White Stones

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White Stones
White Stones cover.jpg
Studio album by Secret Garden
Released 15 April 1997 (1997-04-15)
Genre New-age
Length 56:17
Label Mercury Records
Philips
Polygram
Producer Rolf Lovland
Secret Garden chronology
Songs from a Secret Garden
(1996)Songs from a Secret Garden1996
White Stones
(1997)
Dawn of a New Century
(1999)Dawn of a New Century1999

White Stones (released 15 April 1997 by Mercury Records – 534 605-2 (PolyGram / Philips Records) is the second album by Secret Garden.[1]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Review[edit]

Here the duo Rolf Løvland and Fionnuala Sherry play with the conventions of Celtic and neo-classical music, weaving in unexpected elements like Spanish guitars and Eastern European folk melodies as their muse dictates. It reveals an overall mood is weighty, heart-centered, and Secret Garden is providing a supportive background for personal reflection. The touching melancholia lifts some on tracks like the polyrhythmic intoxication of «Windancer» and «Escape», which tastes a bit of Gypsy caravans and circus performers run amok.[1]

Reception[edit]

The Allmusic reviewer Rovi awarded the album 4.5 stars.[1]

Track listing[edit]

# Title Length
1 Steps 4:03
2 Poème 5:00
3 Hymn to Hope 4:20
4 Moving 3:23
5 First Day of Spring 4:46
6 Passacaglia 3:47
7 Reflection 3:02
8 Windancer 3:43
9 Appassionata 4:27
10 Escape 3:36
11 Sanctuary 4:21
12 Celebration 3:58
13 Home 3:25
14 Illumination 4:16

Personnel[edit]

Credits[edit]

  • Additional assistant recording engineers – Alessandro Benedetti, Jan Erik Kongshaug, Nick Friend & Ronny Talsaete
  • Assistant recording engineers & mixing – Conan Doyle & Jonathan Ford
  • Pre-production Co-engineer & sound samples – Alf Emil Eik
  • Mastering – Greg Calbi
  • Composer, arranger & producer – Rolf Løvland
  • Photography – Dorothy Low
  • Recorded By, Mixed By, Co-producer – Andrew Boland
  • Orchestral score – Fiachra Trench (tracks: 4-5 & 10), John Tate (tracks: 1-2, 6, 8-9, 11-12 & 14), Rolf Løvland (tracks: 3 & 7)

Notes[edit]

  • Recorded and mixed in Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin Ireland.
  • Additional recording made in Capri Digital Studio, Italy and Rainbow Studio, Oslo Norway.
  • Pre-production and additional recording made in Cross Studio, Kristiansand Norway.
  • Masterted at Masterdisk, New York City, U.S.A.
  • White Stones is dedicated to the memory of our fathers Ben Sherry and Sigurd Lovland.
  • Mercury Records is a PolyGram company

℗ & © 1995 PolyGram A/S Norway[2]

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