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.
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Posted September 24th, 2:50 pm
Thank you! Love, Fionnuala 🙏🏼❤️ … See MoreSee Less
Lovely news! ⚘
Thank you for all that you doing! Olga Verasen🌈👋🌏
Great to see and hear that you are doing so well. Sending you much love Therese
It is such a treat to see you and hear the happiness in your voice. I wish you continued good health and many more years of music.
May your violin continue to sing softly…..so that a I may continue to hear it in Boothbay, Maine, USA❤️
Lovely to see you and gorgeous Archie Fionnuala ❤️
Wonderful news! Looking forward to the Christmas album….it will bring so much joy!
Great to see you looking so well and hope you had a lovely birthday and look forward to meeting up 💗🌸🌺🌟💋
From Russia, with Love! Your music.. it's made my world incide. God bless you. Sorry for my English.
It was so heartwarming to see and hear you talking.. God is good.. you look truly fantastic.. I cant wait for your new release in november!!!
What a gracious, classy spirit. If we chose our queens, Julie Andrews and Fionnuala would be royalty.
Love From Argentina and I love ur dog ♥️👍🏻😃
What a wonderfully brave and talented lady, thank you Fionnulala
I'm so very happy for you that you are on the road to recovery!❣
I'll be looking forward to seeing you perform again when it's safe!
Ah, so good to hear all is progressing in a positive direction! You look well! Can’t wait to get the Christmas album!
Hope your recovery continues well and thanks for the great music you give us
So good to hear you are ok and looking fabulous too. Your ebullience is becoming more and more apparent and it is great to see. Looking forward to hear your new musical arrangements.
Stay safe ❤ XX
Great news! So good to hear you are fine!
Great News . God loves you
So glad you are doing well! I love Secret Garden!💕
Can't wait for new album 🤸💜🥳🙏🎶
Happy Days Fionnuala,
Belated birthday greetings to you, Fionnula…may this next turn around the sun bring you full return of health, new adventures, and more…more beautiful music. I will add you to my morning prayers .
Talented Woman is you Finnoulala Sherry
Great news you look well. Keep safe. Love from Australia WA. ❤️
Most welcome! Looking forward to the new release!
Posted September 20th, 1:06 pm
You are a treasure and a fighter. For 20 years you and Rolf have soothed my hurts with the balm of your music. It is my heart's native dialect, expressing every worthy emotion.
Happy Birthday, Fionnuala! You’ve given us a gift with your violin. May your day be as beautiful as your music.
Have a very very happy birthday I look forward to seeing you next year when I fly over the big pond to see you on your continent you’re an amazing woman
Felicidades 🎂 abrazos desde Zacatecas México 🤗
Happy Birthday to a talented, beautiful lady! 🎈🎈🎂🎈🎈
Happy birthday from Northern New York! And thank you for adding such gorgeous music to my life soundtrack!!❤
Happy birthday! Thanks for all the joy you bring to us!
Happy b. Day.Thiss is our holiday, Rosh Hashana, first day of the jewish people's new year.
Happy birthday, pls stay our inspiration! 💕
Happy Birthday!! You are amazing!! Your song is Divine!💜💜
Es tu dia, susurra la brisa de la noche en la ventana, y golpea solitaria en el cristal de los sueños.
El eco se hace armonía con su ancho sonido celestial.
Y me deja varado en la orilla del tiempo…para desearte un FELIZ CUMPLEAÑOS FIUNNALA.
GRACIAS POR TU MUSICA
Happy Birthday Fionnula – all the best wishes to you 🎼🍀🐞🎂🎉from Bremen, Germany 🌞🙋♂️
Happy birthday and thank you for the music 🎶
Happy birthday, thank you for touching music within these years
Happy birthday…and thanks for the beautiful music you share with us.
Happy birthday to you, Fionnuala🎂
Happy Birthday! You are a gift from God! 😘
Happy Birthday Fionnuala!! Have a great day!
