about the music itself.
In the interpretation of Nayden Todorov you could feel that the conductor comes from Vienna. With the Thuringian Symphony Orchestra he found exactly the right measure to reveal the great rhapsodic breath that permeates the symphony and to make the finest details, enchanting, small stories audible in the figures.
The conductor’s clear vision of the overall dramaturgical line also contributed to the convincing presentation of the Fifth Symphony. With its metaphorical transition from reflection on a tragic fate to a triumph of will, the symphony was saved by the often-threatening pathetic triviality that lurks above it.
Nayden Todorov is among the most talented Bulgarian musicians, with vivid interpretations of both symphonic and operatic works.
Todorov, a conductor of the emotional element, with an instinct for the vocal center in operatic art.
Nayden Todorov and his orchestra managed to convey the enthusiasm for the imperishable dream material of love and death in a well coordinated interplay with the soloists and ensemble members at the opera gala on the Schlossberg.
The Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra likes to play with Nayden Todorov, the musicians play with desire and this was evident in Requiem, they are well prepared, they are reactive, they gave their bests.
Wichita Grand Opera and conductor Nayden Todorov did themselves proud with this performance of Rossini’s last and perhaps greatest opera… The audience appeared quite enthralled by this profound work, applauding generously after scenes and arias, and greeting the conclusion of the stirring finale with unrestrained enthusiasm.
The sensitive accompaniment by the Orchestra under the direction of Nayden Todorov is accentuated and yet pleasantly reserved and thus makes a decisive contribution to perfect listening pleasure.
Even the pace and character of the rumba in the Cuban Overture showed that the conductor’s work here went beyond the quick reading of a popular text. And the orchestra itself responded with joy and imagination to the music movement. There was an acoustic play, masterful solo moments, a well balanced sound.
The performance “catches” you with potential in the musician’s work of Nayden Todorov and with good ideas of Adelaida Yakimova, despite the excesses in the fantasy analogies of the direction.
Led by the conductor Nayden Todorov, the orchestra of the Stara Zagora Opera performed very well in the difficult repertoire with works by Verdi, Cilea, Donizetti, Mozart and Mascagni.
Masterful performance by the Cilea orchestra conducted by Maestro Todorov. A national exclusive, in a suggestive atmosphere, which has combined two great realities: the excellence of dance and the professionalism of Calabrian musicians, directed by maestro Nayden Todorov. Thanks to maestro Todorov we were able to get a unique, unforgettable opera.
The orchestra lent excitement and drama through the energetic yet sensitive direction of the conductor Nayden Todorov.
Orchestra, performing under the direction of Nayden Todorov, creates a foundation worth hearing…
The orchestra under the sensitive direction of its conductor Nayden Todorov shone professionally and harmoniously with the famous „first“ violin of Dimitrij Shostakovich.
Even here conductor Nayden Todorov impressively demonstrated that he had a firm grip on the ensemble. Just watching the man conduct his orchestra was a feast for the eyes.
Verdi, Bizet, Puccini, Donizetti or Leoncavallo – their arias could not be missing from this “Best of” – again sensitively accompanied by the Plovdiv Symphony Orchestra under Nayden Todorov.
Under the masterly musical accompaniment of the symphony orchestra from Plovdiv under the sensitive and energetic direction of Nayden Todorov, it was the passionately performed interpretations of the protagonists in particular that made the evening an unforgettable event for all visitors.
Conductor Nayden Todorov sees “Carmen” not only as a stormy, moving drama, but also directs with a sense for the tonal nuances of the score.
Conductor Nayden Todorov is a capable opera conductor who can hold a performance together very well and lovingly paints out interesting details.
Todorov perfectly brings singers and orchestra together. The musicians sensitively feel every mood with their instruments.
Todorov is endowed with a rare ability for communication with the performers, which is why he has been preferred to the world’s most prestigious orchestras and soloists.
Nayden Todorov has only been opera director in Russe for two years and a lot has happened in that time. Todorov brings out nine to ten productions a year, some with young conductors and modern directors.
The orchestra – a differentiated and accurate accompanying ensemble under the direction of Nayden Todorov…
The musicians of State Opera Rousse were led by their chief conductor Nayden Todorov, who offered excellent cooperation, rousing enthusiasm for the music and great skill.
A lot of applause after the interpretation of the Overture for the conductor Todorov, who offered a delicious, very balanced version, in which he succeeded to show the qualities of the orchestra.
There is considerable orchestral music included in these excerpts and Nayden Todorov coaxes wonderfully expressive playing from his Sofia orchestra… Another Naxos opera triumph. An intelligent and valuable concept. All performed with passion and commitment.
The orchestra, directed by Nayden Todorov managed Verdi’s melodic score beautifully as well as the singers; the ensemble numbers in particular were fantastic.
A conductor who seduces … Not only the devil seduces the Faust audience of Solothurn, but once again the young conductor Nayden Todorov. Two years ago, “Faust” became a sensational success under his direction, last summer also “Andrea Chénier” Nayden Todorov shades the “Faust” color of the score, dabbing highlights with a supple sound and a soulful melody with a fine brush. The Bulgarian breathes with the singers. A musician through and through who fascinates acoustically and optically with round, flowing movements.
