Sunday 28 June 2015

Conquest of Paradise (Vangelis, 1992)

It was difficult for me to choose just one song among the huge discography of Ευάγγελος Οδυσσέας Παπαθανασίου, or Vangelis, as we all know him. A great composer, far from any musical label, but certainly not too far from prog rock (and you'll find some of his joint ventures in this blog). I finally decided to present here the title track of his 1992 original soundtrack for "Conquest of Paradise", celebrating Columbus and his explorations.

Vangelis is the author of a dozen beautiful original soundtracks.

A majestic theme, some airy keyboards, a bombastic orchestration, a magniloquent choir performance, but also a sensitive piano and well found rythmic solutions. Strangely enough, this track didn't get so popular at the film release time, but it surely did later, when it proved to be perfect for advertising spots, event openings and award ceremonies. This is also true for many other tracks by Vangelis and I do think he's the best one when it comes to rouse and excite people. That's why I listen to his music when I need some extra energy.

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