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Import pressing of the 2009 album from the Norwegian New Age/Neo Classical duo. Inside I'm Singing is a project that started off as an idea for a 10th anniversary celebration of the duo's inception. Many artists have recorded Secret Garden's music and even turned their instrumental melodies into vocal songs. They wanted to reverse the process - take some of their own favorite melodies, have lyrics written to them, arrange them in their own style and invite some of the greatest singers to give their voice and performance to the music. The artists performing on this release include Barbra Streisand, Elaine Paige, Brian Kennedy, Niamh Kavanagh, Peter Corry and many others. In addition to 11 songs, you can also look forward to hearing two beautiful new Secret Garden instrumental pieces. Universal.
Personnel: Fridrik Karlson (guitar); Sidsel Walstad (harp); Andrea Hansen, Dorotha Grüchot, Natasa Vidacic, Lene Marie Helland, Katarina Skogheim, Viggo Dahl, Audun Hareide, Daniel Perek, Lars Lunde, Pål Swendsberger, Henrik Myreng, Bennedikte Kyllingstad, Brita Swanberg, Adam Grüchot, Fionnuala Sherry (violin); Kjell Åge Stoveland, Trygve Johan Simonsen, Olaf Broch, Aslak Juva, Maren Jörstad, Günter Voss (viola); Vivian Sunnarvik, Ariel de Wolf, Anne Brien, Wolfram Kärner, Hannah Weber, Bård Bosrup (cello); Anne Randi Haugejorden (flute); Rolf Lovland (whistle, piano, harmonium, keyboards); Roar Broström (oboe, English horn); Odd Lyngstad (bassoon); Leif Tore Strandbakken, Hilde Garby, Ove Repål (French horn); Vidar Lovbrotte (tuba); Bjorn Ole Rasch (organ, synthesizer); Per Lindvall (drums); Noel Eccles (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Roald Råsberg; Rolf Lovland; Tim Martin.
Recording information: Abbey Road Studio, London, UK; Air Studio, London, UK; Mono Studio, Stockholm, Sweden; Rainbow Studio, Oslo, Norway; Sanden Studio, Kongshavn Studio, Kristiansand, Norway; Sanden Studio, Kristiansand, Norway; Sony Pictures Studio Inc., Culver City, CA; Studio Brun, Stockholm, Sweden; Windmill Lane Studio, Dublin, Ireland.
Photographers: Jonas Linell; Robin Ottersen; Rolf Lovland.
Arranger: Rolf Lovland.
Norwegian/Irish duo Secret Garden have been the toast of the neo-classical audience ever since winning the 1995 Eurovision Song Contest. High-profile collaborations with Barbra Streisand on her 1998 hit "I've Dreamed of You" and Josh Groban on the inescapable pop ballad "You Raise Me Up" have raised their profile with an adult contemporary audience as well, and so Inside I'm Singing is a combination anniversary project and entrée into that wider and potentially even more lucrative market. Originally conceived as a tenth anniversary self-tribute album but a couple years too long in the making, Inside I'm Singing consists of 11 instrumental hits by the duo of pianist and composer Rolf Lovland and violinist Fionnuala Sherry given new lyrics. Or, in the cases of "I've Dreamed of You" and "You Raise Me Up," keeping the previous ones; indeed, the former is simply Streisand's 1998 recording slightly remixed. Van Morrison protégé Brian Kennedy does the honors on "You Raise Me Up," doing about as good a job as anyone can do with that particularly mawkish and manipulative tune. Other guest singers include Broadway legend Elaine Paige, whose "The Things You Are to Me" is the set's emotional and musical highlight; Irish ballad singer Niamh Cavanagh, who turns in a simple, understated, and lovely take on the minimal, torchy "Simply You"; and nine other singers better known to fans of European cabarets. Add in two pleasant new instrumentals, Sherry's violin showcase "Sortie," and the soundtrack-like multiple keyboard extravaganza "Theme from the Mermaid Chair," and Inside I'm Singing is perfect for both longtime Secret Garden fans and the sort of folks who make a point to watch Celtic Woman every time they come on PBS. ~ Stewart Mason
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