The Miskolc Experience (2009)

The Miskolc Experience

Tracklist

CD1

1.Clavicula Nox - 10:34

2.Dvorak: Excerpt from Symphony no. 9 - 2:04

2.Wagner: First part of - 1:47

3.Verdi: Vedi! le fosche notturne spotigle from Il Trovatore - 2:45

4.Mozart: - 1:59

5.Saint-Saens: Excerpt from Symphony No. 3 - 2:14

6.Wagner: - 7:10

7.Wagner: Excerpt from the Overture from Rienzi - 3:12

8.Wagner: Second part of - 7:17

CD2

1.Blood of Kingu - 5:53

2.Sirius B - 3:51

3.Lemuria - 4:22

4.Eternal Return - 7:21

5.Draconian Trilogy (released on Vovin) - 8:37

6.Schwarzalbenheim - 5:28

7.Via Nocturna part I, II - 9:43

8.The Rise of Sodom and Gomorrah - 6:54

9.Grand Finale / Postludium - 4:23

DVD1

1.Clavicula Nox - 10:34

2.Dvorak: Excerpt from Symphony no. 9 - 2:04

3.Verdi: Vedi! le fosche notturne spotigle from Il Trovatore - 2:45

4.Mozart: - 1:59

5.Saint-Saens: Excerpt from Symphony No. 3 - 2:14

6.Wagner: - 7:10

7.Wagner: Excerpt from the Overture from Rienzi - 3:12

8.Wagner: Second part of - 7:17

9.Wagner: First part of - 1:47

10.Blood of Kingu - 5:53

11.Sirius B - 3:51

12.Lemuria - 4:22

13.Eternal Return - 7:21

14.Draconian Trilogy (released on Vovin) - 8:37

15.Schwarzalbenheim - 5:28

16.Via Nocturna part I, II - 9:43

17.The Rise of Sodom and Gomorrah - 6:54

18.Grand Finale / Postludium - 4:23

Bonus Features

19.Documentary

20.Therion Goes Classic - Bucharest 2006

Musicians

  • Christofer Johnsson: Guitar
  • Kristian Niemann: Lead and rhythm guitars
  • Johann Niemann: Bass guitar
  • Petter Karlsson: Drums
  • Conductor
    • Markus Stollenwerk
  • Vocal Soloists
    • Lori Lewis
    • Judit V. Molnar
    • Andras Molnar
    • Gergely Boncser
    • Mats Levén
  • Violin I
    • Tamas Kriston
    • Maria Lazanyi
    • Eva Siklosi
    • Monika Zsekoc
    • Beata Lukacs
    • Boglarka Balog
  • Violin II
    • Zsofia Nagy
    • Zoltan Kerenyi
    • Banjamin Almassy
    • Marta Szabo
  • Viola
    • Ildiko Monok
    • Jozsef Kautzky
    • Janos Feher
    • Ildiko Gyori
  • Cello
    • Annamaria Bodi
    • Eszter Vass
  • Doublebass
    • Gizella Keresztfalvi
    • Arpad Balog
  • Piano and organ
    • Andreas Bujtas
  • Oboe
    • Beata Tatar
    • Klara Majoros
  • Flute
    • Tamas Siklosi
    • Marianna Moori
  • Clarinet
    • Sandor Czimer
    • Ferenc Menyhart
  • Bassoon
    • Istvan Halasz
    • Erno Garamvolgyi
  • Horn
    • Eniko Ferencz
    • Laszlo Nagy
    • Balint Varga
    • Sandor Horvath
    • Janos Leiter
    • Lilla Viragh
  • Trumpet
    • Gyorgy Aranyosi
    • Janos Muranyi
  • Trombone
    • Istvan Juhasz
    • Istvan Molnar
    • Csaba Szilagyi
  • Tuba
    • Tamas Veres
  • Timpani
    • Tamas Domotor
  • Percussion
    • Balasz Sebe
  • Miskolk Bartok Choir
    • Dr. Aniko Kaposvari
    • Dr. Boglarka Rostas
    • Beata Fazekas
    • Gabriella Fazekas
    • Imelda Gabor
    • Sz. Gabriella Gardusne
    • Bea Huri
    • Judit Kerek
    • David Kiss
    • Adrienn Kovacs
    • Janos Krizsak
    • Gabor Magda
    • Istvanne Marton
    • Eva Meszaros
    • Denes Murvai
    • Jozef Murvai
    • Nora Murvai
    • Bodnar Ildiko Murvaine
    • Agnes Nemeth
    • Aron Orosz
    • Bence Sandor
    • Zoltan Sandor
    • Zsofia Sandor
    • Papp Edit Sandorne
    • Anita Sebestyen
    • Janos Stefan
    • Erdei Ticia Stefanne
    • Tivadar Szucs
    • Virag Telegdi
    • Zsuzsanna Timko
    • Szucs Judit Zubalyne
  • Leader of Miskolc Bartok Choir
    • Sandor Zoltan
  • Choir of Miskolc National Theatre
    • Zsuzsa Adamy
    • Angelika Hircsu
    • Marta Illes
    • Boglarka Jambrik
    • Agnes Liptak
    • Marta Lorincz
    • Edina Kecskemeti
    • Zsuzsa Kurucz
    • Mariann Majlath
    • Noemi Mihalcsek
    • Reka Muranyi
    • Eva Orth
    • Poschenko Oksana
    • Ildiko Simon
    • Maria Takacs
    • Anett Cseh-Simon
    • Akos Baksy
    • Laszlo Bodor
    • Gergely Irlanda
    • Akos Koleszar
    • Gergo Kos
    • Andras Marton
    • Erik Molnar
