Text by: Keith Johnson | May 2010
Fascination! Newsletter, Issue #76
"Sounds Different, yet the Same: An OVO CD Review"
The 2009 Cirque du Soleil tent production Ovo has been a flashpoint
for many fans. They debate the concept, plot and costuming, but
particularly the music. Composed by Berna Ceppas, the score has taken
Cirque away from its world-music oriented, more traditional European
form of composition and rooted it securely (some have suggested
monotonously) in the music of Brazil.
With the CD now available, co-produced by Ceppas and Cirque's Musical
Director Alain Vinet, the debate has arisen again. While pulling Cirque
music away from its traditional anchor is one way to look at the album,
perhaps the more important consideration might be: regardless of the quality
of the music or the way it is used in the show (or even the quality of
the show) does the CD serve as a good souvenir of the show itself?
And does its production address concerns that fans have voiced in the
After seeing the show in New York during CirqueCon 2010 and listening
to the CD, on both counts I would say the answer is YES. Though I
would agree that when listened to on its own the CD sounds like any
one of numerous Putamayo Brazilian-music collections available in
record stores and gift shops everywhere, the CD is an accurate
representation of the music as heard in the show, mostly in show
order. It includes most all of the shows major musical themes,
arranged and sounding as they are played in the show.
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