Happy Birthday from Las Vegas where I was fortunate enough to see you perform. Blessings <3
Happy Birthday from Orlando, Florida
Happy birthday .have a very good day…thank you for your beautiful music
Happy Birthday, sweet lady!! Love from Brazil! <3
Happy birthday & thank you for your music
Happy birthday, Fionnuala, may God give great moments to you!
Happy Birthday Fionnuala from Washington State! May this year bring you much health and happiness!
Posted August 30th, 11:56 am
We just came across this performance of our “Song From A Secret Garden” by cellist Stjepan Hauser with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. We love it and wanted to share it with you all.
One You Tube comment was particularly complementary: "This is the song that will play in the credits when the world ends”🙏🏼 … See MoreSee Less
That’s a beautiful version of one of your most beautiful songs ever! The only Secret Garden song I can play by heart on the violin! 🎻 ♥️ And so I do very often! 🥰
This is one of my favorite Secret Garden songs. It brings such peace.
My favorite secret garden song💜💙
I love Secret Garden and love the songs!
Hauser is an extremelu talented cellist. Quite a bit arrogant at times, but he has a rather unique style of playing. I like to watch his videos on Youtube, and yes, he did do "Song From a Secret Garden" VERY well. If I remember correctly, he and another man had a group for a while called "Two Cellos". He does give people another side to see of how a cello can be played-not just as an orchestra instrument only playing classical music. I think it would be fun if you could get together with him and see what happens musically!
Of all your songs for me "Elegie" has always been "the end of the world song" 😊 It's the last song I would like to hear when my world ends..it says all ❤ but I like this song as well like all your songs!!! They make this world much more beautiful!😍
I've listened both your original and Hausers version for many times. The song did hit me 1996 and still touches my soul. Thank you, both ❤️
This Is the song that calms my soul, wakes me every morning and yes I am sure will be in the credits of life. Thank you for it.
A beautiful song and a lovely version. I'm no expert but I can hear slight differences to the original and it's funny but as I love the original so much it always seems just the perfect piece and so I give the Ireland vote (douze point) to Secret Gardens version and 10 points to Hauser !
Bellissima interpretazione!Adoro la musica dei Secret Garden❤🎼
Secret Garden has carried us through the joyous, and not so joyous journeys of life….I agree with the You Tube comment about when the world ends….love it!
One of my favorite songs ever…
👌🏽👌🏽👌🏽…but never recorded by HAUSER, was it? 🤔
just to correct, in description of video it states Zagreb orchestra not Praha.
Lost count of how many times I've watched this. A stunning performance of a beautiful song
That was so beautiful it made me cry!!! 🎼
Jo Thomas I love this song
В оригинальном исполнении группой мне нравится больше.
Merci de partager! ♥️
I consider the original version to be unrivalled! 🏆
That comment is definitely spot on.
I'm always captivated by the original performance of yours with brilliant Fionnuala Sherry genuinely playing with no mannerisms but with delicate, sophisticated pathos… So uplifting, so moving… Unmatched! ⚘
of course Hauser was playing with the Zagreb Philarmonic conducted by the brilliant Elizabeth Fuchs. It is an absolutely brilliant rendition of Song from a Secret Garden. It is so good in fact it's nearly as good as the original.😀
Unbelievable though that so many comments on YouTube show that so many people have no idea that this song is written and originally played by the wonderful Secret Garden!! ❤️❤️🥇👏
Posted July 22nd, 9:37 am
We’re excited to share yet another performance video with you! Hope you like it! … See MoreSee Less
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.
Incredible Piece 🎻🎹 💕x
Where can we find the whole video?
Vocês são anjos para mim!❤
Posted July 17th, 9:24 am
We look back at the original version of Adagio. See the whole performance on YouTube: shorturl.at/ajSUX 🙌 … See MoreSee Less
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 ❤️
So beautiful ❤️
Music of the gods ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
One of my favorites too, very beautiful !