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Winter Dreams for Christmas

R. Carlos Nakai, William EatonAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 23, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Canyon Records
  • ASIN: B000001387
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,463 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Saw Three Ships
2. What Child Is This/Greensleeves
3. Angels We Have Heard On High
4. We Three Kings
5. Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming
6. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
7. The First Noel
8. Coventry Carol
9. The First Snowfall
10. Silent Night (With Navajo Chorale)

Editorial Reviews

Review

Winter Dreams is a bona fide new age Christmas classic, an instrumental masterpiece that combines R. Carlos Nakai's haunting Native American flute with William Eaton's guitar, lyre, and harp guitar. Created in 1990, this timeless recording excels on every level.

This is exquisite mood music, a rich palette of calming colors and textured aural tapestries. The flute and guitar are well matched. The Native American flute can sound somewhat stark and lonely on its own; the acoustic strings provide a warm foundation and beautiful balance. Nakai is world-famous for his mastery of the cedar flute, which comes to life in his capable hands. Interestingly, Nakai began his musical career as a trumpeter (my instrument of choice many moons ago), but a car accident destroyed his embouchure, and this led to his fabulously successful flute career. It's funny how life (and fate) can steer us in radically different directions for unexpected reasons.

Winter Dreams covers nine ancient carols and one Eaton/Nakai original, The First Snowfall, a flowing and evocative piece that will have those early flakes blowing through your consciousness. On the closing cut, Silent Night, the Navajo Chorale provides faraway harmonies that suggest a dreamlike state. It is an appropriate finale to an elegantly-crafted album.

R. Carlos Nakai and William Eaton make the familiar become brand spankin' new all over again. The innovative arrangements and artful execution on Winter Dreams are guaranteed to make visions of sugar plums dance in your head!

--Carol Swanson
(Reviewed in 2007)

More From the liner notes:

As a Dine (Navajo), R. Carlos Nakai's world has two seasons. Summer is the explosive recreation of the natural world balanced by the quiet of the winter season. This is the time to reassess personal experiences in the journey of life and to respect all that has been created for survival and enjoyment by the Yei, Coyote and the First People.

So, too, in the Christian celebration of the birth of Christ, the darkest time of the year is the time of introspection, of renewal of hope and faith, of thanksgiving for the gifts of love.

In this spirit, R. Carlos Nakai and guitarist William Eaton arranged these beautiful Christmas songs from Europe. It is as if these melodies carried themselves from the Old World across the New... to the southwestern deserts where the wind and solitude imbued them with a new enchantment...

It is the dream of R. Carlos Nakai and William Eaton that the peace and goodwill expressed in these timeless melodies lives throughout the year for people of all cultures and faiths.

From the Website:

Of Navajo-Ute heritage, R. Carlos Nakai is the world's premier performer of the Native American flute. Originally trained in classical trumpet and music theory, Nakai was given a traditional cedar wood flute as a gift and challenged to see what he could do with it.

Since 1983, he has released over 35 albums on the Canyon label. In addition to his solo appearances throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan, Nakai has worked with guitarist William Eaton, flutist Paul Horn, composers James DeMars and Phillip Glass and various symphony orchestras. --By Carol Swanson - ChristmasReviews website

Product Description

The world's favorite Christmas melodies in new arrangements for the cedar flute and Eaton's guitars. Ten carols including, What Child Is This?/Greensleeves, I Saw Three Ships, Angels We Have Heard On High, and Silent Night (with Navajo chorale).

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, contemplative music for the Christmas season November 11, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I found out about this CD in a recent catalogue that I received in the mail. I am a longtime fan of R. Carlos Nakai and was thrilled to see that he had released a CD of traditional Christmas carols reinterpreted for cedar flute and guitar.
Some of the songs are more improvisational than others and may not be to everyone's taste if you're expecting a more traditional collection of holiday songs and carols, but all are strikingly beautiful and reflective with a recognizable melody. I love the Navajo chorus on "Silent Night"--it's worth buying the CD just for this inspiring new version of a beloved song.
The album evokes the some of the same sense of wonder and contemplation as Loreena McKennitt's Christmas album "To Drive the Cold Winter Away." Hearing the Native American cedar flute carrying the melody and accompaniment was a very pleasant surprise. The cedar flute is hauntingly beautiful and mysterious, much like the holiday season itself.
I am not familiar with William Eaton, but his guitar playing is superb, gentle and radiant, shimmering like the lights on a Christmas tree. It is a perfect compliment to the flutework of R. Carlos Nakai.
"Winter Dreams" is among my most cherished Christmas albums but it is appropriate year-round as it is a deeply spiritual and beautiful CD. It captures the magic of the first snowfall, the winter silence and crisp air, peace and comfort. Buy this for yourself if you seek a little wonder, contemplation, and peace in your holiday season. Happy Holidays.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional interpretations of beautiful Christmas music. December 16, 1998
Format:Audio CD
The hauntingly beautiful cedar flute of R.Carlos Nakai comes alive in each selection. Interwoven accompaniment by William Eaton enriches the Christmas selections and Winter Dreams carries you away, to another place and another time, filled with beauty, ecstacy and simplicity. The presentation of Silent Night is breathtaking!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful December 8, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is my favorite Holiday music by far. Carlos Nakai demonstrates his genius with wonderful adaptations of Christmas classics. I've been a fan of Nakai/Eaton for a long time and this is their best effort yet. Absolutely beautiful. Buy this one!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic interpertations of the holiday season... December 9, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I received this wonderful cd over 10 years ago as a Christmas

