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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Vangelis - El Greco

Artist: Vangelis
P: 1995 / 1998
This album expands the original 'Tribute To El Greco' (released semi-privately in Athens in 1995) to a full-length CD by adding three tracks (Movements III, V and VII) to the original ones, which have not been tampered with for this release - only reordered slightly.
The lavishly packaged 1995 release was limited to 3000 signed copies and officially obtainable only through the National Gallery museum in Athens which used the money thus generated to help acquire an El Greco painting (called 'Saint Peter') for its collection, although various copies have been bought by me and others through different channels. I've always found the reasoning behind this restricted release a bit suspect - if you really want to generate a sizeable sum of money then why not create a great album and make it an international (or certainly internationally obtainable) release, perhaps upping the price a bit to account for its charity purpose. Anyway, a great album it was so this rerelease has been much welcomed by fans unable to get hold of the original.
The project shows Vangelis at his most inspired by the almost exclusively religious paintings from Domenikos Theotokopoulos (to give El Greco his full name) and his general artistic outlook. This becomes apparent from a rare personal note by Vangelis in the booklet, which is basically the mystic statement that, in order to be a truly creative artist, one must be true to one's own nature and thus to Cosmic nature in general, as they are identical.
The music's flavour is very Byzantine, using Greek orthodox harmonies, church-bells, choir-sounds and more. It's got a faint religious touch and is both austere and rich at the same time - austere because of the generally sparse orchestration, rich because of its deeply felt emotions. One of Vangelis' main musical strengths, which is the use of rubato (the slight quickening up or slowing down of the tempo of the music to create those subtle effects), is very much in evidence throughout. Two singers from the classical world also make a contribution - a great aria by Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballe accompanied on piano and on another track tenor Konstantinos Paliatsaras.
The album's promotion (what little there has been) occurred mainly through classical channels and although it's hard to think of a classical composer creating music equivalent in nature to 'El Greco' still anyone who likes classical music (for instance Wagner - similar use of rubato, or perhaps Eastern European religious music) will in all probability like this music as well.

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Vangelis - Heaven and Hell

Artist: Vangelis
P: 1975 / 2008
With ‘Heaven and Hell’, the first album to be produced at the Nemo studio in London, Vangelis really explodes onto the music scene, establishing his unique style. Being a very protean album, it contains just about everything: chorales, songs, instrumental passages, experiments and more.
If the title of the album is anything to go by, it starts off in hell with a primitive siren-like piece featuring hard-edged choral work and lasting about four minutes. After this a new theme gets introduced which goes through a dazzling set of variations, mainly on the piano, accompanied by either an all-male choir or heavenly female voices (premonitions of ‘Mask’ here) and constantly changing in tempo, lasting about nine minutes. The piano then introduces the famous Cosmos theme which slowly builds to massive proportions before achieving its maximum effect by changing in key. Surely we’re in heaven now where Jon Anderson awaits us for the first of many collaborations with Vangelis, the angelic ‘So Long Ago, So Clear’ which ends the first part.
The second part, although very different, does sort of follow the same route. At first an uneasy, almost sinister atmosphere is established after which some order is seemingly introduced through a fast-paced second piece. A choir of monks and angels then appears to take over with a beautiful melody but they are quickly brushed aside by a collection of highly irritating hellish voices. Fortunately the monks and angels return along with Vana Veroutis singing a stunning wordless melody. The sirens which started off the first part briefly return in different form before it all ends in complete tranquillity.

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Vangelis - Inner Data : Themes III

Artist: Vangelis
P: 2005
This Double CD contains rare tracks, that had been used as soundtracks on various movies.
Some tracks can be heard here for the first time. The usual Vangelis quallity.

