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Vivaldi Metal Project - The Four Seasons

Vivaldi Metal Project
The Four Seasons
by Lotty Whittingham at 02 October 2016, 6:52 PM

When you see the words Vivaldi and Metal in the same sentence you cannot help being intrigued by an unusual concept. VIVALDI METAL PROJECT was concocted from an idea by Italian keyboard player, composer and producer Mistheria. This group consists of over a hundred and thirty talented classical and metal musicians, an orchestra, a string quartet and three choirs from all over the world. They have gathered together to re-create Antonio Vivaldi’s masterpiece ‘The Four Seasons’.  Some of the metal musicians come from some familiar household names such as RHAPSODY OF FIRE, KAMELOT, DELAIN, STRATOVARIOUS and HELLOWEEN.

In 2013, whilst everyone else was trying to create their own rendition of the Harlem Shake, the multi-talented composer was coming up with his own rendition of one of Vivaldi’s masterpieces. It took two years to re-create this masterpiece, a favourite from his childhood just to note. The album itself represents a clever renovation of some classical masterpieces; the album starts off with an original track which includes grand choirs, beautiful arrangements that cleverly fuse Metal and Classical together. ‘Escape From Hell’ sets up what the listeners can expect for the duration of the album.

Hearing the familiar first few notes of ‘The Illusiuons Of Eternity’ which most of us will recognise as Vivaldi’s first movement of his classic ‘Spring’. To hear it being done in a completely different style to how the music fan is used to hearing it is exciting; especially when it’s done so well. This same logic applies to ‘The Age Of Dream’ which the classical listener will recognise as the first movement of ‘Autumn’.

From the sweet delightful sounds of Spring to the icy lashings of Winter, this super group of talent captures a classical masterpiece which can be used to teach the community of Vivaldi, who was a sensational composer, and his impact on music today. Particularly if this beautiful new rendition is anything to go on.

This album is a great example of opposites attracting to create something incredibly magical.

5 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Escape From Hell
2. The Illusion Of Eternity
3. Vita
4. Euphoria
5. Sun Of God
6. Immortal Soul
7. Thunderstorm
8. the Age Of Dreams
9. Stige
11. The Meaning Of Life
12. The Final Hour
13. Grande Madre
14. Doomsday
Lineup:
VOCALS
Ailyn (SIRENIA)
Alina Lesnik (ONCE)
Angel Wolf-Black (SEDUCE THE HEAVEN)
Başak Ceber
Beatrice Bini (CONSTRAINT)
Brittney Slayes (UNLEASH THE ARCHERS)
Caterina Nix
Chitral “Chity” Somapala
Claire-Lyse von Dach
Csaba Zvekan (Exorcism, Raven Lord, Sardonyx, Emergency, Warpdrive, KILLING MACHIENE)
David Akesson (QANTICE)
Dimitar Belchev (ViolentorY)
Ebru ‘Imtholiel’ Kilic (Orpharion)
Edu Falaschi (ANGRA, ALMAH)
Elina Laivera
Fabio Lione (Rhapsody of Fire, Angra, Vision Divine)
Giorgia Gueglio (MASTERCASTLE)
Göran Nyström (DIMENSION34)
Katerina Simeonova
Ksenia Glonty
Julie Bélanger Roy (Märchenbilder, Gone in April)
Ida Elena (Bare Infinity)
Iliour Griften (Clairvoyant)
Lance King
Lisy Stefanoni (Evenoire)
Liza Rock
Loreley von Rhein (Sariola)
Maria Diese (PERPETUUM MOBILE, RAMPART)
Mariana Brunel (Abrasantia)
Mark Boals
Miljenko Djuran
Nicoletta Rosellini (KALIDIA)
Nitza Oremort (Nostra Morte)
Rachel “Iron Majesty” Pedri
Rob Rock (Impellitteri)
Roni Sauaf (KATTAH)
Stefano “Stex” Sbrignadello
Tsena Kercheva
Wade Black (Crimson Glory, Seven Witches, Leatherwolf, Leash Law, War of Thrones)

CLASSICAL SOLOISTS
Alexandra Laya - Electric Violin
Aurelia Macovei - Violin
Gabriele Boschi - Violin
Katica Illényi - Theremin
Ksenia Milyavskaya - Violin
Jenny Oaks Baker - Violin
Julie Bélanger Roy - Viola
Lisa Agnelli - Violin
Marc Papeghin - French Horn
Mark Wood - Electric Violin
Marko First - Violin
Maria Papathanasiou - Oboe
Mayline - Electric Violin
Sarah Charness - Electric Violin
Scheppel - Violin
Tony Liotta - Percussions

