A Midwinter Night's Dream

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A Midwinter Night's Dream
Studio album by Loreena McKennitt
Released October 28, 2008
Recorded 1995, June 15-25, 2008
Genre Folk, World music
Length 54:29
Label Quinlan Road, Universal
Producer Loreena McKennitt
Loreena McKennitt chronology
Nights from the Alhambra
(2007)Nights from the Alhambra2007
A Midwinter Night’s Dream
A Mediterranean Odyssey
(2009)A Mediterranean Odyssey2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
About.com 4.5/5 stars link

A Midwinter Night's Dream is the eighth studio album by the Canadian singer, songwriter, accordionist, harpist, and pianist Loreena McKennitt, released on October 28, 2008.[1]


The album is an extended version of A Winter Garden: Five Songs for the Season (1995). 8 new tracks (recorded at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios during spring 2008) were added to the original 5 songs of the 1995 EP.

A Midwinter Night’s Dream takes the place of A Winter Garden, which has been deleted from the Quinlan Road catalogue.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Holly & The Ivy" (traditional, music by McKennitt)  – 4:49
  2. "Bring A Torch, Jeanette, Isabella" (traditional)  – 3:06
  3. "The Seven Rejoices Of Mary" (traditional)  – 4:34
  4. "Noël Nouvelet! (Now The Green Blade Rises)" (traditional)  – 5:11
  5. "Good King Wenceslas" (John Mason Neale)  – 3:16
  6. "The Coventry Carol" (traditional, music arranged & adapted by McKennitt)  – 2:18
  7. "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" (Abdelli version) (traditional, music arranged and adapted by McKennitt) – 7:19
  8. "Snow" (lyrics by Archibald Lampman, music by McKennitt)  – 5:05
  9. "Breton Carol" (traditional)  – 3:30
  10. "Seeds Of Love" (traditional, music by McKennitt)  – 4:54
  11. "Gloucestershire Wassail" (traditional)  – 2:39
  12. "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" (traditional)  – 4:55
  13. "In The Bleak Midwinter" (Gustav Holst)  – 2:43 [3]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
Italian Albums Chart 46
Germany Albums Chart 27[4]
Spain Albums Chart 38[5]
Belgium Albums Chart 42[6]
France Albums Chart 57[7]
Swiss Albums Chart 63[8]
Austria Albums Chart 75[9]
Dutch Albums Chart 77[10]
Canadian Albums Chart 12[11]
US Billboard 200 140[11]
US World Albums 1[12]
US Holiday Albums 16[12]