Vangelis

The great greek musician. Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou (born 1943; is a Greek composer of electronic, progressive, ambient and orchestral music, under the artist name Vangelis . He is best known for his Academy Award winning score for the film Chariots of Fire, and scores for the films Blade Runner and 1492: Conquest of Paradise. Vangelis began his professional musical career working with several popular bands of the 1960s such as The Formynx and Aphrodite's Child. In the 1970s, Vangelis formed a musical partnership with Jon Anderson, the lead singer of progressive rock band Yes, and the duo went on to release several albums together under the alias Jon & Vangelis. Towards the end of the 1970s, Vangelis composed music scores for several animal documentaries, including Opéra sauvage, the success of these scores moved Vangelis into the eyes of well known filmmakers. In 1981, he composed the score for the Oscar-winning film Chariots of Fire.
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Edgar Rothermich - Blade Runner

Artist: Edgar Rothermich
P: 2012 / 2014

If Edgar Rothermich is indeed a replicant of Vangelis, then his DNA is only one generation away from the source here. Having collaborated with Tangerine Dream member Christopher Franke, Rothermich certainly has the 80′s synth chops to astoundingly recreate “Blade Runner”‘s score from ear alone. Seemingly performed on the original computer banks that “Blade Runner” magically sprang from in Vangelis’ “electronic laboratory,” Rothermich’s gear is perfectly attuned.
Rothermich’s attention to detail is so fastidious that we even get the piano-tapping cue “Deckard’s Dream,” complete with the sound of passing flying cars at its start, and the voices of the Unicorn that marked him as artificial life.

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Jon and Vangelis - Page of Life (Remastered)

Artist: Jon and Vangelis
P: 1991 / 2013
Jon & Vangelis have never sounded better. Sadly this may turn out to be the last of this miraculous combination as it has been nearly 10 years since its release. This version is the essential one. If you only buy one copy of this album, this is the one to buy. Each song is fantastic in its own right. From the opening notes of Wisdom Chain to the last notes of Little Guitar this is a flawless album.
This new remastered by Vangelis version contains a rare bonus track.

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Michael Hoppe + Vangelis - Solace for You

Artist: Michael Hoppe & Vangelis
P: 2004
The search for solace involves a difficult reconciliation of conflicting emotions, pitting one’s need to grieve at odds with a heavy-hearted realization that life, however diminished, must go on. Using an audio palette of grays and dark blues, Michael Hoppe offers Solace as a balm for the soul during such times, "where the dark clouds in life give way to the glow of eternal hope and peace." The clouds never fully lift during the 12 tracks of Solace, which appear to progress in a stages-of-mourning manner. The effect can be moving, even lovely (particularly the grand orchestral opener, "The Majestic Land," one of four splendid selections involving the Prague Symphony -- recorded remotely via an Internet link, of all things). The prevailing mood is melancholy but not quite maudlin; two angelic arias ("Pie Jesu," which Hoppe had written for the memorial service of his wife’s mother, and "Lachrymosa") are tearless, reverent expressions that aspire to the divine. The closing moment of "The Parting," a retooled but otherwise ordinary composition from 1986 that involves Vangelis, finally yields a sense of closure. For those in a state of bereavement, Hoppe’s Solace may offer you comfort. --Terry Wood

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Neuronium + Vangelis - In London

Artist: Neuronium & Vangelis
P: 1981/ 2007
Vangelis & Neuronium the platinum edition. 30th anniversary. During that unforgettable session in 1981, Vangelis and the members of Neuronium made some of the most lucid samples that could be made with synthesizers in the world of cosmic electronic music. Although the original work was recorded by Vangelis on an analog system, at the legendary nemo studio in London, Huygen’s technical expertise has completely remastered the sounds with improved mixing. Listening to the album takes you back to the sound of Vangelis/Neuronium at the end of the 70’s start of the 80’s with the analog sound, sequencers and symphonic atmospheres dominating all other sounds.
However this cd is not just for nostalgia enthusiasts and collectors: the true electronic music in its most cosmic aspect shines through in all its splendor.
Recommended for: instrumental chill out music. Can be used for meditation, as background music for studying or for attentive and profound listening to experience different musical shades.
The use of headphones is recommended.
The legendary session between Neuronium and Vangelis recorded in London at famous Nemo Studios.
Totally 24-bit remastered for this definitive and Platinum edition. A collector's piece on a new luxury finishing and pressing.