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Vangelis - Invisible Connections

Artist: Vangelis
P: 1985

The Vangelis album it is most similar to is Beaubourg, although it is a much colder, harsher and more sterile sounding work. The warm analogue of Beaubourg has been replaced by colder more digital sounds. If you're looking for Chariots of Fire, then this isn't the CD for you.
Side one I just "got" immediately. It's a single track about 18 minutes long. The opening build up of percussion noises is intriguing, but it's the ending of this track that really affected me. A wailing synth sound cries out gently once. It is answered by a lower voice. The first voice cries out again, but this time no answer. The rest of the track is the first voice crying out for it's companion, but always unanswered. Maybe I'm reading too much into this but the end of side one is so haunting and sad, seemingly representing loss. I was deeply moved by this piece.
Side two comprises two shorter tracks. These I just don't get. I've listened to them several times, but I got none of the emotional connections that I'd found from the title track. I give this CD 4 stars based on the haunting first piece.

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Vangelis - Journey to Ithaka (DVD)

Artist: Vangelis
P: 2013
The two-hour documentary includes interviews with Vangelis and many of his friends and colleagues, including Sean Connery, Hugh Hudson, Jessye Norman, Oliver Stone, Akiko Ebi, Julian Rachlin and many others. It also includes rare, historical footage, most of which has never been seen before. Another highlight includes recent footage of Vangelis improvising new music!
Vangelis, a composer of electronic, ambient, jazz, pop/rock and orchestral music, is best known for his Academy Award winning score for the film 'Chariots Of Fire', and composing scores for the films 'Antarctica', 'Blade Runner', '1492: Conquest Of Paradise' and 'Alexander', as well as the use of his music in the PBS documentary 'Cosmos: A Personal Voyage' by Carl Sagan. Vangelis began his professional music career working with several popular Greek bands in the 1960's, such as The Forminx and most notably Aphrodite's Child. Throughout the 1970's Vangelis composed music scores for several animal documentaries; the success of these scores brought him into the film scoring mainstream.
In the early 1980's, Vangelis teamed up with YES vocalist/songwriter Jon Anderson. The duo recorded a series of successful and critically acclaimed albums under the name Jon & Vangelis. In 1981 Vangelis composed the score for the Oscar-winning film 'Chariots Of Fire', which won him an Academy Award for Best Original Music Score. The soundtrack's single “Theme From Chariots Of Fire” reached the top of the American Billboard Hot 100 chart and was most recently used as theme music at the London 2012 Olympics.
In a career spanning over 50 years, writing and composing over 50 albums, Vangelis is regarded as one of the greatest composers of electronic music of all time. And now, the new documentary 'Vangelis And The Journey To Ithaka' celebrates the music legend's illustrious and fascinating career!

Much to the excitement of music fans worldwide, the new feature length documentary on Greek music legend Vangelis titled 'Vangelis And The Journey To Ithaka' will be released on September 23, 2013 by Gonzo MultiMedia UK. The two-hour documentary includes interviews with Vangelis and many of his friends and colleagues, including Sean Connery, Hugh Hudson, Jessye Norman, Oliver Stone, Akiko Ebi, Julian Rachlin and many others. It also includes rare, historical footage, most of which has never been seen before. Another highlight includes recent footage of Vangelis improvising new music!
Vangelis, a composer of electronic, ambient, jazz, pop/rock and orchestral music, is best known for his Academy Award winning score for the film 'Chariots Of Fire', and composing scores for the films 'Antartica', 'Blade Runner', '1492: Conquest Of Paradise' and 'Alexander', as well as the use of his music in the PBS documentary 'Cosmos: A Personal Voyage' by Carl Sagan. Vangelis began his professional music career working with several popular Greek bands in the '60s such as The Forminx and most notably Aphrodite's Child. Throughout the 1970s Vangelis composed music scores for several animal documentaries; the success of these scores brought him into the film scoring mainstream.
In the early '80s, Vangelis teamed up with YES vocalist/songwriter Jon Anderson. The duo recorded a series of successful and critically acclaimed albums under the name Jon & Vangelis. In 1981 Vangelis composed the score for the Oscar-winning film 'Chariots Of Fire', which won him an Academy Award for Best Original Music Score. The soundtrack's single “Titles” reached the top of the American Billboard Hot 100 chart and was most recently used as theme music at the London 2012 Olympics.
In a career spanning over 50 years, writing and composing over 50 albums, Vangelis is regarded as one of the greatest composers of electronic music of all time. And now, the new documentary 'Vangelis And The Journey To Ithaka' celebrates the music legend's illustrious and fascinating career!
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Vangelis - L'apocalypse des Animaux

