Saturday, March 12, 2016

DVD Review: U.K. Rock Band Renaissance Reunites For New Live Release

The British symphonic rock band Renaissance recently released a brand new DVD titled "Live At The Union Chapel." It was filmed in April of 2015 at this famous London location using high-definition cameras to capture the band's every move. It was the band's first tour of Europe in over 35 years. Renaissance will be returning to the UK in April for another tour, supported by fellow UK band Curved Air.

The new DVD features ten songs, beginning with the seven-minute wonder of "Prologue" as lead singer Annie Haslam steals the show early. They settle into the folk/rock of "Carpet Of The Sun," before Anne and guitarist Mark Lambert duet on the classic "Ocean Gypsy." It is great seeing glimpses of smiles on the members of the band as they are enjoying their return to performing live. The camera do an excellent job capturing every solo as "Symphony Of Light" pushes on to the thirteen-minute mark as Annie's angelic voice leads the way. The striking sound of "the Mystic And The Muse" is made even more magical by seeing the performers work in unison to create this amazing music to support Anne's vocals. The show closes with the epic adventure of "Ashes Are Burning" as you are left with wanting more from Renaissance after 100 minutes of spectacular musicianship.

This new live DVD is the perfect companion to last years release of their 1974 performance at the Academy of Music as you can see the band's growth over the last forty years. To find out more about Renaissance and their latest release "Live At The Union Chapel," please visit

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