Imaginaerum [Limited Edition]

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Never one to do things by halves, Finnish symphonic rock purveyors Nightwish team up with a 53-piece orchestra for their seventh studio album, Imaginaerum, a concept album based on a dying man's recollection of his youth which also doubles as the soundtrack to their forthcoming Stobe Harju-directed film of the same name. Bassist Marco Hietala claimed that it's inspired by the works of Tim Burton, Neil Gaiman, and Salvador Dali, which suggests a score full of gothic fantasy-style arrangements, but although there are many hallmarks of a big screen mythical epic (the Palladio-esque breakdown on the lead single "Storytime," the Omen-esque choral backing vocals and ominous piano...
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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Never one to do things by halves, Finnish symphonic rock purveyors Nightwish team up with a 53-piece orchestra for their seventh studio album, Imaginaerum, a concept album based on a dying man's recollection of his youth which also doubles as the soundtrack to their forthcoming Stobe Harju-directed film of the same name. Bassist Marco Hietala claimed that it's inspired by the works of Tim Burton, Neil Gaiman, and Salvador Dali, which suggests a score full of gothic fantasy-style arrangements, but although there are many hallmarks of a big screen mythical epic (the Palladio-esque breakdown on the lead single "Storytime," the Omen-esque choral backing vocals and ominous piano chords on the schizophrenic "Scaretale," and the stirring war march instrumental "Arabesque"), the band have thankfully avoided simply following the Danny Elfman rulebook. Opener "Taikatalvi" is a haunting, Middle Eastern-tinged folk number underpinned by a twinkling, music box backing and a rare Finnish-language melody, the frenetic Riverdance-goes-metal of "I Want My Tears Back," and the medieval campfire balladry of "Turn Loose the Mermaids" showcase their passion for traditional Celtic music, while the biggest twist appears courtesy of "Slow, Love, Slow," an unexpected but convincing foray into 1930s jazz-lounge territory, which proves Anette Olzon is as adept a torch singer as she is rock goddess. The doom-laden bombastics of "Rest Calm" and "Last Ride of the Day" are basically Nightwish on autopilot, while the meandering "Song of Myself" overstays its welcome long before the advent of a closing six-minute recital of Tuomas Holopainen's poem of the same name (influenced by the Walt Whitman poem). But if its accompanying full-length feature is even half as ambitious as its soundtrack, fantasy fans are in for quite a spectacle. [A limited edition included a second disc of mostly instrumental version of the album tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/4/2013
  • Label: Nuclear Blast Int'l
  • UPC: 727361278908
  • Catalog Number: 6127890

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nightwish Primary Artist
Derek Watkins Trumpet
Tony Lewis Celli
Guy Barker Trumpet, Soloist
Mark Berrow Violin
Catherine Bott Vocals
Andrew Busher Vocals
Yona Dunsford Vocals
Richard Edwards Tenor Trombone
Andy Findon Flute
Claire Henry Vocals
Garfield Jackson Viola
Skaila Kanga Harp
Gary Kettel Percussion
Chris Laurence Bass
Martin Loveday Celli
Rita Manning Violin
Kate Musker Viola
Anthony Pleeth Celli
Frank Ricotti Percussion
Lynda Richardson Choir Master
Sonia Slany Violin
Jussi Tegelman Music Box
David Theodore Oboe, Cor anglais
David Porter Thomas Vocals
Dermot Crehan Violin
Bill Hawkes Viola
Peter Lale Viola
Mary Carewe Vocals
Troy Donockley Bouzouki, Choir, Chorus, Bodhran, uillean pipes, Low Whistle
Patrick Kiernan Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki Violin
Frank Schaefer Celli
Bruce White Viola
Dirk Campbell Sorna
David Fuest Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
David Daniels [cello] Celli
Stephen Henderson Percussion, Ethnic Percussion
Andrew Crowley Trumpet
Paul Clarvis Ethnic Percussion
Julian Leaper Violin
Lawrence Wallington Vocals
Michael Dore Vocals
Richard Watkins French Horn
Everton Nelson Violin
Metro Voices Vocals
James Shearman Conductor
Nigel Black French Horn
Rachel Bolt Viola
Anna Noakes Flute
Dai Emanuel Violin
Dave Stewart Bass Trombone
Emlyn Singleton Violin
David Pyatt French Horn
Paddy Lannigan Bass
Andy Wood Tenor Trombone
Tuomas Holopainen Piano, Keyboards
Emppu Vuorinen Guitar
Jukka Nevalainen Percussion, Drums
Marco Hietala Bass, Vocals
Eleanor Grant Musician
Tom Pearce Vocals
Owen Slade Tuba
Joanna Forbes Vocals
Neil Bellingham Vocals
Jacqueline Barron Vocals
Perry Montague-Mason Violin
Amber Moore Musician
Rosemary Forbes-Butler Vocals
Thomas Bowes Leader
Grace Davidson Vocals
Kate Moore Trumpet
Anette Olzon Vocals
Alice Fearn Vocals
Pekka Kuusisto Violin, Soloist
Morag MacKay Vocals
Josephine Knight Celli
Vanessa Heine Vocals
Emma Brain-Gabbott Vocals
Stephen Mair Bass
Leon Enrique Bosch Bass
Julie Andrews Bassoon
Abbie Osmon Vocals
Tom Pigott-Smith Violin
Christopher Tombling Violin
David Woodcock Violin
Gerard O'Beirne Vocals
Peter Snipp Vocals
Ann de Renais Vocals
Alexandra Gibson Vocals
Michael Thompson French Horn
Jenny O'Grady Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Jonathan Rees Violin
Nicki Kennedy Vocals
Nicholas Bucknall Clarinet
Tom Bullard Vocals
Kai Hahto Percussion
Eliza Marshall Flute
Oliver Langford Violin
Ben Fleetwood Smyth Vocals
Thomas Spencer-Wortley Vocals
Eoghan McCarthy Musician
Ashby Mayes Musician
Anna Gunstone Musician
Celine Marcantonis Musician
David Valsamidis Musician
Elizabeth Wiesberg Vocals
Katialin Dang Musician
Mair Dew Musician
Nicholas Sabisky Musician
Nicholas Marcantosis Musician
Rosie Alderton Musician
The Looking Glass Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Soophia Foroughi Vocals
Shifra Osorio Whewell Musician
Elias Christou-Hill Musician
Dilys McCaffrey Musician
Athena Koutsovasilis Musician
Anais Engelmann Musician
Paul Greir Vocals
Sam Barnett Musician
Vinay Ostrolenk Musician
Lindsay Ashworth Vocals
Jacob Ramsey Musician
Maciej Rakoswki Violin
John Barcley Trumpet
Steve Morris Violin
Technical Credits
Jussi Tegelman Soundscape
Pip Williams Director, Orchestration, Orchestral Arrangements, Choir Arrangement, Creation
Mikko Karmila Engineer
Mika Jussila Mastering
Tuomas Holopainen Composer, Lyricist, Producer
Emppu Vuorinen Arranger, Guitar Engineer, Bass Engineer
Marco Hietala Composer, Guitar Engineer, Bass Engineer
Janne Pitkänen Artwork, Layout
Tero Kinnunen Engineer
Gina Pitkänen Artwork, Layout
Steve Price Engineer
Holopainen Arranger
Nevalainen Arranger
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