Bogdan Ota | Day of Wrath

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Day of Wrath

by Bogdan Ota

His music is easy to listen, feel, associate and enjoy. His art is complicated because of it's uniqueness, but in a few words would be if one combined classical music and pop with film score and add some modern and electronic musical flavors.
Genre: New Age: Neo-Classical
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1. Black Friday
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2. Mourning
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3. Day of Wrath
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4. Story of My Life
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5. Glimpse of Happiness
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6. Solitude
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7. Harald's Dream
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8. Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra
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9. Reverie
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10. A Dream Within a Dream
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11. Sahara
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Bogdan Ota was the revelation of Norway ’s Got Talent 2011 season. Even though he is a classically trained pianist, he developed as an autodidact in symphonic orchestration techniques. In 2011, the Norwegian judges and audience were blown away with the song Harald's Dream. In that particular moment, he introduced to the world a unique style being deep, powerful, sober but very commercial at the same time.

His first live appearance on Norwegian television brought him a huge success in both Norway and Romania . Soon the entire world found out about this prodigious composer thanks to the internet. Bogdan's music is easy to listen, feel, associate and enjoy. To describe his art is complicated because of it's uniqueness, but in a few words would be to say: if one combined classical music and pop with film score and add some modern and electronic musical flavors, the result is Bogdan's style.

The Romanian writer and musical critic Sergiu Alex said that Bogdan's compositions are created in New Age Symphonic style. BOGDAN's name (BOG-DAN) is a combination of two Slavic words which means THE GIFT OF GOD. The album "Day of Wrath anno domini MMXII" is indeed the gift of God that was revealed thru Bogdan's talent. IT'S A MUST HAVE!

1. Black Friday
The content of the musical piece ”Black Friday” reflects a series of strange and bloody coincidences in human
history, events that all took place on Fridays. A first instance of Fridays that I thought about is Good Friday, the
day when Jesus Christ was crucified on Golgotha, in the near of Jerusalem. Another tragic event occurred on the
13th of October 1307, when, due to the insistent demands of the king Filip IV The Fair of France, Pope Clement V
passed the ”Vox in Excelso” Papal Bull which authorized the Templar Knights and their leader, Jacques de Molay
to be caught and killed. Those who later escaped were forced through torture to confess their heresy and their leader,
J. de Molay, was executed together with other grand masters of the Knights Templar. Two thousand years later,
the German air raids and the bombing attacks on the city of Ploieşti, Romania, the bombing of Yugoslavia by
NATO troops, the suppression of the civil riot in Syria, the attack on the Utoya island in Norway are only a few
bloody examples of J. de Molay`s curses before being burnt at stake becoming true.

2. Mourning
This piece reflects the grief, the undrying tears and the souls tormented by sorrow of those left as silent
witnesses of the bloody tragedies. Starting with Mary Magdalene, Virgin Mary and Salome, next to Joseph of
Arimathea and the other apostles of Jesus, the victims of world wars and ending up with the parents left without
children in the attack from Norway, all of them are the key characters that this musical piece refers to.

3. Day of Wrath
The Tarot card number XX, the Judgement, is part of the Major Arcana and was painted by order of an
important public character of Ordo Templi Orientis and Golden Down, Rider Waite. This card describes the
Apocalypse from the Bible by means of an Angel, most likely Gabriel, who blows into a trumpet from which a
white flag with a red cross (assumed to be the St. George cross) is hanging. The dead are coming out of their
graves with their arms stretched towards the sky because the Judgement Day has come and they all shall
receive heavenly mercy. The card means reconciliation, forgiveness, renaissance, salvation, a new beginning,
hope and divine reward. The musical piece ”Day of Wrath” therefore tries to suggest the total destruction of the
old world and the reconstruction of paradise on new foundations, the promised world, that will know no tears
and sorrow because the Judgment Day has come and has shared justice to the persecuted.

4. Story of My Life
One can easily say that ”Story of My Life” is not only an individual life story, but a story of each of us, the story
of the Fool from the Tarot cards. We all have such moments in life when, like the innocent Fool, we set off on an
unknown journey, full of hope and confidence, like children. We go through the schools of life, through the
Magician`s advice, who holds all the secrets of work, heart, war and money, through the advice of the High
Priestess who holds in her hand Tora`s papyrus, the book of wisdom, through the warmth of the Empress`s
home, through the wise advice and help of the Emperor, of the Hermit and, of course, no matter how well
prepared we might be, we could never foresee the future, as we are building it daily by every thought, every word
and every action we take. Then we also taste the bitter side of our carnal experience. Corrupted by the Devil,
which represents the weak and dark side of human being, we try to change by means of other mistakes the course
of an apparently ill-fated destiny, created by us, by what we think, say and do. We all go through moments of
happiness, frustration, agony and ecstasy and ”Story of My Life” represents an introspection regarding our life
and a song about hope and the bright future that awaits us all.

5. Glimpse of Happiness
It is believed that one can never forget their first love. I believe that neither the first one, nor the second, the
third or the tenth. Every love story is unique because the human soul is so beautiful and perfectly designed
that it can adapt to anything it was ever meant to love. Maybe some love stories continue events from past
lives, maybe some go on even in afterlife and some definitely die after only few moments of unique
happiness. Relaxed in the warmth of our home, we look back in time and remember only the beautiful
moments in a relationship, even if an imperfect one. And for those glimpses of happiness, which then
changed, even if only for a moment, our life`s ordeal into childhood innocence, giving us moments of pure
love, we are grateful and we thank God for all he meant for us to live. Some of us close their eyes with
nostalgia, maintaining that dreamy state about the past, living in the world of their fantasy, others direct
their inner sight towards new beginnings, new love stories, new glimpses of happiness.