    • Robert Molnar
    • Denes Murvai
    • Nandor Nagy
    • Ivan Nagy
    • Tibor Osvath
  • Leader of Choir of Miskolc National Theatre
    • Zsolt Regos

Comments from Chris

It would have been an easy choice just to take a bunch of THERION songs, stand on a stage with an orchestra, and just play. I'm sure we would have been having a very grateful crowd for that. But THERION isn't a band that settles for what is ‘good enough', we want to do more than that. So much of what you will hear and see are exclusively arranged for this event and one previous we did in Romania and we wish to offer you a musical journey where the band both enters the classical world as humble guests, as well as inviting the classical players and singers into out world.
There are several ways to incorporate opera and classical music with metal and rock music. Most rock musicians would do it in a rather chauvinistic way - looking upon themselves as the stars and the orchestra, choir, soloists and conductor as a bunch of people just helping them to realize some spectacular event they would do at some point in their career. And as they are the big stars, they would play over the compositions like a bulldozer, adding guitar chords in every inch of even the classical pieces. Here, THERION tries to show a great diversity by knowing what style and which rock instruments to play in each place, and (very important) when to be quiet and let the orchestra do their thing undisturbed, in which some dynamics between the two worlds can grow.


The two parts
PART I
First you will discover how a Therion song could sound like if convertcd into a piece for orchestra. While being an event with much of its focus on bringing classical music into rock and metal music, it is only fair to also make an attempt of the opposite. Indeed a rock song is never able to become a true classical composition no matter what you do with it, due to the solid foundation on contemporary thinking it consists of - but nevertheless it makes it interesting enough to re-arrange it into orchestral music and perform it in a way that the classical musicians are familiar with.
Secondly we have arranged various classical and opera compositions to allow us to take part in it. And it is here you will really see and hear the big difference in attitude compared with other bands that did similar things before us. We are here allowed to show how a band can make a respectful journey into the world of some of the most famous classical composers works. Many people would take for granted that the band must play 100% of the time and fight to uphold the status of the rock/metal elements. But I want to have the dynamics and life and interplay between the worlds and play where it makes sense and not just play something for the sake of having to play all the time and by that ruin both the composition and the effect of the band's presence. Take an instrument like Timpani (orchestral drum) for example. It's a lovely and very powerful instrument. But what happens if we use it all the time? If we over use it? It will loose its power and just become a noisy instrument blocking much of what we love many compositions for. In many regards, this is how we must look upon a rock band performing too, though the band of course offers much more greater diversity and more possibilities than the percussional instrument in my example.
However, as there was a majority of the audience being into metal music attending the event, I took the decision we also need some pieces where the band would play through the entire piece, played rather heavy. An acceptable compromise between being artists and entertainers. It was great challenge to do this in a truthfully respectful way and in order not to overdo it, shorter excerpts were used for this purpose. All in all, I think the mix turned out rather tasteful and entertaining, while at the same time tributing the composers the way they deserve.