 

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Suzanne Ciani - The Velocity of Love

Artist: Suzanne Ciani & Vangelis
P: 1991

The title song has become Ciani's signature composition and appears in many wedding music anthologies. A seminal work for the New Age Genre, it has sold over 200,00 copies. Composed, arranged, produced and performed by Ciani on an array of synths with special guest artist Vangelis.

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Tyrell Bros. - Theme from Blade Runner

Artist: Tyrell Bros.
P: 19
97
Cover theme of Blade Runner from Vangelis.
Produced for No More Productions Ltd. Belgium

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V/A - Flights of Fantasy

Artist: V/A
P: 1995
This double CD features some of the best tracks with dreamy titles also out of the Pop-music scene. the second disc features an inspiring instrumental music by H.P. Neuber.

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V/A - Galaxy Vol. II

Artist: Software, Hoenig, Eno,
Oldfield, Ashra u.a.

P: 1990
This is one of the early IC Collections with the best tracks from the electronicmusic world, not only with IC releases, more with best of all tracks.


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V/A - Traumzeit

Artist: Cusco, Vangelis, Adiemus
P: 1995
This is a collection made by Emi Electrola.

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V/A - Zukunftsmusik

Artist: Neuronium, Vagelis, Grosskopf, Leifeld u.a.
P: 1993
Collection of tracks from the 4U / CMS label. Tracks from releases that are already deleted.

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Vangelis (A.Zanni) - Hypnosis

Artist: A.Zanni
P: 2001
This is a two track CD-S with dance versions played by A.Zanni of the two legendary Vangelis tracks.

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Vangelis + Irene Papas - Odes

Artist: Vangelis + Irene Papas
P: 1979 / 1988
On this album Vangelis teams up with an old friend (similar to what he did around this time with Jon Anderson on 'Short Stories') who'd worked with him before on the Aphrodite's Child album '666' (as Jon Anderson did likewise on 'Heaven & Hell'). Most songs Greek actress Irene Papas sings on this album are Greek traditionals with the exception of two instrumental tracks by Vangelis. She hasn't got a great voice but quite an effective one, a bit like Marianne Faithful, and she speaks Greek of course. Vangelis makes sparing use of his synthesizers with Papas sometimes even singing on her own or simply accompanied by a single melody-line. He often uses that deep expressive bass-sound also employed on his album 'Earth'. The music itself is rather austere with unsophisticated straight harmonies, while the texts consist of ancient Greek poetry (translated and/or explained in the accompanying booklet in French).
A sincere work by two Greeks keeping the flame of their ancient culture burning.

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Vangelis + Irene Papas - Rapsodies

Artist: Vangelis + Irene Papas
P: 1986 / 2007
The year 1986, during which Vangelis used his London Nemo studio for the last time, was to be the year of collaborations with artists he'd worked with before. Apart from this second one with Irene Papas, Milva came by to get material for her "Geheimnisse" album and work started on (not yet officially released) material with Jon Anderson.
The previous album with Irene Papas had been "Odes" and its traditional Greek theme is continued here, in the form of various hymns associated with the period in the Greek Orthodox religious calendar called Easter. But on this recording the sound is somewhat lusher and more in keeping with the ones normally associated with Vangelis. All hymns, apart from the third one sung a cappella, have extensive arrangements which makes it hard to tell how much music is traditional and how much original. The instrumental track 'Rapsodia' appears to be composed especially for this album but a lot of the rest of it also sounds like vintage Vangelis. It is possible to make out the original simple hymns (after all, they have to be easy enough to be sung by "untrained" vocalists) but take for example 'Christos Anesti' which ends with a beautiful original piece or the opening track which Vangelis similarly makes all his own.
The final piece 'Asma Asmaton' is really extraordinary and proves the ideal vehicle for Irene Papas to let loose her dramatic skills as the actress who also plays the ancient Greek dramas. Apparently, it conveys a rather orgiastic ode from one woman to the beauty of another, in a modern setting by Lefteris Papadopoulos.

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Vangelis + Montserrat Caballe - Friends for Life

Artist: Vangelis + Montserrat Caballe
P: 1997
1997 recording from Montserrat Caballe featuring 16 duets with international stars such as Johnny Hallyday and Khadja Nin from France, Carlos Cano from Spain, Marco Masini from Italy, Gotthard from Switzerland, Rene Froger from Holland & others.  Two tracks are exclusive new tracks together with Vangelis.

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Vangelis + Montserrat Caballe - March with me

Artist: Vangelis + Montserrat Caballe
P: 1997
1997 recording from Montserrat Caballe & Vangelis, the 3 track version, with the tracks from the CD exclusiv on the CD single.

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Vangelis + Socrates - Drank the Conium / Phos

Artist: Vangelis, Antonis Tourkogiogis, John Spathas & George Tradalidis
P: 1972-76/ 2004
Socrates Drank the Conium band that was active in the early is a Greek Progressive/Blues rock1970's. Their sound was reminiscent of other such bands of the approximate period like the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Led Zeppelin, Cream, Jeff Beck and some of the more progressive, experimental works of Black Sabbath. Their categorization as "progressive" can be attributed mainly to their abundant use of less-than-conventional time signatures. The Group would go through many lineup changes throughout the years, but the two core members have remained: guitarist Yannis Spathas and bassist/singer Antonis Tourkoyorgis. In 1975 Vangelis worked with the Greek rock band Socrates on their third album "Phos". heir cooperation with Vangelis lasts only for this one album, he is credited for producing the album, playing keyboards and percussion and also for composing one of the songs.Before and after this album Socrates made a number of other albums, sometimes under the imaginative name 'Socrates drank the conium'...

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Vangelis - 1492 Conquest of Paradise

Artist: Vangelis
P: 1992
Vangelis at his VERY best - not one track can be disregarded as 'fluff or filler'. One of the best soundtracks ever made. Synthesizer and choirs at a monumental base.
This is the soundtrack to Ridley Scott's epic film about Christopher Columbus. The story focuses on Columbus' motivations and the consequences of that on the people around it. All this is brought to life by stunning visuals and a remarkable sense of detail. This movie needed an epic soundtrack, and Vangelis skillfully for filled this task.
The recordings on the album differ greatly from those in the film. Some episodes are identical but much of the music on the album is not actually in the movie, or appears in an entirely different form. Even more music appears in the film but not actually on the album. This makes the album seem more like a studio album than like a soundtrack. Many character themes as well as some passages for major turning points in the film (like the storm near the end) are not represented on the album.
What remains of the album however is not less desirable. A magnificent collection of melodic music, filled with choirs as well as appropriate synthesizers and native sounds this album sounds relaxing and exciting at the same time. It can be counted as one of the favorites amongst the fans.
It is also his greatest commercial success so far. Three years after its initial release it was used as personal theme by German boxing champion Henry Maske and re-released on CD single. This triggered a huge hype in Europe hitting the nr. 1 charts positions in Germany, Austria, Portugal, the Netherlands, Belgium and other countries, breaking many sales records (both single and album).

