This is the twelfth song from Secret Gardens album Songs From a Secret Garden, from 1995.
“Here the ‘Italian emotions’ are awakened. Sentimentality under the Italian moonlight. Feelings are sometimes suppressed and we are afraid to show them. I am very fascinated by the old black and white silent movies because the actors could only show emotions, no dialogue. I could envision a movie like that when Cantoluna was written. The title itself is a very free construction of words made of canto, which means song in Italian, and luna, which means moon. On the recording we used the mandolin and the clarinet to let the romantic, Italian feeling through. People often ask what kind of music Secret Garden is. Is it classical, Norwegian, or Irish traditional music, world music or new age? I dont know. I only know that the music comes straight from the heart, and contains elements of all of this. Some even say that it sounds like film music because its so visual. That opinion is the closest I come to a classification, because I often see a story when I write music. Maybe it could be called music to a film never shown?” -Rolf Lovland