Audio Fidelity, the label that successfully released the recent vinyl pressing of Vangelis' Blade Runner soundtrack album, has now announced they will be releasing the same Vangelis album on a limited numbered SACD.
SACDs, or Super Audio CDs are a form of high quality digital disks, similar to CDs, but with much higher sampling rate and sampling precision, resulting in potential better audio quality than a standard CD.
The Blade Runner release will be a Hybrid SACD, which means that the single disks functions both as a regular CD and an SACD, playing as a regular CD on CD players, and in high quality on SACD players. The sound will be mastered by Kevin Grey, who was also involved for the vinyl release. The exact limit of this production has not been announced.
Label: Audio Fidelity Catalog: AFZ 154
Amazon.com sold out their stock of the vinyl release in just a few days time, and the record still tops many of the world's specialist vinyl stores' sales lists, including Acoustic Sounds.
Thanks to Patrick Schouten who was the first to send us the tip on this.
"Time To Say Goodbye" star Sarah Brightman has recorded a cover version of Vangelis' "So Long Ago, So Clear" from the "Heaven and Hell" album (1975), originally sung by Jon Anderson. The track only appears as a bonus audio track on a supplementary DVD, sold with some exclusive editions of the album (found on Amazon.com), as well as on the iTunes Deluxe edition of the album, and the Super Deluxe Edition (Earth Globe housed in a Black Box) version of this release.
Thanks to Graham Carter for the heads-up.
While Amazon in the UK is held up delivering their orders for the Trashed DVD, their North American counterparts list it as "In Stock" and ready to ship.
The documentary's official site has expanded possibilities to watch the film online, directly through their web site. They now allow to switch successfully to different viewing qualities, and now also allow an option to buy, rather than rent a viewing license. For US$14.99 you can download the film in the shape of an MP4 video file.
If you have previously paid to rent the movie, you can upgrade to downloading by paying the difference. The rental period has been extended also, now allowing to re-view the movie during the period of a week.
Both streaming and download options allow a choice between four different image quality settings. That sadly, is where the problem lies. All viewing options seem to be "upscaled" from a lower quality master, probably the same resolution as the DVD. Therefore, you can switch it to FULL HD quality, but you still basically get to watch an outdated standard defination video. We recommend downloading (or watching) it set to the 480P option, which is clearly better than the 320P option, while the others fail to improve on those results.
In a day and age where everyone owns a high resolution flat screen TV and movie fans prefer Blu-Rays over DVDs, the lack of a High Definition release doesn't really meet customer demand or expectations.
It is however on account of the quality of the film itself that we do still highly recommend seeing it by any available means: This is an involving and convincing presentation of some important problems that we face as humanity, earnestly presented by Jeremy Irons who adds a touch of dry humor to the ominous themes. The film is backed by a beautiful, colorful, diverse and engaging new original score by Vangelis.
As of today "Trashed" can be viewed at the film’s official website as a video on demand for 5.99 USD. Viewing is possible from a computer by registering with the Trashedfilm.com website and payment with a credit card. Note that the resolution of the video stream is 360p. Attempting to switch to higher resolutions does not work at this moment.
The DVD release of "Trashed" on Amazon.co.uk has been delayed for a week and will start shipping from April 29.
The supposed release of a new pressing of the rare 1970 LP called "Sex power", which is currently being listed by several on-line record stores, is not supported by Vangelis. According to sources close to Vangelis the legality of this release is currently being examined. Not only was Vangelis not involved in this release; he was unaware something like this was being prepared.
In anticipation of the release of Vangelis' spectacular concert in Qatar, we spoke to someone who had the fortune of watching a version of the "Making Of" documentary, which will be included on the live DVD.
If no major changes are still made to the documentary it will, among other things, include interviews with Hugh Hudson, Jeremy Irons, and the son of the Emir of Qatar. Footage is included of a private jam session of the guest performers who appeared at the ethnic opening part of the event and Vangelis attending rehearsals of the children's choir. Some parts of the documentary feature new original Vangelis music, which was not heard at the concert or anywhere else before.
Fans who are waiting for the upcoming vinyl edition of Vangelis' Blade Runner soundtrack may enjoy this video showing mastering engineer Kevin Gray discussing some of the characteristics of the sound, while working on the mastering to fit this sound on vinyl.
Today is March 29 2013. Exactly 70 years have passed since Vangelis was born in the picturesque village of Agria, near Volos, Greece.
We'd like to take the opportunity to wish the maestro a very happy birthday, with many years to come in good health and in good spirit.
- The Elsewhere team
The Institut National De L'Audiovisuel (INA), the French organization who maintain the country's official archive of audio visual footage celebrates Vangelis' birthday today on their web site with the release of a short television report about Vangelis, including unique interview and music performance footage that was probably never seen again after its original broadcast on June 17, 1981.
US daily radio music programme "Echoes" will dedicate a part of its show to Vangelis' music to celebrate his 70th birthday. The broadcast is scheduled for today (Thursday 28 March):
On May 26, the Heritage Orchestra will perform their rendition of Vangelis' score for "Blade Runner" at the Sydney Opera House. The concert will be performed by a 45-piece orchestra and is part of the Vivid Sydney 2013 festival.
To avoid any possible confusion: This is not a Vangelis event. Vangelis' name is advertised as composer of the film score. He will not be involved in this performance.
The upcoming release of Vangelis' Blade Runner album as a vinyl record (LP) is now scheduled for April 16.
Label: Audio Fidelity Catalog: AFZLP 154
At Sound Stage Direct, a shop that specializes in selling music on vinyl, Blade Runner as pre-order is already the top selling release.
