Songs from a Secret Garden

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Songs from a Secret Garden
Songs from a Secret Garden.jpg
Studio album by
Released23 April 1995 (1995-04-23)
GenreNew-age, neoclassical new-age music
ProducerRolf Løvland
Secret Garden chronology
Songs from a Secret Garden
White Stones

Songs from a Secret Garden is the first international album by Secret Garden. Released in 1995, it includes the Norwegian winning song of the Eurovision Song Contest 1995, "Nocturne".[1]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Sputnikmusic4.3/5 stars[2]


The Allmusic reviewer Carol Wright awarded the album 4 stars,[1] and it achieved platinum awards in Norway and South Korea. It stayed on the Billboard New Age chart for 101 weeks.[3]

The track «Song from a Secret Garden» became famous in Korea by being featured in the drama 젊은이의 양지 (which means "Sunny Spots (or Places) of the Young") in 1995 and was also used in the 2018 italian drama film "Vittima della mia libertà" (Victim of my freedom) by Davide Guida. Another track from the album, «Adagio», was featured in the 2004 Wong Kar-wai film 2046.

The title track was covered by Greek melodic death metal band Nightrage in 2019 and included as a Japanese bonus track on Wolf to Man.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs and arrangements by Rolf Løvland, except where noted[5]

1."Nocturne" (lyrics by Petter Skavlan)3:11
3."Song from a Secret Garden"3:32
4."Sigma" (lyrics by David Agnew)3:05
6."Serenade to Spring"3:12
10."The Rap"2:31
13."Ode to Simplicity"3:53


In Korea[edit]

In Korea, Serenade to Spring was given a lyric and is sung under the name of '10월의 어느 멋진 날에' which means 'One Fine Day in October'. A popular baritone in Korea, Kim Dong-kyu sang the song on TV and a few professional singers sung in duo.[7]


In December 2010, Universal Music Group started to publish this album again in K2HD CD format by technology of K2HD by JVC. Since 100 kHz 24bit sound signal is processed during remastering by K2HD technology, high frequency is highlighted, especially in the better sound quality of violin.



  • Cover design – Scott Townsend
  • Assistant engineer – Conal Markey & Conan Doyle
  • Recording engineer – Andrew Boland
  • Recording engineer & mixing – Oskar P. Sveinsson
  • Lyrics – David Agnew (tracks: 4) & Petter Skavlan (track: 1)
  • Mixing – Erik Avnskog, Jan Erik Kongshaug
  • Additional Orchestra Conductor – John Tate
  • Cover photography – Mick Hales
  • Producer, arranger, conductor & mixing – Rolf Løvland


℗ 1995 PolyGram A/S Norway[8]


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Belgium (BEA)[9] Gold 25,000*
Norway (IFPI Norway)[10] Platinum 50,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ a b c Wright, Carol. "Secret Garden - Songs from a Secret Garden Review". Retrieved 2012-12-12.
  2. ^ Secret Garden - Songs from a Secret Garden Sputnikmusic. Retrieved May 6, 2015.
  3. ^ "Secret Garden - Songs from the heart". Norway - the official site in the United States. Retrieved 2007-09-30.
  4. ^ Wolf to Man Nightrage official website. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Songs from a Secret Garden - track listing". Artist Direct. Retrieved 2007-09-30.
  7. ^ Youtube search
  8. ^ "Secret Garden – Songs From A Secret Garden". Retrieved 2012-12-12.
  9. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – albums 1995". Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  10. ^ "IFPI Norsk platebransje Trofeer 1993–2011" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway. Retrieved 2 February 2019.

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