Varekai [2004]

Varekai [2004]

by Cirque du Soleil


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Varekai [2004]

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 Violaine Corradi and produced by Nitin 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. [The album was re-released in 2004 with a different cover and a slightly re-indexed track listing.]

Product Details

Release Date: 07/27/2004
Label: Cirque Du Soleil
UPC: 0874751000042
catalogNumber: 20017
Rank: 284142

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cirque du Soleil   Primary Artist
Terry Callier   Voices,Spoken Word
Natacha Atlas   Vocals
Didier Malherbe   Flute,Bansuri,Duduk
Deryn Edwards   Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal)
English Chamber Orchestra   Strings
Martin Humbey   Viola
Stephen Hussey   Conductor,Choir Conductor
Ron Murray   Violin
Nitin Sawhney   Keyboards,Spoken Word
Steve Shehan   Percussion,Castanets,Chimes,Conga,Cymbals,Drums,Gong,Triangle,Bells,Balafon,Darbouka,Caxixi,Djembe,Cajon,Shaker,talking drum,Clay Pot,Angklung,Floor Tom,Tambor,Afuche,Ambience,Resonator,Sagat
Benjamin Buckton   Violin
Clare Finnimore   Viola
London Voices   Vocals,Vocal Ensemble
Lionel Handy   Cello
James Edwards   Tenor (Vocal)
Wayne Hankin   Jew's Harp,Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Jake Rea   Violin
Stephen Williams   Double Bass
Sarah Eyden   Soprano (Vocal)
Rosalind Waters   Soprano (Vocal)
Violaine Corradi   Keyboards,Music Box
Rafik Samman   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Chandru   Violin,Soloist
Mark Anthony Williams   Bass (Vocal)
Tina Grace   Vocals,Background Vocals,Voices,Spoken Word
Tawaska Harrison   Soprano (Vocal)
Fiona McNaught   Violin
Igor Outkine   Accordion
Josephine Knight   Cello
Zara Tellander   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Cristinel Turturica   Cimbalom
Constantin Lautaru   Violin
Tara Harrison   Soprano (Vocal)
Polly Thomson-Storey   Whisper
Natasha Atlas   Vocals
Mathieu Lavoie   Vocals,Background Vocals,Voices
Gerard O'Beirne   Tenor (Vocal)
Ionel Manole   Accordion
Marcial Heredia Fernández   Guitar,Background Vocals,Palmas
Nina Rocha Miranda   Vocals,Background Vocals,Rap
Ion Tanase   Double Bass
Varekai Choir   Choir, Chorus
Carmen Piculeata   Violin
Members of the English Chamber Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Mark Williams   Bass

Technical Credits

Terry Callier   Composer,Text
Stephen Hussey   Orchestration,Choir Arrangement,Score,String Conductor,String Score,Strings Orchestrator
Nitin Sawhney   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes,Vocal Arrangements,String Arrangements,Audio Production,Choir Arrangement,Text
Steve Shehan   Sound Effects,Contributor
Bruno Guez   Composer,Music Direction
David McEwan   Programming,Engineer
Carol Ryan   Executive Producer
Taraf de Haïdouks   Arranger
Violaine Corradi   Composer,Lyricist,Author,String Arrangements
Tina Grace   Composer,Lyricist,Text
George Seara   Engineer
Dominic Champagne   Director,Writer,Author
Pierre Desmarais   Art Direction
Michel Dalpé   Graphic Design
Dean Barratt   Engineer
Pierre Nantel   Executive Producer
Antoine Jobin   Engineer
Hélène Dorion   Lyricist
Nina Rocha Miranda   Lyricist
Georges Seara   Engineer

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Cirque du Soleil: Varekai 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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".
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a powerful album. Very moving.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.