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 - Soil Festivities

Artist: Vangelis
P: 1984
A real jewel in the crown of his ouvre, this album highlights Vangelis' ability to create a unique sound-world for a single musical project. This time it involves that period of the year, sort of fresh early spring, when new life crops up everywhere all of a sudden: the start of a new cycle of life and death, hence the album-title 'Soil Festivities'. Vangelis manages to get across this feeling of "the miracle of nature" really well and in a very direct sense - there's nothing wishy-washy or New Age about it. Accordingly, it's also completely devoid of the human factor - quite unlike for instance the Romantic composers like Mahler who very much viewed nature as being linked to Man's inner state.To achieve the maximum effect of freshness Vangelis uses some rather exotic harmonies (mostly in major keys - his usual nostalgia isn't really apparent here), random percussion-effects and "jumpy" melody-lines.
The long first movement is set to a brisk walking tempo and sometimes accompanied by rain-effects. Added to this Vangelis lets loose his improvisational skills to probably indicate the many forms of life springing into existence. The second movement has a more tune-like quality and could be meant as the musical image of a plant growing beautifully but then withering away. This is the most tranquil piece of the lot, in contrast to the next three which are darker in atmosphere. The third movement shows the violent side of nature with moments of despair alternating with ones of glory, indicating the struggle to survive, whilst the fourth is more contemplative and a bit gloomy. The best is saved for last: a wonderfully loose piece in which Vangelis again shows his skill at improvisation, going through many moods and tempos before setting up an emotional conclusion to this feast of life.
Presenting a very direct and well-balanced view of the natural world, one cannot recommend this album too much, but don't expect anything Romantic.

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Vangelis - Spiral

Artist: Vangelis
P: 1977/ 2008
This album finds Vangelis for the first time making heavy use of sequencers (on all tracks apart from the strange but enchanting ‘Ballad’). He does this quite imaginatively and never loses sight of the fact that he’s making music - therefore the sequencers make up just one more dimension supporting the thrust of the musical argument. The title-track continues where Albedo left off and could have appeared on that album. But ‘Ballad’ is entirely different and features Vangelis himself on distorted nonsense-vocals.
In ‘Dervish D’ and the closing ‘3+3’ the sequencers return in devastating form - two great fast tracks. Inbetween stands one of Vangelis’ best-known pieces, the profound ballad ‘To The Unknown Man’. It slowly builds upon the opening conversation between bass-line and main melody, adding harmonies and marching-band percussion along the way before it reaches its climax which is completely different musically but a fitting climax nonetheless, nicely getting Vangelis out of the conundrum of how on earth to end the great first part build-up.

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Vangelis - Spiral (Remastered)

Artist: Vangelis
P: 1977/ 2013
This album finds Vangelis for the first time making heavy use of sequencers (on all tracks apart from the strange but enchanting ‘Ballad’). He does this quite imaginatively and never loses sight of the fact that he’s making music - therefore the sequencers make up just one more dimension supporting the thrust of the musical argument. The title-track continues where Albedo left off and could have appeared on that album. But ‘Ballad’ is entirely different and features Vangelis himself on distorted nonsense-vocals.
In ‘Dervish D’ and the closing ‘3+3’ the sequencers return in devastating form - two great fast tracks. Inbetween stands one of Vangelis’ best-known pieces, the profound ballad ‘To The Unknown Man’. It slowly builds upon the opening conversation between bass-line and main melody, adding harmonies and marching-band percussion along the way before it reaches its climax which is completely different musically but a fitting climax nonetheless, nicely getting Vangelis out of the conundrum of how on earth to end the great first part build-up.
Here the remastered version by Vangelis with an additional bonus track, never released on Cd before...

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Vangelis - Swiadectwo

Artist: Vangelis & Robert Janson
P: 2008
Swiadectwo is a Polish documentary film about Pope John Paul the second. Vangelis made 3 new tracks in the usual orchestral hymn style. Brilliant.

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Vangelis - The Collection (+ new Track)

Artist: Vangelis
P: 2012
Perfect collection of his favourite melodies with one new Bonus Track.

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Vangelis - The Collection (3 CD Set)

Artist: Vangelis
P: 2006
The 3 original albums (each in its own Jewelcase) in a cardboard box.

instead 12,50 EUR
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Vangelis - The Greek (Soundtrack)

Artist: Vangelis
P: 2007 / 2012
This LTD CD Set includes:
THE GREEK-EL GRECO (SCORE MUSIC), TESTIMONY (Music from the movie), EL GRECO (NON SCORE) & VARIOUS ORCHESTRAL TRACKS FROM OTHER MOVIES.

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Vangelis - The Interviews (DVD)

Artist: Vangelis
P: 2016
Over 4 hours of interviews with the master from all periods of Vangelis.

 

 

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Vangelis - The Music of Vangelis by Russel B.

Artist: Russel B.
P: 2006
These album tracks are professional re-creations and not renditions by the original artist.

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Vangelis - Voices

Artist: Vangelis
P: 1995
'Voices' is an album with telling contributions by members of the Athens Opera Company as well as a few singers all enhancing the album's intimate atmosphere. It doesn't start off like that though, for the title-track is an exuberant outgoing sing-a-long piece à la 'Conquest Of Paradise' which earlier in the year had unexpectedly become a huge hit all over Europe. Its main melody returns in both the beautiful 'Echoes' (slowed down to adagio tempo) and the charming little. At the start it appears to also feature the cello played by Caroline Lavelle or perhaps Vangelis' sampled version of it. Lavelle in turn has a nice Enya-like song in 'Come To Me' where she plays her faintly audible cello in the lower registers. Next on the album perhaps the two best pieces are featured, both very intimate and thoughtful, at first the inspired piano piece 'Prelude' immediately followed by another more densely orchestrated piano piece which features Paul Young on vocals and has a great climactic fade-out. The last two pieces are a bit simple and don't really add much to what went on before so the overall verdict must be that 'Voices' is not a consistently strong album, although it does have its own unique atmosphere. Certainly the singers appear to have to restrain themselves and can't really sing out like, say, Jon Anderson would, which is a pity for an album entitled 'Voices'.

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Vangelis - Voices (3 Track Maxi)

Artist: Vangelis
P: 1995
This is the Maxi CD Version with 3 tracks.

Here the last copy, second hand.

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Vangelis Tribute - Chariots of Synths

Artist: Various Artists
P: 1999
This is a compilation of tracks with songs composed by Vangelis, but played from different artist.
Timescape (Performer), LCD (Performer), T. Anderson (Performer), Vangelis (Performer), Michael Bondee (Performer), Dave Thompson (Liner Notes)


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