According to Blabbermouth.net, APOCALYPTICA — the groundbreaking Finnish orchestral rock group — will release “Wagner Reloaded – Live In Leipzig”, an epic live collaboration with the acclaimed MDR Leipzig Symphony Orchestra, November 19 on BMG. The album’s release is perfectly timed since 2013 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of iconic German composer Richard Wagner.
“Ludwig Wonderland”, the first clip for “Wagner Reloaded”, can be seen below. It is the first in a chronological set of three clips total to be published in shorter intervals towards the release of the live CD.
For “Wagner Reloaded – Live In Leipzig”, APOCALYPTICA created new compositions based on Wagner‘s body of work and his life, teaming with award-winning choreographer and dancer Gregor Seyffert to stage a brilliant and magical, cross-genre event featuring a live concert and theatrical production.
“We’ve been asked many times to do this type of project, but this is the first one we got excited about,” explains APOCALYPTICA‘s Eicca Toppinen. “The mission was to celebrate Wagner, [so] we took elements of his life and used his original music and rearranged it,” Toppinen adds. “It was like writing a score for a movie, I had a list of themes and I had to think about the length of scenes and write the music while envisioning APOCALYPTICA performing on a massive stage with the symphony, choir and one-hundred dancers.”