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3.21 | 21 ratings | 3 reviews | 19% 5 stars

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Songs / Tracks Listing

CD 1 (49:19)
1. Prologue (7:25)
2. Trip to the Fair (10:54)
3. Carpet of the Sun (3:45)
4. At the Harbour (7:42)
5. Grandine Il Vento (6:48)
6. Symphony of Light (12:45)

CD 2 (47:00)
7. Kalynda (3:55)
8. Island (5:57)
9. Mother Russia (9:55)
10. Song for All Seasons (10:58)
11. Ashes Are Burning (16:15)

Total Time 96:19

1. Prologue (7:25)
2. Trip to the Fair (10:54)
3. Carpet of the Sun (3:45)
4. At the Harbour (7:42)
5. Grandine Il Vento (6:48)
6. Symphony of Light (12:45)
7. Kalynda (3:55)
8. Island (5:57)
9. Mother Russia (9:55)
10. Song for All Seasons (10:58)
11. Ashes Are Burning (16:15)

Total Time 96:19

Line-up / Musicians

- Annie Haslam / lead vocals
- Mark Lambert / guitar, backing vocals
- Rave Tesar / keyboards
- Geoffrey Langley / keyboards, backing vocals
- Leo Traversa / bass, backing vocals
- Charles Descarfino / drums, percussion, backing vocals

- Bob Magnuson / flute, clarinet, oboe, English horn
- Won Allen / flutes, clarinets
- Vinnie Cutro / trumpet, flugelhorn
- Bill Hughes / French horn
- Bobby Ferrel / trombone
- Vinnie Cutro / violin
- Eddie Vanegas / violin
- Orlando Wells / viola
- Leonard Greenhauz / cello
- James Musto / percussion

Releases information

Recorded at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside PA, USA on 27th October 2017 with the RENAISSANCE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

2CD + DVD Symphonic Rock Recordings ‎- SRR-000-05 (2018, US)

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RENAISSANCE A Symphonic Journey ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(19%)
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RENAISSANCE A Symphonic Journey reviews

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Review by Rivertree
3 stars This was recorded and filmed in 2017 at Keswick Theatre, Philadelphia, finally put together to a DVD/2CD set. 'A Symphonic Journey' marks a highly professional performance by Annie Haslam & Co., which here also includes the Renaissance Chamber Orchestra. This will feature additional strings, woodwind, brass and percussion. A real advantage concering all the songs which already included orchestral instruments on the original studio recordings. Burden or benefit, as I'm in the position to compare? For some reason it's not exactly the same feeling anymore. Have seen the band live decades ago, reminding me of some really really special magic, with Annie visually and vocally appearing like an impressive angel.

Now, when speaking of the most successfull mid 1970s line up, also including Michael Dunford, Jon Camp, John Trout and Terrence Sullivan, she's the sole remaining member on the stage on this occasion. Her voice is still exceptional, not that crystal clear anymore, but who seriously should wonder or even complain about that? And it may not be a surprise, that the majority of the played songs originally has been recorded by those aforementioned band members. Ashes Are Burning and the orchestrated Mother Russia are still outstanding here. Very good performance, while considering that I do not have the DVD at hand. Not necessarily essential for me, for others though it may be so. 3.5 stars.

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
3 stars A fair trip

A Symphonic Journey is a brand new live release, celebrating nearly five decades of Renaissance's music. A DVD video of the performance is included, but I am only familiar with the audio content. The band is performing together with a 10-piece chamber orchestra on this occasion, in contrast to the more intimate band setting evidenced on the band's previous live release Live At Union Chapel. Personally, I prefer Live At Union Chapel, and think that the orchestra adds little of value to the proceedings - but it is a matter of taste.

As is to be expected, there is some overlap between these two releases with about half of the songs being present on both. But there are also some surprises to be found here. One of these is Island, the oldest inclusion, originally from the band's self-titled 1969 album. I could be wrong, but I believe this is the first time Annie Haslam has sung a song from the Jane Relf-era. Another surprise inclusion is Kalynda from 1979's Azure d'Or. With the exception of Illusion and Novella all of the band's 70's albums are represented in the set list.

Highlights for me include A Song For All Seasons, Trip To The Fair, and Symphony Of Light. From a vocal perspective, the latter is especially great - as it was also on Live At Union Chapel. The closer Ashes Are Burning re-introduces the electric guitar solo from the original album version.

Overall, A Symphonic Journey is a nice release, and a good addition to Renaissance's live catalogue.

Latest members reviews

3 stars The end of 2017 found the reconstituted Renaissance briefly touring with a chamber orchestra and the result is this double CD and DVD of the second ever concert of the two performing together. Annie Haslam's voice is starting to sound more strident than sweet these days, but rest assured that sh ... (read more)

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