Most interesting in this Aida was the sound produced by the orchestra, conducted by Nayden Todorov. The strings and winds blended wonderfully with dark, shadowy hues. Even the brasses’ blare was blunted by a pillowy softness.
Under the steady baton of conductor Nayden Todorov, the tale of star-crossed lovers in war-torn Egypt unfolded with crisp precision.
…the symphony orchestra from the Bulgarian city of Plovdiv was conducted by Maestro Nayden Todorov smoothly and flawlessly during the full performance.
It’s clear that conductor Nayden Todorov believes in Glass’ music and he gets committed playing from the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra.
Тhe wider range of Todorov’s tempi enables the exciting climaxes to achieve their effect all the more powerfully.
As a performance, it would be hard to imagine a better one… If I may dream an impossible dream, I would wish that I could expose every lover of ballet, classical music, and lover of the story of Don Quixote to this recording. The Sofia National Opera Orchestra, along with Nayden Todorov, has produced a gem and should be proud.
The orchestra, chorus and four soloists were all exemplary musicians, deeply familiar with Mozart’s style and directed firmly and subtly by conductor Nayden Todorov. Symphony No. 40 emerged with high energy in the first movement, gentle colours in the second, intense drama in the minuet and quicksilver brilliance in the finale.
The conductor Nayden Todorov kept things moving, allowing the singers leeway but making sure they didn’t go overboard. He set crisp, swift tempi, and was in obvious control.
With his presence and sensitivity in the accompaniment of the arias, Todorov conveyed the security that the performers need on stage in order to be able to concentrate fully on their singing and playing. They thanked him and the audience with remarkable achievements.
Especially Nayden Todorov is a sound mage, with feverish tempos and a sense for the Gounod’s elegance and melting melody.
Nayden Todorov drew fine shaping from the strings. The brass section met his demands with fearless vigor and awesome accuracy.
The orchestra under Nayden Todorov adds due weight and dramatic impact. Dynamic balance, rhythm, pulse and phrasing are all attended to under his tight direction.
Among the guest artists the greatest and most emotionally charged bravos went deservedly to conductor Nayden Todorov…He presented the music in lively fashion, pulsating, filled with rousing interest…I would like very much to see again the art of conducting of this conductor.
The 28-year-old conductor proved himself to be the “key to success” of Saturday’s concert. He is an extremely gifted musician with a large personality, filled with the joy of creating music and possessing great skill in his dialogue with the orchestra, and in fulfilling all of one’s expectations…
Todorov checks so well, slows and grades the pace in the slow movement. Imagine what he would make of the slow movement of Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony. In the Nimrod section of Enigma he might even out-Bernstein Bernstein in his last recording of the Elgar work.
As it is Todorov probably handles this movement better than any of the other versions I have heard including the Downes, Segerstam and Schønwandt.
A conductor with very promising talent and great perspectives.…The performance was marked with high emotion and professionalism… An intelligent interpretation was a result of the confident leadership of the conductor… The good balance in the orchestra, the powerful dynamic construction combined with a feeling for artistic measure are the notable result of his professionalism.
The Plovdiv Philharmonic from Bulgaria gives a spirited account of what must have seemed a most unfamiliar score and style! Todorov’s direction is a little cautious but never stolid, auguring well for the rest of this fascinating series.
Can somebody remember the last time the concert hall was so overfilled? A significant cultural event brought together many more people than are accommodated in the hall, the gifted conductor Nayden Todorov accepted the invitation of the Vidin Philharmonic… an irrepressible aesthetic delight… a storm of loud applause…
The audience admired the 21-year-old Nayden Todorov. No wonder that the conductor who studies now in Vienna wasn’t let go without an encore.
When youth goes together with such a talent and maturity, it is something to be admired. The reason for the loud applause of the Vratza public was young guest conductor Nayden Todorov. He enraptured the audience with his multiple qualities of remarkable musicianship, reach spiritual leadership, technical precision and logical interpretation.
Nayden Todorov belongs, no doubt, to the type of people who are never satisfied with what they achieve. The energy, musical passion, and rare diligence he demonstrates is absolutely amazing.
The music lovers of Vratza had the chance once again to meet the extremely gifted young conductor and pianist Nayden Todorov. From the amazed musicians in the orchestra came a phenomenon in Bulgarian music. A musician the likes of which we have not seen for a long time.
Nayden Todorov coped with the difficult score without problem. In his performance stand out the steady mastery of the musical form and his very special sense for a plastic phrase.
Is Herbert von Karajan born again?
Especially in the slow movements, one notices the strength with which Nayden Todorov holds the musicians in his hands, how one movement of his elbow sends a jolt of tension to the orchestra and also to the audience.
The 17-year-old conductor Nayden Todorov succeeded with two concerts only to embrace his older colleagues. His destiny is to be a conductor!
Nayden Todorov is born to be a musician, he is sovereign in the area called music. It seems that for him nothing else exists. But it is clear to everybody who knows him that he is an organizer, and doesnít just consume his abilities. One is clear: a new star is born. Let’s enjoy his magnificence.
With absolutely precise gestures astonishing for his age, and with an amazingly correct feeling for the right tempo, conducting with inspiration and fire, his growth is beyond the standards for a person of his age and experience.
This, what the young artist from Bulgaria offered to our public was just a musical delicacy.
The only 17-year-old Nayden Todorov directed the chamber orchestra according to experts “fiery and with professional manners”.