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2013 Limited Edition Japan only SHM-CD paper sleeve scheduled to include bonus material. Avalon

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 28, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Jvc Japan
  • ASIN: B00C0YPGMG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,148 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Chris Neis on April 13, 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I really like the last studio album "Tuscany" in which Renaissance turned back to what I always loved: Orchestral, classical oriented progressive Rock Music. I was really astonished how good the songs were, how perfect the production was, how virtuously the musicians played their instruments and how Annie Haslam's voice could still sound so clear and strong.

But now Grandine il Vento is out. And all of this is in it again, but even better than the already superb Tuscany album!

Mr. Postman just rang my bell and there the amazon package was. After I unwrapped it my first impression was the nice painting on the cover. I couldn't wait to put the CD into my player, interrupted what I was doing and changed my Saturday plans ... then I sat there between my big old speakers (computer speakers wouldn't bring you that good sound experience) and listened to the most amazing music after years - with open mouth and closed eyes.
This album immediately climbed the heights where my all-time favorites "Scheherazade" and "A Song for all seasons" live since I heard them for the first time about 30 years ago.

> Grandine il Vento opens with a rich and exciting long track (12 minutes) - Symphony Of Light - which sounds like an overture for the album - wonderfull! Each instrument has its moments of pure power and beauty. It's an adventure to listen though the song because it's complex but has amazing melodies as well.

> Waterfall - comes with natural sounds and concentrates on Annie's Voice with a company of a floating acoustic guitar and percussion. The song could have been written by one of the great classical song composers Robert Schumann.

> The title song itself has a typical Renaissance balladesque music arrangement.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By moodysmb on April 10, 2013
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Listening to Grandine il Vento --- the new Renaissance Album, produced by the band with financial backing from their fans. incredible.... fantastic.. beautiful. haunting... all the things we expect from Renaissance. Annie's voice is fantastic.. Special guests on the album are Ian Anderson on flute, and John Wetton in a duet with Annie. Blood Silver Like Moonlight, the duet with John Wetton Is incredible.. their voices weaving together hauntingly. I have to go back to listen to it again and again... SUPURB!!!!!!!!!!
I would like to thank the band and the people who helped make this possible. RIP, Michael we will miss you.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Alan Caylow on April 16, 2013
Format: Audio CD
The road to the brand-new studio album by Renaissance, "Grandine il Vento" (or "Hail The Wind" in Italian), has been a long one. The last time Renaissance released a studio album, it was 2001, and the album was "Tuscany", the band's first release in 18 years. However, the reunited Renaissance played only a handful of dates in England and Japan to support it, and that was it. Then the band broke up again. But in 2009, singer Annie Haslam and guitarist Michael Dunford reactivated Renaissance by playing some live shows. Then, in 2012, Renaissance began work on their first new studio album in over a decade. All seemed good. But then, the band & their fans were dealt a terrible blow in November 2012 with the unexpected passing of Dunford. Thankfully, all of Dunford's guitar parts on the new album were finished before his death, and not only that, but Haslam has elected to carry on with Renaissance in honor of Dunford's memory.

So, what of the new album itself? I am happy to tell you that "Grandine il Vento" is a *magnificent* Renaissance album, probably one of their Top Five best albums ever. Yes, it's that good. "Tuscany" is a very good album and it was a welcome return for Renaissance, but it leaned too much on softer numbers, and thus it fell a little short of classic Renaissance status. "Grandine il Vento", however, fixes that. This album is as musically rich as any of the band's classic symphonic prog-rock albums of the 70's, and the band also strike just the right balance between the softer numbers and the rock-ish ones. From the first song to the last, "Grandine il Vento" is a beautiful gift. This album is the REAL return of Renaissance. And, as fate would have it, it is also a very fond farewell to Michael Dunford (and yes, the album is dedicated to Michael, as well it should be).
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By B. Edward Gee on April 8, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Wow... I've been waiting what seems to have been a life time for this album. This album is a high water mark for not only Renaissance, but for the entire genre of progressive intelligent music. Love It... Grandine il Vento is going to be my Xmas gift to friends this year.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By I. Smith on April 12, 2013
Format: Audio CD
It was with trepidation that I contributed financially to this album through Kickstarter. Their last release, Tuscany, over a decade ago, was a disappointment to me. But this disc is absolutely stunning from beginning to end. There are musical hints of the old Renaissance peeking through, but every song is incredible, and Annie's voice remains as gorgeous and as incredible as ever. One of the best albums, not just of the year, but of the last decade.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Milton E. Olin on April 8, 2013
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Well worth the wait. This album is Renaissance and symphonic progressive music at its' best. Annie Haslam has the voice of a angel and as good as it has ever been. Grandine il Vento embodies the last great works of compositional wizard and guitarist Michael Dunford who passed shortly away after its' completion. Guest appearances by John Wetton and Ian Anderson are magnificent extras.. A MUST BUY album
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A Renaissance website March 14 2014 news post says "Grandine il Vento has been re-named Symphony of Light with three additional bonus tracks". I found it on Amazon here: Symphony of Light and here: Symphony of Light.

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