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Journey to the Secret Garden

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Secret Garden recently held their first concert in Malaysia in front of a nearly 3,000-strong audience. Here is newspaper The Sun Daily’s review of the event.

MUSIC fans had a chance to watch one of new age’s biggest acts onstage – Secret Garden – comprising Norwegian composer-pianist Rolf LØvland and Irish violinist Fionnuala Sherry. It was the first time that the two had ever performed in Malaysia, and they brought along their band and two singers for the one-night-only Secret Garden’s The Greatest Hits Tour Live in Kuala Lumpur.

The concert at the Plenary Hall in the KL Convention Centre took the nearly 3,000-strong audience on a journey through Secret Garden’s almost two-decade-long career (next year marks its 20th anniversary), with a selection of tracks from its 1996 debut album, Songs from a Secret Garden, to its latest, this year’s international release of Just the Two of Us. Backed by a six-piece ensemble, the duo began the concert with the song that first earned them international fame – the 1995 Eurovision Song Contest winner, Nocturne. Introducing it, Sherry said: “When we first performed this song, little did we realise how it would open the door for us, and take us to so many places.”

The concert was a solid mix of instrumental and vocal tracks, ranging from quiet, spiritual numbers to lighter, more upbeat tunes.

Read it here.