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|Genres||Neoclassical, ethnic, neofolk, dark wave|
Hexperos is an Italian duo founded in 2004 by Alessandra Santovito (soprano voice, flute) and Francesco Forgione (double bass, cello, bardic harp, viola da gamba, percussions bouzouky, hammer dulcimer and keyboard).
In 2004, with the song entitled The Warm Whisper of the Wind, the band is officially born. This first song is published in a compilation entitled Flowers Made of Snow by the Swedish label C.M.I. the same label of Alessandra's previous project, which was named Gothica and had great success in the 90s among lovers of obscure atmospheres. Alessandra wrote music and lyrics for both of Gothica's albums entitled Night Thoughts and The Cliff of Suicide.
In 2007, Hexperos's first full album comes out, entitled The Garden of the Hesperides, for the independent Portuguese label Equilibrium Music. This garden represents Hexperos's musical world, a place where you can collect many of the influences from which the songs originate, such as their passion for contemporary music; for composers like James Newton Howard, Hans Zimmer, James Horner, Philip Glass, Michael Nyman; for classical music, particularly for baroque and for ethnic music, especially Celtic, Spanish and African, for this reason in this album there are also two personal interpretations of Ave Maria by Giulio Caccini and "Nana", one of the Siete Canciones Españolas by Manuel de Falla.
Their second album, entitled The Veil of the Queen Mab, is published in September 2010. The title of this new album comes from El velo de la reina Mab by the Nicaraguan writer and poet Rubén Darío (1867–1916).
A short tale from the collection Azul whose immense lyricism, inspired by melancholia and fairy tales, has brought fame to Dario's verses, in which we find typical South American magical realism, ancient mythology and pure fantasy.
Queen Mab is quoted by many international artists of different art fields; for example, many will remember Shakespeare mentioning her, through the mouth of Mercutio, in Romeo and Juliet, or referring to her myth in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
The Garden of the Hesperides and The Veil of the Queen Mab present different characteristics. The first one is more minimalist, while the second is richer in orchestration. Both of them received great critical and public success worldwide.
Their last album entitled "Lost in the Great Sea" reflects Hexperos's new Celtic sound and their fascination for the ancient past, Pre-Raphaelitism Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood Christina Rossetti, and the great impact that women and their imaginary travels have made in the history of art.
- 2007 – Hexperos – The Garden of the Hesperides (EQM)
- 2010 – Hexperos – The Veil of Queen Mab (EQM)
- 2014 – Hexperos – Lost in the Great Sea- In the Morning Side Records
- 2014 – Hexperos – Autumnus – EP – In the Morning Side Records
- 2017 - Hexperos - The Garden of the Hesperides - new edition + singles - In the Morning Side Records
- 2000 – Gothica – Night Thoughts (C.M.I.)
- 2003 – Gothica – The Cliff of Suicide (C.M.I.)
- 2004 – Flowers made of Snow (C.M.I)
- 2008 – Nikolaevka (Palace of Worms)
- 2008 – In the dark room vol. 1 (Darkroom Production)
- 2010 – Cantus 1: Mediaeval Pagan Folk (Lichtbringer)
- 2011 – Berceuses des Fées et petites Sorcières (Prikosnovénie)
- 2014 - Progressivamente Story 1970 - 2014 2CD (Sony Music)
- 2005 Respiri – Corde Oblique (Ark Recordings);
- 2009 Ősforrás – The Moon and the Night Spirit (EQM)
- 2009 The Stones of Naples – Corde Oblique (Prikosnovénie)
- 2012 Graines de Berceuses (Prikosnovénie)