gift at work and its been part of my Christmas music for the end of the year

holidays. Beautiful, haunting music created by Carlos Nakai and

William Eaton with the theme of introspection and renewal at

its core. Something about this music, I guess the southwestern

desert landscapes and the open space created in the music just

make this a classic. Timeless melodies and familar songs created

by master musicans featuring flute, guitar, lyre and harp guitar. Unforgettable.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful! December 13, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the most exquisite collections of Christmas music I have ever heard. It will take you on a magical, winter-y, spiritual journey.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Selection December 21, 2005
Format:Audio CD
As a fan of the cedar flute and Native American music, I happened upon this gem whilst looking for an enjoyable Christmas CD that was relaxing and made me appreciate the songs again. What I love the most about this CD is, once again, R. Carlos Nakai's stunning ability to perform the music in such a way that takes familiar sounds and transforms them into something recognizable but very refreshing. This is definitely a CD to buy and because of the change of the sound, it will be appealing throughout the year. Definitely a great buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Christmas Standard June 8, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Canyon Records' recording of R. Carlos Nakai and William Eaton's Winter Classic has become a standard part of my Winter Solstice / Christmas holidays. This intercultural blending of Native American styles and Western Christian carols transcends sectarianism for universal peace. Highly recommended for all!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heavenly February 29, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I have owned this CD for years. I still buy it as a gift for friends. It remains one of my all time Christmas favorites. The music is hauntingly beautiful. It melts away the stress that sometimes comes along with the season and helps me remember what the season is all about. Treat yourself and your music loving friends to this great CD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!
I am a fan of Carlos Nakai and I think everything he does is wonderful. If you love native american flute you will love this album. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Chris Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas Music Staple at My House
I bought this CD years ago ... it was my introduction to Carlos Nakai and William Eaton. All the other reviewers have said it already but I will echo that this is hauntingly... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Rick Langdon
5.0 out of 5 stars Right up there with Windom Hill for relaxation and Christmas Dreaming
If you like Windom Hill for a mix of relaxation and dreaming...then you will love this CD. I've got three or four of his flute CD's and I love every one of them. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Daryl L. Mccutchen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Beautiful, peaceful, and hopeful! I love his unique versions of classic songs. Listening to "The First Snowfall", I feel like I'm outside in new fallen snow.
Published 20 months ago by Chris A. Reed
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gift
Excellent CD. I have given to friends as a gift many many times over!
Published on December 12, 2009 by Peggy C. Judd
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Christmas CD of All Time
I have owned this CD for several years and it remains my favorite. The Native American cedar flute of Nakai and guitar of Eaton blend beautifully in their peaceful, hauntingly... Read more
Published on December 7, 2009 by Deta Lasley
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice!
One of my all time favorite CD's! The music is soothing and I've played it for my students as they work.
Published on November 30, 2008 by Bear's Wife
5.0 out of 5 stars Winter Dreams by Carlos Nakai
This is one of the most beautiful Christmas CD's ever produced. Although an obscure artist Carlos Nakai always creates an enchanting dreamlike environment for his listeners.
Published on January 6, 2008 by P. Smith
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
I recently discovered Nakai and Eaton, and I enjoy their music greatly, but they are much better at doing their own compositions and improvisations than trying to cover standard... Read more
Published on December 19, 2007 by R. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb CD.
I bought this CD a number of years ago to add to my Christmas music collection. It immediately became my favorite. Read more
Published on December 9, 2007 by Darrel Drumm
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