Secret Garden : Songs From A Secret Garden

Secret Garden : Songs From A Secret Garden

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Picture a square with Clannad, pianist David Lanz, Mannheim Steamroller, and the musicians of Riverdance at its corners. Somewhere within those stylistic borders you will encounter the European duo Secret Garden. The popular twosome--Irish violinist Fionnuala (fi-NOO-la) Sherry and Norwegian pianist/keyboardist Rolf Lovland--have attracted a sizable following with their heart-touching specialty: a wistful, violin-rooted, pop-folk-classical melange that often strikes the ear as a film score in search of some delicate romantic tale. Songs from a Secret Garden is the duo's debut recording from 1995, and it principally offers a series of pensive dialogues between Sherry's stately violin and Lovland's subdued piano, yielding equal measures of sweetness and melancholy. Whistles, pipes, percussion, strings, and ethereal voices serve as embellishments. At times you may sense you're being serenaded by strolling musicians with a heavy sentimental streak; at other times you may feel genuinely moved--perhaps by something as lovely as the reverential "Sigma" and its sublime, Gregorian-like choral passages. Only one uptempo tune, "The Rap," surfaces here; a few others would have been welcomed. And yes, this is the disc where you will find "Heartstrings," the composition that once smote Barbra Streisand's heart. She eventually acquired the rights to the piece, inserted lyrics, renamed it "I've Dreamed of You" (found on A Love Like Ours), and sang it to James Brolin during the couple's 1998 wedding. --Terry Wood

1. [3:14] Nocturne
2. [3:49] Pastorale (Album Version)
3. [3:34] Song From A Secret Garden (Album Version)
4. [3:09] Sigma (Album Version)
5. [3:25] Papillon (Album Version)
6. [3:14] Serenade To Spring (Album Version)
7. [3:00] Atlantia (Album Version)
8. [3:21] Heartstrings (Album Version)
9. [2:58] Adagio (Album Version)
10. [2:33] The Rap (Album Version)
11. [3:27] Chaconne (Album Version)
12. [3:33] Cantoluna (Album Version)
13. [3:55] Ode To Simplicity (Album Version)

Product UPC: 731452823021

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