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Imaginaerum

Nightwish

Type:
Full-length
Release date:
November 30th, 2011
Catalog ID:
NB 2789-2 / 27361 27892
Label:
Nuclear Blast
Format:
CD
Reviews:
22 reviews (avg. 70%)
1. Taikatalvi 02:35   Show lyrics
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2. Storytime 05:22   Show lyrics
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3. Ghost River 05:28   Show lyrics
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4. Slow, Love, Slow 05:50   Show lyrics
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5. I Want My Tears Back 05:07   Show lyrics
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6. Scaretale 07:32   Show lyrics
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7. Arabesque 02:57   instrumental
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8. Turn Loose the Mermaids 04:20   Show lyrics
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9. Rest Calm 07:02   Show lyrics
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10. The Crow, the Owl and the Dove 04:10   Show lyrics
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11. Last Ride of the Day 04:32   Show lyrics
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12. Song of Myself 13:37   Show lyrics
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13. Imaginaerum 06:18   instrumental
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Band members
Emppu Vuorinen Guitars
Tuomas Holopainen Keyboards, Piano, Lyrics, Songwriting (tracks 1-9, 11-13)
Jukka Nevalainen Drums, Percussion
Marco Hietala Bass, Vocals, Songwriting (track 10)
Anette Olzon Vocals
Guest/Session
Rosemary Forbes Butler Vocals (choirs)
Soophia Foroughi Vocals (choirs)
Vanessa Heine Vocals (choirs)
Yona Dunsford Vocals (choirs)
Andrew Busher Vocals (choirs)
Ben Fleetwood Smyth Vocals (choirs)
David Porter Thomas Vocals (choirs)
Gerard O'Beirne Vocals (choirs)
Lawrence Wallington Vocals (choirs)
Michael Dore Vocals (choirs)
Neil Bellingham Vocals (choirs)
Paul Greir Vocals (choirs)
Peter Snipp Vocals (choirs)
Thomas Spencer Wortley Vocals (choirs)
Tom Bullard Vocals (choirs)
Tom Pearce Vocals (choirs)
Amber Moore Vocals (choirs)
Anna Gunstone Vocals (choirs)
Anais Engelmann Vocals (choirs)
Ashby Mayes Vocals (choirs)
Athena Koutsovasilis Vocals (choirs)
Celine Marcantonis Vocals (choirs)
David Valsamidis Vocals (choirs)
Dilys McCaffrey Vocals (choirs)
Eleanor Grant Vocals (choirs)
Elias Christou-Hill Vocals (choirs)
Stephen Henderson Percussion (ethnic), Percussion
Eoghan McCarthy Vocals (choirs)
Jacob Ramsey Vocals (choirs)
Katialin Dang Vocals (choirs)
Mair Dew Vocals (choirs)
Nicholas Marcantosis Vocals (choirs)
Nicholas Sabisky Vocals (choirs)
Rosie Alderton Vocals (choirs)
Sam Barnett Vocals (choirs)
Troy Donockley Uilleann pipes (tracks 5, 13), Tin whistle (tracks 1, 8, 10), Vocals (tracks 10, 12), Bodhrán, Bouzoki
Shifra Osorio Whewell Vocals (choirs)
Vinay Ostrolenk Vocals (choirs)
Pekka Kuusisto Violin
Emlyn Singleton Violin (lead)
Kai Hahto Percussion (additional)
Patrick Kiernan Violin
The Looking Glass Orchestra Orchestra
Everton Nelson Violin
Perry Montague-Mason Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki Violin
Maciej Rakowski Violin
