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Quaterna Requiem (Wiermann & Vogel)

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3.81 | 118 ratings | 3 reviews | 35% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2012

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Preludium (11:07)
2. Mosaicos (4:33)
3. Fantasia Urbana (11:54)
- Suite "O Arquiteto":
4. I. Bramante (4:49)
5. Interlúdio - Pedra (2:21)
6. II. Mansart (3:31)
7. Interlúdio - Vidro (1:40)
8. III. Frank Lloyd (7:34)
9. Interlúdio - Madeira (2:42)
10. IV. Gaudi (13:25)
11. Interlúdio - Concreto (0:42)
12. V. Niemeyer (5:35)
13. VI. Desconstrução (3:12)
14. VII. Postludium (4:36)

Total Time 77:41

Line-up / Musicians

- Claudio Dantas / drums
- Elisa Wiermann / keyboards
- Kleber Vogel / violin
- Roberto Crivano / guitars
- Jorge Matias / bass

Releases information

CD Quaterna Records - P2012-DDD-QR04 (2012, Brazil)

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QUATERNA REQUIEM (WIERMANN & VOGEL) O Arquiteto ratings distribution

(118 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(35%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(34%)
Good, but non-essential (23%)
Collectors/fans only (5%)
Poor. Only for completionists (2%)


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Review by ProgShine
COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Well, I'm a brazilian, and even if I'm not living on the country anymore I always pay attention on the music released by brazilian bands. Specially Progressive Rock bands and artists.

QUATERNA RÉQUIEM is a long love, I'm not a biggest fan, but they always released high quality material in the Symphonic Prog vein and it's been a long time since their previous studio album, the great and epic Quasímodo (1994).

I've heard about this new album, O Arquiteto (2012), more than a years ago, was a really slow birth to the band, but here it is, a conceptual album that deals, like the name says, with the Architects and their works.

As one would expect from the band, Symphonic Prog is all the way through with pianos, violinos and keyboards, and we can notice on the first track 'Preludium' and also on the second 'Mosaicos' with its piano, acoustic classical guitar by Roberto Crivano and keyboards layers.

From time to time I must confess that I felt that the sounds are a bit cheese here and there, sometimes they do bother my audition of the album, like in the case of some keyboards and specially in the bass tone, too low sometimes and sometimes sounds too much 'amateur'. But in the cases of the violins they're terrific, Kleber Vogel does an amazing job on O Arquiteto (2012) and also the Claudio Dantas drums are very good, usually every drum sound bothers me in new albums, they're actually good here. And of course, the work in the keys by Elisa Wiermann is always welcome since she is a kind of soul to the band's overall sound.

But, instrumental albums in general bothers me after 30 minutes or so, even the best ones, no exception here, specially that the album has over 67 minutes, too much for me. By the time at the 8th track, the third part of the Suite 'O Arquiteto', 'Frank Lloyd', I was a bit bored. It's beautiful, but I guess it's not every second of the album for me.

And yeah, at the 10th track I was waiting for the end of the album, with the cheese keyboard intro, and this isn't good in any audition of a new album.

At the end I wanted to really love this album, but I just can't, this is a solid 3.5 stars and nothing more than that. I will for sure give it some more spins, but I really can't say that O Arquiteto is their best album.

Review by Mellotron Storm
3 stars 3.5 stars. QUATERNA REQUIEM released three studio albums and two live records between 1990 and 2012. They were from Brazil and play in the Symphonic style. This is their third studio album and final release so far. What a talented band they were with the violinist and keyboardist leading the way with drums, bass and guitar helping out as well. A five piece like on their 1990 debut but we have a different guitarist and bass player here.

I actually got a little excited hearing that first track for the first time along with the next two tracks too actually because they sounded so much better than the music that is on their debut. Just more alive, more depth, less classical and fancy. Well the excitement lasted about 27 minutes then we get the title track called a "Suite" that is over 50 minutes long broken down into 14 songs. And also a return to the sounds of that first album that I gave 3 stars to. So 3.5 stars seems right, in fact ProgShine who is from Brazil says this is a solid 3.5 star record and not their best. He prefers the one studio album I don't have from 1994 called "Quasimodo" and there's no violin on it!

Oh well and I hate to be so dismissive towards this 78 minute recording that must have taken months and months to compose and arrange. And on top of that played by some incredible musicians.

Latest members reviews

5 stars After 18 years waiting for a Studio album (as told by the band itself, Wiermann & Vogel is not so much a Quaterna Requiem album) it was a pleasant surprise to notice that "O Arquiteto" has seen the light of day. It was an old project and some people can see that a few tracks were part of their DVD f ... (read more)

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