6. Solitude
As the Hermit teaches us, solitude is sometimes good because it leads to introspection and introspection
leads to inner peace. Endless anxiety in loneliness sentences us for all eternity and turns our life into hell, as
we are the prisoners of our own torture and torments. This is the story of the Norwegian short film
”Sirenen”, directed and produced by Rino Hemstadt Eliassen, with ”Solitude” as soundtrack.

7. Harald's Dream
The musical piece is inspired by the poem ”Strigoii”, written by M. Eminescu. A novel love story between a
prince of Avar origin and a beautiful princess with golden hair. Returned home from a battle, Harald finds his
dear love dead and begins to tell the story of his life and of his unfulfilled love. The haughty king, since he was
still a child, had caused rebellions within empires and had subdued nations, dreaming that all mankind would
listen to his words. He, who had pushed peoples into Norway`s ice lands, where Odin himself, the great god,
dwelt, he, who had reached in fight the old Rome and all mankind had trembled at the sound of his name, had
been defeated by a cruel destiny that took his love away. This fair angel had miraculously succeeded to set free
the child Harald, hidden behind the king`s bloody eyes and to submit and chain him with her love, but the fate
was not favorable and the great king would not surrender to it. He therefore kidnaps his beautiful bride from the
catafalque and mounting on his black horse, which appeared as a hell`s demon in the light of the moon, runs
away, following the North Star to an old mountain. There, in dark caves, a sorcerer dwelt, as old as the world
itself. His eyelashes touched the ground, his feet had become one with the stone, with his thoughts he could
change the whole universe, and above his head two ravens were flying: one white, the other one black. Harald,
aware of the sorcerer`s power, conjures him to bring his bride back to life, as he no longer wishes anything else
from life, his empire, fortune, fame and respect no longer fed his soul and swears he would pray only to his gods
from that moment on. The old sorcerer hits three times the ground with his rod, the mountain opens and from its
depth one can hear a soft song, louder and louder, until it becomes deafening. No being breathes on earth any
more, time stops and the old sorcerer`s ritual is heard. He prays to Zamolxes, the antique god, to whom he
devotes the souls of the two lovers. From that moment on it is said that even today the two of them are running
wildly, on foamy horses under the moonlight, living their love for all eternity.

8. Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra
The musical piece leads us into the world of a fairy tale, a fantastic world of another realm, where everything is
possible and all the tales have a happy ending. We can thus imagine a realm forgotten by time, an enchanted
forest that unravels before our eyes a new world, miraculous and full of surprises and dangers. Birds never seen
before, huge butterflies, unicorns and fairies, talking trees and rainbows that stretch across the blue sky in all
directions, phantasms that appear before us according to our wishes and feelings and magic castles where
princes and princesses live their fairy tale life. The ”Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra” takes us for a walk
through this realm, reveals us all the wonders hidden within it and invites us, while holding our eyes closed, to
create our own story with happy ending.

9. Reverie
The piece describes a dreamy mood that embraces us on a rainy afternoon, a normal day when nature seems to
resonate with one`s soul, tired of so much struggle and anxiety. Hundreds of memories invade us and the
unfulfilled love stories, the dreams turned into ashes and the sandcastles built along our life and crashed by the
first wave pass before our eyes like phantasms. By remembering every moment we realize that with every
unfulfilled desire or wrecked fantasy a small part of our soul has died. But do we know that each door closed in
front of us means another one opened at the back? Why don`t we stop looking towards the door that will remain
forever shut?

10. A Dream Within a Dream
The musical piece is inspired by the poem with the same title, written by the American poet Edgar Allan Poe. In
the perfect love story the border between illusion and reality is strongly blurred. The perfect love does not exist,
but we have the freedom to deceive ourselves little by little until we succeed in shaping apparent reality into a
convenient one. For every desire imagined by our anxious souls there is an inception moment. It all leaves from a
dream that we continuously shape until it becomes the reality we really wish for, a universe in which we can
freely dream that we are perfect, like gods, and that our love is a perennial spring, like the cosmic energies of the
Great Creator. It is as if all of our dreams of love, success, prosperity or wisdom unrolled within another dream,
designed by God especially for us. Releasing the spirit from this state of intended illusive captivity would be a
disaster. In reality we are alone. Directors of our own dream, which has become our very own reality, we build
barricades within the suffocating walls of illusions only to be sure that we live that perfect love, perfect at least
for us, at least this way...

11. Sahara
The mirage of Middle East has fascinated so many of us. The stories of the old tuaregs and their courageous
deeds, described with such artistic mastery by Arabic poetry, their belief in pride and freedom, but also the fairy-like
atmosphere and the mark of the whole Arab world`s history cannot leave us indifferent and overwhelmed by
the prejudices of modern world. The Islamic civilization has revolutionized the whole world and has given
important science centers, great astrologers, mathematicians, physicians and philosophers during the Islamic
Golden Age. The Arab Caliphates have covered an impressive area, from the Atlantic Ocean to Central Asia
and furthermore to the East and the mark of the poetry and the philosophy created within the desert could hardly
be replaced or mistaken for. ”Sahara” directs our thoughts back to the old flourishing lands, to those civilizations
and deeds of courage and heroism highly praised in the poems and the stories of those who still keep the flame of
ancient traditions burning.


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Zviadi

Amazing and all perfect music
In old ages there were Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven but now it's Bogdan.
This is modern classical music and it's perfect and best. I always searched music like this and now it's here.