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Secret Garden: Once in a Red Moon

Album Reviews:

JazzTimes (6/02, p.110) - "...A wonderful album..."1

Album Notes

Secret Garden: Rolf Lovland (arranger, piano, harmonium, background vocals); Fionnuala Sherry (violin).

Additional personnel includes: Karen Matheson (vocals); Julian Lloyd Webber (cello); Irish National Symphony Orchestra.

Producers: Rolf Lovland, Fionnuala Sherry, Andrew Boland.

Engineers: Andrew Boland, Kim Plannert, Trond Engebretsen.

Sometimes during a lunar eclipse, Earth's atmosphere casts the moon in a reddish glow, a lovely space oddity embraced by poets as a symbol of passion, suffering, and the human condition. It's likely that Secret Garden intended to evoke this by naming their album after the phenomenon, since passion and melancholy are in abundance here.

MOON continues the formula that worked so well on their best-selling predecessor, DAWN OF A NEW CENTURY: Celtic-flavored orchestral pieces by pianist/composer Rolf Lovland, featuring Fionnuala Sherry's fervent violin and a series of guest vocalists. "You Raise Me Up" blends the most stirring elements of Celtic and gospel music, and features both a British gospel choir and Irish choral group behind Brian Kennedy's heartfelt vocals. "Greenwaves," with Karen Matheson's honeyed lead vocals, is the most traditional-sounding Irish ballad of Secret Garden's career; its lyrics lament the passing of youth and the loss of dreams. Luckily, the next track, "Invitation," is a flat-out jig that provides some necessary leavening to a largely serious set of songs. Secret Garden manages to convey both sincerity and grandeur in their music, a combination that has won them a huge international following and the respect of critics everywhere.


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