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Ca Ira (W/DVD) (Dig) (SPKG) [Hybrid SACD - DSD]

Roger Waters Audio CD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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  • Performer: Roger Waters
  • Audio CD (September 27, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B000ARG2NC
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,569 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Gathering Storm
2. Overture
3. Act 1. Scene 1. A Garden in Vienna 1765
4. Act 1. Scene 1. Madame Antoine, Madame Antoine...
5. Act 1. Scene 2. Kings, Sticks and Birds
6. Act 1. Scene 2. Honest bird, simple bird...
7. Act 1. Scene 2. I want to be King...
8. Act 1. Scene 2. Let us break all the shields...
9. Act 1. Scene 3. The Grievances of the People
10. Act 1. Scene 4. France in Disarray
See all 25 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Act 3. Scene 1. The Fugitive King
2. Act 3. Scene 1. But the Matrquis of Boulli has a trump card up his slee
3. Act 3. Scene 1. To take your hat off...
4. Act 3. Scene 1. The echoes never fade from that fusillade...
5. Act 3. Scene 2. The Commune de Paris
6. Act 3. Scene 2. Vive la Commune de Paris...
7. Act 3. Scene 2. The National Assembly is confused...
8. Act 3. Scene 3. The Execution of Louis Capet
9. Act 3. Scene 3. Adieu Louis for you it's over...
10. Act 3. Scene 4. Marie Antionette - The Last Night on Earth
See all 22 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Roger Waters has long been known for his musical ambition. The bassist and leader of Pink Floyd made that band famous in the 1970s and 1980s with concept-heavy albums as well as a certain self-aggrandizing image--attributes he maintained in his solo career. No wonder, then, to see that he's written what he calls as an opera. But don't be fooled: Waters's work has little to do with contemporary operas by the likes of John Adams or John Corigliano--even if the latter's 1991 The Ghosts of Versailles is set in Marie-Antoinette's Versailles, just as Waters's Ça Ira takes place during the French queen's last years, as the French Revolution unfurls. Based on a clunky libretto by Etienne and Nadine Roda-Gil, the show could have been a successful musical theater-­opera hybrid in the vein of Sweeney Todd but it falls closer to Andrew Lloyd Webber's historical pageants, without their recognizable melodies. Thankfully the cast holds the material aloft, especially Welsh baritone Bryn Terfel (no stranger to the world of musical theater, as shown on albums such as his tribute to Rodgers & Hammerstein) and Chinese soprano Ying Huang. Note that this version comes as a double SACD set that includes a making-of DVD and a 60-page booklet. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

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This extraordinary new opera by the legendary Waters is brought to life by baritone Bryn Terfel, soprano Ying Huang, and tenor Paul Groves. Waters, with collaborators Etienne and Nadine Roda-Gil, sets the opera during the optimistic early days of the Fre

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86 of 93 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars C'est magnifique, mais ce n'est pas rock 'n' roll October 16, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I had always wanted to use the quote above, which paraphrases from a remark made by General Canrobert upon witnessing the charge of the Light Brigade to their certain deaths in the Crimean War, as the title to a review of The Final Cut, but now Roger Waters presents me with a far better subject for such a review title.

Ironies linger. A previous reviewer has remarked, perhaps defensively, about Roger Waters' disdain for Andrew Lloyd Webber, made so wonderfully overt in Amused To Death. But there is no fine distinction between musical and opera that I know of - and I have no doubt Lloyd Webber too would like to be taken more seriously as a classical composer than he is. The opera set are a hellishly snobbish crowd, and not just any Johnny-Come-Lately will be feted as a genuine composer. Undoubtedly Roger Waters - who is, after all, a ROCK MUSICIAN, will find himself in exactly the same spot as Lloyd Webber, though on the strength of past comments, I doubt he will get much sympathy from him.

