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Hexperos (Italy)
"The Garden of the Hesperides (re-issue)" Digipak CD 2016, In The Morning Side
13.00EUR • approx. 18.9USD [ new : recommended ] : [ add to cart ]
Re-issue of the debut album by Hexperos, a new project by soprano Alessandra Santovito, founding member of Gothica. Dark Neo-Classical chamber music. Includes 4 bonus tracks.

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- tracklist -
01. Walking Roots
02. Hesperos
03. The Garden of the Hesperides
04. The Magnificence of the night
05. Rime Glitters in the Sun
06. The Warm Whisper of the Wind
07. Artemisia
08. The Call of the Ibis
09. Ritual
10. Loto Nero
11. Nana
12. Winter Rhymes
13. Ave Maria
14. Walking Roots II
15. Elettra's Lullaby (Bonus Track)
16. The Magic Mountain (Bonus Track)
17. Rime Glitters In The Sun II (Bonus Track)
18. The Warm Whisper Of The Wind II (Bonus Track)

last update: 2016-06-28
Hexperos (Italy)
"Autumnus" 7" EP 2014, In The Morning Side
12.00EUR • approx. 17.4USD [ temp. out of stock ] : [ pre-order ]
An EP featuring two new songs (the single "Autumnus", taken from the upcoming album, and an exclusive track on side B), lim. 300 handnumbered copies.

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01. Autumnus
02. The Eye of the Sybil

last update: 2016-04-11
Hexperos (Italy)
"Lost in the Great Sea" Digipak CD 2014, In The Morning Side
14.00EUR • approx. 20.3USD [ add to cart ]
Third album for Hexperos, whose new approach mixes atmospheric and ethereal songs, heavenly voices, neo-classicism, Neo-Folk and medieval elements, with a stronger Celtic atmosphere than ever before.

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- tracklist -
01.Autumnus
02. Lost In The Great Sea
03. A Wish
04. Aine's Ballad
05. Giant's Causeway
06. Song (She Sat And Sang Away)
07. A Sparkle Of This Mysterious Universe
08. To Autumn
09. The Traveller
10. Spring Thaw
11. Reflection
12. Proserpina

last update: 2015-10-07
Hexperos (Italy)
"The Veil of Queen Mab" Digipak CD 2010, Equilibrium Music
13.00EUR • approx. 18.9USD [ recommended ] : [ add to cart ]
In this partially conceptual work, Hexperos once again combine classical and contemporary approaches to chamber music, incorporating Celtic, Mediterranean, Medieval and Baroque elements in a meticulously crafted and varied opus.



Following their debut “The Garden of the Hesperides”, successfully welcomed by fans and press alike, Hexperos return with "The Veil of Queen Mab", whose title is inspired by Nicaraguan writer and poet Rubén Darío. The new album pays homage to the queen of fairies and dreams, a creation of the Anglo-Saxon mythology, probably with roots in Celtic legends, referred in works by numerous artists, from Shakespeare or Percy Shelley to Gustave Doré.

In this partially conceptual work, Hexperos once again combine classical and contemporary approaches to chamber music, incorporating Celtic, Mediterranean, Medieval and Baroque elements in a meticulously crafted and varied opus, shaped into perfection over the past 3 years. Its orchestral arrangements come together to form a rich setting for the haunting soprano of Alessandra Santovito, highlighted in the dramatic crescendos found in Queen Mab, or on the majestic Moon Spell and Summatem Deam, with Latin verses from Apuleius’ (c.125 – c.180) Metamorphoseon (Liber Undecimus).

The darker shades of Hexperos appear in Le Lacrime di Proserpina, an homage to Alda Merini, or Diadem of the Night (an early Gothica song which is hereby revisited), both instant classics in the Gothic Neo-Classical genre with their overwhelmingly blissful melancholy. On the other hand, tracks like Summoning of the Artists, Time of Spirit, or El Velo Azul, with dreamy medieval textures and trickling harp, offer a more soothing side to the album.

On A Reason to Live, voluptuous violin lines and sensual percussions mix with lulling vocals in a mysterious piece, followed by Nocturne, a perfectly titled somber epic that would find a comfortable place in a Nyman or Glass score and which underlines Hexperos’ talent in taking Gothic Neo-Classical a step closer to cinematographic soundtracks. Finally, and as they had already done on their previous record, the band pays tribute to Manuel de Falla’s legacy on Asturiana, which features a guest appearance by Riccardo Prencipe of Corde Oblique on classical guitar.

Pressed on gold disc and housed in a matt-varnished Digipak with gold foil print, “The Veil of Queen Mab” will be released on September 20th and comes with a 16-page booklet beautifully illustrated with visuals by Polish artist Malgorzata Maj, of Sarachmet Photography & Illustration.

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01. The Fairy Appears (1:58)
02. Queen Mab (3:51)
03. El Velo Azul (3:13)
04. Moon Spell (2:43)
05. Summatem Deam (3:58)
06. Diadem of the Night (4:26)
07. Summoning of the Artists (3:16)
08. A Reason to Live (4:06)
09. Nocturne (2:34)
10. Le Lacrime di Proserpina (2:19)
11. A Forest (4:17)
12. A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1:11)
13. Time of Spirit (5:01)
14. Asturiana (2:13)

last update: 2011-03-29
Hexperos (Italy)
"The Garden of the Hesperides" Digipak CD 2007, Equilibrium Music
13.00EUR • approx. 18.9USD [ temp. out of stock ] : [ pre-order ]
Debut album by Hexperos, a new project by soprano Alessandra Santovito, founding member of Gothica. Dark Neo-Classical chamber music, which easily deserves a place alongside the best works from acts such as Arcana, Ophelia’s Dream or Sopor Aeternus.


"The Garden of the Hesperides" is the debut album by Hexperos, the new Gothic/Neo-Classical project by the soprano Alessandra Santovito, founding member of Gothica.

The exotic Mediterranean fragrance of sensual percussion patterns, together with the low rumble of Francesco's double bass and the soft keyboard pads enriched by the work of violinists Domenico Mancini and Alessandro Pensa, set the appropriate nocturnal atmosphere for Alessandra's soaring voice to cast its spell - although Hexperos often brings to mind her past in Gothica, it is also obvious that her work has now reached a more mature stage.

Instrumentation and arrangements are often minimal throughout the songs, but skillfully mastered to balance grandiose dramatic moments against delicate passages, sparsely colored with a discreet Celtic tone that finds its way into some of tracks much through the contribution of harpist Francesca Romana Di Nicola.

This seemingly ethereal touch is nevertheless ineffective in dispelling the predominantly somber quality of the album. In fact, much of the mood that "The Garden of the Hesperides" evokes can be compared to what one may find in Classical chamber music, yet it has been quite a few years since such ambiance has been so impressively comprised into a Gothic Neo-Classical album, and so perfectly used to display such mysterious sensuality and romance. A remarkable debut, which easily deserves a place alongside the best works from acts such as Arcana, Ophelia's Dream or Sopor Aeternus. Presented in spot UV-varnished Digipak.

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- tracklist -
01. Walking Roots
02. Hesperos
03. The Garden of the Hesperides
04. The Magnificence of the night
05. Rime Glitters in the Sun
06. The Warm Whisper of the Wind
07. Artemisia
08. The Call of the Ibis
09. Ritual
10. Loto Nero
11. Nana
12. Winter Rhymes
13. Ave Maria
14. Walking Roots II

last update: 2011-09-30
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