The Book of Secrets

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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/6/2007
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 774213910721
  • Catalog Number: 1269172
  • Sales rank: 60,537

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Prologue (4:22)
  2. 2 The Mummers' Dance (6:07)
  3. 3 Skellig (6:07)
  4. 4 Marco Polo (5:15)
  5. 5 The Highwayman (10:19)
  6. 6 La Serenissima (5:09)
  7. 7 Night Ride Across the Caucasus (8:30)
  8. 8 Dante's Prayer (7:11)
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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
Hugh Marsh Violin
Donald Quan Keyboards, Tabla, Timbales, Viola, Timba
Anne Bourne Cello
Nigel Eaton Hurdy-Gurdy
Steafan Hannigan Bodhran
Nick Hayley Serp, Rebec, Lira (Lyra)
Hossam Ramzy Percussion
Martin Jenkins Mandolin, Mandocello
Manu Katché Drums
Caroline LaVelle Cello, Viola Da Gamba
Rick Lazar Percussion
Steve Pigott Keyboards
Johnathan Rees Strings, Violin
David Rhodes Electric Guitar
Robin Jeffrey Guitar
Danny Thompson Acoustic Bass
Bob White Whistle (Instrument), Shawm, tin whistle
Martin Brown Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Mandola
Paul Clarvis Snare Drums
Chris Van Kampen Strings, Cello
Aidan Brennan Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Mandola
Joanna Levine Viola Da Gamba
Osama Violin
Iain King Strings, Violin
Andy Brown Strings, Viola
Technical Credits
Brian Hughes Vocal Drone
Doug Riley Arranger, String Arrangements
Donald Quan Vocal Drone
Caroline Dale Arranger, String Arrangements
Brian Gascoigne Arranger, String Arrangements
Nick Hayley Contributor
Kevin Killen Engineer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Loreena McKennitt Arranger, Producer, Contributor
Stuart Bruce Engineer, Vocal Drone
String Quartet Contributor
Claude Fortin translation
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Destined to be a classic!

    I can listen to this album over and over again and not get tired of it one bit. I'd like to be listening to it when I die.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    haunting voice

    what an incredible voice - and the mix of instrumental/music is wonderful....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Faerie Tale...

    This CD is like reading a really good fairy tale. I love her vocals because she's such a natural singer, not a fake.(Not to mention the instrumentals, which go beyond words.) It sounds so effortless. I particularly like the song The Highwayman, because its lyrics are one of my favorite poems by the same title (by Alfred Noyes). LOVE THIS CD. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Musical Perfection

    This is by far one of my favorite CD's of all time. The instruments, the lyrics, that voice are sheer brilliance. What else can I say? An awesome, worthy CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I loved this CD. . .

    because of the Mythical Sound it had to it. This is one of the most beautiful CD's I have ever listened to. It's magnificent to have a CD like this at night to sleep to, for when you close your eyes to it, it's a lullaby and it puts you into complete bliss of heaven.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    surreal

    When i listen to Loreena's music, it takes me to a place where no words can describe. The soothing,warmness,comfort is not of this earth it is of the HEAVENS.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    for all moods

    I have been listening for Lorena McKennett for quite a while for almost every day. When I was heart broken this was the only thing seamed to help. When I am overly exited --it calms me down. I have a pretty meloncholic personality and it suits my moods just write! I sing her songs, everybody just loves it! I love it, too. She is my favorite. Get it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Loreena McKennitt is AWESOME

    I love listening to Book of Secrets. I would have to say that is my favorite cd that I own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Truly evocative and profound!

    Loreena McKennitt continues to display her mastery in combining musical elements from different cultures to come up with seamless, heady compositions that are uniquely hers. ¿The Mummers¿ Dance¿ and ¿The Highwayman¿ are standouts. McKennitt¿s breathy, understated vocals never overshadow the richness of the instrumental arrangements beneath them, the sound of her voice becoming just one more instrument in a swirl of plaintive laments and passionate fire. Words seem inadequate to describe this kind of music, a product of such lushly creative imagination that it is difficult to conceptualize if you haven¿t actually heard it. So go find a link to click on, and listen. And once you¿ve heard, you¿ll understand, and the words won¿t matter. McKennitt¿s prolific and innovative work to date has been truly seminal, bringing inspiration to a planet-full of listeners and opening new vistas in world music. It¿s been six years now since she has released an album of new material, and I understand she¿s endured some difficult times in the interim. Loreena, you¿ve already accomplished more in one lifetime than most of us could in many. But if you find more music in your heart, whether similar to your past work or different, we would be graced and honored should you choose to share your visions with us once again. Blessed be.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    better than "parallel"

