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Polygram AS, Oslo - Norway
(05 February 2000) The latest album by Norway's Cecilia, entitled
Inner Harmony (Polygram (Norway) 538 814-2), is comprised of
eleven heavenly vocal tracks accompanied with orchestral and Celtic
instrumentation. The artist's earlier recordings include the debut album
Voice of the Feminine Spirit (1994) International 1994)
and Violet 19 (1997). Cecilia began her musical career at
the Norwegian Conservatory of Music in Oslo. She studied there for
four years before going on to further training at the Conservatory
of Aarhus, Denmark and at the Conservatory of Music in Munich.
Recorded in Oslo and London sessions, her latest release focuses
on her spiritual side and draws upon her classical training. A
complete biography, soundbites, photographs and ordering
information are available at Ceclia's
Cecilia's voice is incredibly pure and crystalline and she is
equally at home singing heartfelt ballads as rocking progressive
Celtic numbers. Within the liner notes Cecilia characterised
the album best, "Inner Harmony is what I'm striving for,
and something I wish for everyone to feel. I believe music
has the power to heal, and I hope this album will uplift,
inspire and move your soul to go forward on your journey,
your life. I wish you will follow your heart and dreams,
amd make your life a beautiful place to be." This lovely album
completely achieves the artist's aims. The production quality of
the vocal work is technically superb in every way as well.
The highly accessible Celtic tracks on the album include
lovely whistle parts and have rich orchestral instrumentation,
stunning lead and multi-tracked vocals. "Fly Away," "Inner
Harmony" and "Carpe Diem" are among the best examples of this
sound. Cecilia's heartfelt ballads perfectly compliment the
album; they are generally more lightly accompanied and dominated
by delicate vocal work. They include the tracks "Losing Faith,"
"We Have Met Before," "The Prayer" and "Angel Of Love." Also
ballads in their own right, the dramatic "A Eg Veit Meg Eit
Land," "In Dreams" and "Wisdom Of Your Heart" begin quietly but
develop with orchestral splendour into individual epics.
Cecilia's rendition of Iona's
"Today" (from their fourth album Journey Into The Morn)
is a progressive Celtic rocker and one of the album's highlights.
The instrumentation as well as her unique vocal interpretation of
the song are both absolutely stunning. Cecilia's third
album once again illustrates the tremendous vocal talent of this
well-established Norweigan artist. Eleven tracks centered on
heartfelt ballads illustrate her vocal range and power.
Cecilia's earlier album Voice Of The Feminine Spirit
is available from her website and at
Certainly worth a long distance journey, Inner Harmony
is a must listen!