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Djuro Živković - Citadel of Love

Composer Djuro Živković
Performer Norrbotten NEO
Fredrik Burstedt, conductor
Period Contemporary
Catalogue Number BIS-2685 SACD
EAN 7318599926858
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Jul 2023
Total time 51'37

A contemporary expression of mysticism and transcendence
Serbian-Swedish Djuro Živković has quickly established himself as one of Europe’s leading young composers. His musical style is strongly marked by Byzantine Orthodox music – spiritual, mystical and characterized by fantastic narration, virtuosic instrumentation and a stylistic, highly profiled sound. Živković’s music presents a profound and abstract space to reflect on the subject matter of mystery, ecstasy and transcendence. &&&

Citadel of Love is a highly personal ensemble work which manages to create a mystical aural experience. The narrative voice of the piano together with the other six instruments, subtly adding voices as well as percussion instruments, carries the listener from beginning to end through an inner drama of intensity and fullness of soundscapes. I Shall Contemplate… II is an intimate chamber piece for viola and small ensemble, stylistically similar to a sacred cantata, in which improvisatory techniques contribute to the free and unencumbered compositional process. Here, Živković’s use of ancient scales creates an archaic, echoing space. The text, spoken by the soloist, comes from old Byzantine mystical books. Finally, Night Music is a fascinating crossover work in which piano works by Alexander Scriabin are mixed with newly composed musical layers, thus adding to the Russian composer an absurd fantasy, estranged passion and exotic illusions.
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  Djuro Zivkovic
  Citadel of Love 29'21
01 Invocation. Fluid, with watchfulness 7'23
02 De profundis. With peace 7'46
03 Rejoice, o Michael! Toccatoso 4'14
04 Peace, Bring Unto All 9'58
05 I Shall Contemplate... II 11'58
  Night Music 10'14
06 I. Poème languide 1'15
07 II. Danse languide 1'14
08 III. Nuances 1'30
09 IV. Feuillet d'album no 1 1'18
10 V. Feuillet d'album no 2 2'05
11 VI. Poème 2'52
  Album total 51'37
ComposerZivkovic, Djuro
Chamber ensembleNorrbotten Neo
ConductorBurstedt, Fredrik
ViolaRepo, Riikka
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