LIVIA TEODORESCU-CIOCĂNEA (b.1959) Orchestral Music Archimedes Symphony (2006–11) 37:13 Rite for Enchanting the Air – Concerto for Flute(s) and Orchestra (1998) Mysterium tremendum – cantata for mezzo-soprano and orchestra (2016) Pierre-Yves Artaud, flutes ; Antonela Barnat, mezzo-soprano ; Romanian Radio National Orchestra ; Radio Romania Chamber Orchestra ; cond. Valentin Doni, Alan Tongue, Cristian Oroșanu.
Catalogue Number: 05Y030
Label: Toccata Classics
Reference: TOCC 0668
Description: These three works by the Romanian composer Livia Teodorescu-Ciocanea (b. 1959) show her approach to three of the central genres of the western classical tradition: symphony, concerto and cantata. The powerful and programmatic Archimedes Symphony was inspired by the death of Archimedes in the siege of Syracuse in 214 bc; the Rite for Enchanting the Air – a concerto for various flutes and orchestra – is a kind of magical journey into a dizzying world of sound and colour; and the cantata Mysterium tremendum aims to reconcile Byzantine and Catholic liturgical traditions. All three make clear her fascination with orchestral timbre and texture – and have distant roots in Romanian folk-music.