Once upon a time, two children overheard their parents plan to abandon them in a forest, as they could not afford to feed them. But the children cleverly gathered small white stones, and on their journey into the forest, they secretly dropped them onto the ground. At nightfall, left alone, the moon illuminated the white stones, and the reflection became their guiding light. So the fairytale about Hansel and Gretel goes. Maybe each song on this album can be compared to a white stone? Listen – and let them lead you into your own secret garden.
As on the first album, all the music on “White Stones” is composed and produced by Rolf Lovland. “When you’ve discovered your own musical identity and seen your music communicate to, and connect with people all over the world, you really don’t want to change the concept”, says Lovland . “The greatest challenge writing the this material was to stay truthful, protecting the intimacy and the simplicity of our ideas. White Stones is not like Songs from a Secret Garden, but it’s coming from the same heart. The seeds are the same – the crop is new.
Tracklist, Lyrics & Purchase
Selected Audio Clips
A fantasy of 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.
A song without words – an unspoken story. We listen with our ears – we understand with our hearts.
Hymn To Hope
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.
Hidden rituals in a dark forest. Mysteries that can only be felt, never seen. A dance of silhouettes to a never resting beat.
First Day of Spring
Written on the first day of February, the day the Irish refer to as the first day of Spring. The atmosphere of the music relates to the magic of the season, and the dawning of new life.
Passacaglia a is Baroque variation form. In this piece the melody develops into a 6 part polyphonic arrangement through the nine sections of the song. Passacaglia was written in memory of my father.
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.
A melody based on the Dorian scale, where a rhythm of four restlessly plays against a counter beat in three. The twists and turns of the tune flows along as a feather carried by unpredictable winds.
Music can conjure up images of dramatic and sentimental scenes for our inner
eye. A melody accompanying the drama of a film never seen.
A Rhapsody of Norwegian melody accentuated by an eastern European rhythm. The circus-like arrangement of the soprano saxes and the orchestra create a Gypsy feel.
A sanctuary can be a sacred place for meditation and quiet contemplation. In this song it relates to the secret garden inside us. A place to seek refuge – a spiritual inner room where we can light candles for our own private reasons.
Dedicated to Ben Sherry
The beat of a distant drum invites you to a celebration. A feast on a midsummer’s night, the brightest night of the year. A Norwegian soundscape coloured by the Hardanger fiddle and the traditional whistle.
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.
Nocturne was the centerpiece on our first album Songs from a Secret Garden. It opened doors to the sentiments and emotions of the night – dark and mythical. Follow the white stones as they “illuminate” the path out of the darkness – into your own secret garden.
On this day March 19th we celebrate #WorldSleepDay – a global call to action about the importance of sound sleep habits.
We are thrilled to participate in a very special collection of peaceful music with a new piano version of Sleepsong.
We wish you all a peaceful weekend 🌙
It's a beautiful world.
I think it's a person's mind.
World Music Love
I have just listenened to Rolf‘s piano-only version of Sleepsong several times. Really beautiful❣️ Any plans to make the sheet music available?
Lindo demais! A alma voa …
Very nice .Rolf is a genius.
With the year that has gone by there is a huge and necessary interest in mental health and well-being. On March 19th we celebrate World Sleep Day – an international awareness event about the importance of healthy sleep. We are delighted to participate in a special record release this day which is a compilation of many artists providing a peaceful soundtrack that will help us drift off to dreamland. We felt our song “Sleepsong” was the perfect fit for this project and Rolf has recorded a brand new piano version. Can’t wait to share it with you!
Here is a little greeting from Rolf himself where he tells us more about this very special song. Enjoy!
Your Music is a Great Lighthouse for Everyone. A lot of many yours peaces shine about Love, Peace for all the World. We feel Emotions, Dreaming anche Hope for a better Life. <3
Much love sound this like youtu.be/pA0B46oD_3Y
Hello! I would love to submit a song to this project! So you know where can i send it? Thank you!😘
My favourite song for all time 🎵🎶☘💚
Thank you so much, Rolf!
Love to see you #Sir 🎵😊🌻🙏🙏🙏🌸🌺🌼 take Care!
I’ve been hearing sleep song since years..
Much love and adulation to both of u.
Dr jai vora,mumbai,INDIA.
