ALBUM WARNER RELEASE: OCTOBER 29, 1999 REVIEW: DECEMBER 17, 1999
is a collection of material from the Greek composer Vangelis. This is a really
good introduction to the man and his modern music, although the CD only span
one of three active decades – the nineties. Vangelis is one of the pioneers in
electronic music and in incorporating electronics and orchestration. His music
is big, even in it's calmer moments.
make soundtracks - with - and also without films one might say, his albums
contain passages and low profile pieces. "Reprise" is built on some
of the strongest parts of his nineties career.
highlight is the extremely magnificent and powerful "Conquest of
Paradise", featuring the English Chamber Choir. The single was a huge
success and, for example, the best selling single in Germany ever. This main
theme is one of five tracks from the beautiful "1492 - Conquest of
Paradise" score, much better than the movie itself and one of most
appreciated soundtracks of all times. Besides Vangelis' music for
"Bladerunner", of course, one of the first fully electronic
soundtracks. And a perfect soundtrack for a perfect movie. The soundtrack was
remastered and released not until 1994, together with some parts never used in
the movie. Unfortunately "Reprise" only contains "Rachel's
also offer tracks from the albums "The City" (with Roman and
Emanuelle Polanski, 1990), "Voices" (1995), "Oceanic"
(1996) and "El Greco" (1998).
Greco" is a tribute to the 16th century painter. Vangelis made music for
the National Gallery in Athens 1995 and released a full record three years
later. Finally, we find themes from the films "Bitter Moon" and
contains Vangelis story. We have tried to get an interview with this shy man
several times without any success. He speaks through his music and does it