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All Music Guide - Aaron Badgley
The Book of Secrets, the follow-up to 1994's The Mask and Mirror (there was a Christmas EP, A Winter Garden, released in 1995), finds Loreena McKennitt in the same musical vein, mixing Celtic, Spanish, Italian, and new age to create her own distinct sound. The only problem is that she did not seem to progress much during the time between releases. This is not necessarily a bad thing, since she still knows how to write incredible melodies and layer instruments to produce peaceful images. "Night Ride Across the Caucasus" and "Dante's Prayer" are just two prime examples of this. And she continues her practice of setting classic poetry to music (Alfred Noyes' "The ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Aaron Badgley
The Book of Secrets, the follow-up to 1994's The Mask and Mirror (there was a Christmas EP, A Winter Garden, released in 1995), finds Loreena McKennitt in the same musical vein, mixing Celtic, Spanish, Italian, and new age to create her own distinct sound. The only problem is that she did not seem to progress much during the time between releases. This is not necessarily a bad thing, since she still knows how to write incredible melodies and layer instruments to produce peaceful images. "Night Ride Across the Caucasus" and "Dante's Prayer" are just two prime examples of this. And she continues her practice of setting classic poetry to music (Alfred Noyes' "The Highwayman"). Expertly recorded at Peter Gabriel's Real World studios, this CD serves as a travelog of sorts for McKennitt, musically detailing her travels during 1995 and 1996. She provides the musical and lyrical inspirations from each location she visited, utilizing the instruments and sounds she encountered on her travels. Although she may be referred to as the Canadian Enya, McKennitt is definitely her own person, producing music of beauty and warmth. [The 2006 edition of the album includes enhanced content on CD-R.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/14/2006
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 774213991072
  • Catalog Number: 000795302
  • Sales rank: 22,198

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Prologue (4:25)
  2. 2 The Mummers' Dance (6:10)
  3. 3 Skellig (6:10)
  4. 4 Marco Polo (5:19)
  5. 5 The Highwayman (10:20)
  6. 6 La Serenissima (5:10)
  7. 7 Night Ride Across the Caucasus (8:32)
  8. 8 Dante's Prayer (9:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Loreena McKennitt Primary Artist, Piano, Accordion, Harp, Keyboards, Vocals, Kanoon
Brian Hughes Acoustic Guitar, Bouzouki, Electric Guitar, Synthesizer Guitar, Oud, Classical Guitar, Drones
Hugh Marsh Violin
Donald Quan Keyboards, Tabla, Viola, Timba, Drones
Anne Bourne Cello
Nigel Eaton Hurdy-Gurdy
Steafan Hannigan Bodhran
Nick Hayley Rebec, Lira (Lyra)
Hossam Ramzy Percussion
Martin Jenkins Mandocello
Manu Katché Drums
Caroline LaVelle Cello
Rick Lazar Percussion
Steve Pigott Keyboards
Johnathan Rees Violin
David Rhodes Electric Guitar
Stuart Bruce Drones
Paul Clarvis Drums
Chris Van Kampen Cello
Aidan Brennan Acoustic Guitar, Mandola
Joanna Levine Viola, Viola Da Gamba
Iain King Violin
Technical Credits
Brian Hughes Vocal Drone
Doug Riley String Arrangements
Donald Quan Vocal Drone
Caroline Dale String Arrangements
Brian Gascoigne String Arrangements
Nick Hayley Contributor
Kevin Killen Engineer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Loreena McKennitt Arranger, Composer, Producer
Stuart Bruce Engineer, Vocal Drone
Alfred Noyes Composer
Claude Fortin translation
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  • Posted November 17, 2013

    I love this album. The music's haunting, melodic, inspirational.

    I love this album. The music's haunting, melodic, inspirational. When I was teaching poetry to 6th grade students, I play "The Highwayman" from this CD to help them understand how beautiful poetry can be. It ook the lesson to a whole new level and the students were entranced. I write to her music.  This one's a keeper for people who like evocative music.

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