Artist: Vangelis
P: 1972 / 1986
L'Apocalypse Des Animaux brings together various pieces supporting the images in Frederic Rossif’s nature-inspired film of the same name. The music doesn’t so much describe the realities of nature itself but rather reflects a sort of philosophical reality. On one level, the association always get is how people in prehistoric times might have viewed nature: sometimes tranquil (as in ‘La Petite Fille de la Mer’), sometimes dark and mysterious (as in ‘Creation du Monde’) but always part of themselves. On another level the music manifests a sort of nostalgic longing back to those times which can nowadays only be glimpsed in the ever-decreasing world of animals, hence the apocalyptic title of the film. Although very relaxing music, it is this aspect of many-levelness (a feature of all Vangelis’s serious work) which sets it apart from New Age music.

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Vangelis - Light + Shadow

Artist: Vangelis
P: 2013
Best of Vangelis

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Vangelis - Mask

Artist: Vangelis
P: 1985
This, along with Soil Festivities, is a distinct break from his earlier works. This one opens with a gong, agitated rhythm, punctuated theme followed by a thunderous intense (synthetic?) wordless latin-like syllabalic chorus-like voices on top. I don't see any vocal attributions to a single person let alone a whole collection of voices, so I assume it is some pretty sophisticated synthesizer stuff. Nevertheless, it could be real humans not listed in the credits. In other movements, in addition to the chorus voices, there are lyrical passages in the alto/tenor range with similar wordless syllabalic nature that I also assume are synthesized.
Throughout the movements (6 of them) Vangelis explores themes and motifs ranging through lyrical, light, majestic, dark, brooding, abrupt, agitated and thunderous. The material is interesting, complex and rich. If you're looking for elevator/supermarket/reception/on-hold fluff, then this is not the place to find it.
Its tensions never get strident or dissonant. If you are familiar with orchestral works, then, by comparison, the intensities and tensions don't reach the levels found in Ralph Vaughan Williams' 4th or 6th symphonies, Hector Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique or Gustav Holst's Planets. You won't need therapy and it won't wear you out.
If you listen to all the movements in one sitting, the last movement will give you some well placed light etherial majestic relief and closure to the set of movements.

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Vangelis - Mythodea

Artist: Vangelis
P: 2001
This album gathers the music composed by the author for the NASA mission 2001 Mars Odyssey. This is one of the most Classical albums lately released by Vangelis. The 11 pieces constituting this compact disc are more orchestra-oriented rather than electronic. Vangelis, who in this album plays the electronic keyboards, is accompanied by Kathleen Battle and Jessye Norman (sopranos), the London Metropolitan Orchestra, and the National Opera of Greece Choir. With the strength of a painter from the Renaissance, in this album, Vangelis embarks into an epic voyageto the Red Planet. The majestic melodies appear to grow little by little, in a continuous crescendo that reaches incredible heights.Although "Mythodea" is not a dark work, there is no lack of mysterious atmospheres and passages, where one can, for instance, feel as if we were travelling towards the unknown, far from any common region of the universe. In summary, a wonderful classical work by The Wizard of Keyboards.

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Vangelis - Mythodea (DVD)

Artist: Vangelis
P: 2001
The DVD shows the concert with the great performance in Greece.
This album gathers the music composed by the author for the NASA mission 2001 Mars Odyssey. This is one of the most Classical albums lately released by Vangelis. The 11 pieces constituting this compact disc are more orchestra-oriented rather than electronic. Vangelis, who in this album plays the electronic keyboards, is accompanied by Kathleen Battle and Jessye Norman (sopranos), the London Metropolitan Orchestra, and the National Opera of Greece Choir. With the strength of a painter from the Renaissance, in this album, Vangelis embarks into an epic voyageto the Red Planet. The majestic melodies appear to grow little by little, in a continuous crescendo that reaches incredible heights. Although "Mythodea" is not a dark work, there is no lack of mysterious atmospheres and passages, where one can, for instance, feel as if we were travelling towards the unknown, far from any common region of the universe. In summary, a wonderful classical work by The Wizard of Keyboards.

