Iris

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
It's the iris of a camera that Cirque du Soleil has in mind in the title of a show staged at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles (where they hold the Academy Awards) and devoted to the movies. Appropriately, the organization has gone out and hired a prominent film composer to write the show's score, and it's hard to imagine a more complementary one than Danny Elfman, who is known for his zany, manic work for the visually imaginative and somewhat arch director Tim Burton. Given the Hollywood theme, it's no surprise that this is one of the less exotic scores done for a Cirque presentation; Elfman does lean toward the exotic slightly on "Snake Women," in a nod to cinema's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
It's the iris of a camera that Cirque du Soleil has in mind in the title of a show staged at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles (where they hold the Academy Awards) and devoted to the movies. Appropriately, the organization has gone out and hired a prominent film composer to write the show's score, and it's hard to imagine a more complementary one than Danny Elfman, who is known for his zany, manic work for the visually imaginative and somewhat arch director Tim Burton. Given the Hollywood theme, it's no surprise that this is one of the less exotic scores done for a Cirque presentation; Elfman does lean toward the exotic slightly on "Snake Women," in a nod to cinema's more adventurous aspects, but this is far from world music. The show has a "history of the movies" theme that allows the composer to provide his versions of the kind of Keystone Kops comedy of the early silents, notably in the fast-paced "Kinki Film" cue. Elfman also dips into the big-band swing style of braying horns and pounding percussion here and there, including in "Buster's Big Opening" and "Movie Studio." But both of those cues are extended suites that feature several different sections so that, just as in a film score, Elfman is accompanying quickly changing visual action. Late in the show, the story has moved on into the 1930s and '40s with "Film Noir/Pursuit," and the music has mysterious and late-night jazzy elements, followed by "Rooftops," which provides identifiable chase rhythms. This is thus an unusual score for Cirque as the organization continues to expand its horizons and partner with established artists, blending its identity and providing a new outlet for a composer who has made his mark in Hollywood and whose music listeners will recognize in this stage extravaganza.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/21/2011
  • Label: Cirque Du Soleil
  • UPC: 843277039515
  • Catalog Number: 100422
  • Sales rank: 16,882

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Buster's Big Opening (4:47)
  2. 2 The Twins (4:58)
  3. 3 Kiriki Film (1:29)
  4. 4 Kiriki (5:24)
  5. 5 Silent Movie (0:51)
  6. 6 Patterns (4:51)
  7. 7 Clown Special Effects (1:48)
  8. 8 Pellicule, Pts. 1 & 2 (6:23)
  9. 9 Snake Women (4:20)
  10. 10 Movie Studio (7:03)
  11. 11 The Broom (1:17)
  12. 12 Flying Scarlett (4:43)
  13. 13 Old Toys (0:45)
  14. 14 Film Noir/Persuit (3:34)
  15. 15 Rooftops (4:55)
  16. 16 Scarlett Balancing (5:09)
  17. 17 Iris Finale and Bows (4:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cirque du Soleil Primary Artist
Steve Kujala Flute
Bruce Dukov Violin
Walt Harrah Choir, Chorus
Richard Altenbach Violin
Phil Ayling Oboe
Rick Baptist Trumpet