Thanks to Keith Boleen for the release date.
Recent tweets by orchestrator Sylvain Morizet have aroused curiosity about the apparent re-orchestration of Vangelis choral symphony "Mythodea". Sources close to Vangelis reveil some context on what is going on.
Vangelis' 1993 composition, originally performed live almost completely on synthesizers was first orchestrated in 2001 by Blake Neely and recorded with the London Philharmonic orchestra, released on CD by Sony Classical. The 2001 orchestration was aimed at performing the work with an orchestra, but depended on a central Vangelis performance using his multi instrumental technique on his custom controlled synthesizer setup.
Now, due to serious demand in the classical music world, work is in progress on a new orchestration of the entire Mythodea composition that would allow the work to be performed by a large orchestra, without the necesity of Vangelis' central performance.
On this topic, Vangelis' orchestrator Sylvain Morizet tweeted just yesterday:
We will of course be following this topic for any new developments.
In adition to the upcoming UK release of Trashed on DVD (see our January 11 update), Amazon.com now also lists a US release, set for the same release date: Apil 22. Sadly there are no signs yet of any upcoming release on the HD Blu-Ray format.
An update on the upcoming DVD release of La Fête Sauvage: The extras will also contain a 42 minute documentary film portrait of Frederic Rossif, directed by Ivan Falardi, produced in the late eighties. The audio language is Italian, while English and French subtitles will be provided.
A new performance was added to the Kremlin Palace's schedule of the Vangelis scored Beauty and the Beast ballet: September 12, starting at 19:00.
Jeremy Irons and "Trashed" film maker Candida Brady were in Brussels yesterday to voice their support to EU's announcement of a new initiative on dealing with waste and kicking off the debate on the issue of recycling. Jeremy Irons joined EU environmental commissioner Janez Potočnik at the press conference and spoke of his ideas on how to reduce waste.
"Trashed" was also screened at the EU Parliament yesterday with Jeremy Irons attending. The EU commissioner for Education Androulla Vassiliou met with Irons and Brady and proposed an initiative to encourage EU schools to screen a shortened edit of "Trashed".
The event has garnered great media interest from around the world, here are a selection of links from the web:
"Trashed" was first screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012 and features an original score by Vangelis.
While fans are waiting for the long awaited release of Vangelis' concert in Qatar, it seems that recent messages on Twitter by "Beauty and the Beast" orchestrator Sylvain Morizet are the first hints of a new project Vangelis is involved in. The relevant tweets by Morizet so far:
Our sources close to Vangelis confirm that the song Sylvain has orchestrated is a new song, composed for soprano Angela Gheorgiu. This is a part of a new project currently being finalized. In addition to Gheorgiu, other important artists are involved as well.
The project is unrelated to the Qatar event, which also involved Angela's classical voice.
Check back here for more news, we will post it as soon as it comes in.
As reported in our July 24 2012 update, the initial release of "The Collection" on iTunes and other online sources had a technical problem delivering badly editted tracks. We have confirmed that this problem has recently been resolved. It does however seem that at least on iTunes, the corrected version will appear only for newly made purchases.
Vangelis' "Blade Runner" soundtrack (1994 Warner version) will be released on vinyl soon. The release is mastered by Audio Fidelity and will be issued on 180 gram transparent red vinyl. The record will come in a gatefold sleeve and will include many stills from the film. The tracklist per each side of the LP:
Side A: 1. Main Titles 3:42 2. Blush Response 5:47 3. Wait For Me 5:27 4. Rachel's Song 4:46 5. Love Theme 4:56 6. One More Kiss, Dear 3:58 Side B: 1. Blade Runner Blues 8:53 2. Memories Of Green 5:05 3. Tales Of The Future 4:46 4. Damask Rose 2:32 5. Blade Runner (End Titles) 4:40 6. Tears In Rain 3:00
The release date will be announced soon by "URP Music Distributors" and it is expected to come out in two months. Check the "Blade Runner" vinyl release on Audio Fidelity's website:
The Kremlin Ballet added another performance of "Beauty and the Beast" to its 2013 schedule. In addition to the remaining performance dates on April 26, May 16, and June 26, a new performance is scheduled on November 17 at 14:00.
Check out the Facebook page for Romanian singer Cezar The Voice. He has posted a photograph of himself with Vangelis:
The singer has in recent times mentioned on more than one occasion that Vangelis wrote a piece of music specifically for him. We managed to confirm that Vangelis did indeed write this music. According to our information, this song has not yet been recorded.
We'll keep you posted on this topic.
Cezar is actually in competition to represent Romania at this year's edition of the annual Eurovision Song Festival, but he does not sing the Vangelis song on these occasions.
The Kremlin Ballet has done it again today and uploaded additional video excerpts from Wayne Eagling's "Beauty and the Beast" ballet; and music scored by Vangelis:
The French CNC organization (Centre National Du Cinéma et de l'image animeé) has granted a €70,000 subsidy to properly restore and archive the Vangelis score feature film nature documentary "La Fete Sauvage". As announced earlier, Zoroastre is working on a re-release of this movie on DVD, Blu-ray and a pay-per-view internet release. The CNC's help will secure that the restoration will be done in 2K quality, which means a much higher definition (sharper image) and precise colors than the Full HD quality distributed on Blu-Ray disks.
Part of the film's original crew Bernard Zitzermann (Chief operator) and Dominique Caseneuve (editor) will be involved in the restoration process.
Source material will include both a 16mm original negative of the film and three 35mm internegatives that were used to create the 35mm prints for the theatrical release in 1975.
