Roger Waters – Ca ira (2009) [FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

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Roger Waters – Ca ira (2009)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:51:38 minutes | 1008 MB | Genre: Classical
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Ça Ira (French for “It will be all right”, subtitled “There is Hope”) is an opera by Roger Waters. It comes in three acts and is a concept album. The album is based on the French libretto co-written by Étienne and Nadine Roda-Gil on the historical subject of the early French Revolution. Ça Ira was released 26 September 2005, as a double CD album featuring baritone Bryn Terfel, soprano Ying Huang, and tenor Paul Groves. The album received mixed reviews, with critics praising the composition but criticising its plot and simplicity.Roger Waters, the man who equated “education” with “thought control” in his pseudo-opera The Wall, is now back and appealing to higher culture in his new opera Ça Ira. Moreover, this is a real opera, with singers, a chorus, and an orchestra with not a single dreamy, overlong electric guitar solo in sight. Fans of Pink Floyd will find little in Ça Ira to satisfy their jones for “the Floyd,” although there are many standard musical features associated with the classic rock staple group that have been carried over into this work — crushingly slow tempi, somber and monotonous singing, and a mania for pristine recordings of sound effects. At one point, a volley of musket fire makes you jump out of your seat. Ça Ira was undertaken with librettists Etienne and Nadine Roda-Gil not long after The Wall, but it took Waters so long to put the finishing touches on it that his collaborators have since died. Waters made a smart decision in using librettists for this project, as his own corroded worldview would certainly have undone the basic idea, the message of which is “there is hope.” That said, the Roda-Gils took on too large of a swath of the French Revolution to cram into three acts, and the listener gets no more than a picture postcard sense of its flavor. All of the principal singers in this recording are required to take on multiple roles in Ça Ira, and this results in a twofold effect. The first is that it brings Ça Ira into the realm of opera-oratorio, and even to some degree Brechtian “Lehrstück,” and secondly, it’s hard to tell what character a singer is supposed to be portraying if one is not following the libretto. Expect the motion picture version soon! Naturally, Bryn Terfel and Ying Huang are top-drawer opera singers, and Terfel relishes the opportunity, chewing on as much scenery as he can get his hands on. Huang, for her part, hangs in there, but she does not sing as though she loves this material. Ça Ira would be a hard opera for a singer to love, as there is no characterization through the singing whatsoever, and characters themselves are not given enough of the floor to engage us. The orchestration is handled with taste and some sophistication, but in terms of melody, Ça Ira is the sing-songiest opera since the pre-revolutionary days of Thomas and Sally. Wherever the fundamental of the harmonic movement is, the melody line follows, and vice-versa. In spots where there is no harmonic foundation, Waters resorts to scalar or bugle-call like figures that, while effectively passing as notes to hang the words onto, do not constitute melody in and of themselves. This kind of texture overall would be tremendously monochromatic and dull for the average opera listener. However, if the name above the title were Andrew Lloyd Webber, then Ça Ira would be considered better than average. Moreover, there is potential good to be reaped if Ça Ira gains some popularity. If it proves to your standard-issue stoner that you don’t have to be a dork to enjoy an opera, that’s terrific. If it helps raise the public profile of the fine singers involved here, that is great, too. Nevertheless, as an opera of which the notion “there is hope” is the main theme, at least musically Ça Ira isn’t very hopeful.


01. Roger Waters – The Gathering Storm (English Version) (01:37)
02. Roger Waters – Overture (English Version) (04:06)
03. Roger Waters – A Garden in Vienna 1765 (English Version) (00:54)
04. Roger Waters – “Madame Antoine, Madame Antoine…” (English Version) (02:53)
05. Roger Waters – Kings, Sticks and Birds (English Version) (02:40)
06. Roger Waters – “Honest Bird, Simple Bird…” (English Version) (02:08)
07. Roger Waters – “I Want to Be King…” (English Version) (02:40)
08. Roger Waters – “Let Us Break All the Shields…” (English Version) (01:45)
09. Roger Waters – The Grievances of the People (English Version) (04:40)
10. Roger Waters – France in Disarray (English Version) (02:34)
11. Roger Waters – “To Laugh Is to Know How to Live…” (English Version) (01:43)
12. Roger Waters – “Slavers, Landlords, Bigots at Your Door…” (English Version) (03:36)
13. Roger Waters – The Fall of the Bastille (English Version) (01:35)
14. Roger Waters – “To Freeze in the Dead of Night…” (English Version) (02:18)
15. Roger Waters – “So to the Streets in the Pouring Rain…” (English Version) (04:16)
16. Roger Waters – Dances and Marches (English Version) (02:13)
17. Roger Waters – “Now Hear Ye!…” (English Version) (02:17)
18. Roger Waters – “Flushed with Wine…” (English Version) (04:32)
19. Roger Waters – The Letter (English Version) (01:37)
20. Roger Waters – “My Dear Cousin Bourbon of Spain…” (English Version) (02:48)
21. Roger Waters – “The Ship of State Is All at Sea…” (English Version) (01:48)
22. Roger Waters – Silver, Sugar and Indigo (English Version) (00:53)
23. Roger Waters – “To the Windward Isles…” (English Version) (04:50)
24. Roger Waters – The Papal Edict (English Version) (01:16)
25. Roger Waters – “In Paris There’s a Rumble Under the Ground…” (English Version) (06:25)
26. Roger Waters – The Fugitive King (English Version) (02:12)
27. Roger Waters – “But the Marquis of Boulli Has a Trump Card up His Sleeve…” (English Version) (04:27)
28. Roger Waters – “To Take Your Hat Off…” (English Version) (02:40)
29. Roger Waters – “The Echoes Never Fade from That Fusillade…” (English Version) (03:16)
30. Roger Waters – The Commune de Paris (English Version) (02:43)
31. Roger Waters – “Vive la Commune de Paris…” (English Version) (03:14)
32. Roger Waters – “The National Assembly is Confused…” (English Version) (02:41)
33. Roger Waters – The Execution of Louis Capet (English Version) (01:40)
34. Roger Waters – “Adieu Louis for You It’s Over…” (English Version) (03:46)
35. Roger Waters – Marie Antoinette – The Last Night on Earth (English Version) (01:36)
36. Roger Waters – “Adieu My Good and Tender Sister…” (English Version) (05:09)
37. Roger Waters – Liberty (English Version) (02:52)
38. Roger Waters – “And in the Bushes Where They Survive…” (English Version) (06:58)


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