The Book of Secrets [Bonus DVD]

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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 Highwayman". ...
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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 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.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/10/2012
  • Label: Cd Baby
  • UPC: 081227656522
  • Catalog Number: 5637378221

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)
Disc 2
  1. 1 No Journey's End
  2. 2 The Bonny Swans
  3. 3 The Mummers' Dance
  4. 4 Explore the Music of Loreena McKennitt
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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
Donald Quan Keyboards, Tabla, Viola
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 Percussion
Bob White Shawm, tin whistle
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
Technical Credits
Brian Hughes Mastering, Vocal Drone
Doug Riley String Arrangements
Donald Quan Vocal Drone
Caroline Dale String Arrangements
Brian Gascoigne String Arrangements
Steve Hall Mastering
Nick Hayley Contributor
Kevin Killen Engineer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Loreena McKennitt Composer, Producer
Thomas Ryan Authoring
Jeff Wolpert Mastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful Visions

    It's amazing what kinds of emotions this music can evoke! Loreena is a beautiful singer, and her varied style of music (Arabic, Celtic, and Classical are just a few of the mixes) makes for an interesting experience that literally takes your mind places. While you're listening to "The Mummer's Dance, imagine yourself on the edge of a cliff in Ireland or Scotland, overlooking the deep blue ocean. "Marco Polo," by contrast, sends you straight to the Arabian deserts during a sensual ceremony by dancers. Imagine lounging in the unfathomable heat, feasting on treats from days gone by. Loreena has pushed the limits of music on this album, and it comes highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Masterpiece

    I could gush over each track individually, but instead I'll just say that this album is exceptional in its entirety. Her music continues to defy categorization, blending ancient traditional sounds into an audio tapestry that is distinctly her own. Thank you Loreena for LONG songs, in contrast to the 3-minute pop tracks that dominate the airwaves. There is a magical depth and ambiance to this album. Authentic and artful instrumentation. The recording quality itself is astounding; play this CD on some good speakers and fall into the experience; crystal clear and perfectly balanced. Book of Secrets is a true masterpiece by a true artist.

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