Fourth World

Fourth World

by R. Carlos Nakai


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/13/2002
Label: Canyon Records
UPC: 0729337704626
catalogNumber: 7046
Rank: 104126

Album Credits

Performance Credits

R. 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 Credits

Peter 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 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.