Renaissance’s music performs in majestic splendor inside the music of our heart. Their progressive rock sound intersects classic symphony and famous literature at various points throughout the Renaissance catalog.
“Mother Russia” a song about Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn is played with strength and conviction. Ever present as well is a “Song of Scheherazade” an epic tone-poem based upon stories from One Thousand and One Nights.
If I had to say what my favorite Renaissance classic track was it would be, “Ashes Are Burning” from the album by the same name (1973).
These are some of the progressive rock foundation works that Renaissance successfully builds upon with the recording, Symphony of Light, a renaming of Grandine il Vento originally issued in 2013. Symphony of Light has three added bonus tracks, “Immortal Beloved”, “Tonight”, and “Renaissance Man”, a song specially written by Annie Haslam and Rave Tesar in honor of the late Michael Dunford. The album has new artwork design and the release date by Red River Entertainment is April 15th 2014.
Symphony of Light is a testament to the unforgettable melodies and love that Michael Dunford infused into his work. Michael died prematurely in 2012 after this album was finished. The album starts off with powerful lyrics by Annie Haslam in the title track about the life of Leonardo da Vinci followed by Waterfall, a song written about the rainforests in Brazil. All the songs bathe the listener in flavors from far off countries, with lush orchestral arrangements and unusual lyrical content, with guest performances from Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) and John Wetton (Asia).
Annie Haslam lead vocals, Rave Tesar keyboards, David J Keyes bass guitar, Jason Hart keyboards, Frank Pagano drums, Ryche Chlanda acoustic guitars
1. Symphony of Light
3. Grandine il Vento
5. Cry to The World
6. Air of Drama
7. Blood Silver Like Moonlight
8. The Mystic and The Muse
10. Immortal Beloved
11. Renaissance Man