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Vangelis - Mythodea (DVD) (NTSC)

Artist: Vangelis
P: 2001
The DVD shows the concert with the great performance in Greece.
This album gathers the music composed by the author for the NASA mission 2001 Mars Odyssey. This is one of the most Classical albums lately released by Vangelis. The 11 pieces constituting this compact disc are more orchestra-oriented rather than electronic. Vangelis, who in this album plays the electronic keyboards, is accompanied by Kathleen Battle and Jessye Norman (sopranos), the London Metropolitan Orchestra, and the National Opera of Greece Choir. With the strength of a painter from the Renaissance, in this album, Vangelis embarks into an epic voyageto the Red Planet. The majestic melodies appear to grow little by little, in a continuous crescendo that reaches incredible heights. Although "Mythodea" is not a dark work, there is no lack of mysterious atmospheres and passages, where one can, for instance, feel as if we were travelling towards the unknown, far from any common region of the universe. In summary, a wonderful classical work by The Wizard of Keyboards.

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Vangelis - Nocturne

Artist: Vangelis
P: 2019
Vangelis plays his best known and new melodies with the piano.

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Vangelis - Oceanic

Artist: Vangelis
P: 1996
"Oceanic", like previous Vangelis inspirations, "Chariots of Fire" and "Blade Runner" transcends rhythm and melody to become a spiritual experience. Where it takes you will depend on you, but it will evoke a response or even a journey if you give it a chance. My first encounter with "Oceanic" was not impressive, just listening to snatches of a few tracks as somebody else played the CD. But when I completed it entirely, it engrossed both my attention and imagination. The music sank into the background as my response welled up and the tracks seemed to build on each other somehow. Every time I listen to it now I get ! ! a different response, but it has turned into a meditative experience that I relish. "Oceanic" is a great title because this CD is deep and different every time you look at it.

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Vangelis - Odyssey

Artist: Vangelis
P: 2003
A very good compilation throughout all the works of Vangelis, with two additional new tracks and two tracks together with Jon Anderson. A must for every newbie in Vangelis music and for every collector.

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Vangelis - Opera Sauvage

Artist: Vangelis
P: 1979 / 1987
This album is an ideal introduction to Vangelis' music. It both contains genuine melodic classics such as "Hymne" and "L'Enfant" and more ambient pieces; i.e. the quiet (slightly romantic) "Rêve", "Mouettes" and "Irlande", the eerie (but almost hypnotic) "Chromatique", and the more dramatic "Flamants Roses". All the tracks are some of the most memorable pieces Vangelis has ever composed. Highly original. And therefore a work that will stand the test of time(!).
"Opera Sauvage" is an album that most people will appreciate, whether they like electronic music in general or not.
Although the album-title could suggest otherwise, there's nothing operatic about this album as instead it presents a selection of instrumental pieces accompanying Frederic Rossif's films, this time supposedly about the diversity of human cultures. Vangelis would later turn the simple tune 'Hymne' into a real choral hymn for the Rotterdam concert and 'Portraits' album. 'Reve' could possibly rival the love theme from 'Blade Runner' as the most romantic music Vangelis ever wrote - a very powerful piece in a subtle way. 'Mouettes' is a beautifully pure short piece - its clear high-pitched instrumental voice is used on virtually all other tracks as well.All tracks up to the last are very tranquil - 'Flamants Roses' starts out in similar fashion aided by some harp-playing by Jon Anderson (strangely enough - I've yet to see another occurrence of this on any other of his albums, solo, Yes or otherwise) but after some 5 minutes the musical fireworks are turned on and the album gets closed out with a great dramatic section.

