"‘If it (the album) were a painting it would hang in the Louvre, it really is that magical."
- The Mayfair Mall Zine, UK -
All-Star Symphonic-Metal Project
created and produced by
The all-star VIVALDI METAL PROJECT's
debut album is a
Symphonic-Metal remake of
Antonio Vivaldi’s legendary masterwork
“THE FOUR SEASONS”
2016 - "The Four Seasons" (CD / Vinyl)
The Vivaldi Metal Project’s debut album “The Four Seasons” is a symphonic-metal opera based on Antonio Vivaldi’s Baroque masterwork of the same name. The album itself features over 130 vocal and instrumental artists from both metal and classical backgrounds, an orchestra, a string quartet, and three choirs from around the world. Featured artists include members of such renowned bands as Rhapsody of Fire, Angra, Royal Hunt, Bruce Dickinson, Yngwie Malmsteen, Symphony X, Helloween, Within Temptation, Firewind, Testament, Stratovarius, Delain, James LaBrie, Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Serenity, Soilwork, Stream of Passion, Kamelot and many more.
This impressive roster of artists undoubtedly makes “The Four Seasons “ one of the largest all-star projects 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 invited Douglas R. Docker who perfectly translated the producer’s concept into brilliant lyrics. Additional lyrics were written by Mistheria, Rob Rock and Lance King.
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.
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 project features the “Sinfonietta Consonus Symphonic Orchestra” (Poland), the “Academic Choir Angel Manolov” (Bulgaria), the “Chamber Choir Ivan Filipovic” (Croatia) and the “Rock Academy Choir” (Croatia).
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!
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.
"The Four Seasons" - Album Reviews
‘ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Vivaldi Metal Project - This album is insane, alright. Insanely great. I can’t stop listening to it! Total genius, and totally shredtastic. Five stars!’ (Progarchy.com - Review by Time Lord)
‘POWERFUL, COMPLEX, EVOCATIVE, DARK, EXTRAORDINARY, ENGAGING, EPIC, ANCIENT IN ITS MODERNITY, EPOCHAL, COLOSSAL, TIMELESS…’ (Heavy Metal webzine)
‘The Vivaldi Metal Project is and will remain one of the hugest, most complex and ambitious projects in all spheres of metal. It is a top-class album which causes deep vibrations to the soul's strings. Every minute and each track show the huge work that all the artists involved gave to it. It's an album to which all future metal operas - from now on, willy-nilly - will have to compare.’ (Metallo Italiano)
‘The metal version of 'The Four Seasons' is a dynamic firework of neoclassical sounds. It sets new boundaries in classic metal music in all its craftsmanship and as a benchmark for future works.’ (Powermetal.de, Germany)
‘If it (the album) were a painting it would hang in the Louvre, it really is that magical.’ (Mayfair Mall, UK)
'When baroque music meets heavy metal and the match is perfect.' (My Global Mind, Brazil)
'This is symphonic concept power metal of the most magnificent scope' (Planet Mosh, UK)
'This album could be seen as one of the most flamboyant projects undertaken in a good while.' (Fireworks, UK)
'This new version of „The Four Seasons“ is a magnum opus and will become an instant classic.' (Radio Barbarossa, Germany)
'Fans of classical, progressive, symphonic or even metal in general will find this to be incredibly appealing.' (Mosh Pit Report, UK)
'It is an incredible piece of work.' (Powerplay, UK)
'The Vivaldi Metal Project is simply amazing and Mistheria’s vision and ability to bring in the talent required has left us with an epic blend of symphonic, orchestral, vocal, choral, and metal music, the likes of which I have never heard before.' (The Metal Resource, The Netherlands)
'A magnificent release. Ingenious!"' (Metal Factory, Switzerland)
'A perfect symbiosis of Classical Music and Modernism.' (Crossfire, Germany)
2018 - "The Extended Sessions" [EP]
Release Date: 19.01.2018 via “Pride & Joy Music” (www.prideandjoy.de)
“The Extended Sessions” EP is the follow-up release to the extremely successful “The Four Seasons” album release by VIVALDI METAL PROJECT which hit the shelves in Summer 2016 on CD & double vinyl on Pride & Joy Music.
The album up to today is one of the label’s best sellers and now being continued with this valuable EP which will shorten the waiting time for the fans until the next full album!
Live Reports (selection)
“AN UNFORGETTABLE EVENING OF THE ANCIENT WITH VIVALDI AND METAL WIRES”
“The four seasons have never sounded so modern and so energetic - a unique experience that remains in the history of Sounds of the Ages.”
“VIVALDI METAL PROJECT presented in an interesting way the music of Vivaldi!”
“VIVALDI METAL PROJECT blew up the Antique Theater in Plovdiv!”
“VIVALDI METAL PROJECT - Al Teatro dei Marsi l’Opera veste Metal”