Elodia

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For the Romanian missing person, see Disappearance and alleged murder of Elodia Ghinescu.
Elodia
Studio album by Lacrimosa
Released 1999
Recorded Abbey Road Studios
Impuls Tonstudios, Hamburg
Genre Gothic rock
Symphonic/Gothic Metal opera
Length 57:57
Label Hall of Sermon HOS 7820
Producer Tilo Wolff
Lacrimosa chronology
Stille
(1997)
Elodia
(1999)
Fassade
(2001)

Elodia is the sixth album by German duet Lacrimosa.

Elodia is a concept album and a rock opera, divided into three acts. The first act describes a love that is slowly being overwhelmed; the second act describes the act of separation itself, while the third act begins with a requiem, "Sanctus", before ending on a note of hope.[1]

Elodia was an important point in the development of Lacrimosa's music into more classical areas, with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Rosenberg Ensemble and the Hamburg State Opera contributing to the orchestral side. "Sanctus" is a particular example of this, as it is based on the Christian liturgy of the same name, and dominated by the choral vocals of the Rosenberg Ensemble. It is not entirely an orchestral work, as it includes a section of Tilo Wolff's vocals and a guitar solo; it did, however, pave the way for the track "Kyrie" on Lacrimosa's eighth album Echos, which was entirely a classical work.

The song "The Turning Point" starts with Anne Nurmi saying a small poem in Finnish. The poem is "Poutaiset pilvet haihtuvat. Katoan nopeasti tuulten mukana, kuin tämä uni, jossa en enää sinua tavoita", and roughly translates to "The white clouds are fading. I disappear quickly with the winds, as this dream, in which I no longer reach you".

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Terrorverlag 10/10[1]

The German Terrorverlag magazine wrote a positive review that lauded the sentimental lyrics and Anne Nurmi's expressive vocals. Especially "Turning Point" is seen as a review of Nurmi's inner self. The author concluded that the album was definitely a great step in the band's evolution and awarded the album ten out of ten points.[1]

Elodia stayed in the German album charts for ten weeks, peaking at position 12.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Tilo Wolff except where noted. 

1st Act
No. Title English title Length
1. "Am Ende der Stille"   At the End of Silence 08:08
2. "Alleine zu zweit"   Alone Together 04:16
3. "Halt mich"   Hold Me 04:00
4. "The Turning Point" (composed by Wolff, Anne Nurmi)   05:00
2nd Act
No. Title English title Length
1. "Ich verlasse heut' dein Herz"   I Take Leave of Your Heart Today 08:31
2. "Dich zu töten fiel mir schwer"   Killing You Was Hard For Me 08:00
3rd Act
No. Title English title Length
1. "Sanctus"     14:13
2. "Am Ende stehen wir zwei"   At The End There Are The Two Of Us 05:47

© & ℗ 1999 Hall Of Sermon GmbH.

Personnel[edit]

  • Andrew Chudy – drums
  • Sascha Gerbig – rhythm guitar
  • Thomas Gramatzki – clarinet, flute
  • Anja-Christine Hitzer – celli
  • Gottfried Koch – acoustic guitar
  • David Snell – Director
  • Tilo Wolff – Arranger, Producer, vocals

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Grundei, Daniela (11 October 2005). "Lacrimosa – Elodia". Terrorverlag (in German). Terrorverlag GbR Musik Magazin. Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Lacrimosa Longplay-Chartverfolgung". musicline.de (in German). PHONONET GmbH. Retrieved 21 November 2011.