Cirque du Soleil: La Nouba

Cirque du Soleil: La Nouba

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LA NOUBA -- the party -- is the soundtrack for the Disney World show by the surrealistic circus troupe Cirque du Soleil. No dancing elephants or yards of sequined fabric for this group; they have one foot firmly planted in 19th-century European acrobatics, another foot in the hipness of the streets, and a third foot in fantasyland.…  See more details below

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LA NOUBA -- the party -- is the soundtrack for the Disney World show by the surrealistic circus troupe Cirque du Soleil. No dancing elephants or yards of sequined fabric for this group; they have one foot firmly planted in 19th-century European acrobatics, another foot in the hipness of the streets, and a third foot in fantasyland. The colorful liner notes offer stunning images of the troupe's stylized costumes, makeup, and poses. Unfortunately, the notes don't recount the narrative of the show, but the music practically dances from the speakers regardless. The angelic grace of Dessy Di Lauro's vocalise in "Liama" seems to float and stretch, while the gutsy horns and staccato rhythm section of "Queens" bring acrobats tumbling forth from the speakers. "Urban" features the harsh electronic and mechanical sounds of the city and then shifts to a cadence that is the essence of cool. The music box quality that starts off "A La Luna" turns into a grotesque parody of circus music, which then becomes a mysterious accordion-driven chanson from the decadent Left Bank. Benoit Jutras is the composer and bandleader of this innovative and stylish production.

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Cirque Du Soleil's La Nouba combines the lively, expressive feel of the circus with modern, new age-inspired rhythms and arrangements. Composer Benoit Jutras fuses angelic vocals and electronics with traditional instruments like trumpet, guitar, violin, and saxophone for a timeless and slightly surreal result.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/29/1999
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0090266350223
catalogNumber:
63502

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cirque du Soleil   Primary Artist
Guy Belanger   Harmonica,Harp
Andy Czerny   Accordion
Benoit Glazer   Trumpet,Keyboards,Bandleader
Clifford Schwartz   Guitar
Alain Bradette   Keyboards,Saxophone

Technical Credits

Pierre Bazinet   Digital Editing
Guy Charbonneau   Engineer,Engineering
Glenn Meadows   Mastering
Charlie Bouis   Engineer
Rob Heaney   Producer,Engineer
Franco Dragone   Director
Benoit Jutras   Arranger,Producer,Orchestration
Rolly Anctil   Engineer,Digital Editing
Peter Wagg   Executive Producer
Ted Barela   Stage Technician
Ghyslain Luc Lavigne   Digital Editing
Benoit Glazer   Programming
Pierre Messier   Digital Editing
Denis Normandeau   Engineer,Digital Editing

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Cirque du Soleil: La Nouba 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First off, if you have not yet experienced Cirque du Soleil go out and do so as soon as possible. The music cannot fully be appreciated without having seen the show. The music for La Nouba is a slightly creepy parody of classic circus music...with industrial sounding elements thrown in. There are two singers. A woman with lower more raspy vocals, and a man with the voice of a young boy in an angelic boy chorus. I prefer the songs in which the man sings, mostly beacause he captures the original feel of La Nouba. His voice is stunning and sad. Incredible. When listening to the music, one recals the crying clowns and flipping acrobats of this truly spectacular spectacle. There are a few songs I skip over that are a bit too techno for my taste however. For anyone who has seen the show and heard the soundtrack, are you like me in that everytime you hear the end of the song "Queens," you can see the Trapize jumps when the mans voice crescendos??? I can recal so perfectly that one leap the trapize artist made every time the music does just that.