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     Loreena McKennitt
 
 

Born: 1957 in Morden, Manitoba, Canada
Genre: Folk
Styles: Celtic, New Age, Adult Alternative, International, Celtic Fusion, Contemporary Celtic, Celtic New Age, Harp/New Age, Pop/Rock, Adult Contemporary
Instruments: Harp, Vocals

The daughter of a nurse mother and a livestock trader father, songstress Loreena McKennitt studied classical piano and vocal training and learned to dance in the highland style as a youngster. Her love of traditional music was strengthened in the folk clubs of Winnipeg, which she frequented during the brief period she studied veterinary science at the University of Manitoba. Relocating to Stratford, Ontario, she continued to sharpen her skills as a composer and performer. In 1981, she auditioned for a role in the city's Stratford Festival of Canada. Although she did not get the role, she remained inspired. After reading Diane Sward Rapaport's book How to Make and Sell Your Own Recording, she formed her own label, Quinlan Road.

After releasing two albums, a nine-song cassette, Elemental, in 1985, and a collection of Christmas tunes, To Drive the Cold Winter Away, in 1987, she had her first breakthrough with her 1989 album, Parallel Dreams. Distributed through a network of small independent distributors, the album sold more than 40,000 copies within four months. Its success was surpassed by McKennitt's fourth album, The Visit. Distributed by Warner Canada, the album sold over 600,000 copies (six times platinum) in Canada and received a Juno Award (Canada's equivalent of the Grammy), as did McKennitt's next recording, The Mask and Mirror, in 1994.

While her albums have featured soothing, ultra-melodic arrangements, McKennitt's lyrics have reflected her interests in the poetry of W.B. Yeats, William Blake, and Alfred Lord Tennyson. McKennitt's music has been heard on the soundtracks of numerous plays and films. In 1989, she was commissioned by the National Film Board of Canada to compose the music for a film series, Woman and Spirituality. Her subsequent commissions include such films as Jade, Highlander III, and Disney's the Santa Clause, as well as TV shows including Northern Exposure, Due South, and EZ Streets.

In 1998, McKennitt scored her biggest hit with "The Mummers' Dance." She became a hit in America, allowing The Book of Secrets to sell more than four million copies. Sadly, her world crumbled that July when her fiance, Ronald Rees, died while on a sailing trip with his brother and a family friend in Georgian Bay. Everything immediately stopped in order for McKennitt to grieve. Rumors of her retirement also circulated. At the time of her fiance's death, McKennitt was mixing a new album, Live in Paris and Toronto, at Peter Gabriel's Real World studios. Recorded in Salle Pleyel in Paris and Massey Hall in Toronto during spring 1998, the album was released in 1999. All profits from the album have gone to the Cook-Rees Memorial Fund, which McKennitt set up to finance water safety initiatives and education across Canada.

During the new millennium, McKennitt allowed herself some healing time. She didn't disappear from music altogether, however, and worked with a number of local and national charities. Her Spanish version of "Dante's Prayer" was featured in the Canadian/Venezuelan feature film A House with a View of the Sea in 2001. In 2002 she headlined a concert in Winnipeg for Queen Elizabeth and, in 2003, received the Order of Canada. Two years later, McKennitt began work on her seventh studio album, Ancient Muse, which was released in 2006. Nights from the Alhambra, a live CD/DVD, arrived in 2007, followed by Midwinter Night's Dream, a collection of holiday music that included 1995's Winter Garden EP in its entirety, along with eight new recordings. A Mediterranean Odyssey was released in 2009; the two-disc set included Olive and the Cedar, an 11-song compilation of some of her best-loved Mediterranean pieces, along with From Istanbul to Athens, which was recorded live on her 2009 Mediterranean tour.