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Vangelis - Albedo 0.39

Artist: Vangelis
P: 1976
Vangelis' composing in Albedo 0.39 at times - though not always - seems a bit coarse, abrupt and when it comes to changing keys, simplistic (there should be more modulation involved) and a tad too obvious (arguably, the often maligned but in my view also great Chariots of Fire, for example, is more mature in that respect). However, his craft of composing is sufficiently impressive such that in connection with his truly awesome musical inspiration, the sheer power of his sonic imagination, his innovative and soulful use of synthesizer timbres that also convincingly adapts these to the diverse development stages of a given track, and his astonishing mastery of a great variety of styles, Albedo 0.39 becomes a fantastic and rewarding musical experience. The combination of above virtues also clearly makes Vangelis one of the greatest electronic musicians.
Moreover, the sometimes found simpleness of presentation of musical ideas (there is enough satisfying complexity as well) by Vangelis in Albedo 0.39, rather than routinely being just simplistic, often seems to be the result of a superior musical mind that knows that appropriate simpleness may be useful to achieve a powerful emotional effect. The abrupt transitions in the music and the few sudden - even slightly naive - outbursts of climactic, glorious or triumphant tone (on occasion they seem to symbolize moments of star birth) can be remarkable in their power, and sometimes the sudden transitions in the music appear to be sheer genius, such as in the track Alpha.
In this track of moderate tempo Vangelis paints boldly with broad brush strokes, presenting the original theme and counterthemes to it in varied and inspired ways, with the variations either dropping in suddenly or - towards the end - smoothly developing from the previous material. The large-scale build-up of this 6-minute-piece, easily going from a quiet, delicate "ticking clock" atmosphere to a glorious, free-flowing climax, is simply astonishing. The build-up is able to sustain unerring, powerful directionality over the very diverse stages, a directionality that is also aided by the seamless integration of the solidly driving rock rhythm into the tension of development.
As pointed out by others, the range of music on Albedo 0.39 is huge. You get quality synth-pop (Pulstar; I love those chords ferociously slashing through the music), jamming jazz-rock (Main Sequence), fast-paced and exciting power-rock where the thematic/melodic lines chase with high speed (Nucleogenesis 1 and 2), the above somewhat ballad-like Alpha, and a few quiet pieces that partially show Eastern timbral and melodic influences (especially Freefall).I agree with many reviewers here that Albedo 0.39 is a most important and impressive work of electronic music. And highly enjoyable to!

Two more points:
1. Vangelis' playing of drums and percussion, though maybe not wizzard-hand virtuosic, is musically just awesome. Always the right and amazing accents.
2. Two passages in Albedo 0.39 sound eerily similar to two highly characteristic and very unique passages in Bruckner symphonies, in # 3 (1889 version) and in # 6 (1881). Compare Pulstar 2'52" to 3'10" with 11'08" to 11'28" in the Karajan recording of Bruckner Symphony 3, 1st movement and Nucleogenesis Part I 5'13" to 5'36" with 13'26" to 13'52" in the Karajan recording of Bruckner Symphony 6, 1st movement (the magical soft treatment of the main theme in horns and trumpets leading to the final climax of the coda; the Karajan recordings of these symphonies are the ones to get).--Are these striking similarities pure coincidence?

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Vangelis - Alexander (Soundtrack)

Artist: Vangelis
P: 2004
Put the saga of history's greatest overachiever -- Macedonian emperor Alexander the Great had conquered 90% of the pre-Christian world before his death at 32 -- in the hands of Hollywood's favorite over-reacher, Oliver Stone, and the result is three-hours of epic blood 'n' bathos.
The soundtrack by Greek synth-score pioneer Vangelis Papathanassiou may be book ended by heroic orchestral/choral pomp of suitable scale and melodic dignity, but they buttress a far more compelling cocktail of primitive martial rhythms ("Drums of Gaugamela") and ancient ethnic-folk conceits ("Roxanne's Dance").
Though his film scores have become increasingly rare since the twin breakthroughs of his Oscar-winning Chariots of Fire and the sci-fi masterpiece Bladerunner, his work here argues that Vangelis' restless curiosity and musical range have only blossomed in the ensuing decades. With the exception of the final, club-targeted bonus cut, gone are his once overt electronics, replaced by a more organic, post-modern sense of fusion that evinces itself seductively on cues like "One Morning at Pella" and "Eastern Path".
Elsewhere, cuts like "Across the Mountains" and "Tender Memories" are powered by Vangelis' trademark graceful lyricism, a trait that helps set this score apart from sword 'n' sandal contemporaries like Gladiator and Troy.

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