Serious Music Alphen Event:
May 26, 2023 - Parkvilla Theater, Alphen a/d Rijn (NL)
After an absence of almost 5 years the Italian cinematic progressive rock band RanestRane finally returned to the wonderful Parkvilla Theater in Alphen aan den Rijn. They already played at this venue in 2017 (see review) and 2018 (see review). The concerts on Dutch soil were played at Cultuurpodium Boerderij in Zoetermeer in the corresponding years. A bigger venue which can have more people but it doesn't have the cosy atmosphere of a real
The first set was dedicated to the band's latest album Apocalypse Now (2022, see review). In my review of this masterpiece, I mentioned that this album is an excellent concept inspired by a brilliant movie (the 1979 American epic psychological war film Apocalypse Now directed by Francis Ford Coppola). Furthermore, I wrote that on this album the four musicians demonstrated once again that Ranestrane is comfortable with putting images of a movie into excellent progressive rock tunes. However, this was written after seeing this new "cineconcertos" concert only one time.
While the music of Richard Wagner's Ride Of The Valkyries (also used in the original movie) came out of the speakers the musicians entered the stage one by one to give the audience something special. In front of a rather large audience the band members performed flawlessly all of the nine compositions. In my review I wrote that the band gave a second life to this story, they revived the musical image of war, human emotions and chaos that creeps like a thief into the mind of a man tainted by the touch of death and cruelty. Seeing it all on the screen behind them with the music that fits like a glove makes it even more impressive to watch and hear. All of the songs performed have a nice balance between up tempo parts and more mellow pieces. When there is a lot of action going on in the story the music gets faster and more aggressive and on the other hand the tender parts show the restless moments. Drama and passion are here keywords that work perfectly in the music performed. The earlier mentioned Daniele Pomo sings his lines with a lot of passion standing behind his drum kit but also
After that it almost seemed as if the concert was done. No more reactions from the audience after the musicians left the stage. Were they already satisfied with what they had seen so far? I guess not because after a couple of seconds the silence was broken by some voices who shouted 'We want more'. Thank God for that otherwise Daniele Pomo could not tell the audience how important a certain movie was for him and the band. Namely Pink Floyd - The Wall, a 1982 British musical drama film directed by Alan Parker. It was probably not a real surprise that the best composition taken from this concept album was the ending of this excellent concert. Hearing the band doing Comfortably Numb was probably for many people present the icing on the cake. The duo vocal performances of Daniele en Riccardo were just outstanding just like Massimo's awesome guitar solo.
There is not much to say after seeing this excellent band performing the best possible progressive rock music the best possible way. So grazie to them. But also, a big thanks to the wonderful people of Music Events Alphen for bringing this amazing Italian band back on their stage. Therefore, a show of hands is in place for the band and the organisation.
Henri Strik (edited by Dave Smith)
Live video recordings
Henri & Roel Strik
Materna luna/Il Monolito Di Tycho (12:38)
Set 1: Apocalypse Now:
Ride Of The Valkyries (Richard Wagner)
Cuore Di Tenebra Pt. I
The Eden Cries
Cuore Di Tenebra Pt. II
Un Nuovo Dio
Set 2: 5th Anniversary Best Of:
A Space Odyssey Part I Monolith:
Il Monolito Di Tycho
A Space Odyssey Final Part Starchild:
Prometeo Tra Le Stelle
Nosferatu Il Vampire:
Via Da Wismar
Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd)
RanestRane by Arthur Haggenburg
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Line up RanestRane:(left to right)
bass and double bass
lead vocals, drums and percussion
keyboards and backing vocals
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