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Fionnuala Sherry and Rolf Løvland

New age musicians (duo) from Norway & Ireland

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My Secret Garden

  • Aug 9, 2009
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If the Grand Canyon is where one sees God, then Secret Garden is where one hears God ...
(well, at least it is 100% true for me)!

I chanced upon the music of Secret Garden more than a decade ago while browsing at the music store. Yes, those days we did a lot of that before iTune was invented. It was one of my greatest finds in life. It still is.

Through Fionnuala's beautiful rendition of Løvland's incredible compositions, the duo made it possible to get in touch with our souls. I don't know about you, but I find it amazingly easy to get in touch with my own soul when I listen to the music of Secret Garden. Incredible, isn't it? How often can one actually truly says that one has seen God, or has heard God, or perhaps more believable for most people, to have been touched deeply by something external? Ok, it's true there are some like my mom who got emotional (like crying crazily, trust me, i'm not exaggerating!) over some soap operas... but me, hehe... nah, when I'm truly touched by something or someone, it's like the earth moving underneath one's feet! So, yes, Secret Garden did it so subtly and yet so poetically, I've been moved beyond tears (many times...).

Am I making sense to you? Probably not... oh well, why don't you just listen for yourself and try to describe them in words if you were impressed with their works? Otherwise, stay away from me! :-) We're from different planets!

Secret Garden's latest album features: Inside I'm Singing
Listen to Songs From A Secret Garden: Soundclips

My favorites of Secret Garden's compositions:





Enjoy....

For more of Secret Garden albums:
  • Songs From a Secret Garden (Ode to Simplicity)
  • White Stone (My favorite: Passacaglia)
  • Dawn of a New Century (My favorite: In Our Tears)
  • Dreamcatcher (My favorite: Adagio)
  • Once in a Red Moon (My favorite: The Promise)
  • Earthsongs: Tracks
  • Inside I'm Singing: Tracks
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September 24, 2010
I love New Age music in general but Secret Garden is something extra special. Nice review, Sharrie.
 
August 09, 2009
Very nice review.....I listened to these cuts and they're excellent.....so soulful, beautiful. I'll check them out further as music is such a big part of my life.
August 09, 2009
Am glad you enjoy Secret Garden. It is one of my greatest finds & treasures in life. I've seen seen them performed live a few years ago and hoping to have the chance to catch both of them again soon! Enjoy..........
 
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Secret Garden is an award winning Irish-Norwegian duo playing New Instrumental Music, also understood by some as Neo-classical music.

Secret Garden features the Irish violinist Fionnuala Sherry and the Norwegian composer/pianist Rolf Løvland. The duo has sold over 3 million albums and won the Eurovision Song Contest for Norway's second time in 1995 with the composition "Nocturne". It was the first and only time to date that a predominantly instrumental piece has won the Eurovision Song Contest, although a few Norwegian lyrics, written by screenwriter Petter Skavlan, were included to ensure that the entry adhered to the contest's rules. Norwegian singer Gunnhild Tvinnereim sang the song in the Eurovision Song Contest, but is actually not a member of the group. Ten years earlier Rolf Løvland also co-wrote the song "La det swinge" (Let it swing) that secured Norway its first Eurovision Song Contest victory in 1985.

Their success at Eurovision spearheaded the success of their first album Songs from a Secret Garden. It sold a million copies around the world going platinum in Norway and Korea, gold in Ireland, Hong Kong and New Zealand and spending two years in the Billboard New Age charts in 1996 and 1997. Barbra Streisand adapted "Heartstrings" from this album as the song "I've Dreamed of You" on ...

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