Cirque du Soleil: Dralion

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Barnes & Noble - Carol Wright
According to the Cirque du Soleil calendar, 1999 is the year of the DRALION, a fusion of Cirque's avant-garde showmanship and the ancient Chinese acrobatic tradition. This colorful production celebrates the four natural elements -- air, fire, water, and earth -- each sporting its own color scheme. This sweeping soundtrack easily stimulates the imagination to conjure visions of flying acrobatics, swirling fabric, mysterious clowns, contortionists, breathtaking juggling, and spectacular lighting. Though Chinese performers are featured, the music is flavored with the intriguing sonic riches of Bali, the Middle East, Spain, Ireland, and Africa. Composer Violaine Corradi's ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Carol Wright
According to the Cirque du Soleil calendar, 1999 is the year of the DRALION, a fusion of Cirque's avant-garde showmanship and the ancient Chinese acrobatic tradition. This colorful production celebrates the four natural elements -- air, fire, water, and earth -- each sporting its own color scheme. This sweeping soundtrack easily stimulates the imagination to conjure visions of flying acrobatics, swirling fabric, mysterious clowns, contortionists, breathtaking juggling, and spectacular lighting. Though Chinese performers are featured, the music is flavored with the intriguing sonic riches of Bali, the Middle East, Spain, Ireland, and Africa. Composer Violaine Corradi's music is suffused with electronic sounds, but the album also features live vocalists (singing mostly in Italian) as well as guitars, banjo, oud, accordion, horns, string orchestra, and Chinese instruments. If you've already seen the show, DRALION will help you relive the experience. If you haven't, the music will still transport you to a wondrous new world.
All Music Guide - Steve Huey
The compositions on Dralion draw not only from classical and new age sources, but also from various world beat idioms, including Indian music, African dances, and Eastern European folk music. It's another typically eclectic and inventive Cirque du Soleil project, and intriguing in the ways it finds commonalties between the disparate approaches of Western music and the other sources from which it draws.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/9/1999
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 090266355945
  • Catalog Number: 63559

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stella Errans (4:35)
  2. 2 Ombra (5:57)
  3. 3 Spiritual Spiral (4:14)
  4. 4 Miracula Æternitatis (5:17)
  5. 5 Bamboo (1:26)
  6. 6 Ballare (5:42)
  7. 7 Ravendhi (4:39)
  8. 8 Ninkou Latora (5:14)
  9. 9 Aborigenes Jam (3:08)
  10. 10 Hinkò (5:49)
  11. 11 Kamandé (4:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cirque du Soleil Primary Artist
Brian Bacon Viola
Normand Forget Oboe D'amore
Sylvain Drums, Keyboards, Clavier, Electronic Drums
Stéphane Allard Violin
Florence Mallette Violin
Jean René Viola
Marin Nasturica Accordion
Violaine Corradi Keyboards, Sampling
Erik Karol Vocals
James Darling Cello
Yvon Plouffe Percussion
Agnès Sohier Vocals
Pierre Pépin Double Bass
Rafik Samman Oud, Daff, Mandola, Riqq
Mohamed Raky Darbouka
Lionel Hamel Banjo, Guitar, Electric Sitar
Dominique Grand Bass, Double Bass, Synthesizer Bass, Palmas
Maxime St-Pierre Trumpet
Jocelyn Veilleux French Horn
Carole Bogenez Cello
Denys Derome French Horn
Nathalie Bonin Violin
Jean Marc Leblanc Violin
Alain Quirion Drums
Technical Credits
Andy VanDette Mastering
Guy Laliberté Contributor
Thérèse Mondor Art Direction
Peter Wagg Executive Producer
Violaine Corradi Arranger, translation, Musical Director, Percussion Programming
Lionel Hamel Engineering
Dominique Grand Arranger, Producer, Engineer
François Barbeau Costume Design
Dominique Grand Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Little Weird

    Inspired by how much I love Alegria I bought Dralion and was initially very disappointed. It's not as uplifting or catchy. I've persisted in playing it and it is growing on me, but will never top Alegria.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Really great stuff!

    I recently saw "Dralion" in person, live and in the front row. It was my first exposure to Cirque du Soleil, and the only word I can think of to describe it is unforgettable. It is an amazing experience, one that you can't really understand until you see it live and in person for yourself. Part of what made it so special was the music. Normally I am not a fan of this type of music, but the live music I heard at the show totally changed my mind. Cirque Du Soleil provides their own band, and two absolutely amazing singers at each show. And these of course are the artists featured on the CD. It's a fantastic array of new sounds from all over the world, and even if you're not a fan of World Music now, if you listen to this stuff you just might become one. Highly reccomended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Stunning Musical Experience

    As in years past, Cirque Du Soleil comes up with a beautiful array of music for their shows. The selections take inspiration from around the globe, including African Tribal music and Italian love songs. The artwork is outstanding, and if you get a chance to see this show in person - Go! All in all a well done music collection with something for every taste.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Masterpiece!!!

    So much raw emotion!!! It speaks to my soul!!! I listen atleast once a day, especially tracks 1,2,4,6, and 8. Absolutely breathtaking !!!!

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