Steve Morris Violin
Julian Leaper Violin
Rita Manning Violin
Tom Pigott-Smith Violin
Chris Tombling Violin
Dave Woodcock Violin
Mark Berrow Violin
Jonathan Rees Violin
Sonia Slany (R.I.P. 2021) Violin
Dai Emanuel Violin
Oli Langford Violin
Peter Lale Viola (principal)
Bruce White Viola
Rachel Stephanie Bolt Viola
Bill Hawkes Viola
Kate Musker Viola
Garfield Jackson Viola
Anthony Pleeth Cello (principal)
Josephine Knight Cello
Martin Loveday Cello
Dave Daniels Cello
Guy Barker Trumpet (solo)
Tony Lewis Cello
Frank Schaefer Cello
Chris Laurence Double bass (principal)
Leon Bosch Double bass
Paul Clarvis Percussion (ethnic)
Paddy Lannigan Double bass
Steve Mair Double bass
Andy Findon Flute
Anna Noakes Flute
Eliza Marshall Flute
David Theodore Oboe
Nicholas Bucknall Clarinet
David Fuest Clarinet, Clarinet (bass)
Julie Andrews Bassoon
Richard Watkins French horn
Nigel Black French horn
David Pyatt French horn
Michael Thompson French horn
Derek Watkins (R.I.P. 2013) Trumpet
John Barclay Trumpet
Andy Crowley Trumpet
Kate Moore Trumpet
Richard Edwards Trombone (tenor)
Andy Wood Trombone (tenor)
Dave Stewart Trombone (bass)
Owen Slade Tuba
Skaila Kanga Harp
Frank Ricotti Percussion
Gary Kettel Percussion
Dermot Crehan Hardanger fiddle, Violin
Dirk Campbell Sorna
Abbie Osmon Vocals (choirs)
Alexandra Gibson Vocals (choirs)
Alice Fearn Vocals (choirs)
Ann de Renais Vocals (choirs)
Catherine Bott Vocals (choirs)
Claire Henry Vocals (choirs)
Elizabeth Wiesberg Vocals (choirs)
Emma Brain Gabbot Vocals (choirs)
Grace Davidson Vocals (choirs)
Jacqueline Barron Vocals (choirs)
Jenny O'Grady Vocals (choirs)
Joanna Forbes Vocals (choirs)
Lindsay Ashworth Vocals (choirs)
Mary Carewe Vocals (choirs)
Morag MacKay Vocals (choirs)
Nicki Kennedy Vocals (choirs)
Miscellaneous staff
Marco Hietala Engineering (bass)
Mikko Karmila Engineering, Mixing
Tero Kinnunen Engineering
Mika Jussila Mastering
Janne Pitkänen Artwork
Gina Pitkänen Artwork
Ville Akseli Photography
Jenny O'Grady Conductor (choir)
Lynda Richardson Conductor (choir)
James Shearman Conductor (orchestra)
Thomas Bowes Orchestra leader
Steve Price Engineering (orchestra)
Mat Bartram Engineering (assistant, orchestra)
Jussi Tegelman Soundscapes
Pip Williams Arrangements (orchestra)
Emppu Vuorinen Engineering (guitars)
Tuomas Holopainen Producer
Emppu Vuorinen Guitars
Tuomas Holopainen Keyboards, Piano, Lyrics, Songwriting (tracks 1-9, 11-13)
Jukka Nevalainen Drums, Percussion
Marco Hietala Bass, Vocals, Songwriting (track 10)
Anette Olzon Vocals
Rosemary Forbes Butler Vocals (choirs)
Soophia Foroughi Vocals (choirs)
Vanessa Heine Vocals (choirs)
Yona Dunsford Vocals (choirs)
Andrew Busher Vocals (choirs)
Ben Fleetwood Smyth Vocals (choirs)
David Porter Thomas Vocals (choirs)
Gerard O'Beirne Vocals (choirs)
Lawrence Wallington Vocals (choirs)
Michael Dore Vocals (choirs)
Neil Bellingham Vocals (choirs)
Paul Greir Vocals (choirs)
Peter Snipp Vocals (choirs)
Thomas Spencer Wortley Vocals (choirs)
Tom Bullard Vocals (choirs)
Tom Pearce Vocals (choirs)
Amber Moore Vocals (choirs)
Anna Gunstone Vocals (choirs)
Anais Engelmann Vocals (choirs)
Ashby Mayes Vocals (choirs)
Athena Koutsovasilis Vocals (choirs)
Celine Marcantonis Vocals (choirs)
