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SCHEHERAZADE AND OTHER STORIES

Renaissance

 

Symphonic Prog

4.31 | 770 ratings

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Andrea Cortese
Special Collaborator
Honorary Collaborator
5 stars ".a trip to the fair.but nobody was there!."

Wrong!! There was me!, enjoying this delightful album from Renassaince!

I've never heard Renassaince before, but I hadn't to listen to Scheherazade many times.what a discovery!! The music is a dream! and is played very well from beginning to end with great orchestral structures, lots of remarkable intuitions and passionate classical arrangements! Above all.one of the most beautiful and pure female voices I've ever heard: Annie Haslam. Her marvellous voice...! Surprised when I discovered that the long title track (23.37 mns) starts with a male singer (good yet).fortunately she returns and the vocal duo is amazing!

I love, in particular, that witty piano in the opener track (A Trip To The Fair) as it weaves together with Annie's vocals.I've listened to this one over and over in the last 10 days!

The cover art is inspired by some Arabian scenes. I think there's a link with the story of Scherazade because of the killing of a woman in garden behind the Sultan's palace! Scheherazade is the heroine of The Thousand and One Nights, but here you won't hear to eastern sounds.here you attend to such a beautiful European translation.! Scheherazade, a woman of exceptional intelligence, wisdom and bravery saved not only her life by telling a series of spellbinding tales during the dark of Arabian nights, but the lives of the virgins of her country, and, in so doing, educated a King. He found that his wife had been unfaithful to him and, as punishment to this betrayal, had his wife and three thousand virgins (one each night) put to death. Against her father's protestations, Scheherazade volunteered to spend one night with the King. He listened with awe to the Scheherazade's first story and asked for another, but Scheherazade said there wasn't time because dawn was breaking. So the King kept Scheherazade alive as he eagerly anticipated each new story.after one thousand and one adventurous nights, the King had not only been entertained but wisely educated in morality and kindness by Scheherazade who became his Queen.

A must have in our own collection!

Andrea Cortese | 5/5 |

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