The quality should match that of the restored "Georges Mathieu ou la Fureur d'Etre" documentary in 2006, which was handled in the same way. The quality of the 35mm print shown on the big screen at the restoration premiere in Paris was absolutely stunning.
The work that will be involved means that the release of the DVD will not happen before the Summer. Be sure to check back here as we will follow more developments on this project closely.
Today the Kremlin Ballet has released even more footage of their performance of the Vangelis scored "Beauty and the Beast" ballet, performed at the Kremlin Palace theater in Moscow:
The Kremlin Ballet has uploaded additional videos from Wayne Eagling's ballet "Beauty and the Beast". The next performance of the ballet is scheduled on February 26:
The Kremlin Ballet has uploaded to YouTube a few short videos from Wayne Eagling's ballet "Beauty and the Beast", with music by Vangelis:
Here are a couple of links with more coverage on "Beauty and the Beast":
Some photo albums shared by the Kremlin Ballet on their Facebook page. Some links may require logging in to Facebook:
There is good news on the "Beauty and the Beast" ballet. The Kremlin Ballet, who are currently preforming this expanded version of Wayne Eagling's 1986 ballet, are considering to take this production on a tour. If all goes well, they could take be continuing their performances at various venues throughout Russia, Europe and possibly the United States.
This would be a great chance for anyone who wants to see this choreography and of course to hear all of this unreleased Vangelis music being performed by a live orchestra.
You'll find more info on this web page, as soon as it becomes available.
Soprano Angela Gheorghiu has posted another photograph of herself with Vangelis on her Facebook page: "Dinners with friends during the 2 day stay in Paris".
On February 7 "Trashed" will get a special screening at the Houses of Parliament, London. Jeremy Irons will be joining a host of MPs and campaigners to raise awareness of dealing with global waste. The film makers have made available two tickets to the public by entering a competition at their Facebook page:
Furthermore, the film will be screened twice in Gloucestershire in February. The sceenings are part of a public awareness champaign by "GlosVain Against Incineration". "Trashed" screenings in Gloucestershire:
Enviromental film "Trashed" continues to receive praise with the latest coming from EcoWatch.org, recommending it as "must see documentary".
And there are more chances to see "Trashed". Make the best of them, if you can, as this score so far proved very popular among Vangelis fans.
We're a bit late for the screening in Rome, as this takes place tonight on Friday, January 25, at the Raindance Film Festival's Rome edition. According to the organizers, the screening of "Trashed" in Florence was a sell-out.
There's a bit more time for Paris, France, where Trashed will screen on February 24 and 25, at the "30e Festival international du film d'environment".
Thanks to Paul Van Kesteren for the tip about the Paris screenings.
Downloads of the Vangelis remastered version of "Earth" (see the January 21 update) are now also available in Italy and Germany, with more European countries likely to follow.
The day after the premier performance of the expanded "Beauty and the Beast" ballet, media in Rusland are starting to publish their reports. It seems to early for actual reviews, but here are some other media reports:
Sources close to the production were able to shed some light on Vangelis' music in this production.
While in 1986 the original Vangelis music was played from tape, now at the Kremlin Palace, all of it is performed live by an orchestra.
Vangelis, as always, composed the music performing on his synthesizers. The music was then transcribed by Irina Valentinova - Karpouchina, orchestrated by Sylvain Morizet and Jean Pascal Beintus. Finally, the individual scores were prepared for the orchestra by Guy-Paul Romby and Vladimir Kachesov. The New Russia State Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Igor Razumovsky.
Here is a complete list of the music being performed:
M1. Ouverture 6:00 M2. Creditors 3:17 M3. Suiter and Beauty 1:50 M4. Father and Beauty 2:30 M5. Beauty Solo 2:30 M6. Journey to the Forest 3:00 M7. Bats 4:00 M8. Deer 4:00 M9. Wolves 3:25 M10. Bears 4:00 M11. Doves 4:13 M12. Into the Mansion 2:00 M13. Father's Dream 4:32 M14. Garden 6:10
M15. Mansion 1:30 M16. Servants dance 3:30 M17. The Mask 4:45 M18. Beast's solo 4:37 M19. Jester's dance 3:47 M20. Sun and the Moon 4:13 M21. Solo Guy, solo Girl 4:58 M22. Best and Beauty - Pas de deux 7:00 M23. The Mirror 3:45 M24. Belle Returns 2:45 M25. Finale 5:00
Universal Music in France has released an online version of Vangelis' 1973 album Earth. It seems to involve the version remastered by Vangelis himself, since the style of the artwork matches the remastered releases of Odes and Rapsodies and indeed, the mastering differs from earlier releases.
Purists should note that this version, like the CD versions released in Greece in the late '90s, contains a recording with some additional reverb applied. For the original sound as released in 1973, you still need to play the vinyl records.
The remastered "Earth" album is available as download or stream from Amazon.fr, itunes.fr, Spotify, etc.
The best quality version can be obtained from www.qobuz.com, where a download in lossless CD quality is being sold.
So far, there is no sign that any actual CD release would follow.
Tonight is the official premier performance. We do expect to be able to share some more information in a new update tomorrow.
It has been revealed that Vangelis' orchestral music on "Beauty and the Beast" will be performed by the "New Russia State Symphony Orchestra" with Yury Bashmet acting as artistic director. The orchestra will be conducted by Igor Razumovsky who earlier today gave a radio interview to "The Voice of Russia" and spoke warmly of Vangelis' score:
As reported earlier Wayne Eagling was scheduled to appear today on Russian radio station cultradio.ru. Sadly Wayne couldn't attend but instead "Beauty and the Beast" dancer Alexandra Timofeeva appeared as guest. The radio program discussed the upcoming "Beauty and the Beast" ballet and among the topics was Vangelis' music.
