Nocturne – The 25th Anniversary Collection

Nocturne – The 25th Anniversary Collection

Year: 2020
Universal Music Norway

 Opening with and named after the plaintive, evocative Eurovision-winning ‘Nocturne’, this career-spanning collection showcases the magical melodies that happen when Rolf Lovland’s piano compositions and Fionnuala Sherry’s violin virtuosity meld together in perfect harmony. “To me, our music is always storytelling,” says Lovland. “That’s why I call it ‘stories without words’.”

The retrospective includes “You Raise Me Up”, the song first recorded with the duo in 2001, and which now stands alongside over 1,000 others, in 40 different languages – and Rolf and Fionnuala’s rendition remains the very original.

“It’s all about chemistry,” says Sherry. “He writes for me, I play for him – it’s as if we have our own invisible musical bond, and it’s always been like that from day one.”.

At first, the duo’s mid-Nineties collaborations were turned down by nearly every major label. But Polygram Norway’s MD secretary at the time, who became so enchanted by the demos, persuaded him to reconsider and eventually give them their first deal. “We were signed at the insistence of the company’s secretary,” recalls Lovland. “Nocturne” was then selected as the Norwegian entry for Eurovision ‘by the smallest of margins’ and went on to win the 1995 contest in Dublin – exactly 25 years ago this month.

That set the standard for their unusual marriage of Irish and Nordic influences, and their career took off in earnest. Since their 1996 debut album ‘Songs From A Secret Garden’, their music has spread slowly around the world, helped by novel marketing campaigns (in the USA they were promoted in bookshops) that connected with an entirely new market, and would see the couple grow to become one of the world’s most successful instrumental acts – with multiple
platinum discs to their name, and career streams now standing at an extraordinary 2.2 billion. For Rolf and Fionnuala, the appeal of Secret Garden remains that listeners do not need an education in classical music to understand their unique musical language. “I feel I can tell a story – beginning, middle and end – without words,” says Fionnuala. “Because of that we don’t have a language problem.

“I think it’s an emotional thing,” adds Rolf. “And that’s the essence of all music.”



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Posted July 22nd, 9:37 am

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We’re excited to share yet another performance video with you! Hope you like it! See MoreSee Less

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Always m one of your great fans…luv every bit of music….I just pray Fionnuala gets well soon…luv n prayers🙏🏻🙂😘

One of my favorites! Your music has meant so much to me. Thank you ❤️❤️

This brings back so many beautiful memories of my courting days with my husband💗🎵🎶

From the first day I heard you 20 years ago I loved you.
Thank you.

Incredible Piece 🎻🎹 💕x

Where can we find the whole video?

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Posted July 17th, 9:24 am

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We look back at the original version of Adagio. See the whole performance on YouTube: 🙌 See MoreSee Less

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This song was the 2nd song I'd heard of yours and instantly fell in love with it. I still do love it.

Such a beautiful piece ❤️

One of my favorites ❤️


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So beautiful ❤️

Music of the gods ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️


One of my favorites too, very beautiful !

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Posted July 15th, 10:07 am

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Get a sneak peak behind the scenes from "Sometimes When It Rains"!

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Please release all of your albums on VINYL! I know Songs from a secret garden already exists, but we need all of them.

Guys ang ganda ng sercet garden

Posted July 12th, 12:08 pm

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You raise me up.
Players from 52 countries join Quincy Jones in the worlds largest piano recital 🎶🌍
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That’s Fantastic 💜💜💜







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Posted July 10th, 10:21 am

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Here is some insight into the song Elan. Enjoy!

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This is the song I play when I pretend that I can also play violin in my head LOL. Anyways just a little critique I could barely hear you guys over the music but I’m glad for the video I LOVE Elan!!!


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