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Quidam
     

Quidam

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by Cirque du Soleil
 

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Cirque Du Soleil decided to try something completely new on this album. The experiment worked, but the resulting piece of music is very different from any other album in the renowned company's discography. Instead of hiring one or two lead female singers, the production team went with a male baritone (Richard Price,

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Cirque Du Soleil decided to try something completely new on this album. The experiment worked, but the resulting piece of music is very different from any other album in the renowned company's discography. Instead of hiring one or two lead female singers, the production team went with a male baritone (Richard Price, Craig Jennings) and a child soprano (Amelie Landry). Some songs are duets, some are solo, and some are performed with the backing vocals of an entire choir. On certain tracks, most notably "Atmadja," the piping, sweet voice of the young female soloist is surreal and spooky in classic Cirque fashion. However, overall the vocals do not have the exotic, wild tone of Mystere or Alegria. A pre-pubescent singer could never claim the versatility and range of a Francine Poitras type, and, as a result, composer Benoit Jutras seems to have settled upon a more sweet, ethereal tone for the lead vocals, leaving any dramatic effects up to the male soloist or the backing choir. Interestingly, Jutras also brings some pop sensibilities into play at rather unpredictable times: "Let Me Fall" is closer to a pop ballad than anything Cirque has ever released. When the instruments dominate, there is a markedly more dramatic tone to the music -- but eventually they hush and drop to the background, leaving the air uncluttered but for one angelic voice.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/14/1997
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0090266860128
catalogNumber:
68601

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cirque du Soleil   Primary Artist
Claude Arsanault   Bass
Jean-Marie Benoît   Banjo,Classical Guitar
Christopher Best   Cello
Pierre Hébert   Drums
Daniel Hubert   Double Bass
Carl Marsh   Conductor,Keyboards,fairlight
Lorraine Desmarais   Viola
Jean-Pierre Zanella   Soprano Saxophone
Pascale Beaulieu   Soprano (Vocal)
Marie-Andrée Benny   Flute
Vincent Bernard   Cello
Luc Boivin   Washboard
Ingried Boussaroque   Alto (Vocal)
Audrey Brisson-Jutras   Vocals
Patrick Doane   Tenor (Vocal)
Philippe Dunningan   Violin
Annie Gadbois   Cello
Pascale Giguère   Violin
Éric Jasmin   Bass (Vocal)
Francine Lupien   Viola
Éric Parizeault   Bass (Vocal)
Julien Patenaude   Bass (Vocal)
Marianne Patenaude   Soprano (Vocal)
Rachel Patenaude   Soprano (Vocal)
Véronique Potvin   Viola
Julien Proulx   Tenor (Vocal)
Christian Prévôt   Violin
Pierre Côté   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Andy Czerny   Accordion
Andréé-Anne Doane   Alto (Vocal)
Marcelle Mallette   Violin
Mélanie Bélair   Violin
Sébastien Doane   Bass (Vocal)
Marianne Dugal   Violin
Régine Chassagne   Soprano (Vocal)
Carla Antoun   Cello
Solange Bouchard   Violin
Marc Denis   Double Bass
Jean Michon   Double Bass

Technical Credits

Carl Marsh   Arranger,Producer,Orchestration
Daniel Aumais   Executive Producer
Rob Heaney   Engineer
Hélène Dufresne   Executive Producer
Benoit Jutras   Arranger,Programming,Orchestration
Xavier Marchand   Programming
André Waquant   Director,Producer,Writer
Carol Ryan   Contributor,Assistant Executive Producer
Isabelle Cliche   Engineer
Lei Qiang   Contributor

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Quidam 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We saw this show on Bravo and loved the music so much we had to get this CD. Pure Cirque. Enjoyable listening! A must have!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very emotionally stimulating, fascinating! Next best to Quidam live!! A unique and irreplaceable addition to any music collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Quidam is perhaps my favorite Cirque album. I have seen several live performances (Alegria, Quidam, and La Nouba) and have viewed the rest on tape. The music in Quidam stands out among the rest as a brilliant amalgamtion of vocals and instrumentals. This is Cirque at its best!