Vangelis first came to my attention (and probably most of our attention) with his Academy Award-winning score for the 1981 movie Chariots of Fire. I wouldn’t necessarily classify his music as “progressive rock,” although he’s considered one of the pioneers of electronic music and worked with Jon Anderson of Yes in the early 1980’s. A more apt description would be New Age, but then, New Age grew out of electronic music. He’s been around for over fifty years and has issued as many albums, both studio LP’s and scores from films. A few of his full albums have been posted to YouTube, and they’re quite relaxing.
Anyway, on to the tunes…
Chariots of Fire: from the soundtrack for Chariots of Fire.
Hymne: From the soundtrack for the 1979 documentary Opéra Sauvage by filmmaker Frédéric Rossif.
Alpha: from his 1976 album Albedo 0.39.
Theme from Antarctica: from the 1983 film Nankyoku Monogatari (“South Pole Story”) by filmmaker Koreyoshi Kurahara.
Conquest of Paradise: from the 1992 Ridley Scott film 1492: Conquest of Paradise.
Vangelis, your Two (plus three) for Tuesday, April 26, 2016.