Secret Garden – Sometimes when it rains
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Secret Garden is an Irish-Norwegian duo playing new instrumental music, also sometimes erroneously known as neo-classical music. Secret Garden features the Irish violinist Fionnuala Sherry and the Norwegian composer-pianist Rolf Løvland.
The duo has sold over 3 million albums and won the Eurovision Song Contest, representing Norway with the composition “Nocturne” which is the only predominantly instrumental piece to win the Contest.
Eurovision Song Contest
The duo won the Eurovision Song Contest for Norway’s second time in 1995 with the composition “Nocturne”. It was the only time to date that a predominantly instrumental piece has won the Eurovision Song Contest, although a few Norwegian lyrics, written by screenwriter Petter Skavlan, were included to ensure that the entry adhered to the contest’s rules.
Norwegian singer Gunnhild Tvinnereim sang the song in the Eurovision Song Contest and Swedish nyckelharpist Åsa Jinder also guested on the occasion, although neither is a regular member of the group.
Ten years earlier, Rolf Løvland also co-wrote the song “La det swinge” (Let it swing) that secured Norway its first Eurovision Song Contest victory in 1985.
Songs from a Secret Garden
Their success at Eurovision spearheaded the success of their first album Songs from a Secret Garden. It sold a million copies around the world going platinum in Norway and Korea, gold in Ireland, Hong Kong and New Zealand and spending two years in the Billboard new-age charts in 1996 and 1997.
Barbra Streisand adapted “Heartstrings” from this album as the song “I’ve Dreamed of You” on her A Love Like Ours album. She also used “Heartstrings” in her wedding to James Brolin.
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