Once in a Red Moon

Once in a Red Moon

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The global phenomenon of Secret Garden has been so far reaching that it's hard to believe the duo of Norwegian keyboardist/composer Rolf Lovland and Irish violinist Fionnuala Sherry have only recorded three previous studio albums in addition to their 2001 compilation, Dreamcatcher. Once in a Red Moon continues Secret Garden's tradition of organicSee more details below

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The global phenomenon of Secret Garden has been so far reaching that it's hard to believe the duo of Norwegian keyboardist/composer Rolf Lovland and Irish violinist Fionnuala Sherry have only recorded three previous studio albums in addition to their 2001 compilation, Dreamcatcher. Once in a Red Moon continues Secret Garden's tradition of organic storytelling melodies and straight-from-the-heart performances with a wink back to the innocence and raw simplicity of their debut. Lovland and Sherry felt that their second and third recordings, White Stones (1997) and Dawn of a New Century (1999), were conceived as larger-scale projects which would help build the scope of their live performance presentation. This time, they wanted to let the natural performance of the piano and violin be the leading force; to this end, they built their productions based on the first, original sensitive and raw takes in the demo phase. There are also some unique new elements: guest appearances by the Irish National Symphony Orchestra and RTE Concert Orchestra players performing live in the studio fronted by Sherry (five of which were scored and conducted by Steven Mercurio, musical director for Andrea Bocelli); guest vocalist Karen Matheson of Scotland (on the ethereal universal love message "The Gates of Dawn" and the dreamlike, atmospheric "Greenwaves," with lyrics by Ann Hampton Calloway, who wrote the words for the Barbra Streisand song based on another Secret Garden track); Swedish harpist Asa Jinder, who worked on Secret Garden's debut and helps define the Nordic/Celtic mix of the duo's music; and world-renowned cellist Julian Lloyd Webber, duetting with Sherry's violin on the sweetly melancholy "Duo." Once in a Red Moon also features a once-in-a-lifetime musical experiment. Via their website, the duo asked people to participate in the new album by sending them "the global C," recorded on a piano. They received piano chords from all over the world, creating a global energy of sound for the final chord of the emotional closing track, "Elegie."

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New Age Voice
Secret Garden has produced yet another winner... One of the best new age albums of the year.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/26/2002
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0731454867825
catalogNumber:
548678
Rank:
49150

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Performance Credits

Secret Garden   Primary Artist
Bjørn Ole Rasch   Organ
Steve Cooney   Guitar
Moore   Guitar
Noel Eccles   Percussion
Pat Broaders   Piano
Stuart McLeod   Piano
H   Piano
Rolf Lovland   Piano,Harmonium,Background Vocals
Anthony Rochester   Piano
Arnie Schulze   Piano
Fionnuala Sherry   Violin
Johnny Tate   Conductor
Steven Mercurio   Conductor
Kjetil Bjerkestrand   Harmonium,Keyboards
Andrea Marlish   Harp
Elaine Clark   Leader
Thérèse Timoney   Leader
Brian Kennedy   Vocals
Karen Matheson   Vocals
Per Oystein Sorensen   Background Vocals
Marian Lisland   Background Vocals
London Community Gospel Choir   Choir, Chorus
Anúna   Choir, Chorus
Hans Fredrik Jacobsen   Whistle (Instrument)
Laoise Kelly   Irish Harp

Technical Credits

Kjetil Bjerkestrand   Arranger
Bjørn Ole Rasch   Arranger
Rolf Lovland   Arranger,Producer,Orchestration
Michael McGlynn   Director
Andrew Boland   Producer,Engineer
Fionnuala Sherry   Producer
Alf Emil Eik   Engineer
Johnny Tate   Orchestration
Steven Mercurio   Orchestration
Björn Engelmann   Mastering
Basil Meade   Principal

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