In May 2018, Anneke Van Giersbergen performed two career-spanning concerts with orchestral arrangements together with Residentie Orkest The Hague. Now those special concerts will be available for all to hear when they are released as "Symphonized", an 11-track live album due out on November 16.
Taking in material from across her career, she performs stunning versions of songs by VUUR, THE GENTLE STORM and THE GATHERING as well as solo material.
Anneke comments: "'Symphonized' was recorded last May in Dutch venues 013 (Tilburg) and Paard (The Hague), as I performed alongside the wonderful Residentie Orkest The Hague conducted by Arjan Tien. The orchestra is one of the leading Dutch symphony orchestras and regularly initiates cross-over projects.
"When artistic director Sven Arne Tepl invited me to create new renditions of songs I have previously recorded, I was immediately enthusiastic. I thought it was the perfect prelude to my 25-year anniversary next year, as I made my stage debut with THE GATHERING in 1994. The compelling arrangements were written by Marijn van Prooijen and Gijs Kramers. Instead of a band with additional symphonic accompaniment, we chose to solely use the instruments of the orchestra and I'm very proud of the result!"
The album will be available as CD digipak, gatefold 2LP + CD and as digital audio download.
"Symphonized" track listing:
01. Feel Alive
02. Amity (originally released by THE GATHERING)
03. Your Glorious Light Will Shine - Helsinki (originally released by VUUR)
04. Two Souls (originally released by LORRAINVILLE)
05. When I Am laid In Earth (aria by HENRY PURCELL)
06. Travel (originally released by THE GATHERING)
07. Zo Lief (unreleased song in Dutch)
08. You Will Never Change
09. Freedom - Rio (originally released by VUUR)
10. Forgotten (originally released by THE GATHERING)
11. Shores Of India (originally released by THE GENTLE STORM)