Classical Conspiracy

Classical Conspiracy

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by Epica
     
 

One complaint that metal purists have had about some of Epica's more orchestral work is that at times, they have ended up sounding more classical than metal. But for those who value intrigue and adventure more than they value purity, the very fact that a metal band has had some honest-to-God interaction with the European classical world isSee more details below

Overview

One complaint that metal purists have had about some of Epica's more orchestral work is that at times, they have ended up sounding more classical than metal. But for those who value intrigue and adventure more than they value purity, the very fact that a metal band has had some honest-to-God interaction with the European classical world is fascinating -- and The Classical Conspiracy documents the Dutch gothic metal band's June 14, 2008 appearance at the Miskolc International Opera Festival in Miskolc, Hungary. That gathering is hardly Ozzfest; it is a classical-oriented event that has been going on since 2001, and the performers are much more likely to pay tribute to Béla Bartók than to tackle anything that's metal-related. But as The Classical Conspiracy demonstrates, Epica take their classical music seriously. Disc one finds Epica (who are joined by a 40-piece orchestra and a 30-piece vocal choir) performing arrangements of a variety of familiar classical and film music, ranging from Giuseppe Verdi's "Dies Irae" and Antonio Vivaldi's "Presto," to John Williams' "The Imperial March" from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. But if the metal factor is generally low on Disc one, that isn't the case on Disc two -- which is dominated by Epica's own material. Although the Euro-classical influence is quite strong on Disc two, the main ingredient during that portion of the concert is gothic metal. But the classical lovers in the audience were no doubt well aware of the fact that lead vocalist Simone Simons is a classically trained mezzosoprano. If Disc one isn't metal enough for the metal purists and Disc two isn't classical enough for the classical purists, that doesn't make Epica's performances any less inspired or enriching. The Classical Conspiracy is a fine document of Epica's 2008 appearance at the Miskolc International Opera Festival.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/19/2009
Label:
Nuclear Blast Americ
UPC:
0727361233921
catalogNumber:
12339
Rank:
59794

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Palladium  -  Epica
  2. Dies Irea  -  Epica
  3. Ombra Mai Fu  -  Epica
  4. Adagio  -  Epica
  5. Spider-Man Medley  -  Epica
  6. Presto [from the Four Seasons, Concerto for Violin No. 2 in G Minor, Op  -  Epica
  7. Montagues and Capulets  -  Epica
  8. The Imperial March  -  Epica
  9. Stabat Mater Dolorosa  -  Epica
  10. Unholy Trinity  -  Epica
  11. In the Hall of the Mountain King [from Peer Gynt, Suite No. 1, Op. 46-4  -  Epica
  12. Indigo  -  Epica
  13. The Last Crusade  -  Epica
  14. Sensorium  -  Epica
  15. Quietus  -  Epica
  16. Chasing the Dragon  -  Epica
  17. Feint  -  Epica

Disc 2

  1. Never Enough  -  Epica
  2. Beyond Belief  -  Epica
  3. Cry for the Moon  -  Epica
  4. Safeguard to Paradise  -  Epica
  5. Blank Infinity  -  Epica
  6. Living a Lie  -  Epica
  7. The Phantom Agony  -  Epica
  8. Sancta Terra  -  Epica
  9. Illusive Consensus  -  Epica
  10. Consign to Oblivion  -  Epica

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Epica   Primary Artist
Robert Molnar   Bass (Vocal)
Ivan Nagy   Bass (Vocal)
Tamás Tóth   Viola
Sandor Horvath   French Horn
Mark Jansen   Guitar,Animal Sounds,Group Member
Yves Huts   Bass,Group Member
Ad Sluijter   Guitar,Group Member
Sandor Szabo   Viola
Simone Simons   Vocals,Group Member
Zsuzsa Kurucz   Soprano (Vocal)
Zsuzsa Adamy   Soprano (Vocal)
Zsolt Regos   Conductor
Zsofia Nagy   Violin
Zoltan Kerenyi   Violin
Zoltan Kakuk   Trombone
Zoltan Ficsor   Violin
Tibor Osvath   Tenor (Vocal)
Tamas Siklosi   Flute
Tamas Kriston   Violin
Tamas Fogarasi   Clarinet
Sandor Demeter   Bass (Vocal)
Sandor Czimer   Clarinet
Peter Gal   Trumpet
Nandor Nandor   Tenor (Vocal)
Monika Zsekov   Violin
Mark Viragh   Percussion
Marianna Moori   Flute
Maria Lazanyi   Violin
Laszlo Bodor   Tenor (Vocal)
Krisztian Jardany   Bassoon
Kamilla Matakovics   Cello
Jozsef Kautzky   Viola
Janos Implom   Oboe
Janos Feher   Viola
Janos Dobos   Tuba
Istvan Molnar   Trombone
Istvan Halasz   Bassoon
Ildiko Simon   Soprano (Vocal)
Gyorgy Aranyosi   Trumpet
Gizella Keresztfalvi   Double Bass
Gergely Opauszky   French Horn
Gergely Irlanda   Tenor (Vocal)
Gergely Boncser   Tenor (Vocal)
Ferenc Tornyai   French Horn
Eva Vajda   Soprano (Vocal)
Eva Siklosi   Violin
Eva Orth   Soprano (Vocal)
Eszter Maria Papp   Soprano (Vocal)
Erik Molnar   Tenor (Vocal)
Eniko Ferencz   French Horn
Edina Kecskemeti   Soprano (Vocal)
Doria Tatai   Violin
Davd Dani   Bass (Vocal)
Csaba Szilagyi   Trombone
Boglarka Jambrik   Soprano (Vocal)
Boglarka Balog   Violin
Benjamin Almassy   Violin
Beata Tatar   Oboe
Beata Lukacs   Violin
Balazs Kolozsi   Bass (Vocal)
Arpad Balog   Double Bass
Annamaria Bodi   Cello
Angelika Beres   Cello
Andras Marton   Tenor (Vocal)
Andras Bujtas   Piano,Harpsichord
Akos Baksy   Bass (Vocal)
Robert Molnar   Bass (Vocal)
Sándor Szabó   Viola
Arien Van Weesenbeek   Drums
Coen Janssen   Synthesizer,Piano
Tamás Tóth   Viola

Technical Credits

Antonin Dvorák   Composer
Edvard Grieg   Composer
George Frideric Handel   Composer
Giovanni Pergolesi   Composer
Sergey Prokofiev   Composer
Giuseppe Verdi   Composer
Antonio Vivaldi   Composer
Danny Elfman   Composer
John Williams [composer]   Composer
John Wasson   Orchestral Arrangements
C. Janssen   Arranger,Choir Arrangement
Sascha Paeth   Producer,Mastering
Mark Jansen   Composer,Lyricist
Epica   Producer
Yves Huts   Composer
Jeroen Simons   Composer
Ad Sluijter   Composer,Lyricist
Oliver Palotai   Orchestral Arrangements
Simone Simons   Composer,Lyricist
Stefan Heilemann   Art Direction
Tamas Gresicki   Engineer
Daniel Hidvegi   Engineer
Coen Janssen   Composer

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