PART II
This part of the evening needs no deeper introduction. It has always been the dream of me as a composer to be able to perform my works live with a huge arrangements and financial resources needed to pull this off hasn't been available. My dream has been shared by many thousands of fans over the world and finally it happened and I'm happy to be able to offer one of the two events on this DVD.

THERION would like to give a very special thanx to Richard Peach in general, but particulary for his outstanding efforts around this event.
Christoger also would like to send a thankx to Tamas Bator and Szabolcs Horvath and the Miskolc International Opera Festival for the opportunity to pull off the event, for making it possible for us to film it and for offering the documentary and photos for the DVD. Other people who have made great efforts in support of this product and deserve a warm thanx are Aquarius Foundation, Markus Stollenwerk, Maor Appelbaum, Sigge and Fuse and the always so amazingly supportive guys at Nuclear Blast Records.

Christofer Johnsson plays Gibson guitars exclusively and uses the Tronical PowerTune system, because he wants the best.
Kristian Niemann plays Ibanez guitars and uses Crafton musical products exclusively.
Johan Niemann plays Ashdown amplifies exclusively
Petter Karlsson plays Meinl cymbals and Tama drums and sticks.

Other Info


Recorder in Miskolc, Hungary, June 16 2007
Mixed by Petter Karlsson
Audio discs mastered by Maor Appelbaum
Video cutting, editting and 5.1 mix by Fuse
Photography by Krisztian Bocsi
Artwork&Design by Thomas Ewerhard
STAGE SOUND AND LIGHT crew: FOH: Richard Peach, REFO Ltd - Sound, Light, Truss, Stage, Backline RENTAL, Tamas Balog, Peter Balog, Laszlo Lugosi , Miklos Gere, LV Bundi, LV Fery, Lavi, Jana, Chris, Janos Kramcsak, Tamas Bukoczki, Bygyo, Krisztian Makar, Laszlo Molnar, Adam Molnar, Jozef Karacsony
FILM CREW:
Director: Miklos Borsos
Director of Photography: Balazs Loth
Production manager: Peter Fulop
Production coordinator: Zoltan Vladucz
Cameramen: Laszlo Blaho, Gabor Kertai, Albert Czomba, Tamas Petovari, Aszter Hidvegi, Robert Adok, Jimmy Jib
Operators: Gabor Dorcsak, Attila Seeger, Peter Pallay
Key grip: Balazs Michl
Transportation manager: Csaba B. Kiss
HDV technician: Gabor Dorcsak
Technical Supervisor: Mihaly Mike Bolcskey
Making of video: Zoltan Vladucz
Equipment rental: Goldfish.hu Ltd., Mafilmrent Ltd.
Location shooting by: Mark Productions Ltd., Cell Media Ltd., Trio TV Ltd.
Sound recording crew:
Recorder live by: AudioGebius Productions
Recording Engineers: Tamas Gresiczki, Daniel Hidvegi
Recording assistant: Andras "Gnoo" Czigler
Bartok+Miskolc International Opera festival:
Managing director: Tamas Bator
Project manager: Szabolcs Horvath
Communication director: Boglarka Irlanda
Head of festival office: Noemi Marczisak
www.operafesztival.hu