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The global phenomenon of Secret Garden has been so far reaching that it's hard to believe the duo of Norwegian keyboardist/composer Rolf Lovland and Irish violinist Fionnuala Sherry have only recorded three previous studio albums in addition to their 2001 compilation, Dreamcatcher. Once in a Red Moon continues Secret Garden's tradition of organic storytelling melodies and straight-from-the-heart performances with a wink back to the innocence and raw simplicity of their debut. Lovland and Sherry felt that their second and third recordings, White Stones (1997) and Dawn of a New Century (1999), were conceived as larger-scale projects which would help build the scope of their live performance presentation. This time, they wanted to let the natural performance of the piano and violin be the leading force; to this end, they built their productions based on the first, original sensitive and raw takes in the demo phase. There are also some unique new elements: guest appearances by the Irish National Symphony Orchestra and RTE Concert Orchestra players performing live in the studio fronted by Sherry (five of which were scored and conducted by Steven Mercurio, musical director for Andrea Bocelli); guest vocalist Karen Matheson of Scotland (on the ethereal universal love message "The Gates of Dawn" and the dreamlike, atmospheric "Greenwaves," with lyrics by Ann Hampton Calloway, who wrote the words for the Barbra Streisand song based on another Secret Garden track); Swedish harpist Asa Jinder, who worked on Secret Garden's debut and helps define the Nordic/Celtic mix of the duo's music; and world-renowned cellist Julian Lloyd Webber, duetting with Sherry's violin on the sweetly melancholy "Duo." Once in a Red Moon also features a once-in-a-lifetime musical experiment. Via their website, the duo asked people to participate in the new album by sending them "the global C," recorded on a piano. They received piano chords from all over the world, creating a global energy of sound for the final chord of the emotional closing track, "Elegie."
Performance CreditsSecret Garden Primary Artist
Bjørn Ole Rasch Organ
Steve Cooney Guitar
Noel Eccles Percussion
Pat Broaders Piano
Stuart McLeod Piano
Rolf Lovland Piano,Harmonium,Background Vocals
Anthony Rochester Piano
Arnie Schulze Piano
Fionnuala Sherry Violin
Johnny Tate Conductor
Steven Mercurio Conductor
Kjetil Bjerkestrand Harmonium,Keyboards
Andrea Marlish Harp
Elaine Clark Leader
Thérèse Timoney Leader
Brian Kennedy Vocals
Karen Matheson Vocals
Per Oystein Sorensen Background Vocals
Marian Lisland Background Vocals
London Community Gospel Choir Choir, Chorus
Anúna Choir, Chorus
Hans Fredrik Jacobsen Whistle (Instrument)
Laoise Kelly Irish Harp
Technical CreditsKjetil Bjerkestrand Arranger
Bjørn Ole Rasch Arranger
Rolf Lovland Arranger,Producer,Orchestration
Michael McGlynn Director
Andrew Boland Producer,Engineer
Fionnuala Sherry Producer
Alf Emil Eik Engineer
Johnny Tate Orchestration
Steven Mercurio Orchestration
Basil Meade Principal
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Once in a Red Moon is a really good CD. From the beginning with the enchanting, relaxing Awakening, to the perfect ending Elegie. My personal favorite song was Greenwaves. If I had to say there was a dissapointing song on the CD (Which there isn't) it would have to be You Raise Me Up. It's a very good song and has a beautiful sound but it wasn't entirely my taste. This CD is a must buy!
What can i say? this cd brought tears to my eyes,joy into my heart. iplay this in the car ,at 5am,while driving to work.And "you raise me up" with these wonderful singers ,gives me chills ,all the time.There are many tracks that are so soothing to listen to.Good music to relax to at home,with a glass of wine ,or a good book!
Why do artists think they have to explore new directions whenever they become so successful with their current approach. Are they afraid that we will get bored? I have enjoyed (countless times) Secret Garden's first three ablums and their DVD, but ''Once in a Red Moon'' will not be listened to again. What a let down. Lost in this album were the incomparable styles of both artist. The melodic and beautiful, original orchestrations and compositions played in an unmistaken style was totally lacking in this album. Come back to us Secret Garden!
Keyboardist Rolf Lovland, violinist Fionnuala Sherry and friends, along with the Irish National Symphony Orchestra, work their magic once again! This time more there are more vocals, featuring guest singers such as Anuna, Karen Matheson of Capercaillie, Tracey Campbell-Nation, Brian Kennedy and the London Community Gospel Choir. The range of styles that Lovland incorporates into his compositions continues to broaden, while still including the simple, soulful, life-affirming tunes he is famous for, an example of which is track #8, ¿Gates of Dawn¿ (Lift your eyes and see the glory / Where the circle of life is drawn / See the never-ending story / Come with me to the Gates of Dawn). The last piece, an intense and sweeping ¿Elegie,¿ ends with a C-chord created from recorded contributions of pianists the world over. 66 C-chords were mixed together in a ¿global energy of sound¿ to create the final tone on the album. Other rich and equally emotive releases by Secret Garden are ¿Songs From a Secret Garden¿, ¿White Stones¿, and ¿Dawn of a New Century¿.
I like Secret Garden but their all songs are very similar.The song "invitation" is very similar to "lore of loom" from another album.However I like their album "songs from secret garden".
You Raise Me Up stopped our Sunday afternoon drive!! Our children were awestruck as I was, the outstanding efforts that went into putting this fabulous music out for us to hear deserves a Encore!! Of course I want the CD for Moms day!!! Or I will have to buy it for myself; One way or another!!
When I listened to the song "You raise me up" tears came from my eyes...and I had to listen to it over and over again...what a beautiful song and pice of music..Thank you Secret Garden!
This has to be one of the best CD's I have in my collection...music from heaven! The song ''Your rise me up'' has to be one of my all time favorites. This is music to relax to, meditate to, and just plain enjoy life
One for my office, one for my car, one for my home. "You Raise Me Up" is one of THE most powerful songs I've ever heard--the orchestra, the choir, the artists' voices, all take your spirit to new levels of inspiration and connectedness to "The One Who Knows All." Other songs, including "Greenwaves" and "Gates of Dawn" will remind your soul of home. The reviewer who said he would never listen to it again--you need to get out of your paradigm, dear! Secret Garden is growing itself right into the Fifth Dimension! This is a beautiful album, especially if you like Celtic music.
Really liked this CD. These two make a great team. I wish they would make more CDs.
I love all the albums by Secret Garden. Once in a Red Moon, though, has collectively the most awesome, inspiring, soaring melodies I've ever heard. It's a show stopper! I cannot get enough of it!!!
I had never heard of ''The Secret Garden'' until I was browsing in Barnes and Noble, and noticed the background music being played. It caught me immediately (music talks to me) and I asked the woman in the audio department what was playing. Needless to say, I purchased Once in a Red Moon, and can't stop listening to it. My husband says it is the best CD I have purchased in a long time, and he usually likes my choices. In fact, I love the songs so much, and found them to be so soothing, I purchased a copy and sent it to my parents in Sarasota. My father suffers from dementia, and sometimes just likes to sit in his chair and listen to music. My mother says he loves it. I am now looking for other CD's by Secret Garden to purchase.