David Valsamidis Vocals (choirs)
Dilys McCaffrey Vocals (choirs)
Eleanor Grant Vocals (choirs)
Elias Christou-Hill Vocals (choirs)
Stephen Henderson Percussion (ethnic), Percussion
Eoghan McCarthy Vocals (choirs)
Jacob Ramsey Vocals (choirs)
Katialin Dang Vocals (choirs)
Mair Dew Vocals (choirs)
Nicholas Marcantosis Vocals (choirs)
Nicholas Sabisky Vocals (choirs)
Rosie Alderton Vocals (choirs)
Sam Barnett Vocals (choirs)
Troy Donockley Uilleann pipes (tracks 5, 13), Tin whistle (tracks 1, 8, 10), Vocals (tracks 10, 12), Bodhrán, Bouzoki
Shifra Osorio Whewell Vocals (choirs)
Vinay Ostrolenk Vocals (choirs)
Pekka Kuusisto Violin
Emlyn Singleton Violin (lead)
Kai Hahto Percussion (additional)
Patrick Kiernan Violin
The Looking Glass Orchestra Orchestra
Everton Nelson Violin
Perry Montague-Mason Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki Violin
Maciej Rakowski Violin
Steve Morris Violin
Julian Leaper Violin
Rita Manning Violin
Tom Pigott-Smith Violin
Chris Tombling Violin
Dave Woodcock Violin
Mark Berrow Violin
Jonathan Rees Violin
Sonia Slany (R.I.P. 2021) Violin
Dai Emanuel Violin
Oli Langford Violin
Peter Lale Viola (principal)
Bruce White Viola
Rachel Stephanie Bolt Viola
Bill Hawkes Viola
Kate Musker Viola
Garfield Jackson Viola
Anthony Pleeth Cello (principal)
Josephine Knight Cello
Martin Loveday Cello
Dave Daniels Cello
Guy Barker Trumpet (solo)
Tony Lewis Cello
Frank Schaefer Cello
Chris Laurence Double bass (principal)
Leon Bosch Double bass
Paul Clarvis Percussion (ethnic)
Paddy Lannigan Double bass
Steve Mair Double bass
Andy Findon Flute
Anna Noakes Flute
Eliza Marshall Flute
David Theodore Oboe
Nicholas Bucknall Clarinet
David Fuest Clarinet, Clarinet (bass)
Julie Andrews Bassoon
Richard Watkins French horn
Nigel Black French horn
David Pyatt French horn
Michael Thompson French horn
Derek Watkins (R.I.P. 2013) Trumpet
John Barclay Trumpet
Andy Crowley Trumpet
Kate Moore Trumpet
Richard Edwards Trombone (tenor)
Andy Wood Trombone (tenor)
Dave Stewart Trombone (bass)
Owen Slade Tuba
Skaila Kanga Harp
Frank Ricotti Percussion
Gary Kettel Percussion
Dermot Crehan Hardanger fiddle, Violin
Dirk Campbell Sorna
Abbie Osmon Vocals (choirs)
Alexandra Gibson Vocals (choirs)
Alice Fearn Vocals (choirs)
Ann de Renais Vocals (choirs)
Catherine Bott Vocals (choirs)
Claire Henry Vocals (choirs)
Elizabeth Wiesberg Vocals (choirs)
Emma Brain Gabbot Vocals (choirs)
Grace Davidson Vocals (choirs)
Jacqueline Barron Vocals (choirs)
Jenny O'Grady Vocals (choirs)
Joanna Forbes Vocals (choirs)
Lindsay Ashworth Vocals (choirs)
Mary Carewe Vocals (choirs)
Morag MacKay Vocals (choirs)
Nicki Kennedy Vocals (choirs)
Marco Hietala Engineering (bass)
Mikko Karmila Engineering, Mixing
Tero Kinnunen Engineering
Mika Jussila Mastering
Janne Pitkänen Artwork
Gina Pitkänen Artwork
Ville Akseli Photography
Jenny O'Grady Conductor (choir)
Lynda Richardson Conductor (choir)
James Shearman Conductor (orchestra)
Thomas Bowes Orchestra leader
Steve Price Engineering (orchestra)
Mat Bartram Engineering (assistant, orchestra)
Jussi Tegelman Soundscapes
Pip Williams Arrangements (orchestra)
Emppu Vuorinen Engineering (guitars)
Tuomas Holopainen Producer
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Release dates:

Finland: Wednesday, 30th November 2011
Europe: Friday, 2nd December 2011
Australia: Tuesday, January 6th 2012
USA & Canada: Sunday, 10th January 2012
Japan: Monday, January 11th 2012
New Zealand: Friday, January 16th 2012

The digipak edition of the album includes a second CD with the entire album as instrumental versions.

- Despite being instrumental even on the regular edition, the second CD version of Arabesque omits a few oriental folk elements compared to the "regular" version.

- The "instrumental" (full instruments, no vocals) versions on the second CD of the limited edition are different from the "orchestral" (just orchestration) versions on the second CD of the tour edition of the album.

- "Taikatalvi" (track 1) means "magic winter" in Finnish.

Official vinyl editions:
- marbled 2LP, numbered and limited to 250 copies
- grey 2LP, numbered and limited to 250 copies
- clear 2LP
- picture 2LP
- white 2LP, front cover has "Limited Silver Vinyl" printed on it because this was originally intended to be silver vinyl but the colour was changed due to manufacturing difficulties
- golden 2LP, numbered and limited to 100 copies, sold exclusively to bronze status customers at the Nuclear Blast webshop
- black 2LP
- dark blue 2LP, numbered and limited to 150 copies
- orchestral clear 2LP
- orchestral black 2LP, numbered and limited to 150 copies

Mailorder Edition:
- Double CD (including the instrumental version) in Digibook;
- One-tracked CD of the "Rest Calm" demo, without the child chorus;
- An Imaginaerum mirror.


The Digital EP was released as Japanese bonus tracks by Warner Music Japan.

The last track, "Imaginaerum", is a medley of all the songs from the album.

"The loved ones & the fellowship" are credited for reciting the stanzas in track 12.

In the CD booklet, the band line-up are listed as The Imagineers and the guest musicians as the Fellow Imagineers.

Orchestra and choir:
The choir group Metro Voices contributed vocals, led by choir mistress Jenny O'Grady. The Young Musicians London also contributed vocals, led by Lynda Richardson and co-ordinated by Jenny O'Grady.

The orchestra, called "The Looking Glass Orchestra", was led by Thomas Bowes and conducted by James Shearman.

The orchestra and choir was arranged, orchestrated and directed by Pip Williams.

A movie with the same title was produced at the same time with the album, and the album release was delayed until the movie was finshed. The movie tells the story of an old composer who suffers from severe memory loss, and features all band members. Its soundtrack was released as a separate album, titled "Imaginaerum - The Score".

Recording information:

Mixed at Finnvox Studios, April - June 2011.
Mastered at Finnvox Studios, August 2011.
Recorded at: (October 2010 - April 2011. )
Drums at Pajarin Hauta.
Guitars at Legendary Bay of Tube Studios.
Bass at Marco's CockPit.
Vocals, guitars, acoustic bass at Röskö.
Vocals, piano, keyboards, percussion at Petrax Studios.
Vocals and keyboards at Finnvox Studios.
Choirs, orchestra, percussion at Angel Studios.

Identifiers:

Barcode: 7 27361 27892 2

Added by: Cursarion Modified by: Quorthallis
Added on: 2011-09-09 02:20:13 Last modified on: 2021-02-27 18:23:27