ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN
Depth and softness for a classic catalogue.
In May this year, Dutch vocalist Anneke van Giersbergen performed two spectacular concerts accompanied by the Residentie Orkest orchestra in The Hague. Having gained worldwide success with melodic electronic rock band The Gathering, multiple collaborations with the likes of Devin Townsend, Danny Cavanagh from Anathema and Arjen Lukassen (Ayreon), the multifaceted singer returned to her native land. Combining career-spanning material, the live set list is pleasing and well-pitched. While Two Souls, Travel and Forgotten are a blast from The Gathering’s past, Feel Alive stems from her budding solo path in 2012 and Your Glorious Light Will Shine – Helsinki from her latest prog metal project VUUR. Among the hits, her spellbinding interpretation of When I Am Laid In Earth, Dido’s lament in composer Henry Purcell’s powerful baroque opera, is a testament to her truly incredible vocals and vocal range. This is followed by Zo Lief, a charming unreleased Dutch song and a nice touch. An uplifting and personal musical presentation of stunning vocals and talent, the orchestral arrangements add depth and softness to Anneke van Giersbergen’s songs.