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Nightwish Imaginaerum - The Score (OST) album cover
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Studio Album, released in 2012

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Find Your Story (2:30)
2. Orphanage Airlines (4:34)
3. Undertow (5:17)
4. Spying in the Doorway (3:03)
5. A Crackling Sphere (3:59)
6. Sundown (5:33)
7. Wonderfields (5:31)
8. Hey Buddy (3:03)
9. Deeper Down (3:28)
10. Dare to Enter (1:50)
11. I Have to Let You Go (8:16)
12. Heart Lying Still (4:00)
13. From G to E Minor (2:32)

Total Time 53:38

Line-up / Musicians

- Anette Olzon / vocals
- Emppu Vuorinen / guitar
- Tuomas Holopainen / keyboards, piano, co-producer
- Marco Hietala / bass, vocals
- Jukka Nevalainen / drums, percussion

- Petri Alanko / synths, programming, co-producer & mixing
- Troy Donockley / Uilleann pipes, low whistle, bodhrŠn, bouzouki, Cumbrian chanting
- Dermot Crehan / Hardanger fiddle
- Pekka Kuusisto / violin solos
- Dirk Campbell / sorna
- The Young Musicians London / chorus children vocals
- Lynda Richardson / choirmistress
- The Metro Voices / chorus vocals
- Jenny O'Grady / choirmistress
- The Looking Glass Orchestra / strings & winds
- Thomas Bowes / orchestra leader
- Pip Williams / vocal & orchestral arrangements, orchestrations and direction
- James Shearman / orchestra conductor
- Jussi Tegelman / soundscapes, music box
- Kai Hahto / percussion
- Paul Clarvis / ethnic percussion
- Stephen Henderson / ethnic percussion

Releases information

Official soundtrack of "Imaginaerum by Nightwish", a film by Tuomas Holopainen & Stobe Harju.

Artwork: Janne Pitkšnen

CD Nuclear Blast ‎- NB 2993-0 (2012, Europe)

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(5%)
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Review by kev rowland
3 stars I watching the Steel Mill one day when they played the video for "Storytime" and it just blew me away. I had liked Nightwish for years, and this appeared to be taking them to a new level so as soon as the album was released I made sure that I purchased the double CD set as that contained a 'bonus' CD of orchestral versions of the songs as well. So when I heard that a 'new' orchestral CD was being released my original thought was that this was the same as the one I already had and that it was just being reissued to cash in on the film release. What I hadn't realized until I paid closer attention, is that although this brings in themes and styles that will be instantly recognizable to any fan of the original, this is actually a new piece of work. Tuomas brought in Petri Alenko to bring this vision to life and there seems to be a greater depth than the 'original' orchestral versions.

My only issue is that I have played the 'normal' version so much that I find that I am looking for the vocals as Anette Olzon did such a great job with the songs (although, having seen the band with new/temporary singer Flood just a few weeks ago I have to say that she was better than I could have imagined), that to me they seem wanting without. But, one doesn't normally expect an orchestral album from a label like Nuclear Blast so kudos for them for getting behind it. It has definitely piqued my interest even further, and I'm looking forward to the film.

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