Scheherazade And Other Stories (1975) is a beautifully crafted album, expertly sung and played by Renaissance. The recording is filled with lush, orchestral Progressive Symphonic Rock and considered by many music critics to be their best album.
Renaissance is a band that went through various permutations, the best known being the line up featured here: Annie Haslam (vocals), John Tout (piano and keyboards), Jon Camp (bass), Michael Dunford (acoustic guitars) and Terence Sullivan (drums).
There are four pieces on the album: 'A Trip To The Fair' is a heavenly 11-minute dreamscape. 'The Vultures Fly High' is a short but very effective Prog Rocker. 'Ocean Gypsy' is a gorgeous song, and one of the band's all-time classics. And then, of course, there's the 25-minute, nine-part epic, 'Song Of Scheherazade', one of the highlights of Prog Rock history featuring an unique interpretation of the Scheherazade legend accompanied by the London Symphony Orchestra and a chorus.
This Audio Fidelity re-edition as everyone of their CDs is going to be released on a golden Hybrid SACD in limited and numbered edition.
1. Trip To The Fair - 10'51
2. The Vultures Fly High - 3'04
3. Ocean Gypsy - 7'05
4. Song Of Scheherazade - 24'39
i. Fanfare / ii. The Betrayal / iii. The Sultan / iv. Love Theme / v. The Young Prince And Princess As Told By Scheherazade / vi. Festival Preparations / vii. Fugue For The Sultan / viii. The Festival / ix. Finale
Produced by Renaissance
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
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