    I've only heard this one and "parallel dreams" but this one is the preferred

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If I was on a desert island...

    this would defintely be one of the things I would want with me. This CD is beautiful. It is very haunting and soul stirring

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    As multi-talented as they come

    Loreena McKennitt is one of the few non-classical artists I have any respect for. I don't even know where to begin. First, she is a musician of the highest calibre. Her voice packs an emotional punch that has to be heard to be believed, because of its sheer crystalline beauty and possibly because her vocal performances are so understated (unlike the instrumentation, which is anything but). The first time I heard The Two Trees (different album) I almost crashed the car when I realized she was matching the cellist Ofra Harnoy's distinctive vibrato almost perfectly. Her phrasing is exquisite, and she is the most in-tune vocalist I've ever heard (outside of Anonymous 4) -- every pitch is perfectly centered. As an instrumentalist she also excels -- I'm not even sure how many different instruments she plays, but her harp and keyboard skills are impressive. As an orchestrator, she impresses me beyond my capability to express. With a few exceptions (the Lady of Shallott springs to mind) nothing about her music is repetitive -- the instrumentation is varied for each verse, in ways that reflect the lyrics. She is also a brilliant composer. Her settings of various poetry rival those of Mendelssohn or Schubert in my mind. And finally, she is a formidable scholar. You can listen to her work on many different levels -- as something that's ''pretty'', as a musical banquet in which each phrase provides enough material for a page of analysis, as the synthesis of the best of various ethnic music and other genres, or as the spiritual search of one woman who realizes that it's the quest and the questions that matter, not the answers. There is an underlying melancholy in most of McKennitt's music, but there is also a wisdom that is profoundly reassuring. The Book of Secrets is the most sophisticated and complex of her albums. Her artistic abilities are in full, magnificent bloom here, and the album requires repeated listening. You can slip it into your stereo after a long day and just relax, but I guarantee that you will find careful listening a far more rewarding experience. The intricacies of the Highwayman, both subtle and dramatic, are particularly impressive, and Dante's Prayer is an awe-inspiring ... well, prayer. If you want comfort or reassurance, it's there. I've sent copies of just the lyrics to people, and it's lovely enough simply as poetry, but when combined with McKennitt's music and voice, it's especially powerful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful music.

    Her music is very up-lifting and almost Hypnotic. I can listen to her CD for hours.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW

    The single handed best celtic album i have eveer heard! Her voice electrifies your surrondings! And keeps you under a spell!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best C.D. I have ever heard

    It's got to be the best C.D. I have ever heard and it's great for medatation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    So Very Beautiful

    I enjoyed this CD simply becasue I found the music to be easy listening and rather intrigueing. When I listen to this Cd I can let my mind go and dream while the music plays. I enjoyed reading the information on the lyric page...It has to do with the history of of the music and lyrics and I love history. I think she has a lovely voice and I'm looking forward to buying more of her music

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Music to Weave *Magick* By!

    Loreena McKennitt is a musical Goddess, an enchantress weaving her spell with a swirl of intricate world rhythms and Celtic undertones. Her ''Mummer's Dance'' seduces us from the first undulating notes, building and layering as she conjures her mysterious tapestry of sound. This is Celtic soul music, stirring up memories of the Old Ways when our bare feet connected directly to the earth below. McKennitt always takes us on a musical journey, and this album is no exception...her inborn wanderlust for Celtic roots has led her to explore ancient drums and turning passageways, forever leading us deeper into her richly woven patterns. Her music is the stuff of dreams and memory...haunting us from some far off place of exquisite beauty. There simply is no other artist quite like Loreena. She is unique, spellbinding, and hypnotic. ''The Book of Secrets'' is a CD you will listen to again and again, each time appreciating another layer of Loreena's musical gifts. Treat yourself! *!Bright Blessings!*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Refreshing

    It is refreshing to hear such beautiful and thoughtful music in a time when really good music is seldom heard and appreciated. I will reccommend this C.D to anyone seeking new musical inspiration for the 21st century.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mystically mellow

    ''The Highwayman'' takes you to another world; you can get lost in your imagination. Very powerful work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a beautiful blend of music ..............i love this album

    loreena mckennits hauntingly mysterious voice will not be one that you will soon forget. From the very first song, you will undoubtubly fall deep into the shadows and valleys of ms. mckennits mind, as she pulls you up and down, left and right to the most uncharted and feared craters of the human soul.This album is for anyone, especially those who can appreciate loreena mckennits way of weaving a classic celtic fairy tale with the dream-like,and sometimes decalit story of her travels. I dont often rave about an album like this, but 'the book of secrets' is definatly an exception.

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