Marissa Benedict Trumpet
Charlie Bisharat Violin
Jacqueline Brand Violin
Jodi Burnett Cello
Amick Byram Choir, Chorus
Randy Crenshaw Choir, Chorus
Brian Dembow Viola
Jeff Driskill Saxophone
Stephen Erdody Cello
Dan Fornero Trumpet
Alan Grunfeld Violin
Karen Harper Choir, Chorus
Dan Higgins Saxophone
Paula Hochhalter Cello
Greg Huckins Saxophone
Luana Jackman Choir, Chorus
Clydene Jackson Choir, Chorus
Alan Kaplan Trombone
Roland Kato Viola
Katie Kirkpatrick Harp
Warren Leuning Trumpet
Bill Liston Saxophone
Charles Loper Trombone
Edward Meares Bass
Joe Meyer French Horn
Bruce Morgenthaler Bass
Bobbi Page Choir, Chorus
Barry Perkins Trumpet
Carol Pool Violin
Barbara Porter Violin
Emil Radocchia Percussion
Sally Stevens Choir, Chorus
Doug Tornquist Tuba
Cecilia Tsan Cello
Josefina Vergara Violin
Brad Warnaar French Horn
Ron Wagner Percussion, Drums, Soloist
Roger Wilkie Violin
Elin Carlson Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Soloist
Daniel Kelley French Horn
Peter Limonick Timpani
Susie Stevens Logan Choir, Chorus
Drew Dembowski Bass
Susan Ranney Bass
Julie Rogers Violin
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
Bob Joyce Choir, Chorus
Natalie Leggett Violin
Gary Bovyer Clarinet
Christian Kollgaard Bass
Timothy Landauer Cello
Pete Anthony Conductor
Leslie Reed Oboe
Chris Bleth Saxophone
Darrin McCann Viola
Antony Cooke Cello
Amanda Zidow Cello, Soloist
Keith Greene Viola
Eve Butler Violin
Nathan Campbell French Horn
Rose Corrigan Bassoon
Trevor Handy Cello
Oscar Hidalgo Bass
Sarah Thornblade Violin
Ralph Williams Clarinet
Erika Duke Cello
Carolyn Riley Viola
Phillip Yao French Horn
Dave Walther Viola
Marina Manukian Violin
Alyssa Park Violin
Lorenz Gamma Violin
Cindy Bourquin Choir, Chorus
Jenny Kim French Horn
Andrew Duckles Viola
Becky Bunnell Violin
Joanna Bushnell Choir, Chorus
Debbie Hall Gleason Choir, Chorus
Eduardo Meneses Percussion, Soloist
Neel Hammond Violin
Diane Freiman Reynolds Choir, Chorus
Norman Large Choir, Chorus
Judith Farmer Bassoon
Tereza Stanislav Violin
Gerald White Choir, Chorus
Grace Oh Violin
Kathleen Sloan Violin
Alma Fernandez Viola
Robert Brophy Viola
Justin Hageman French Horn
Christine Guter Choir, Chorus
Nina Evtuhov Violin
Bob Zimmitti Percussion
Armen Ksajikian Cello
Dmitri Bovaird Viola
Maia Jasper Violin
Tiffany Yi Hu Violin
Alex Iles Trombone
Phillip Teele Trombone
Victoria Miskolczy Viola
Donna Medine Choir, Chorus
Paul Cohen Cello
Marc Sazer Violin
Steven Becknell French Horn
Luke Maurer Viola
Tamara Hatwan Violin
Lily Ho Chen Violin
Jon Lewis Trumpet
Heather Clark Flute
Karen Whipple Schnurr Choir, Chorus
Deborah N. Hurwitz Piano, Soloist
Kate Reid Choir, Chorus
Baraka May Williams Choir, Chorus
Seth Stachowski Clarinet, Saxophone, Soloist
Sandy Cameron Violin, Soloist
Michael Leiberman Viola, Soloist
Micah Schub Bass, Soloist
Jenny Levin Violin
Giovanna Clayton Cello
Technical Credits
Danny Elfman Composer, Producer
Steve Bartek Orchestration
Richard Kraft Representation
Dennis Sands Engineer
Laura Engel Representation
David Slonaker Arranger, Orchestration
Philippe Decoufle Director, Writer
Patricia Sullivan Fourstar Mastering
Edgardo Simone Orchestration
Alain Vinet Musical Director
Noah Snyder Engineer
Pierre Desmarais Art Direction
Chris P. Bacon Arranger
Jacques Méthé Executive Producer
Charles Joron Executive Producer
Greg Maloney Engineer
Stéphane Bergevin Executive Producer
Melissa Karaban Personal Assistant
Maria Masella Graphic Design
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