Cirque du Soleil: Varekai

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Since it began in 1984, Cirque du Soleil's unique fusion of theatrical arts elements has enraptured more than 33 million spectators on four continents, with the show Varekai representing the 14th live production. Composed by Violane Corradi and produced by Natin Sawhney, this trippy, operatic, classical-new age flavored recording is the soundtrack to that show and invites the listener into the visual experience by way of musical diversity and wide emotional landscapes. "Rain One" is a bit on the avant garde side, mixing vocal samples, exotic female whispers, and rain soundscapes with Eastern music textures. "Le Reveur" blends soaring foreign voices with an ominous wall ...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Since it began in 1984, Cirque du Soleil's unique fusion of theatrical arts elements has enraptured more than 33 million spectators on four continents, with the show Varekai representing the 14th live production. Composed by Violane Corradi and produced by Natin Sawhney, this trippy, operatic, classical-new age flavored recording is the soundtrack to that show and invites the listener into the visual experience by way of musical diversity and wide emotional landscapes. "Rain One" is a bit on the avant garde side, mixing vocal samples, exotic female whispers, and rain soundscapes with Eastern music textures. "Le Reveur" blends soaring foreign voices with an ominous wall of electronic sounds and groove. "Vocea" mixes this same type of percussive foundation with a melancholy string section and a violin solo. Overall, it's a fascinating mélange of world music and electronica that takes more than one listen to fully appreciate.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/7/2003
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 743219392824
  • Catalog Number: 93928

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rain One (4:54)
  2. 2 Le Rêveur (7:06)
  3. 3 Vocea (5:00)
  4. 4 Moon Licht (6:21)
  5. 5 Patzivota (9:18)
  6. 6 El Péndulo (4:52)
  7. 7 Gitans (3:41)
  8. 8 Kèro Hiréyo (7:06)
  9. 9 Lubia Dobarstan (6:12)
  10. 10 Emballa (5:08)
  11. 11 Oscillum (4:35)
  12. 12 Funambul (2:43)
  13. 13 Resolution (2:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cirque du Soleil Primary Artist
Terry Callier Spoken Word
Natacha Atlas Vocals
Didier Malherbe Flute, Bansuri, Duduk
Deryn Edwards Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal)
English Chamber Orchestra Strings
Martin Humbey Viola
Stephen Hussey Choir Conductor
Ron Murray Violin
Nitin Sawhney Keyboards
Steve Shehan Percussion, Castanets, Chimes, Conga, Cymbals, Drums, Gong, Triangle, Bells, Balafon, Darbouka, Caxixi, Djembe, Shaker, talking drum, Clay Pot, Angklung, Floor Tom, Tambor, Afuche, Resonator, Sagat
Benjamin Buckton Violin
Clare Finnimore Viola
London Voices Vocals
Lionel Handy Cello
James Edwards Tenor (Vocal)
Wayne Hankin Jew's Harp, Vocals
Jake Rea Violin
Stephen Williams Double Bass
Sarah Eyden Soprano (Vocal)
Rosalind Waters Soprano (Vocal)
Violaine Corradi Music Box
Rafik Samman Vocals
Chandru Violin, Soloist
Tina Grace Vocals, Background Vocals, Spoken Word
Fiona McNaught Violin
Igor Outkine Accordion
Josephine Knight Cello
Zara Tellander Vocals
Gerard O'Beirne Tenor (Vocal)
Mark Williams Bass
Technical Credits
Stephen Hussey Choir Arrangement, String Conductor, String Score, Strings Orchestrator
Nitin Sawhney Arranger, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes, String Arrangements, Mastering, Choir Arrangement
Steve Shehan Sound Effects, Contributor
Bruno Guez Music Direction
David McEwan Programming, Engineer
Carol Ryan Executive Producer
Taraf de Haïdouks Arranger
Violaine Corradi Author, String Arrangements
George Seara Engineer
Dominic Champagne Author
Dean Barratt Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    IT's The Best !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ^-^

    The dvd is great and I really love all of the songs. I think its the best show they have ever made. They are really good at what they do you can always see that when they perform on stage. I think they alaways do there best and there really great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The music on the DVD is better, more moving than the CD

    The CD could have had the same music from the DVD and I would have liked it so much more. I love watching Cirque du Soleil, it's amazing what they can do! I almost got to a show in Florida, but the closest I got was to the Cirque store, so I bought Varekai to watch at home anytime. It's wonderful! I especially like the Georgian dance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    NOT a soundtrack

    This is NOT a soundtrack to the show offering of the same name. Some of the music is similar but the songs are truncated in some areas and run on in others without hitting the crescendos that made them interesting during the show. I would have much preferred a CD that was just lifted from the DVD and thought I was purchasing such a thing when the description stated "soundtrack".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Selectively Deep

    I love this soo much, its such an incredible experience listening to it. Since seeing the show on bravo i have loved it and now i love it even more. incredible, buy it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    LOVE IT!

    This is a powerful album. Very moving.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    cirque has done it again

    This is a must have to complete your cirque collection! The songs are different, yet they have that cirque touch. It is so good after you hear you want to see the show. The music is middle eastern, african, and european. It is just a perfect album. Composer Violaine Corradiis at her best.If you don't have it get it. Some songs are a bit similar but they still great. I can't say how good it is.

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