by Secret Garden
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Pure and simple this is new age Celtic-flavored pablum. There is little compelling here except for the near-virtuoso violin playing of Fionnula Sherry. There are some vocals placed in here, all of them near a whisper and evoking breathlessly the magic just beyond the night sky, the glen, the next kiss or some such. It's very difficult not to be cynical when music like this is not created seemingly as an end in itself with a very, very small but dedicated market niche in mind.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/08/2005
Label: Decca
UPC: 0602498703397
catalogNumber: 000417702
Rank: 677

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Secret Garden   Primary Artist
Alf Emil Eik   Sampling
Ole Edvard Antonsen   Trumpet,Piccolo Trumpet
Steve Cooney   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin
Noel Eccles   Percussion,Timpani,Bodhran
Manus Lunny   Bouzouki
Máirtín O'Connor   Accordion
Fionnuala Sherry   Violin
Gospel Choir   Choir, Chorus
Michael McGoldrick   Flute,Human Whistle,uillean pipes
David Agnew   Oboe
Moore   Acoustic Guitar
Bjørn Ole Rasch   Organ,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Vocoder
Hans Fredrik Jacobsen   Horn,Whistle (Instrument),Kantele
Gerard Keenan   Choir Director
Rolf Lovland   Flute,Piano,Harp,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Alan Smale   Leader
Mairead Nesbitt   Violin
Åsa Jinder   Key Harp
Irish Film Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Laoise Kelly   Irish Harp
Mick O'Brien   Human Whistle,uillean pipes
John Finucane   Conductor
David D'Arcy   Choir Master
Jan Werner Danielsen   Vocals
Rolf Kristensen   Electric Guitar
Karl Oluf Wennerberg   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Alf Emil Eik   Engineer
Simon Franglen   Producer,Engineer,Vocal Engineer,Audio Production
Tim Martin   Engineer
Alan Meyerson   Engineer
Fionnuala Sherry   Producer,Audio Production
Fiachra Trench   Orchestration
David Downes   Orchestration
Ulf Holand   Engineer
Rolf Lovland   Producer,Audio Production,Score
Wang Wei   Engineer
Brendan Graham   Composer

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Earthsongs 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of Secret Garden since I bought their first cd. There music just seems to get better and better and more beautiful with each new recording. My favorite song from Secret Garden has been "Illumination"; it was always to me a piece of music that tugged at my heartstrings. But now having heard Earthsongs, "Grace" and "Raise Your Voices" might do for me now what "Illumination" did for me then. Just a wonderful cd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Earthsongs is the perfect album to come home to after a long hard day of work. Listen to “Lotus” while soaking in the tub with a glass of wine and I guarantee your cares will melt away. It is full of beautiful, rich melodies with arrangements of string instruments, violins, and piano. If you enjoy the music of Enya or Clannad, or if you are just looking for an escape, I definitely recommend this album.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago