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Varekai
Cirque du Soleil
Varekai
Genres: World Music, New Age, Pop, Soundtracks
 
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Soundtrack to 2002 production from the hit avant garde Quebec circus. It's based on the theme of Icarus, the mythical Greek hero who flew too close to the sun on wings of wax & feathers. Varekai, with more than 50 perfo...  more »

     

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All Artists: Cirque du Soleil
Title: Varekai
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Bmg Int'l
Release Date: 1/7/2003
Album Type: Soundtrack, Import
Genres: World Music, New Age, Pop, Soundtracks
Style: Meditation
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 743219392824, 766489605722

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Soundtrack to 2002 production from the hit avant garde Quebec circus. It's based on the theme of Icarus, the mythical Greek hero who flew too close to the sun on wings of wax & feathers. Varekai, with more than 50 performers, is the 14th live production of the Cirque du Soleil & its first since 1999. Slipcase. BMG.

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Sivi H. from ANN ARBOR, MI
Reviewed on 6/14/2011...
AMAZING! wonderful!

CD Reviews

HUGE disapointment, This is not the music from the SHOW!!!
C. A Baker | Santa Rosa CA United States | 01/14/2003
(1 out of 5 stars)

"BE warned folks, this CD is NOT, repeat NOT the music you will hear when you go to see Varekai.
Varekai has some of the best Cirque music ever done but this CD is nothing more than inspired by suites that have little to do with what is performed in the show. This would not be so bad if the music was still good but it isn't, I found myself tuning out as early as the first track and was furious when very little of the music on this CD reminded me of the simply amazing music from this show.
I even complained to the Cirque folks and they inded verified that it wasn't the score from the actual show but they were "Considering" doing a score of the show. In quotes below is their actual reply to me.
"Thank you for your interest in the Cirque du Soleil!! I understand your disapointement with the soundtrack. It is actually selection from the music of the show but re-arranged by Nitin Sawhney. Maybe this was not made clear at the time of the purchase. We are currently in the process of reevaluting the need for a score of the show. Keep posted, we might have one soon I hope!"
Well if you are like me and want the score you buy to remind you of the show you just experienced then ...
I DO NOT RECOMEND THIS CD!"
Another standout performance from Violaine Corradai and CdS
Veggiechiliqueen | 01/24/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"With Varekai, Cirque du Soleil's newest production, Violaine Corradai has conjured a mesmerizing blend of world influences and CdS traditions. Most of the tracks open with a haunting, echoing voiceover in Spanish, French and English, and the delicate strains of a music box, although it becomes too repetitive after multiple listens. "Rain One" is a delicate, fragile flower that opens under a midnight shower, with rain sound effects, snare brushes, and fleeting, breathy vocals ("the silence of the sound, and the colour of the night...") with an operatic interlude. "Le rêveur" ("The dreamer") opens with a haunting Middle Eastern modulating duet (both male and female) that bring to mind the Hearts of Space group Rasa and Indian sacred chants."Vocea" is a throwback to the CdS soundtrack to "Dralion," and sounds like it was written for "Dralion" countertenor Erik Karol in parts. It is one of the darker sounding songs, very wistful, the language sounding almost Russian, with a chanting choir near the end."Moon Light" is a gorgeous slow rolling waltz, with a Middle-Eastern sounding string backing and snare brushes and Indian-influenced modulating vocals mixed with the sound of the Portuguese fado. "Patxivota" picks up the intro from "Rain One" and morphs into a dramatic choir that sounds like the theme from "Myst: Exile," with the ghostly whispers of a child dancing inbetween the sweep of the snare drums and the music box. "El péndulo" yet again draws on the voiceover ("I walk the earth, I touch the skies, I am the angel in your eyes") and expands on the gorgeous, Cheb Mami-like musings."Gitans" features the fantastic talents of the Roma (Gypsy) musicians Taraf de Haidouks, along with a very Amélie-like accordion waltz accompanied by chirping birds."Kèro Hiréyo" is a duet with marked percussion and an almost African feel."Lubia Dobarstan" opens with a flamboyant declaration in Spanish of the tale of a wanderer and Latin rhythm and guitars."Emballa" is another African/Brazilian influenced choir piece with a male soloist."Oscillum" is a high energy, edgy piece that showcases virtuostic violin solos and mysterious whispered vocals."Funambul" is easily the most haunting song on the album. A beautiful female vocalist harmonizes and a mixed choir provides a backdrop, along with the ever-present voiceover and children whispering."Resolution" is an absolutely chaotic, delightful blend of Gypsy instruments, a very eccentric, happy little song that really feels like a resolution.Please note that I HAVE NOT seen Varekai: my only experience has been through a number of fan websites and Bravo TV's "Cirque du Soleil: The Fire Within" which provides a behind-the-scenes look at some of the talented trapeze artists, dancers and gymnasts in Varekai. Selections from Varekai are played as a soundtrack to the series, so I can't comment on how this Varekai-inspired album compares to the actual music in the show (I would love to hear the Tuvan throat singing done live!). I would love to see a live Varekai album as was done with CdS's Mystère, and if enough fans are unhappy with this disc, it is likely that the actual music from the show will be released.I give Varekai five stars based on the creativity of blending various ethnic influences (Gypsy, African, Indian, Brazilian/Latin) with modern effects, stunning vocals, and intriguing soundscapes. Varekai is my favourite CdS soundtrack to date, and I hear new nuances with every listen."