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  • Audio CD (23 Dec. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bmg
  • ASIN: B00002EPMB
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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1999 BMG CD

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By katie wilde on 15 April 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is the soundtrack to the Cirque du Soleil show Dralion. The show is a fusion of ancient Chinese acrobatic traditions and the avant-garde approach of Cirque du soleil. The album reflects this and it is one of the most moving and beautiful albums I have heard. After seeing the show and falling in love with the music I bought this CD and was more than impressed. I had never heard anything like it defore so I struggle to exactly define the type of music. It consists of so many different influences including Eastern and African but the haunting music and singing is great to listen to anytime anywhere. The album contains both slow atmoshpheric tracks and more upbeat ones. The voice of Erik Karol fills your whole body with emotion. Even if this is not your usual style of music I guarantee you could not fail to love it. Even my 2 sons aged 7 and 10 enjoy listening to this in my car. I can not recommend it enough. Favourites to listen out for are Stella Errans, Miracula Eternitatis and Hinko! Enjoy!!
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By SUSAN L BARTON on 23 Nov. 2014
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what I expect from cirque du soleil - good varied moody joyous music
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By Inger Morris on 11 Mar. 2015
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Love it and delivered quickly
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Change of heart.. 6 May 2000
By "elyjar" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have to admit I did not like "Dralion" the first time I heard it. I found it quite a departure from the music we have come to associate with Cirque. However, if I had to describe Cirque in a few words, 'original', 'ground-breaking', 'different' and 'facsinating' all spring to mind. And music from "Dralion" just happens to be all that, and much more.
"Dralion" the CD can really only be dismissed as being new-age at the very first listen. It is such a unique and different sound from other Cirque releases, that it might not grow on you at first, but after a couple of listens, you will agree it's definately up there with the best of Cirque. The music itself can best be described as a seamless fusion of asian (mainly indian,chinese), western and african melodies, enveloped by modern contemporary flavours of pop-music and electronica.
The opening track 'Stella Errands' is just stunning with amazing vocals from Erik Karel. This is followed by the nature-loving 'Ombra', one of the slower and less upbeat tracks on the CD. This melodic and lyrical piece is sung so beautifully in Italian by Agnes Sohier. The faster tracks in the CD are also brilliant. 'Nikou Latora' starts off pretty slow and subtle, but eventually climaxes to a brilliant and majestic up-beat tempo with inspiring vocals from Erik Karel. 'Hinko' is so sublime and surreal, it could almost send you into a trance with it's mysterious and exotic feel and sentiment. Other tracks like 'Aborigines Jam' and 'Ravendhi' are just pure fun!
In all, not what you expect from Cirque du Soleil. But that's the beauty of it all, they never ever cease to amaze me!
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
A daring new masterpiece 29 Nov. 1999
By J. K. Grence - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
For the 11th time, Cirque manages to put out an incredible CD. Rather than managing to tackle complex topics (such as being one of millions in a society, or death and rebirth) like Benoit did, Dralion's CD seems to tell a simple love story. "Ballare" is one of the best Cirque ballads, second only to Quidam's heart-wrenching "Let Me Fall". As the music progresses, it gets deeper, more suspenseful. The clouds break momentarily in the electric "Aborigines Jam" (track 9), then return for the superbly dark "Hinko". The finale, "Kamande", is everything that a Cirque ending should be- bright, upbeat, and triumphant are some words that come to mind.
This is Violaine Corradi's first time ever composing for Cirque du Soleil. Dralion leaves me certainly hoping that it won't be the last.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Oh, did I make a mistake! 4 Jan. 2002
By D. Hobson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Not being an opera fan, I listened once to this one and put it away in favor of Quidam and Journey of Man. I disliked it so much I didn't see the show when it was in Boston. Welllll....a few weeks ago I decided to try one more time..then another...before long I found myself humming some of the music while working and trying to remember where I'd heard it. This is now my favorite Cirque CD and I am flying to Texas to see the show....if only I had listened a few more times at first I'd have saved myself that flight. Erik Karol has the most fabulous voice...Stella Errans is a masterpiece and Miracula Aeternitatis is almost as good!! Buy the CD, I know it will become a favorite,opera fan or not.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Another hit from Cirque du Soleil 25 Nov. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Dralion, being the 9th Cirque du Soleil soundtrack release, continues the tradition of outstanding music. This time however, even more words (real meaningful words, not just ah and la) are used then in Quidam, which is a lot. The words are also in a large variety of languages, Ballare being in Italian, Miracula Æternatatis being completely in Latin, Kamande in French (I think), Aborigine Jam being in sampled Native American tongue, and Ombra being in Italian, French, and English. The main singer, Erik displays a marveleous range, singing above the treble clef in Stella Errans, and rapping in Latin below (or near there) the bass clef, and then doing a two octave jump in Miracula Æternatatis. This is another hit definetly worth getting for any Cirque du Soleil fan.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Not what I expected...and for the better 3 Dec. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you want the Dralion music straight from the show, without any changes, then don't bother with this CD.
