Book of Secrets [Bonus DVD]

The Book of Secrets [Bonus DVD]

by Loreena McKennitt
     
 

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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

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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. [In 2004, The Book of Secrets was remastered and re-released with new liner notes and a bonus DVD that featured videos for "The Bonny Swans" and "The Mummers' Dance," as well as a 26-minute documentary exploring the artist's myriad influences.]

Product Details

Release Date:
08/10/2012
Label:
Cd Baby
UPC:
0081227656522
catalogNumber:
5637378221

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Loreena McKennitt   Primary Artist,Piano,Accordion,Harp,Keyboards,Vocals,Kanoon
Brian Hughes   Acoustic Guitar,Bouzouki,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Synthesizer Guitar,Oud,Classical Guitar
Donald Quan   Keyboards,Tabla,Viola
Anne Bourne   Cello
Nigel Eaton   Rebec,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   Percussion,Electric Guitar
Bob White   Shawm,tin whistle
Robin Jeffrey   Guitar
Danny Thompson   Acoustic Bass
Robert Ernest Lee Jeffery   Guitar
Martin Brown   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Mandola
Paul Clarvis   Snare Drums
Chris Van Kampen   Cello
Aidan Brennan   Acoustic Guitar,Mandola
Joanna Levine   Violin
Iain King   Violin
Andy Brown   Viola
Andy Brown   Viola

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
Loreena McKennitt   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Thomas Ryan   Authoring
Stuart Bruce   Engineer,Vocal Drone
Brian K. Lee   Authoring
Holly Warburton   Video Director
Philip King   Producer,Video Director
Alfred Noyes   Composer
Claude Fortin   translation
Nikolai Korniev   Contributor
Lao Tse   Author
Jannie McInnes   Producer
Mark Hesslink   Producer

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