- Craig Harris (All Music Guide)

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Born 1957 in Morden, Manitoba. The musical career of Loreena McKennitt came to a tragic end when her fiance, Ronald Rees, died while on a sailing trip with his brother and a family friend in Georgian Bay in July 1998. Although she was one of contemporary folk music's most successful artists, having sold more than four million copies of her 1998 album, The Book of Secrets, she claimed her hiatus from music was permanent. As she told one interviewer, her songs remained tied to memories of her loss.

The daughter of a nurse mother and a livestock trader father, McKennitt studied classical piano and vocal training and learned to dance in the Highland style as a youngster. Her love of traditional music was strengthened in the folk clubs of Winnipeg, which she frequented during the brief period she studied veterinarian science at the University of Manitoba. Relocating to Stratford, Toronto, she continued to sharpen her skills as a composer and performer. In 1981, she auditioned for a role in the city's Shakespearean theater. Although she did not get the role, she remained inspired. After reading Diane Sward Rapaport's book How to Make and Sell Your Own Record, she formed her own label, Quinlan Road. After releasing two albums; a nine-song cassette, Elemental, in 1985; and a collection of Christmas tunes, To Drive the Cold Winter Away, in 1987, she had her first breakthrough with her 1989 album, Parallel Dreams. Distributed through a network of small, independent distributors, the album sold more than 40 thousand copies within four months. Its success was surpassed by McKennitt's fourth album, The Visit. Distributed by Warner Canada, the album sold more than 700 thousand copies and received a Juno (Canada's equivalent of the Grammy) award.

While her albums have featured soothing, ultra-melodic, arrangements, McKennitt's lyrics have reflected her interests in the poetry of W.B. Yeats, William Blake, and Alfred Lord Tennyson. Her unique musical approach was addressed by her lighting director, Tracey Ploss, who explained, "When you get used to pop artists, the songs are mainly verse-chorus-verse-chorus-solo. With McKennitt, it's prologue-bridge-verse. You've got all these segues at different parts of the song."

McKennitt's music has been heard on the soundtracks of numerous plays and films. In 1989, she was commissioned by the National Film Board of Canada to compose the music for a film series, Woman and Spirituality. Her subsequent commissions include such films as Jade, Highlander III, Disney's the Santa Clause, and TV shows, including Northern Exposure, Due South, and EZ Streets.

At the time of her fiance's death, McKennitt was mixing a new album, Live in Paris and Toronto, at Peter Gabriel's Real World studios. Recorded in Salle Pleyel in Paris and Massey Hall in Toronto during the Spring of 1998, the album was released in 1999. All profits from the album have gone to the Cook-Rees Memorial Fund, which McKennitt set up to finance water safety and recovery equipment for the Ontario Provincial police.


Ресурсы сети, связанные с исполнителем:
www.xs4all.nl/~josvg/cits/lm/lm-all.html Loreena McKennitt. /lyrics/
www.quinlanroad.com/non_flash.html Official website by Loreena McKennitt. News. Bio. Discography. Tour. Lyrics. Links
www.xs4all.nl/~josvg/cits/loreena.html UnOfficial website by Loreena McKennitt. Bio. Discography with lyrics
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loreena_McKennitt About from 'wikipedia'
ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Маккеннитт,_Лорина О исполнителе из 'википедии' [ru]
en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loreena_McKennitt About from 'wapedia.mobi' [mobile]
ru.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Маккеннитт,_Лорина О исполнителе из 'мобильной википедии' [mobile] [ru]
   
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CD коллекции, связанные с исполнителем:
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 Loreena McKennitt - 'Elemental & A Winter Garden' - Road, Quinlan
 Loreena McKennitt - 'Parallel Dreams' - 1989, Quinlan Road
 Loreena McKennitt - 'The Book Of Secrets' - 1997, Warner Bros.
 Loreena McKennitt - 'The Mask And Mirror' - 1994, Warner Bros.
 Loreena McKennitt - 'The Visit' - 1992, Warner Bros.
 Loreena McKennitt - 'To Drive The Cold Winter Away' - 1987, Quinlan Road, M&A Group, Landy Star
 


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