Produced by Brian Keane, a veteran of numerous label compilations, The Renaissance Album features 17 tracks from a wide variety of artists, covering music from many different European countries. New Windham Hill artists like multi-instrumentalist David Arkenstone and harpist Lisa Lynne are joined by label mainstays Liz Story, George Winston, Keola Beamer, and, in one of his last performances, guitarist Michael Hedges. Surprise guests include Ann & Nancy Wilson from the rock group Heart as well as critically acclaimed Early Music artists Piffaro, The Baltimore Consort and Ex Umbris, along with Angels of Venice, Tracy Silverman, John Doan, Ensemble de Medici, Tim Story, Shelly & Barry Phillips and Barry Stramp. Hundreds of years after the fact, The Renaissance continues to capture our imaginations and inform so many artististic expressions in our popular culture. This collection brings us back to that time in fresh contemporary fashion, giving life to the past while reminding us that from generation to generation, age to age, wonderful music, like its sister art forms, lasts forever.
AllMusic Review by Jonathan Widran