The Ultimate Secret Garden

TRACK LISTING
(Original albums in parenthesis)

Fionnuala Sherry on violin and Rolf Lovland on piano/keyboards

DISC ONE:

  • Song from a Secret Garden  (Songs from a Secret Garden)
  • Nocturne  (Songs from a Secret Garden)
  • Serenade to Spring  (Songs from a Secret Garden)
  • Swan  (NEW Arrangement)
  • Passacaglia  (White Stones)
  • You Raise Me Up  (Once in a Red Moon)
  • Prayer  (Dawn of a New Century)
  • Hymn to Hope  (White Stones)
  • Celebration  (White Stones)
  • Chaconne  (Songs from a Secret Garden)
  • Sigma  (Songs from a Secret Garden)
  • The Promise  (Once in a Red Moon)
  • In Our Tears  (Dawn of a New Century)
  • Heartstrings  (Songs from a Secret Garden)
  • Duo  (Once in a Red Moon)
  • The Rap  (Songs from a Secret Garden)
  • Moving  (White Stones)
  • Adagio  (Songs from a Secret Garden)
  • Hymn to Hope  (NEW Arrangement)
  • Song from a Secret Garden  (NEW Arrangement)

DISC TWO:

  • Poéme  (Live - A Night With Secret Garden)
  • Pastorale  (Live - A Night With Secret Garden)
  • Steps  (Live - A Night With Secret Garden)
  • Elan  (Live - A Night With Secret Garden)
  • Sona  (Live - A Night With Secret Garden)
  • Windancer   (Live - A Night With Secret Garden)
  • Song from a Secret Garden  (Live - A Night With Secret Garden)
  • Ode to Simplicity   (Live - A Night With Secret Garden)
  • Dreamcatcher  (Live - A Night With Secret Garden)
  • Dawn of a New Century  (Live - A Night With Secret Garden)

MY COMMENTS

This two disc set is a compilation put together by Universal Music Korea. The first disc contains songs from the first four Secret Garden albums, along with three songs arranged for soprano (replacing the violin part), and featuring Korean singer Youngok Shin. The last two tracks, Hymn to Hope and Song From a Secret Garden, feature the soprano singing Korean lyrics. The track Swan is an arrangement of the song Adagio, with the soprano singing English lyrics written by Brendan Graham. Disc two features ten selections drawn from the live concert "A Night With Secret Garden" available on video and DVD. You can read the notes for each of the songs on the pages of the albums that they are taken from.

No new material, except the three arrangements, but definitely a very good compilation album. Most of the best tracks from the first four Secret Garden albums are here, and it's nice to have some of the live concert performances available in audio format. The three arrangements with soprano vocals by Youngok Shin are very well done, and she has a great voice! It would be nice if Secret Garden were to include her on a couple of tracks on a future album of theirs. This album is definitely a collectors item for all true Secret Garden fans. My thanks to Gordon Weir for sending me this wonderful gift!



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