It's not the Dralion show music.
And that is a good thing, if you're willing to listen to this CD without expecting it to be the same music as in the show.
When I first listened to the CD, I really didn't like it. I had been expecting music nearly identical to that on the show, and was immediately disappointed. I was especially upset by the versions of the double trapeze act (Ninkou Latora) and the aerial pas de deux (Ballare). Not nearly as passionate and haunting as in the show, in my opinion.
Now, I like this music even more than what's on the show. After my first disagreable run-through, and after wondering if I weren't missing something extremely important to the experience, I decided to listen to the CD again. This time, without comparing it to the show. It worked -- I realized that this CD is more of a descendant of the Dralion show than it is a companion. The music has changed...evolved...into something that is Dralion, and yet is something more. It isn't necessary to see the show to enjoy this CD. One of the tracks, Spiritual Spiral, isn't even present on the DVD/Bravo version, but it hasn't prevented me from enjoying it anyways.
Here are the tracks on the CD, matched with the DVD scenes:
1. Stella Errans (Single-hand balancing)
2. Ombra (Foot juggling)
3. Spiritual Spiral (Not on DVD)
4. Miracula Aeternitatis (Spirits)
5. Bamboo (Bamboo poles)
6. Ballare (Aerial pas de deux)
7. Ravendhi (Teeterboard)
8. Ninkou Latora (Double trapeze)
9. Aborigenes Jam (Hoop diving)
10. Hinko (Ballet on lights)
11. Kamande (Skipping)
My favorite tracks are Ballare, Ninkou Latora, Stella Errans, and Hinko. These four are also the tracks most different from their counterparts in the Dralion show. Ballare is the best, both sad and sensual. It begins with a slow tempo but picks up shortly, and is truly passionate and haunting (yes, I completely reversed my initial impression). Ninkou Latora is fast, and starts and ends softly. The entire song soars like the trapeze artists from the show. My favorite part of Stella Errans is the string solo (viola perhaps?) in the middle of the song. It's very haunting and mysterious. Hinko has the most radical departure from Dralion (it took me nearly a minute to realize which act it corresponded to) but its uniqueness sets it apart from the other tracks in a positive way.
Two other tracks deserve special mention: Ombra and Spiritual Spiral. Ombra is a solo by Agnes Sohier, and probably has the slowest tempo on the CD. But what it lacks in speed is more than made up for in sheer elegance and sensuality. Though Spiritual Spiral is not on the DVD, it is a nice addition to the CD. The sound effects are interesting, for lack of a better word (I can't describe them justly). I can only imagine what the original act was.
The CD seems to favor the instrumental background music, in several cases making it stand out strongly against the vocals. It generally works. Oh, but the vocals. Both Erik Karol and Agnes Sohier are outstanding, but I do prefer Erik Karol. His range and ability to manipulate his voice are just amazing; his voice is largely what makes Ballare, Ninkou Latora, Stella Errans, and Hinko so wonderful. The lyrics to the songs are a mix of languages, mostly Romance (French, Spanish, Italian, Latin) with some nonsense words mixed in. The background music has an international flavor, with Asian, Indian, African, and European influences. Dralion is truly a cultural soup, and a tasty one at that.
Several reviewers have mentioned that the CD has poor audio quality. Perhaps I have less-discriminating ears, but I think the audio quality is fine. I've listened to this CD on five different sound systems, and each time I've had no problems. It could also be that the other reviewers expected the verbatim music from the show, and thought it was poor audio quality that made the music sound odd.
My only quibble is that I wish they would have included the musicto the opening act. I absolutely love that music, and I think it would have been a nice addition to the CD.
So, if you want only the show music, with no alterations, then buying the actual Dralion show is probably best. The DVD format is very nice--I sometimes turn off the TV and just listen to the audio. But if you want something different, and you're willing to leave behind any expectations you have, then this CD is spectacular and very much worth the money and time spent.
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