Adagio appears on the album Songs From a Secret Garden.
Secret Garden is an Irish-Norwegian duo playing New Instrumental Music, also understood by some as Neo-classical music.
It features the Irish violinist Fionnuala Sherry and the Norwegian composer/pianist Rolf Løvland.
This is the ninth song from Secret Garden's album White Stones from 1997.
"Music can conjure up images of dramatic and sentimental scenes for our inner eye. A melody accompanying the drama of a film never seen." -Rolf Lovland
This is the seventh song from Secret Gardens album Songs From a Secret Garden, from 1995.
"This piece was written in 1976 and is the oldest one in this collection. Its inspiration stems from the modal tonality found in the music of Grieg and other composers influenced by their own cultures. Atlantia is colored by Norwegian traditional music, and in the recording of it we see that tradition interact with the very similar Irish tradition. We emphasized that similarity with the use of the low whistle and the Uilleann pipes. Is it the Atlantic ocean that connects the two cultures? Is Atlantia that Norwegian Viking ship sailing through the early morning mist into Dublin harbor? In a way I cant explain, I feel a musical relationship to Irish music." -Rolf Lovland
This is the twelfth song from Secret Gardens album Songs From a Secret Garden, from 1995.
"Here the 'Italian emotions' are awakened. Sentimentality under the Italian moonlight. Feelings are sometimes suppressed and we are afraid to show them. I am very fascinated by the old black and white silent movies because the actors could only show emotions, no dialogue. I could envision a movie like that when Cantoluna was written. The title itself is a very free construction of words made of canto, which means song in Italian, and luna, which means moon. On the recording we used the mandolin and the clarinet to let the romantic, Italian feeling through. People often ask what kind of music Secret Garden is. Is it classical, Norwegian, or Irish traditional music, world music or new age? I dont know. I only know that the music comes straight from the heart, and contains elements of all of this. Some even say that it sounds like film music because its so visual. That opinion is the closest I come to a classification, because I often see a story when I write music. Maybe it could be called music to a film never shown?" -Rolf Lovland
This is the twelfth song on the album White Stones from 1997.
"The beat of a distant drum invites you to a celebration. A feast on a midsummers night, the brightest night of the year. A Norweigan soundscape colored by the Hardanger fiddle and the traditional whistle." -Rolf Lovland
This is the eleventh song from Secret Gardens album Songs From a Secret Garden, from 1995.
"The word Chaconne refers to a baroque dance form, a melody moving to a constant bass figure or ostinato. This Chaconne meets none of these requirements. But the poetic sound of the word and the strong baroque feeling is the background for the title. The French Suites by Bach have made a strong impression on me, and some elements in the Chaconne remind me of them. Chaconne was written in 1994." -Rolf Lovland
This is the tenth song from Secret Garden's album called White Stones, from 1997. "A Rhapsody of Norwegian melody accentuated by an eastern European rhythm. The circus-like arrangement of the soprano saxes and the orchestra creates a gypsy feel." -Rolf Lovland
This is the eighth song from Secret Gardens album Songs From a Secret Garden, from 1995.
"We have invisible heart-stings between us. Our hearts are woven into these fine and sensitive threads that tie us together. These strings can only be seen with our hearts. But sometimes we step on these strings because we are not careful enough and that causes strong pain. Heartstrings is about missing someone and the invisible strings of our hearts." -Rolf Lovland
This is the thirteenth song on the album White Stones from 1997.
"Edvard Grieg collected and cultivated Norwegian folk songs, and gave this traditional material a classical format. This music Is past my own roots. I feel fortunate to be able to tap into it, and carry it with me in my own way." -Rolf Lovland
This is the third song from Secret Garden's album White Stones from 1997.
"A song to remind us that there is always hope, even in despair and sorrow. Inspired by the melancholy of the traditional Irish Air, expressed by the Uilleann Pipes." -Rolf Lovland
This is the fourteenth song on the album White Stones from 1997.
"Nocturne was the center piece of our first album Songs from a Secret Garden. It opened doors to to the sentiments and emotions of the night dark and mythical. Follow the white stones as they illuminate your path out of the darkness - into your own secret garden." -Rolf Lovland
This is the fourth song from Secret Garden's album White Stones from 1997.