The radio program has treated its listeners by playing fragments from Vangelis' "Beauty and the Beast" music, about 14 minutes of music was played. The radio program can now be listened online on the station's website. Vangelis music appears in the program at these times: (00:10 - 03:31), (12:21 - 16:59) , (23:18 - 26:57), and (38:29 - 40:49).
Russian media site m24u.ru made a news video segment on "Beauty and the Beast"'s upcoming premiere, showing scenes from the pre-rehearsals.
A photo from today's rehearsals of "Beauty and the Beast" was shared on microblogging site Twitter. The photo tweeted by one of the orchestrators shows the ballet dancers on stage with an orchestra spotted in the orchestra pit playing music, indicating that Vangelis' orchestral music will be played live during the performance.
Tomorrow Wayne Eagling will be appearing on Russian radio station cultradio.ru. On the prgramme Eagling along with the artistic director of the "Kremlin Ballet" Andrei Petrov will be interviewed on the topic of the ballet's Russian premiere this coming Tuesday. The radio interview will be broadcast at 13:05 Moscow time (10:05 CET time) on the programme "Personalities."
On Wednesday 23 January "Trashed" will be shown at the Odeon Cinema, in Florence, Italy (screen time 20:30.) The screening will be for one day only and will be shown in its original English version with Italian subtitles.
Media in Russia are slowly warming up to the upcoming new staging of Wayne Eagling's ballet choreography of "Beauty and the Beast" at the Kremlin Palace Theater. A press conference was organized on Thursday, with Eagling attending. The first photographs of the rehearses were released, showing off the lavish production design.
Interviews with Eagling reveal that the ballet was extended with extra choreography of no less then 45 minutes, seriously expanding the performance from one act to a two act production. Eagling explained that he added new characters, including Beauty's father, to show more of her background.
This must also explain Vangelis' involvement, extending and adding to the music. French orchestrator Sylvain Morizet has tweeted about his involvement in orchestrating music for this project, so it looks like either the new music, or all of it will be orchestral in nature. Sylvain seems to works together with Jean-Pascal Beintus on these transcriptions.
The premier performance takes place on Tuesday January 22, with further performances planned, at least on January 25 and January 26, with more following later in the year.
Plus, let's not forget the Kremlin performances of Wayne Eagling's ballet of "Beauty and the Beast", starting later this month. Originally performed in 1986 to Vangelis' music, this will now be restaged, with the original music. Vangelis is involved for some additional or updated music.
It's a bit earlier than planned, but the current run of performances of the Chariots of Fire stage play has come to an end. January 5 saw the last performance at the Gielgud Theatre. According to the show's producers, the starting gun has fired almost 3000 times on this stage, and the actors have collectively run over 1700 Kilometers on the stage's tracks.
The good news is that plans are being developed to tour the production across theaters, somewhere this or next year.
While last year's announced releases of the Vangelis remastered Rossif soundtrack albums never actually came available, the Sugar label has recently released their own reissue of Vangelis' "La Fete Sauvage" soundtrack album. As advertised, they did their own remastering, so we were curious to check out the results. Sadly, this is an example of how not to remaster an album.
It looks like they did go back to the master tapes, but the playback rate is slightly to slow, resulting in a lower pitch and a slightly longer album. Worse, the label indulges in what is often referred to as "The Loudness War", having processed the music to deliver the highest possible output volume, their use of Dynamic Limiters has ruined the continuity of the sound, and messed up the album's higher volume portions.
Even worse than that, the engineers must have noticed that parts of this album are mono (owing to the music being recorded and mixed in mono for the movie, with no intend for a soundtrack release), yet not realizing other parts were in fact remixed and added to in proper stereo. They processed the music to give a warmer stereo feel in the mono parts, but effectively killed the proper stereo parts of the master, right back to semi-mono.
By all means avoid this release. Anyone looking for the most authentic reproduction of the '70s release should best still look for the rare Polydor CD release, made in the '80s.
Angela Gheorghiu was invited for a special edition of "Sinteza Zilei" TV programme broadcast on Romania's Antena 3. In this special that lasted two and half hours, the world famous soprano talked about her excitement of working with composer Vangelis, as well as her performance on Vangelis' new Choral Symphony, performed last year in Qatar. She also mentioned the upcoming DVD of the Qatar concert. Midway in the interview a video segment was shown of Angela with Vangelis in a recording studio. The full TV special is now posted online on Antena 3's website.
Angela talks about Vangelis at 00:07:38. A second discussion about Vangelis starts at 01:04:14.
The video segment with Vangelis starts at precisely 01:05:07.
Thanks to Octavian Buda for the tip.
Here are the four reviews we received after the opening weekend of "Trashed", in Los Angeles and New York. Thanks to everyone who shared their experiences! We will still post more if we receive more in the days to come.
To anyone who will go and see "Trashed" in New York or Los Angeles, this weekend: Please feel invited to share your comments with us.
We will publish any review of the movie and its score, submitted before Monday, December 17, 8pm (CET).
Note that there is an opportunity here to attend the screenings that come with a Q&A with director Candida Brady in Los Angeles, or with Jeremy Irons in New York, and pose your questions about the movie, or its score.
Several news papers have now published their reviews of the movie, all with positive conclusions. The New York Daily News awards it 5 out of 5 stars.
The Zoroastre release of "La Fete Sauvage" on DVD and Blu-Ray got green lighted. The movie will be restored and released on DVD, Blu-Ray and online through video on demand services.
Both the original French narration and English naration will be available, as well as English sub titles and an audio track with music and sound effects only, omitting the voice overs.
