Quidam [Enhanced]

Quidam [Enhanced]

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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, Craig Jennings) and a child soprano (Amelie Landry).…  See more details below

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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 Alegría. 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. [This release includes enhanced content.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/14/2005
Label:
Cirque Du Soleil
UPC:
0874751000240
catalogNumber:
20010
Rank:
33950

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cirque du Soleil   Primary Artist
Claude Arsanault   Bass
Marc Bélanger   Violin
Jean-Marie Benoît   Banjo,Classical Guitar
Christopher Best   Cello
Pierre Hébert   Drums
Daniel Hubert   Double Bass
Carl Marsh   Conductor,Keyboards,fairlight,Choir Conductor
Lorraine Desmarais   Viola
Jean-Pierre Zanella   Soprano Saxophone
Pascale Beaulieu   Choir, Chorus,Soprano (Vocal)
Vincent Bernard   Cello
Luc Boivin   Washboard
Ingried Boussaroque   Choir, Chorus,Alto (Vocal)
Patrick Doane   Choir, Chorus,Tenor (Vocal)
Philippe Dunnigan   Violin
Annie Gadbois   Cello
Pascale Giguère   Violin
Éric Jasmin   Bass (Vocal),Choir, Chorus
Francine Lupien   Viola
Éric Parizeault   Bass (Vocal),Choir, Chorus
Julien Patenaude   Bass (Vocal),Choir, Chorus
Marianne Patenaude   Choir, Chorus,Soprano (Vocal)
Rachel Patenaude   Choir, Chorus,Soprano (Vocal)
Véronique Potvin   Viola
Julien Proulx   Choir, Chorus,Tenor (Vocal)
Christian Prévôt   Violin
Pierre Côté   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Andy Czerny   Accordion
Andréé-Anne Doane   Choir, Chorus,Alto (Vocal)
Marcelle Mallette   Violin
Lei Qiang   Erhu
Mélanie Bélair   Violin
Marc Lafarriere   Choir, Chorus,Alto (Vocal)
David Doane   Choir, Chorus,Tenor (Vocal)
Sébastien Doane   Bass (Vocal),Choir, Chorus
Marianne Dugal   Violin
Régine Chassagne   Choir, Chorus,Soprano (Vocal)
Carla Antoun   Cello
Solange Bouchard   Violin
Marc Denis   Double Bass
François Pilon   Violin
Jean Michon   Double Bass
Bernard Cormier   Violin
Claude Arseneault   Bass
François Goudreau   Viola
Audrey Brisson-Jutras   Vocals
Raphaelle Paquette   Soprano (Vocal)
Mariane Patenaude   Soprano (Vocal)
Marie Laferriere   Alto (Vocal)
Mathieu Lavoie   Vocals
Andre Anne Doane   Alto (Vocal)
Chantal Marcil   Cello
Patridck Doane   Tenor (Vocal)
Jean Rioux   Tenor (Vocal)
Karine Marois   Soprano (Vocal)
Danielle Lemieux   Vocals,Washtub Bass
Laurie Chaiken   Alto (Vocal)
Julien Patenqude   Bass (Vocal)
Elizabeth Dolin   Cello
Elaine Marcil   Violin
Marie-Andre Benny   Flute

Technical Credits

Marc Bélanger   String Section
Christopher Best   String Section
Carl Marsh   Producer,String Conductor
Glenn Meadows   Mastering
Lorraine Desmarais   String Section
Daniel Aumais   Executive Producer
Rob Heaney   Engineering
Vincent Bernard   String Section
Franco Dragone   Show Director
Hélène Dufresne   Executive Producer
Philippe Dunnigan   String Section
Annie Gadbois   String Section
Pascale Giguère   String Section
Benoit Jutras   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Orchestration
Francine Lupien   String Section
Xavier Marchand   Programming,Concept
Véronique Potvin   String Section
Christian Prévôt   String Section
André Waquant   Director,Producer,Writer
Isabelle Cliche   Engineer
Marcelle Mallette   String Section
Mélanie Bélair   String Section
Marianne Dugal   String Section
Carla Antoun   String Section
Solange Bouchard   String Section
Marc Denis   String Section
Jean Michon   String Section
Hubert Neault   Concept
Yves Girard   Programming,Concept
Pierre Langelier   Programming,Concept
Josephine Fernandez   Text Translation

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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
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very emotionally stimulating, fascinating! Next best to Quidam live!! A unique and irreplaceable addition to any music collection.