"Hidden rituals in a dark forest. Mysteries that can only be felt, never seen. A dance of silhouettes and shadows to a never resting beat." -Rolf Lovland
This is the first song from Secret Gardens album Songs From a Secret Garden, from 1995. Secret Garden is primarily made up of Norwegian Composer Rolf Lovland and irish violinist Fionnuala Sherry. The concept of Secret Garden is, to quote Lovland "A garden in which we can seek refuge when times are rough, or retire to in joy or contemplation."
This song Nocturne was inspired by traditional moods and was written in 1992, winning a contest in Japan in 1995, and signaling the start of the Secret Garden collaboration. The singer was Gunnhild Tvinnereim, and the lyrics by Petter Skavlan.
This is the fifth song from Secret Gardens album Songs From a Secret Garden, from 1995.
"This is a somewhat impressionistic piece based on major 7ths and 9ths. The spirit of Erik Satie and Claude Debussy are present. The title Papillon (French for butterfly) also leans in that direction. This piece was written during a studio recording session in Iceland in 1994, and is perhaps the music I personally like best in the collection from a composers point of view. The phrases in the descending melody line are telling a story, and should not only be played as a broken chord. The music should be simple and delicate just like a butterfly dancing from one flower to another." -Rolf Lovland
This is the sixth song from Secret Garden's album White Stones from 1997.
"Passacaglia is a Baroque variation form. In this piece, the melancholy develops into a 6 part polyphonic arrangement through the nine sections of the song. Passacaglia was written in memory of my father." -Rolf Lovland
This is the second song from Secret Gardens album Songs From a Secret Garden, from 1995.
"Norwegian and Irish culture and traditions are unified in this piece as a kind of Secret Garden synthesis. Pastorale refers in a way to a spiritual landscape. Music is a link on communication between people. It makes us understand and discover, when words are not enough. Music can also be a guide to find our own sources, and to put names to our own emotional landscape." -Rolf Lovland
This is the second song from Secret Garden's album White Stones from 1997.
"A song without words- an unspoken story. We listen with our ears- we understand with our hearts." -Rolf Lovland
This is the seventh song from Secret Garden's album White Stones from 1997.
"An impression of the evening as it transcends into night. The simplicity of the lullaby, a resting Berceuse as you drift into the land of dreams." -Rolf Lovland
This is the eleventh song on the album White Stones from 1997.
"A sanctuary can be a sacred place for meditation and quiet contemplation. In this song it relates to the secret garden inside us." -Rolf Lovland
This is the sixth song from Secret Gardens album Songs From a Secret Garden, from 1995.
"This piece was written in 1991 and recorded by Elisabeth Andreasson on her CD, Stemninger. The vocal version called Danse mot var, has since been frequently performed. We included it as an instrumental version in the album, with the violin performing the vocal part. A beautifully played violin can be just as expressive as the human voice." -Rolf Lovland
This is the third song from Secret Gardens album Songs From a Secret Garden, from 1995.
"The idea of Secret Garden is one that everyone can relate to. We all have landscapes inside us, secret rooms where feelings and impressions grow as a little garden. We have individual ways of finding this garden. Some talk about it, write poems or letters, paint, or even talk a walk to reflect over life. We all have our own way. But what is common to us, is a strong emotional feeling that is an essential part of our nature. My way of dealing with this is through music, and everything I write comes from my secret garden. This simple piece had no other name than Pianopiece in C Minor for many years. But when the Secret Garden project evolved, I felt this piece could express the essence of my ideas- the simple melody strait from the heart, expressed through Fionnualas soulful, vulnerable and naked violin playing." -Rolf Lovland
This is the first song from Secret Garden's album White Stones from 1997. The album name is derived from the white stones Hansel and Gretel scattered so that they could find their way home. The Norwegian composer of the music constantly collaborates with the irish fiddler Fionnuala Sherry for Secret Garden, and they say that each song on this album can be compared to a white stone.
"A fantasy of music and rhythm in 5/4 time. The Celtic melody inviting the Latin rhythm for a dance. The Irish whistle and the Spanish guitar blend the two elements into a sound of mystery and excitement." -Rolf Lovland
This is the eighth song from Secret Garden's album White Stones from 1997.
"A melody based on the Dorian scale, where a four-rhythm restlessly plays against a counter beat in three. The twists and turns of the tune flows along as a feather carried by unpredictable winds." -Rolf Lovland