Extra's should include a reunion interview, speaking to much of the film's production crew some 36 years after the film's release.
A release date has yet to be set, but we'll be reporting on that as soon as it's been announced, along with details on how to order your copy of the movie.
Additional performance dates are announced for "Beauty and the Beast" on the Kremlin Palace website. A complete list of performance dates as it stands today:
While details are still sketchy and things may change, according to the Kremlin Palace's website three dates are announced on their "events calendar" page. The premiere performance will be held on January 22, with two additional performances expected on January 25, and February 26.
Calender page for January:
Calender page for February:
It also put possibility to buy tickets on-line.
Please note that dates can notoriously change in Russia, more details will be posted here once they become available.
This Wednesday, December 5 an episode of Japanese TV series "Song to Soul" will focus on Vangelis and the theme for "Chariots of Fire". The program will air at 23:00 (JST, local Japanese time) on BS-TBS and runs for 54 minutes.
The show explores the popularity of Vangelis' theme in the film and details the story of how it came to life. Film director Hugh Hudson and former Vangelis sound engineer Raphael Preston appear in interviews.
More and more positive signals are coming in about "Trashed". The movie seems to be quite something! Those who were lucky enough to view a screening are impressed by the emotional impact of the movie on a strong and important topic that concerns us all. Word on the music by Vangelis is exciting, with several sources expressing their hopeful demands for a score release.
Since at least for now "Trashed" will open theatrically only in Los Angeles and New York, making it difficult for most of us to go and see this film, we are calling for those who can go and see it to share their insights and reactions with us.
The movie opens in both cities on Friday December 14, and we'll publish your reactions shortly after that weekend. More about this when the time nears.
Special thanks to everyone who saw Trashed and shared their comments so far.
Today's topic isn't actually a current event, but it's time to catch up with some things we missed in 2009 and thereafter. It seems that on several occasions, Vangelis contributed music to projects involving Blade Runner actor Rutger Hauer.
Check out this short film, produced at the Rutger Hauer Filmfactory 2009 master class, titled "Lonesome". The jazzy underscore is previously unheard music by Vangelis:
Also, Vangelis composed the original music for a recitation by Rutger Hauer, titled "Aboriginal Dreaming":
Furthermore, Hauer founded and oversees the "I've Seen Films" film festival, the title a pun on his famous Blade Runner line "I've seen things, you people wouldn't believe." Since 2008, the annual Milan based festival has screened and promoted short films from all over the world. On Hauer's request, Vangelis composed and donated the festival's theme tune. It's said to be about 25 seconds long, and seems to be played at the start of every movie shown at the festival.
Typically, another edition of this festival should take place in October next year.
According to sources close to Vangelis, the Kremlin has asked Wayne Eagling to help restage his "Beauty and the Beast". The project is currently in its early stages, but if everything goes well, the ballet will be performed somewhere next year at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia. The production is being prepared to be almost identical to how the ballet was initially performed at Govent Garden in London, 1986. There is also a possibility that some additional new Vangelis music will be incorporated.
More news here, when it becomes available.
Vangelis recently gave a brief interview to Greek scientific news site BioMagazine.gr, who published it on their site.
"Trashed", the new Vangelis scored environmental documentary, will now be playing in both Los Angeles and New York, starting December 14.
The official site for "Trashed" is preparing for an eventual home video release of this movie, to be released on DVD and Blu-Ray formats. You can (and probably should) register your interest by leaving your name and email address here:
As a reminder: Zoroastre in France is also still counting interest in a possible Blu-Ray and/or DVD release of La Fete Sauvage. Feel welcome to show your interest by e-mailing them on the address they have created specifically for this purpose.
AbuDhabiClassicFM music station confirmed via Twitter that today's programme "Lights, Camera, Action!" will feature selections from Vangelis' score to Trashed. The programme is due to begin in two hours from now. Here are some local times when the broadcast is due to begin:
13:00 GMT (London, UK)
14:00 Central European Time (Amsterdam, Paris, Brussels, Berlin, etc.)
15:00 Athens, Greece
08:00 Saturday, Eastern Standard Time (New York, USA)
Online audio feed is available at the station's website:
The programme lasts for two hours and will conclude with the End Titles to "Trashed".
Check yesterday's update for further information on how and where to tune in to the programme.
AbuDhabiClassicFM music station announced on microblogging site Twitter it had an exclusive by playing selections from Vangelis' film score to "Trashed". The station is based in the U.A.E and Vangelis' music was aired during the programme "Lights, Camera, Action!" hosted by Matt Sansom (14:00-16:00 CET).
According to the station's website the programme will broadcast again tomorrow (Saturday November 10) at the same time slot from 14:00 until 16:00 Central European Time (from 17:00 until 19:00 U.A.E local time.)
At this time it is unclear whether tomorrow's programme will be a repeat of today's show or will be an entirely new programme. If it is a repeat of today's broadcast then this will be an opportunity for fans and listeners to get a glimpse of Vangelis' new music. The station's audio feed is transmitted online at:
Check the station website's for information on other options to listen via satellite radio or downloading their own iOS app for streaming audio.
Fans who wish to listen in to Saturday's show should bear in mind that at least two Vangelis' tracks were played today, with the second track playing at the very end of the programme.
In an interview with entertainment website CraveOnline film director Oliver Stone revealed he plans to make a new edit of Alexander. Read the interview here:
On November 19, Decca releases a 2CD compilation album with tracks selected from their recent classical releases. The first CD contains "Aspiration", the second CD contains "Chariots of Fire", both from the recent new Vangelis album, "Chariots of Fire - The Play".