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Vangelis - Portraits

Artist: Vangelis
P: 1996
In 'Portraits' the recordings are not organised chronologically. It's more like a developmental process beginning with his early work in sythesizers and electronic orchestration (see 'Pulstar' and 'Alpha'). There are selections hinting at personal growth also such as the childlike sounds of 'Italian Song' and the innocence of 'La Petite Fille De La Mer'. Collaborative works with Jon Anderson, who could be called the voice of Vangelis come next, and then we are treated to the grand and epic orchestral pieces. Tracks such as 'I'll find my way home' and 'State of Independence' no longer hint at personal development, they speak directly to self discovery, spiritual quests and growth. These themes are also woven into 'Conquest of Paradise' and 'Chariots of Fire' and tell me that 'Hymn' and 'Antarctica' don't make you contemplative.

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Vangelis - Reprise 1990-1999

Artist: Vangelis
P: 1999
Anyone not willing to spend the money to buy 40+ Vangelis albums would do well to buy "Themes", "Portraits" and this latest compilation-album "Reprise" instead, because together they assemble a pretty reasonable overview of his oeuvre, with hardly any overlap between them. Vangelis was personally involved with all three, allowing previously unreleased movie-themes to be released on them, which is why they're of interest also to fans who do have all "real" albums.
"Reprise" marks the end of Vangelis' period with EastWest and features tracks from all of his albums released on that label, with some of them being a bit shorter than the originals. The highest number (five) come from "1492 - Conquest Of Paradise", with just the one coming from "The City" and "Blade Runner" and the rest from "Voices", "Oceanic" and "El Greco". They have been digitally remastered and made into a sort of suite, with each track fading into the next without pause.
It's interesting to note that almost half the tracks feature a vocalist and/or choir, showing a shift towards more and more varied vocal music made by Vangelis in the nineties ("Oceanic" is the only completely instrumental album) - he's worked with plenty of vocalists before of course, but there used to be more purely instrumental albums.
'Psalmus Ode', the second of two previously unreleased tracks, illustrates the point perfectly, featuring the stunning voice of boy soprano Jeremy Budd in a beautiful slow piece. It appears to have the figure of "Death" walking in the background, which would be sort of fitting as it's the theme to the movie "The Plague".The 'Bitter Moon' theme is one of those typically great tragic piano-pieces - the start of it can be heard over the opening titles of the movie, the rest is faintly audible in the background further on. However, the music over the end-titles still hasn't been officially released (there's plenty of room for it here), which is now turning into an almost criminal oversight, as it's possibly the best piano-piece Vangelis ever made.

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Vangelis - Rosetta
Artist: Vangelis
P: 2016
Inspired by the Rosetta Mission, an extraordinary and ground-breaking project by the European Space Agency [ESA] to land a probe on a comet for the first time in history, Vangelis has composed this suite of inter-connection.
Vangelis, the world-renowned musician, has composed this music specially for ESA and inspired by the Rosetta mission. Vangelis's music is often linked to themes of science, history and exploration, and he is best known for his Academy Award–winning score for the film Chariots of Fire, composing scores for the films Antarctica, Blade Runner, 1492: Conquest of Paradise and Alexander, and the use of his music in the documentary series Cosmos, by Carl Sagan.
Vangelis said: "Mythology, science and space exploration are subjects that have fascinated me since my early childhood. And they were always connected somehow with the music I write."

 
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Vangelis - Rosetta (Vinyl 2-LP)
Artist: Vangelis
P: 2016
Inspired by the Rosetta Mission, an extraordinary and ground-breaking project by the European Space Agency [ESA] to land a probe on a comet for the first time in history, Vangelis has composed this suite of inter-connection.
Vangelis, the world-renowned musician, has composed this music specially for ESA and inspired by the Rosetta mission. Vangelis's music is often linked to themes of science, history and exploration, and he is best known for his Academy Award–winning score for the film Chariots of Fire, composing scores for the films Antarctica, Blade Runner, 1492: Conquest of Paradise and Alexander, and the use of his music in the documentary series Cosmos, by Carl Sagan.
Vangelis said: "Mythology, science and space exploration are subjects that have fascinated me since my early childhood. And they were always connected somehow with the music I write."

 
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Vangelis - Sauvage et Beau

Artist: Vangelis
P: 1996
This is a compilation CD-Single from the album Portraits.

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