"‘If it (the album) were a painting it would hang in the Louvre, it really is that magical."
- The Mayfair Mall Zine, UK -
Symphonic-Metal Opera conceived and produced by
The all-metal-stars VIVALDI METAL PROJECT's
debut album is a
Symphonic-Metal remake of
Antonio Vivaldi’s legendary masterwork
“THE FOUR SEASONS”
The VIVALDI METAL PROJECT is a music creation born from an idea conceived and developed by Italian keyboard player, composer and producer MISTHERIA (solo artist, Bruce Dickinson, Rob Rock, Roy Z, Artlantica, Joe Stump's Tower of Babel).
The project is a symphonic-metal opera based on Antonio Vivaldi’s Baroque masterwork “The Four Seasons”, featuring more than 130 amazing metal and classical artists, orchestra, a string quartet and three choirs from all over the world. The album features 14 tracks – all the movements from Antonio Vivaldi’s original score plus two original new songs written by MISTHERIA.
The impressive roster of artists probably makes this titanic album the biggest all-star project ever!
Back in 2013, MISTHERIA started thinking about making a metal version of “The Four Seasons”, a masterpiece that he loved and kept listening to since his childhood. MISTHERIA started to play and record all the movements on the piano but then felt that a parallel symphonic-metal version would have been the perfect continuation. Therefore, he recorded and uploaded a short trailer on the web to start engaging musicians. A few days later, Italian bassist and composer Alberto Rigoni (solo artist, TwinSpirits, Kim Bingham, The Italians, BADASS), who had already collaborated with Mistheria by recording bass on his previous solo album “Dragon Fire”, learned about the project and contacted MISTHERIA offering his support to work on the project as co-producer. Also, MISTHERIA made the “innovative” choice – never done so far – to add lyrics and singers to “The Four Seasons” which, as composed by Vivaldi, is an instrumental work. For this important task, he invitedDouglas R. Docker who perfectly translated the producer’s concept into brilliant lyrics. Additional lyrics were written by Mistheria, Rob Rock and Lance King.
A cast of 10 awesome arrangers joined MISTHERIA creating epic and memorable music, combining a standard metal band lineup with strings, orchestra and choir: Douglas R. Docker, Francesco Dall’O’, Frank Caruso, Gabriels, Keiko Kumagai, Nicolas Waldo, Pawel Penksa, Tomas Varnagiris, Yannis Androulakakis, Zhivko Koev.
The cast furthermore includes performances by Mark Boals (Malmsteen, Royal Hunt), Fabio Lione (Rhapsody of Fire, Angra), Edu Falaschi (Almah), Rob Rock (Impellitteri), Mike Lepond (SymhonyX), Dani Löble (Helloween), Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation), Mark Cross (Firewind, Scorpions), Steve Di Giorgio (Testament), Rolf Pilve (Stratovarius), Victor Smolski (Rage, Almanac), Ruben Israel (Delain), John Macaluso (ARK), Marco Sfogli (James Labrie), Chris Caffery (Savatage), Mark Wood (Trans Siberian Orchestra), Dirk Verbeuren (Soilwork), Atma Anur (Tony MacAlpine), Vitalij Kuprij, Anna Portalupi (Tarja Turunen), Sean Tibbetts (Kamelot), Martijn Peters (Stream of Passion) and many more.
Moreover, the project features the “Sinfonietta Consonus Symphonic Orchestra” (Poland), the "Innovative String Queens" Quartet (Belgium), the “Academic Choir Angel Manolov” (Bulgaria), the “Chamber Choir Ivan Filipovic” (Croatia) and the “Rock Academy Choir” (Croatia).
It took more than 2 years of intensive non-stop hard work to get "The Four Seasons" album done. Mixed and mastered by Ivan Moni Bidin at “ARTESONIKA” recording studio in Italy and assisted by Fabio D’Amore, the album is a full 75 minutes of intense, passionate, fascinating, powerful and majestic experience!
Release Date: 22.07.2016 via “Pride & Joy Music” (www.prideandjoy.de). Availability: CD (digipack), Digital Download, Vinyl (double album)
Production, concept and artistic direction by MISTHERIA (www.mistheria.com).
Co-produced by Alberto Rigoni (www.albertorigoni.net)
Mistheria is an Italian pianist, keyboardist, keytarist, organist, composer, and producer from Italy engaged both on Classical, Rock and Metal music sides.
