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3.28 | 29 ratings | 3 reviews | 17% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 2002

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Before The Closing Of The Day (4:51)
2. The Spirit Of Virgil (2:39)
3. Minotaurae Hunt At Dawn (3:24)
4. Those Once Broke The First Word (3:38)
5. Dante In Despair (3:25)
6. Io Non Mor (5:49)
7. Vidi Tre Facce (4:42)
8. At The Deepest Point In Space (2:38)
9. L'Omperador Del Doloroso Regno (4:46)
10. Voices In A Starless Night (4:14)
11. Fear And Longing (3:07)
12. Fallen For Death (4:39)
13. Where All The Light Went Silent (3:39)
14. Charon, Il Barchere (4:00)
15. La Grey De Los Almas Perdidas (7:29)
16. Justice Of The Karma Law (3:02)
17. As The Sun Moves Towards Heaven (7:58)
18. Beatrice, L'┬me Infinie (5:11)

Total time 79:11


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Line-up / Musicians

- Edgar Froese / keyboards, sequencing, producer
- Jerome Froese/ keyboards, sequencing

- Jane Monet / soprano vocals
- Barbara Kindermann / soprano vocals
- Bry Gonzales / soprano vocals
- Claire Foqet / mezzo-soprano vocals
- Bianca Acquaye / alto vocals
- Iris Kulterer (Camaa) / alto vocals, kettle drums, percussion
- Jayney Klimek / alto vocals

Releases information

The first part of Dante Alighieri's "La Divina Commedia" trilogy that consists of the following albums: Inferno (2002), Purgatorio (2004), Paradiso (2006)

Artwork: Bianca Froese-Acquaye's painting

CD TDI Music ‎- TDI CD032 (2002, Germany)

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TANGERINE DREAM Inferno ratings distribution

(29 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(17%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(21%)
Good, but non-essential (24%)
Collectors/fans only (31%)
Poor. Only for completionists (7%)

TANGERINE DREAM Inferno reviews

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Review by Easy Livin
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4 stars Burning beauty

I really did not think tangerine Dream were capable of surprising me. Yes they occasionally incorporate stray instruments into their music, but the ethereal floating keyboard sound they make is as familiar and predictable as the ebb and flow of the tides.

With "Inferno" however, I have to say they have created something of quite astonishing beauty. This is the first part of a trilogy of albums (completed by "Purgatorio" and "Paradiso"), based on Dante Alighieri's "La Divina Commedia" (The Divine comedy). This was conceived in the 14th century, and relates to the relationship between mankind's living state and his spiritual one. This first part deals with Virgil's passage though hell in his quest for purification.

The recording of the album took place live in the St Marien Zu Bernau Cathedral in October 2001. The location immediately gives an indication of what might be expected. This is effectively an oratorio, with passing similarities to Rick Wakeman's "Gospels" albums. There are no less than seven trained female vocalists, including three altos, three sopranos, and one mezzo-soprano. While they are not present throughout the piece, their vocals do occupy a significant proportion of the recital. Tangerine Dream, who are effectively now Edgar Froese and his son Jerome, use their keyboards orchestrate the album. Only occasionally are there more familiar Tangs like passages, but even then they are very much in keeping with the beauty of the music.

The tracks merge together to form a continuous suite, indeed the track demarcations really only serve as reference points, this is a complete composition which demands to be heard as such.

While I find this to be a truly remarkable work, it is necessary to offer a word of warning. This is by no means a conventional prog album (is there such a thing?), or indeed a conventional Tangerine Dream release. This work has more in common with classical works than it does with modern music. The familiar synthesiser sounds may be here, but they lend themselves perfectly to the setting.

A quite remarkable piece.

Review by ZowieZiggy
2 stars This is the first part of the TD trilogy dedicated to Dante's "Divina Commedia" which written at the end of the thirteenth century (and prolonged into the fourteenth one).

The DT work is also divided into three parts and its release will be spread over four years for a total of five CD's (at almost full capacity). The whole of this work was presented live.

As "Easy Livin" has perfectly explained, this album has nothing to do with prog but is more related to opera. Since I am a TD completionist, I decided to review these works as well.

Being a completionist didn't turned me into a fan of this work. I'm afraid. Actually, only during "L' Omperador del Doloroso Regno" and "Fallen for Death", could I distinguish some true TD moments, but apart from these brief instants, I had quite a hard time to tell the truth.

It was kind of "Inferno" for me. I hope that with the next one, I will move to "Purgatorio" and finish maybe to "Paradiso" later on. Who knows?

Two stars for "Inferno".

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5 stars "Inferno" is the first instalment of the highly ambitious series of albums based on Dante's "Divine Comedy". This is a very different TD project in several ways. First,the classical influences that have surfaced occasionally on TD albums over the years are here dominant and even though only ke ... (read more)

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