R. Carlos Nakai has become more than a leading Native American musician; these days he's virtually a brand name. And this time around, he's especially ambitious, for Fourth World is nothing less than a symphony, backed by virtually a full orchestra, while his native flute soars like an eagle over the sound, an oasis of beauty and calm. But serenity has always been a hallmark of his music -- here it's simply offered in a slightly different setting, one that works magnificently, its grandeur muted, more like a pillow of sound for the flute. Throughout Nakai's work there's been a peacefulness, a serenity, and while his music is first and foremost Native American, he possesses all the qualities of a first-rate new age artist, as on the restful "Meditations on Dinetah." This work is evidence of how much he continues to grow as an artist. The calm center remains, but he keeps doing more and more with his music and the richness of sounds here offers the perfect opportunity for meditation.
Performance CreditsR. Carlos Nakai Primary Artist,Native American Flute
Nathaniel & Fleeta Mitchell French Horn
Kerry Campbell Cello
Jeffrey Norman Viola
Min Jung Park Violin
Dana Pasley Violin
Will Clipman Percussion
Jim Apperson Violin,Concert Master
Ian Ginsburg Cello
Sandra Guy Zimmerman Violin
Sidney Williams Viola
Fred Forney Trumpet
Canyon Symphony Performing Ensemble
Eric Palmer Cello
Jocke Ericson French Horn
Robert Moody Conductor
Technical CreditsPeter Kater Composer
Billy Williams Arranger,Producer
Robert Doyle Producer,Executive Producer
Jack Miller Producer,Engineer
Stephen Butler Executive Producer
Jeffrey Nagy Art Direction
Jack Miller Engineer
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Fourth World based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Unfortunately, I bought this cd. I am a fan of every other Nakai cd. I own most and have listened to all. This one has Nakai and symphony doing what sounds like "show tunes and soundtracks" for tv programs. If your looking for the Nakai you are used to, don't bother with this one. He almost carries this cd but poor scores and a trumpet that overpowers him and everything else kills the mood.Nakai's quality is excellent, as usual. it's to bad this cd wasn't solo.
A dramatic contrast between the beautiful strings of the violins and the mournful flute of Nakai. Listen to the "Shaman" clip, before you pass this up. It will tug at your heart.