Quidam

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All Music Guide - L. Katz
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 ...
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All Music Guide - L. Katz
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/14/1997
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 090266860128
  • Catalog Number: 68601

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Atmadja (3:21)
  2. 2 Incantation (5:22)
  3. 3 Marelle (1:27)
  4. 4 Rivage (5:24)
  5. 5 Zydeko (1:17)
  6. 6 Let Me Fall (4:46)
  7. 7 Innocence (1:55)
  8. 8 Carrousel (3:05)
  9. 9 Steel Dream (5:13)
  10. 10 Séisouso (5:23)
  11. 11 Réveil (3:21)
  12. 12 Quidam (5:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cirque du Soleil Primary Artist
Claude Arsanault Bass
Jean Marie Benoit 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
Glenn Meadows Mastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Quidam Amazing!

    Very emotionally stimulating, fascinating! Next best to Quidam live!! A unique and irreplaceable addition to any music collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cirque is the Perfect Blend of Music and Movement

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of Cirque du Soleil's BEST!

    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!

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