That said, this is a very presentable, listenable, outing, and it sounds cracking in 5.1 surround sound on the SACD. I dare say Puccini won't be rocking in his box - nor would Waters be expecting him to - but while it doesn't forge any new ground in orchestral music what Ca Ira does do is help contextualise much of Waters earlier, more overtly rock, oeuvre. There is something undeniably symphonic about Waters' use of themes and motifs through his music and I think this might explain his much talked-about lack of melody (though how anyone could accuse "The Gunner's Dream", or "Nobody Home", or "Southampton Dock" of lacking melody is beyond me): rather than writing three minute pop songs, Waters is more interested in focussing on making a broader musical statement.
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Roger's *Opera* Opera October 6, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I definitely enjoy classical music, and I do appreciate the opera genre, but I didn't own any classical operas on CD. Until now: I've just bought "Ca Ira" by former Pink Floyd bassist/composer Roger Waters. Like many other longtime Waters/Pink Floyd fans, I had known about Roger's "Ca Ira" project for some time. In the pipeline for 15 long years, it almost seemed as if "Ca Ira" would never see the light of day. But Roger has finally finished it and released it to the world, and, I must admit, it's a very impressive work. Basing his classical opera on an original libretto by Etienne & Nadine Roda-Gil, Waters' "Ca Ira" is the story of the French Revolution, with the opera metaphorically set inside a circus ring, complete with a ringmaster, clowns, and acrobats acting out the tale. To make a long review short, I'll just say this: I think the music is quite powerful, the libretto (in english) is very intriguing, and the vocal performances by such opera veterans as Bryn Terfel, Paul Groves and Ying Huang are all superb. I also like the various sound effects, such as guns & cannons being fired, dogs barking, and the falling of the guillotine, as they all add to the mood & atmosphere of the piece. And the sound quality is great, too."Ca Ira" may not be for everybody, as some of Roger's fans may have set their expectations of it too high. My advice to them is this: don't expect to hear "The Wall Part II," or anything "Floydian" for that matter. This is a *classical* opera, not a rock opera. There's no guitar solos, no rock elements whatsoever, and Roger doesn't sing on it, either. But Roger HAS done an incredible job here, and, after waiting 15 years for it, I'm just happy to finally hear "Ca Ira" at last. And it is very, very good stuff indeed. I hope I can see it performed on the live stage in the near future, too. I strongly recommend picking up Roger Waters' "Ca Ira."
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best new operas in YEARS! March 16, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Forget everything you think you know about "rock" for a few hours. Forget your accumulated opinions about the lyricist and bass player on "Dark Side of the Moon" for a little while. There are connections, but let them happen later. Listen to this as an opera.

I have been an opera fan for forty years. My iPod is stuffed with operas from German, Italian, French, English, and Russian traditions. As far as modern operas go, I never liked the way things turned minimalist. What Debussy, Prokofiev, Joplin, and Britten established seemed to be forgotten for some fad of repetitive drivel. But this fits in where those minimalist things do not. It has melodies, for goodness sake! Imagine that! And the harmony fits in between the simplicity of popular music and the complexity of academic art music.

The subject is similar to Andrea Chenier, but the music is more modern. The music is similar to War and Peace, without the pomposity. I believe this is the direction opera should have gone. Perhaps it will, yet.

And then, after you listen to this on its own terms, as a modern opera, go ahead and think about Roger Waters and his musical career. During the forty years that Waters has been making music, about five were spent "riding the gravy train". His work in that period was the most commercially successful of its time. But that was preceded by ten years of experimentation, resulting in two movie scores and several moderately succesful albums. One could prove easily that his band's lengthy improvisations are the foundation of New Age music. There is no doubt that he took the idea of the concept album and the rock opera to their ultimate attainments. In the twenty-ish years following his departure from that band, he continued to create concept albums.
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3.0 out of 5 stars DISAPPOINTMENT
I think Roger could have done a better job with this...
It's a "drag" sitting through listening to this work... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Sandor Zsarnoczay
1.0 out of 5 stars Pink (F)Lloyd Weber
I don't care how complex the libretto is, let alone its historical accuracy or whether or not the story told is compelling (it isn't). Read more
Published 18 months ago by Chet Fakir
1.0 out of 5 stars He Needs to Retire
It's interesting how some artists burn brilliantly, then burn out. Think of all the Bob Dylan fanatics who rushed out to obtain his Self Portrait album. Read more
Published on July 24, 2011 by Keith Otis Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful entrance into Opera for Roger and me.
It took me many listens to absorb this material. I have never been to an opera, or listened to one for that matter. Read more
Published on October 13, 2010 by Darren La Salle
3.0 out of 5 stars Is the piano lid above Roger's fingers?
The test is not whether Roger Waters has composed a good opera, but whether this is a good opera independent of the branding of its composer. Read more
Published on August 9, 2009 by Floccinaucinihilipilification
4.0 out of 5 stars Gift to French Revolutionaries, Not Composers
Being a historian primarily interested in Napoleonic and French Revolutionary history as well as a fan of musicals and operas, I purchased this CD by the famous Roger Water, unsure... Read more
Published on July 3, 2009 by Nicholas Stark
2.0 out of 5 stars Ca Ira
This is very traditional opera. I would have liked to hear Roger Waters. I am very much into opera, and as an opera, I would say this is very mediocre. Read more
Published on April 5, 2009 by Myrna Mishmash
5.0 out of 5 stars Waters deserve the 5 stars
I have read some mixed reviews here.
If you are an old time fan of Roger Waters and still is (you must be in your 50's) then give this CD a good listen; Nothing like Water's... Read more
Published on March 1, 2009 by W. Noshie
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the investment
A must for any Roger Waters fan. There is also a very good DVD inside that shows the making of the opera. Roger Waters as you have never seen him before.
Published on April 11, 2007 by Ashley J. Dinning
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth it
Some aspects of "Ca ira":


It's remarkable that, from a creative standpoint, and contrary to what he uses to do, this is not really a... Read more
Published on February 27, 2007 by Inti Cristobal Santamaría Bolaños
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