ORCHESTRAS & CHOIRS
Academic Choir Manolov
Chamber Choir ‘Ivan Filipović’
Darena Popova - Academic Choir Manolov – Arranger and Conductor
Filippo Lui - String Arranger
Guido Ruggeri - String Arranger
Innovative String Quartet
Michal Mierzejewski - Sinfonietta Consonus Orchestra – Orchestrator
Mistheria - String Arranger and Coordinator of Choir and Orchestra
Sinfonietta Consonus Orchestra
Szymon Morus - Sinfonietta Consonus Orchestra – conductor
Zhivko Koev - Choir Arranger / Kapellmeister

KEYBOARDS
Alessio Lucatti (VISION DIVINE, DEATHLESS LEGACY, ETHERNA, WHITE SKULL)
Andrea De Paoli (Labyrinth, ex-Vision Divine, Shadows of Steel, Chaos Venture, Delirium)
Diego Tejeida (HAKEN)
Douglas R. Docker
Gabriels Shiro
Gorka Elso (Diabulus In Musica)
Henrik Klingenberg (SONATA ARCTICA)
Huseyin Kirmizi
Keiko Kumagai (Ars Nova)
Jeffrey Revet (Stream of Passion)
Michal Lapaj (RIVERSIDE)
Mistheria
Nicolas Quinteros (DELTA, Q)
Paolo Campitelli (KALEDON)
Pawel Penksa
Roberto Scarpa Meylougan – Pipe Organ
Sergey Boykov (Vital Science)
Vitalij Kuprij (Artension , Ring of Fire, Trans-Siberian Orchestra)

GUITARS
Alexandra Zerner
Andy Basiola
Andy Midgley (POWER QUEST)
Benjamin Lechuga (DELTA, LECHUGA)
Bill Hudson
Chris Caffery (Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra)
Emir Hot
Fabrizio “Bicio” Leo
Francesco Dall’ò
Frank Caruso (ARACHNES, THINDER RISING)
Giovanni Tomassucci
Ivan Mihaljevic (Zagreb)
Joe Stump
Leonardo Porcheddu
Marco Sfogli
Max Aguzzi (DRAGONHAMMER)
Michael Angelo Batio
Michele “Dr. Viossy” Vioni
Milan Polak
Nicolas Waldo
Niels Vjelyt (SAGE’S RECITAL)
Pier Gonella
Rick Renstrom
Roger Staffelbach (ARTENSION, ARTLANTICA)
Rolf Munkes
Ruud Jolie (WITHIN TEMPTATION)
Simone Mularoni (DGM)
Srdjan Brankovic (ALOGIA)
Tomas Varnagiris
Tommy Denander
Tommy Vitaly
Tore Moren
Victor Smolski
Vincent Rain
Yannis Androulakakis (ROYAL QUEST)

BASS
Alberto Rigoni
Andreas Passmark (ROYAL HUNT, NARNIA)
Anna Portalupi
Dino Fiorenza
Fabio D’Amore (SERENITY)
Felipe Andreoli (ANGRA, 4ACTION,  KIKO LOUREIRO)
Ilker Ersin (FREEDOM CALL, POWERWORLD)
Lars Lehmann
Mike Lepond (SYMPHONY X)
Oliver Holzwarth (RHAPSODY OF FIRE)
Rich Marks
Sean Tibbetts (KAMELOT)
Steve Di Giorgio (DEATH, AUTOPSY, CONTROL DENIED, EPHEL DUATH, OBSCURA, ARTENSION, FAUST, PAINMUSEUM, SUICIDE SHIFT, SOEN, VINTERSORG, DRAGONLORD, ICED EARTH, SEBASTIAN BACH, OBITUARY, SADUS)

DRUMS
Atma Anur
Dani Loeble (HELLOWEEN)
Dirk Verbeuren (SOILWORK)
John Macaluso
Mark Cross
Martijn Peters (STREAM OF PASSION)
Maurizio Boco
Mirkko De Maio
Raphael Saini
Rolf Pilve (STRATOVARIUS)
Roxy Petrucci (EX-VIXEN, EX-MADAM X)
Ruben Israel (DELAIN)
Titta Tani
Tom Åsvold
Record Label: Pride & Joy Music
     


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