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Album Review

Secret Garden is Norwegian composer Rolf Loveland (piano, keyboards) and Irish violinist Fionnula Sherry. The album, however, offers much more than this duo; it is awash in orchestral strings (real ones), a choir (real one), and as many percussionists, harps, fiddles, keyboards, and whistles as are needed. Songs from a Secret Garden, a chart-topper in Europe, is unabashedly romantic, absolutely gorgeous. "Sigma," featuring boy soprano Rhonan Sugrue and the Irish National Choir, is very pensive, like dried flowers left, an expected return disappointed. The lyrics begin, "I search for the sign that will set my soul free." Although Celtic music fans will find many moments of bittersweet nostalgia between the violin, pipes, and pennywhistles, the album's closest musical relation might just be the intimate works of Maurice Ravel, particularly his "Pavanne for a Dead Princess." Romantic themes of true depth, played full out. Secret Garden is not afraid of tenderness nor beauty.

Customer Reviews

More than just music

The music of Secret Garden is nothing short of incredible. From the gorgeous and lyrical "Pappillon," to the joy of "The Rap," to the heart-touching "Song of the Secret Garden," the album covers a wide range of colors and emotions. Fiona's violin is magical, and Rolf's piano every bit as good as Lynch, Brickman, or Winston. I heartily recommend this album (or any of them from this group)!


I started out with this album several years ago, and have been a fan since. "Nocturne" has carried me to sleep on many a night, and I'm always eagerly awaiting the newest album. Beautiful, haunting, really emotional music.

One of the best purchases you will ever make...

This is, without a doubt, the most beautiful album that I have ever purchased and most likely will ever purchase. I am a person who tends to listen to songs often and grow tired of them quickly. Not so with this album, or any songs from Secret Garden's other albums, and I honestly doubt I'll EVER grow tired of hearing any of the pieces from Songs from a Secret Garden. My personal favorite, Papillon, is absolutely gorgeous and is, to me, the most romantic instrumental I've ever heard. Each and every song on it, though, is beautiful, heartfelt, and emotional in its own right. An instant classic.


Genre: New Age

Years Active: '90s

The winners of the 1995 Eurovision Song Contest, Norwegian neo-classical duo Secret Garden formed in 1994 around Irish violinist Fionnuala Sherry and Norwegian pianist Rolf Løvland, the co-writer of Norway's 1985 Eurovision victor "La Det Swingge." Secret Garden's own Eurovision victory was notable as the first (and, so far, only) time a predominantly instrumental song has won the competition -- the contributions of guest vocalist Gunnhild Tvinnereim were clearly written to ensure the piece met with...
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