According to tweets by someone involved in the project, a new official sheet music book is being prepared for a release, in a few months time. It will contain piano transcriptions of a wide selection of well known Vangelis compositions.
With "Trashed" having played on several film festivals, there are some Vangelis enthusiast lucky enough to have been able to view this movie. Word on the music is very positive. The music is said to be very elaborate, varied and quite refreshing. Vangelis performs the opening track in his large scale orchestral style, while many other parts boast a much more electronic feel. Some recollect the truly heart breaking passages that accompany the more poignant scenes. The end titles track is referred to as extremely delicate and tender.
Don't miss your chance to see this movie, if it screens at a festival near you.
For those who want to know more about Vangelis connecting with astronaut André Kuipers in the International Space Station (see earlier reports), Kuipers has just released a biography ("Droomvlucht, Het verhaal van Astronaut André Kuipers", written in Dutch by journalist Sander Koenen, ISBN 987 90 488 1303 2). One page in the chapter "The Soundtrack of Life" is dedicated to his passion for Vangelis' music, including mention of the uplink with Vangelis. He calls floating in space while listening to Vangelis playing live on his piano a very special moment. The story slightly differs from the recent interview: Vangelis' management was hard to reach, but apparently Vangelis himself contacted ESA to see if something was possible, so Kuipers was pleasantly surprised to discover the Vangelis video connection had been planned for him.
The new Vangelis scored documentary "Trashed" has won the Toyota Earth Grand Prix Special Jury Prize at the Tokyo International Film Festival.
Associate Producer Tabitha Troughton received the award with the words: "To have won this award is incredibly important. Thank you from the entire Trashed team! It was an extraordinary experience traveling around the world with this film. I'm aware that a movie cannot solve the trash problem in the world but what I can do is to bring this problem to the minds of the people; to bring out what we already know. It just needs addressing."
Angela Gheorghiu has posted photographs on Facebook from her latest performance: A fundraising Gala in London, in aid of the Royal Opera House Foundation, attended by Queen Elisabeth II. Vangelis is present on this photograph:
We knew that Vangelis enjoyed an uplink to astronaut André Kuipers at the International Space Station (ISS) earlier this year (see the July 21 update). Now, Kuipers talks about his passion for Vangelis' music as well as the uplink in an interview with Dutch news paper De Volkskrant, printed in their Saturday edition magazine. Here follows a translation to English from the relevant part of the interview:
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The film "Trashed" featuring Academy Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons and an original score by Vangelis, will get its first official theatrical release in the cities of New York and Los Angeles, on December 14. There are also plans for the film to go on sale at Amazon and iTunes as a digital download, sometime in early 2013. More on this later.
There are many signs that Vangelis has been and still is hard at work in a studio in London, preparing the release of the choral symphony "Hope", performed so beautifully, late last year in Doha, Qatar.
Due to great public demand the staging of "Chariots of Fire (the play)" has now been extended past November, and it will be running until February 2013. To purchase tickets follow the link at:
The 20th Raindance Film Festival in London will show "Trashed", featuring an original film score by Vangelis. The film will be screened twice at the Apollo Cinema Piccadilly Circus:
Last week, specialist soundtrack label BSX records announced their upcoming new release: Their own new recording of Vangelis' Blade Runner soundtrack. The music from the film, but re-performed by another keyboard player. Of course, the one question on everyone's mind: Why?!??!?! I realize that not every last minute of Blade Runner music was released on the Blade Runner Trilogy 3CD, but it came pretty close, and bootlegs do fill in the gaps for the true completists out there.
It sort of looks like they tried to bring their version as close as possible to the famous OWM bootleg CD of Blade Runner, judging by the duration of tracks like End Titles and Blade Runner Blues. But... a re-recording? Doesn't that completely undermine the point of an original soundtrack release?
While there has always been a tradition of re-recorded orchestral scores on the soundtrack market, the taboo to recreate complete electronic scores was broken only some years ago and now saeems to have become a sort of trend. Among the memorable electronic scores of the '80s that were given this sort of treatment are Tangerine Dream's Legend, Ennio Morricone's The Thing and of course Vangelis' own The Bounty.
Now, BSX records asked German synthesist Edgar Rothermich, mostly known for continuously working with Chris Franke as his assistant, engineer and producer on many albums and film scores, to reconstruct the music as accurately as possible. Judging from the sound samples available so far, he must have spent a lot of time trying to get it all right. And in a way, it's all in there. But in another, it really, really isn't. It does not feel alive, it does not have the warmth, and it does not radiate the brilliance of the original recording. This is not a replicant, this is a robot. If you don't grasp the difference between the two, you missed the core of the movie. The notes are there, but the vibe is not. Not in the performance and not in the sound. And if any of that lacks, compared to the original, then... what's the point?
Let's be frank though: The CD will probably sell out. Quite fast. This is limited to a run of 1500 copies. BSX albums almost always sell out, because of their loyal following. This one has the added bonus of a large group of Blade Runner enthusiasts who will worry about regretting missing out on anything related to the movie, if they don't act fast enough. And the price is not so bad at all.
Expected release date: September 19, sold through various specialist soundtrack sales channels, and directly at
Thanks to everyone who wrote in with this information. Emmanuel Gea and Maarten van Strien were the first to reach us.
This week another video from the 70's leaked that shows Vangelis rehearsing music, which is almost completely unreleased to this date:
Mojo published their promised Vangelis interview in their October issue, currently on sale in the UK and many other countries. The one and a half page article deals with topics like the '68 Student riots in Paris, the release of abstract works like Beaubourg and Invisible Connections and the music for the Chariots of Fire stage play.
