The Classical Conspiracy

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The Classical Conspiracy
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Live album by
Released8 May 2009
Recorded14 June 2008
VenueMiskolc Opera Festival, Miskolc, Hungary
GenreSymphonic metal, neoclassical metal
Length143:56
LabelNuclear Blast
ProducerEpica, Sascha Paeth
Epica chronology
The Divine Conspiracy
(2007)
The Classical Conspiracy
(2009)
Design Your Universe
(2009)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
About.com4/5 stars[2]
Live-Metal.net9/10 stars[3]
Lords Of Metal9.5/10 stars[4]
Metal Asylum7.5/10 stars[5]
Rock Sound6/10 stars[6]

The Classical Conspiracy is the second live album released by the Dutch symphonic metal band Epica. The recorded live show took part in Miskolc, Hungary on 14 June 2008 in the framework of the Miskolc Opera Festival, where the Swedish symphonic metal band Therion had done a similar show a year before. Epica performed on stage with a 40-piece orchestra and a 30-piece choir, entirely composed of Hungarian musicians conducted by Zsolt Regos. The expanded ensemble played classical music, excerpts from operas and movie soundtracks, as well as Epica's songs. The album was released on 8 May 2009 through Nuclear Blast Records.[7]

This is the first album featuring Ariën van Weesenbeek as the new official drummer of Epica and also the last album with founding member and lead guitarist Ad Sluijter, who had already left the band when the album was released.[8]

Track listing[edit]

CD 1 - Classical set
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Palladium"Yves Huts3:46
2."Dies Irae" (from "Requiem")Giuseppe Verdi2:15
3."Ombra mai fu" (from "Xerxes")George Frideric Handel3:06
4."Adagio" (from "New World Symphony")Antonín Dvořák9:02
5."Spider-Man Medley"Danny Elfman4:16
6."Presto" (from "The Four Seasons")Antonio Vivaldi3:06
7."Montagues and Capulets" (from "Romeo and Juliet")Sergei Prokofiev2:11
8."The Imperial March" (from "The Empire Strikes Back")John Williams3:25
9."Stabat Mater Dolorosa" (from "Stabat Mater")Giovanni Battista Pergolesi4:31
10."Unholy Trinity"Huts3:11
11."In the Hall of the Mountain King" (from "Peer Gynt")Edvard Grieg3:11
12."Pirates of the Caribbean Medley" (European release only)Hans Zimmer, Klaus Badelt6:44
13."Indigo"Mark Jansen, Coen Janssen2:04
14."The Last Crusade"Jansen, Huts, Ad Sluijter4:18
15."Sensorium"Jansen, Sluijter, Janssen, Simone Simons5:06
16."Quietus"Epica4:22
17."Chasing the Dragon"Jansen, Huts, Janssen, Simons8:03
18."Feint"Jansen, Sluijter, Janssen, Simons4:34
CD 2 - Epica set
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Never Enough"Huts5:37
2."Beyond Belief"Jansen, Sluijter, Simons5:28
3."Cry for the Moon"Jansen, Sluijter, Simons7:44
4."Safeguard to Paradise"Huts, Jansen, Janssen3:59
5."Blank Infinity"Jansen, Janssen, Simons4:45
6."Living a Lie"Jansen, Huts, Sluijter5:24
7."The Phantom Agony"Jansen, Huts, Sluijter10:30
8."Sancta Terra"Jansen, Sluijter, Simons5:11
9."Illusive Consensus"Jansen, Sluijter, Janssen, Simons5:45
10."Consign to Oblivion" 12:06

Personnel[edit]

Band members[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • The Extended Reményi Ede Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Zsolt Regos
  • The Choir of Miskolc National Theatre
  • Oliver Palotai - orchestral arrangements

Production[edit]

  • Sascha Paeth - producer, mixing, mastering
  • Daniel Hidvegi, Tamas Gresicki - live sound engineers
  • Olaf Reitmeier - editing
  • Simon Oberender - editing, mixing, mastering

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Dutch Album Charts[9] 23
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[10] 82
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[11] 58
Switzerland Album Charts[12] 81
France Album Charts[13] 23
German Album Charts[14] 87

References[edit]

  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. "Epica The Classical Conspiracy review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 22 August 2011.
  2. ^ Bowar, Chad. "Epica – 'The Classical Conspiracy' review". About.com. Retrieved 22 August 2011.
  3. ^ Maki, Jeff. "Epica 'The Classical Conspiracy' review". Live-Metal.net. Retrieved 22 August 2011.
  4. ^ Smit, Bas. "Epica - The Classical Conspiracy review". Lords Of metal.nl. Retrieved 22 August 2011.
  5. ^ Gromen, Mark. "Epica The Classical Conspiracy: Live In Miskolc Hungary review". Metal Asylum.net. Retrieved 22 August 2011.
  6. ^ Moorhouse, Giles (June 2009). "Epica – The Classical Conspiracy." Rock Sound (123): 83. ISSN 1465-0185.
  7. ^ "Epica To Release 'The Classical Conspiracy' Double Live Album". Blabbermouth.net. Roadrunner Records. 12 March 2009. Archived from the original on 6 April 2009. Retrieved 14 March 2009.
  8. ^ "Epica Guitarist Ad Sluijter Quits". Blabbermouth.net. Roadrunner Records. 16 December 2008. Archived from the original on 16 February 2009. Retrieved 22 August 2011.
  9. ^ "Epica - Epica - The Classical Conspiracy - Live in Miskolc, Hungary (album)". Dutch Charts.nl (in Dutch). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 22 August 2011.
  10. ^ "Epica - The Classical Conspiracy - Live in Miskolc, Hungary (album)". Ultratop.be (in Dutch). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 22 August 2011.
  11. ^ "Epica - The Classical Conspiracy - Live in Miskolc, Hungary (album)". Ultratop.be (in French). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 22 August 2011.
  12. ^ "Epica - The Classical Conspiracy - Live in Miskolc, Hungary". Hitparade.ch (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 22 August 2011.
  13. ^ "Epica - The Classical Conspiracy - Live in Miskolc, Hungary (album)". Lescharts.com (in French). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 22 August 2011.
  14. ^ "Epica - The Classical Conspiracy - Live in Miskolc, Hungary". Charts.de (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 22 August 2011.