Cantoluna would be also a perfect "sleepsong", i listen to it before i go to sleep…https://youtu.be/8Fv6QUdYXjg
Dear Friends, we have a special project to share with you; a documentary about the making of "Sacred Night". This is the background story of the album, the writing process and the recording. Cathrine, Fionnuala and Rolf share their personal footage from the studio sessions linked with their own words.
You can watch the whole documentary on our YouTube channel: youtu.be/aD3Ni61O55Y
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This in my very favorite CD! I have all of yours, but this one is truly outstanding ! I play it all year round ! ❤️❤️❤️
The magic you always bring us assures that new Christmas music can indeed be written and warmly welcomed into the repertoire. The chemistry the three of you have is of pure heart and is always a blessing. ❤️
Thank you so much for sharing this very special documentary. I love it! Amazing to see how every puzzle piece was put together, especially with the difficult conditions we have had during this covid year with its lock downs and the necessity of keeping distance. Jeg må si at julesangene deres er et av de sterkeste lys som skinner i mørketiden i år! I feel much respect, gratitude and love for what you are doing. Each one of you is gifted with so much talent. I am very happy for you that «Sacred Night» was chosen the most beautiful Christmas album of the year in Norway! Take care, stay healthy and keep on making music for us!
This is my favorite Secret Garden recording. Christmas is over, but I can't stop listening to Sacred Night!
After a long time of waiting, the CD finally arrived home. It's a great job. And it would have been even better if a DVD had been included with the videos of the recordings and the documentary. I would have gladly bought it.
I like your musik, I am working on a filmproject about Th. Kittelsen. Why has he been neglected so much in Norwegian cultur history!?.. I have written a spillefilmmanus about him. He lived a difficult life, and I want to to tell his Story!… When i hear your music, i see Th, Mikkelsen! Can we work together?
Just an absolutely beautiful CD …every song is special & brings tears to my eyes …I just live Secret Garden !
It IS indeed possible to create new Christmas masterpieces when you are as talented as the entire Secret Garden group. Amazing music….always! Love from Denmark…
I'm awestruck by the amount of talent that went into the creation and production of this magnificent CD. It is a joy to listen to and will be played year round in my home. Thank you Secret Garden for this timeless masterpiece.
Beautiful, simply timeless . Thank you x
When is this going to be available in the UK from Amazon?
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Two days left until Christmas! We hope our new album creates the perfect backdrop to your preparations. With warm greetings from both of us and Cathrine Iversen Official ❤
Listen to "Sacred Night" here: SecretGarden.lnk.to/SacredNight_
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Lovely album ! Thank you for this wonderful music. Cathrine has such a beautiful voice too ! ❤🌲🌠🙏
It certainly is, thank you arrived in time on Christmas Eve. It’s wonderful, simply beautiful. Thank you. ❤️
Amo as músicas de vocês. Venham para o Brasil.
Fikk den i postkassa idag..gleder meg til og høre på den.😊
Beautiful music, always! 🎶 My favorite music group! 🥰
😊 & Healthy
Sacred Night is the perfect Christmas gift thank you; Have a truly wonderful & safe Christmas. The worlds starts again next year.
It’s been sooo great for me that you released this when you did. Been working hard on my new album. You were recording Storyteller at the exact same I was recording Red Sky Prairie. As all things SG are my main influences, having Sacred Night with me now is the extra inspiration I needed ❤️❤️
I have all of their CDs. Thank you for your beautiful music and Catherine is my favorite soloist that sings with you. Just what the doctor ordered during these times of social distancing. God Bless you all & Merry Christmas
I listened to it driving to work – and back home again. Great album
The Album is wonderful !!! 🙏❣️🌟🎄 Merry Christmas! 🤗
Happy Holiday 🎅🤶🎄🎁
It would if I had it but still having no luck with Amazon UK. Maybe next Christmas?
Lovely album 👍
Nydeleg fin cd.God jul. 🌟👍🎅❤
just got mine!
Merry Christmas 🎄
Here’s a video about ‘I Know a Rose Tree’. We first recorded it in 1998 and then revived the recording of this 500year old song for this album. You can enjoy the whole song on our YouTube channel: shorturl.at/dvBU2
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I was listeing Song From A Secret Garden and Adagio. Thanks for theses two songs … thanks for exist.
It was like to be born again. (sorry my english)
This song is also in German. Not sure where it originated, but its name is: "Es ist ein Rose entsprungen." English: "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming." I remember this song very well from when I was in my high school's chorus and Madrigal singers. I sang the Alto part. 😀
Your new christmas album is fabulous. Thank you so much ❤️