The highlight no doubt is the question that has been on everyone's mind, about the upcoming sequel to "Blade Runner". Vangelis: "Ridley is a friend and a great director and it's mainly up to him. "
The October issue of MOJO music magazine is out this week in the UK, has a brand new interview with Vangelis. More later...
Just a few updates on Vangelis related chart positions... The London Symphony Orchestra version of "Conquest of Paradise" has reached its fourth week at the top of the UK Classical singles charts, maintaining its nr. 1 position. The "Chariots of Fire - The Play" album is still at 25 in the classical charts, while "The Collection" went to 55 in the UK pop charts. At the same time, "The Collection" is entered international charts reaching 79 in the Netherlands, 93 in Spain and 40 in the Belgian album charts.
Gregorian previously covered Jon & Vangelis' "I'll Find My Way Home" on "Masters of Chant IV" and Aprhodite's Child "The Four Horsemen" from the 666 album on "The Dark Side"
Thanks to Ilias Nadareishvili - Kyrimlidis for the tip!
The London Olympics are over now, but the charts still feel the vibe. The London Symphony Orchestra's version of Chariots of Fire, as performed on the opening ceremony, is still nr 1 in the UK, Classical singles chart, with another version of the theme at nr 9 and Abraham's Theme at nr 18. The same track is at nr 51 in the overall singles chart, while its album "Isles of Wonder - The Opening Ceremony" is nr. 2 at the compilation albums (various artists) chart.
Vangelis' own "Chariots of Fire - The play" album is now at 16 in the classical album charts, while "The Collection" climbed to nr 29 for pop albums.
Both new albums are released on most of Europe, while in-storea availability varies from country to country.
The better CD stores in the UK, Italy, Portugal have both albums in stock. Shops in France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Ireland mostly carry "The Collection", while "Chariots of Fire - The Play" can be ordered.
In Hungary, "Chariots of Fire - The Play" can be found in some shops, but "The Collection" needs to be ordered.
For some reason, Germany has to wait until October 4 before they can find "The Collection" in stores. "Chariots of Fire - The Play" has been released, but stock differs greatly per shop.
Fans in Austria complained that neither "Chariots of Fire - The Play" nor "The Collection" are available in any Austrian shop. Nor can the store clerks order it or name a release date. Ordering via the German Amazon site (Amazon.de) is recommended for Austria.
"The Collection" should now be available also in South Africa, although stock in stores has yet to be confirmed. The United States is still waiting for a release of "The Collection", but "Chariots of Fire - The Play" was released on August 7.
Thanks to Dietmar Paul, Giuseppe Andreaza, Zoltán Horváth, Pat Gleesson, Paul van Kesteren, Foster Cullen and anyone else who reported their findings!
British film critic Barry Norman writes an article on the music of "Chariots of Fire" and its inspirational power in the film as well as in sports.
An article on the longevity of "Chariots on Fire" - including its music - during this Olympic Games, published on an Australian online news website:
The London Symphony Orchestra's new version of Vangelis' theme to "Chariots of Fire" has topped the UK's official Classical Singles Chart this week, knocking off Batman's composer Hans Zimmer "Rise" from the top spot.
We have obtained the full, uncut version of the recent interview published in "The Observer". Enjoy:
As reported in an earlier update, tomorrow (Sunday August 5, 12:00 UK time) a new interview with Vangelis will broadcast on BBC Radio 3. On the programme "Private Passions" Michael Berkeley is meeting with Vangelis to talk about music. During the programme's one hour show Vangelis will pick some of his favourite classical and jazz pieces. You can listen to BBC Radio 3 online at any time at this link:
Here is the list of local times when the interview with Vangelis will be on air tomorrow (August 5):
The website Classic Arts has the cue sheet of the musical selections for the programme:
Last week the classically trained pianist Myleene Klass made a special appearance at Heathrow Airport to welcome arriving passengers to the Olympic Games by playing her arrangement of Chariots of Fire. Heathrow Airport put together a nice video of her performance which you watch here:
Nothing generated more internet buzz last week on Twitter than Friday night's Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, so to know which part created the most buzz of that event is certainly relevant.
Quite incredible to find that the Mr. Bean act, combined with the Orchestral performance of Chariots of Fire beat any other topic that evening.
Finally, to close this topic: Some prime footage of Vangelis greeting the Olympic flame with Chariots of Fire:
Thanks to our reporters on location, the footage is much appreciated!
Among the many newly released cover versions of Chariots of Fire, there is a new version that stands out: Jon Anderson recorded his personal version of Race To The End. This song was composed by Vangelis in 1981, based on the melody of Chariots of Fire, with lyrics by Jon Anderson. The song was first performed by Demis Roussos. Jon Anderson has now recorded his own version and released it on iTunes and Amazon MP3 download.
Another interesting version is the one performed at the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, by the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by famous music conductor Simon Rattle. This is the performance seen with actor Rowan Atkinson spoofing as Mr Bean on the synthesizer.
A selection of links relating to the Olympic Torch Relay passing at the Gielgud Theatre last Thursday.
With all the attention for its soundtrack release, Vangelis greeting the Olympic flame and nods to "Chariots of Fire" in the Olympic opening ceremony, you might almost forget there is an actual stage production to enjoy in London.
I visited the Gielgud theater on July 14 to be a part of the event and share my findings on a new page on this site. Read the Official Elsewhere review here:
The contents of the Olympic Games opening ceremony were carefully kept a secret. The notion of "Chariots of Fire" being used had leaked, back in June, but was unconfirmed, and nobody knew how it would be used.
Vangelis famous theme was performed by the London Symphony Orchestra [edited: Not the Philharmonic!], conducted by Simon Rattle.