Besides his solo career, Mistheria gained is name thanks to the several and prestigious collaborations with many artists and bands all over the world such as Bruce Dickinson, Roy Z, Rob Rock, Mark Boals, Edu Falaschi, to name a few.
Mistheria performed as soloist and as session player in Europe, USA, and Asia. His discography counts 70+ albums including his own and other bands productions ranging from Classical to Metal, from New-Age to Soundtracks, from Pop to Rock.
Alberto Rigoni is an Italian bass player and composer, internationally well known for his career as a solo artist and as a member of the progressive rock band TwinSpirits.
His solo albums (Something Different, Rebirth e Three Wise Monkeys also feature famous musicians such as Kevin Moore (ex Dream Theater), Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree, King Crimson), Göran Edman (ex-Malmsteen), Michael Manring, John Macaluso (Ark, LaBrie, TNT) and many others.
Alberto has also recorded for several international artists such as Italian pop singer Alexia.
Mistheria and Rick Wakeman at Blue Train’s studio (Venice, Italy)
Full list of The Vivaldi Metal Project participants:
Mistheria, Alberto Rigoni, Sinfonietta Consonus Symphonic Orchestra, Innovative String Quartet, Academic Choir Manolov, Chamber Choir ‘Ivan Filipović’, ‘Rock Academy’ Choir, Mark Boals, Michael Lepond, Fabio Lione, Vitalij Kuprij, Michael Angelo Batio, John Macaluso, Dani Loeble, Marco Sfogli, Mark Cross, Andreas Passmark, Ruud Jolie, Rolf Munkes, Sergey Boykov, Benjamin Lechuga, Andrea De Paoli, Atma Anur, Csaba Zvekan, Steve Di Giorgio, Andy Midgley, Anna Portalupi, Nicolas Quinteros, Mirkko De Maio, Nicolas Waldo, Max Aguzzi, Maria Diese, Simone Mularoni, Dr. Viossy, Basak Ceber, Chris Adler, Tommy Denander, Douglas Docker, Pawel Penksa, Roger Staffelbach, Fabrizio Leo, Chity Somapala, Lars Lehmann, Pier Gonella, Emir Hot, Rick Renstrom, Maurizio Boco, Maria Diese, Giovanni Tomassucci, Dino Fiorenza, Keiko Kumagai, Goran Nystrom, Roni Sauaf, Andy Basiola, Nicolas Quinteros, Ivan Mihaljevic, Gabriels Shiro, Francesco Dall’O', Iliour Griften, Tom Asvold, Srdjan Brankovic, Niels Vejlyt, Stefano Sbrignadello, Filippo Lui, Katerina Simeonova, Giorgia Gueglio, Dimitar Belchev, Milan Polak, Rachel Pedri, Leonardo Porcheddu, Tomas Varnagiris, Richard Marks, Tony Liotta, Roberto Scarpa Meylougan, Chris Caffery, Fabio D’Amore, Henrik Klingenberg, Oliver Holzwarth, Rolf Pilve, Ruben Israel, Ilker Ersin, Raphael Saini, Sean Tibbetts, Gabriele Boschi, Huseyin Kirmizi, Martijn Peters, Victor Smolski, Michal Mierzejewski, Paolo Campitelli, Elina Laivera, Sarah Charness, Tsena Kercheva, Angel Wolf-Black, Felipe Andreoli, Tommy Vitaly, Lisy Stefanoni, Gorka Elso, Alina Lesnik, Ebru ‘Imtholiel’ Kilic, Ksenia Glonty, Alexandra Zerner, Caterina Nix, Alessio Lucatti, Bill Hudson, Michal Lapaj, Vincent Rain, Mayline, Ida Elena, Alexandra Laya, Beatrice Bini, Ksenia Milyavskaya, Nicoletta Rosellini, Lisa Agnelli, Ailyn, Katica Illényi, Diego Tejeida, Scheppel, Claire-Lyse von Dach, Marko First, Brittney Slayes, Jenny Oaks Baker, David Akesson, Julie Bélanger Roy, Aurelia Macovei, Nitza Oremort, Miljenko Djuran, Roxy Petrucci, Maria Papathanasiou, Mariana Brunel, Tore Moren.