The finest of miracles

by Ciccada

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Sven B. Schreiber
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Sven B. Schreiber So what kind of music is this? "Symphonic Prog Folk" maybe...?! Difficult to put this into a drawer. Anyway, it's among the best things I've found in the last few years. The songs are of stunning beauty, with rich keyboard and guitar arrangements, plus flute, violin, and classical brass and woodwind. And let's not forget the most appealing female vocals. Just pure pleasure without rough edges. The album is issued on an italian label, and, in fact, if there weren't the occasional greek lyrics, this band might be erroneously considered an italian prog band... which is a big compliment! Favorite track: Song for an Island.
Carsten Pieper
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Carsten Pieper A delight! Prog from Greece, firmly rooted in the 70s, but with their very own twist. Fantastic instrumentation, the arrangements are easily as colourful as the cover art (albeit much more to my liking ;-) ) and "At the Death of Winter" is a great hat's off to Gentle Giant! Favorite track: Around the Fire.
Russell Whyman
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Russell Whyman Prog rock from Greece, this album combines electric instruments with acoustic and includes some which you would normally expect to find in classical albums.

The compositions are strong and the female vocal works really well.

A great album well worth a listen.
kadees
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kadees Mit The Finest of Miracles ist dem Athener Quartett ein starker Nachfolger zu ihrem Debüt gelungen. Diese originelle und abwechslungsreiche Mixtur begeistert! Und vor allem: Ciccada zeigen, dass Retro-Prog trotz aller Anleihen bei den 70ern eigenständig klingen kann und dass eingängige Musik nicht banal sein muss. Favorite track: Wandering.
steven blomerth
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steven blomerth The compositions are strong, musical and even playful. The development of theme is also enhanced by the juxtaposition between electric and acoustic instruments. The woodwinds are used in a striking fashion which elevates this music beyond many if not most bands writing and playing music in the 'prog rock' format.
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    FAD-018

    Evangelia Kozoni: vocals
    Nicolas Nikolopoulos: flute, tenor-sax, recorders, organ, mellotron, syntethisizer, piano, electric piano, glockenspiel
    Yorgos Mouhos: acoustic, classical and electric guitars, backing vocals
    Yiannis Iliakis: drums, marimba and assorted percussion

    Guests:
    Lydia Boudouni: violin on 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
    Omiros Komninos: bass on 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10
    Savvas Paraskevas: piano, elec. piano on 1
    Jargon: vocals on 3
    Yorgos Lambadis: bass on 1
    Marianna Vassou: cello on 2&3
    Panayiotis Sioras: clarinet, bass clarinet on 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

    SUONO BRASS QUINTET
    Yannis Moraitis: trumpets on 2, 5 & 10
    Panayotis Zafiropoulos: trombone on 10
    Dionysis Agalianos: 2nd trumpet on 10
    Spyros Kakos: french horn on 10
    Sakis Myronis: tuba on 10

    SPECIAL GUEST:
    Johan Brand: bass on 2

    Lyrics: N. Nikolopoulos
    AT THE DEATH OF WINTER is based on Mike Harding's poem on THE GREEN MAN ("A little book of the Green Man" - AURUM PRESS, 1998

    Recordings were made in Athens and mainly at S19 (eng. Kostas Bokos), Kyriazis Studios (eng. Thanos Kaleas) and Genesis Studios (eng. Thomas Karamazakis), between October 2012 and June 2014

    The album was mixed at Effetonote, Milan, by Andrea Rizzardo during July 2014 and mastered by Udi Koomran (January 2015)

    Produced by Ciccada & AltrOck/Fading

    Cover illustrations: Yiannis Iliakis
    Band photo: Leonidas Dimakopoulos
    Graphic Design: LIBER ARTIS

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released February 28, 2015

FAD-018

Evangelia Kozoni: vocals
Nicolas Nikolopoulos: flute, tenor-sax, recorders, organ, mellotron, syntethisizer, piano, electric piano, glockenspiel
Yorgos Mouhos: acoustic, classical and electric guitars, backing vocals
Yiannis Iliakis: drums, marimba and assorted percussion

Guests:
Lydia Boudouni: violin on 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Omiros Komninos: bass on 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10
Savvas Paraskevas: piano, elec. piano on 1
Jargon: vocals on 3
Yorgos Lambadis: bass on 1
Marianna Vassou: cello on 2&3
Panayiotis Sioras: clarinet, bass clarinet on 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

SUONO BRASS QUINTET
Yannis Moraitis: trumpets on 2, 5 & 10
Panayotis Zafiropoulos: trombone on 10
Dionysis Agalianos: 2nd trumpet on 10
Spyros Kakos: french horn on 10
Sakis Myronis: tuba on 10

SPECIAL GUEST:
Johan Brand: bass on 2

Lyrics: N. Nikolopoulos
AT THE DEATH OF WINTER is based on Mike Harding's poem on THE GREEN MAN ("A little book of the Green Man" - AURUM PRESS, 1998

Recordings were made in Athens and mainly at S19 (eng. Kostas Bokos), Kyriazis Studios (eng. Thanos Kaleas) and Genesis Studios (eng. Thomas Karamazakis), between October 2012 and June 2014

The album was mixed at Effetonote, Milan, by Andrea Rizzardo during July 2014 and mastered by Udi Koomran (January 2015)

Produced by Ciccada & AltrOck/Fading

Cover illustrations: Yiannis Iliakis
Band photo: Leonidas Dimakopoulos
Graphic Design: LIBER ARTIS

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