The music turned out to be part of an act to provide some comic relief, with the illustrious Mr. Bean (played by Rowan Atkinson) apparently having joined the orchestra to become "the guy who plays the throbbing synthesizer sound". Thankfully, the performance of the music was kept in tact (although slightly adjusted to the scene), while the act turns into a filmed sequence where the famous Chariots of Fire beach running scene was parodied.
The act and music were awarded with a warm applause.
Earlier parts of the spectacle included a re-enactment of the history of Brittain, an ode to the NHS (National Health Service) with live music by Mike Oldield with a reading by J.K. Rowling, a journey through the history of British pop music and various other spectacular dances. And was it my imagination, or did the audience cheer when a performance of Jerusalem reached the words "Chariots of Fire"?
At this moment, the national flags are being carried into the stadium, and the olympic flame has yet to be lit.
News channel CNN aired a televised segment on the film Chariots of Fire that keeps inspiring athletes and the wider public. The video segment covers footage from the red carpet premiere of the digital remastered version of "Chariots of File" film in London, as well as the stage adaptation premiere at the West End. A short interview with Vangelis is shown, next to interviews from both the film and the West End actors.
Yesterday NBC interviewed Vangelis soon after the Olympic Torch Relay passed the Gielgud Theatre. The footage shows the Olympic Torch bearer as she received the good wishes of the public who gathered in thousands at the West End. Forward to the 1:00 minute mark for the segment.
WhatsOnStage is now also sharing their footage of the Nawal El Moutawakel carrying the torch, stopping to wave at Vangelis and the actors in front of the Gielgud theater.
Special thanks to Mark Dawson for sending in his wonderful photos
Inconveniently social media site twitter was down when the Olympic Torch passed the Gielgud theatre, however some photos did eventually appear showing a smiling Vangelis along with stage actors Jack Lowden (Edic Liddel) and James McArdle (Harold Abrahams).
Thanks to Tweeters @ChariotsOnStage, @charlie_girling, @DMTWestEnd, @ninacaittwohig, @SchillingDirk
As anyone who followed the Torch relay footage on TV or the internet streams will have noticed, something went wrong with the broadcast, as both audio and video coverage from the ground was lost, and the BBC had to resort to airing (beautiful) areal pictures of almost all of the torch relay event.
Luckily, someone who attended the event was able to write in. Therefore, we can confirm it did happen as planned!
Vangelis attended the happening, and along with the main actors of the play, he took position on a kind of stage in front of the theater, which lifted up before the torch arrived.
At that moment, "Chariots of Fire", the slightly updated version of "Titles" and the first track on the new soundtrack album for the stage production, played loudly from the speakers. The crowd around the theater was massive and cheered along with the music. Before she continued her run, the torch bearer nodded visibly to Vangelis and the actors. After that, camera crews and journalists came to interview all three stars.
And then, something special happened. The lady who had carried the torch passed the theater, returned to the scene and met with Vangelis. She was very emotional, and in a very touching moment, took to explain that Chariots of Fire, as well as Vangelis' music were big inspirators for her to participate in the 1984 Olympic games. They posed together for pictures to be taken.
This must refer to Nawal El Moutawakel (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nawal_El_Moutawakel), who won the olympic medal in the 400 meters hurdles at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
The vibe at the scene must be incredible.
Some very special thanks to our reporters on location! I'm glad you got so close to the action...
It seems that the news media are mis-informing us on the issue of Vangelis performing live in front of the torch, today. We just got word on this from official sources: The torch will pass the Gielgud Theatre, and Vangelis will be there to witness the moment. His music will play from the speakers, but it will not be a live performance.
Our apologies for the confusion, but since the media and the olympic organizers were so clear about it, we felt we could not risk allowing the occasion to slip by.
[Correction: The word from official sources is that Vangelis will not be playing live. He will attend, and music will play, but it will not be performed live.]
We're still awaiting confirmation, but signs that Vangelis will perform live on his keyboards, the moment the Olympic torch passes the Gielgud Theater at London's West End are amassing.
Projected arrival time at Shaftesbury Avenue is 17:28 (5:28PM), local London time. That would be at 18:28, Central European time. But these are just projections. It could be early, it could be late. Start preparing when it reaches Oxford Street, then Regent street. Shaftesbury Avenue with the Gielgud is next.
Two articles on the internet mention Vangelis will be present when the flame passes the Gielgud theater, and he might even play.
We're trying to confirm this information. Please check back later.
On Sunday August 5, at 12:00 pm, BBC radio 3 will broadcast an hour program on Vangelis, build around a new interview and including classical music selected by Vangelis.
We'll post a more thorough review of this CD in a later update, and we're also working on a proper review of the theater production at the Gielgud Theatre London. But for now, a few first impressions on the new album: It comes highly recommended!
The tracks known from the movie has been nicely touched up, while Vangelis is in great form on the new tracks. He doesn't hold back, rich sound, sometimes semi symphonic, sometimes electronic, always inspired. Some lovely new melodies including the bag pipes on "Home In The Glen" or the simple but extremely effective "Ballad". Great improvisational work on "Physical Energy" with thundering percussion. Some lovely subtle passages as well, including "Believe". References to the well know themes, sometimes obvious, sometimes very subtle appear throughout the work, but never overtake the new material. This is as much as new album as it is a re-celebration of "Chariots of Fire".
No wonder the album is so well received by fans, who enjoy the spontaneity in the composition and in Vangelis' playing, the melodic nature, the variety of the music that was included and the sheer energy of it all. Some side notes about slightly careless editing or mastering can not spoil the joy.
Thanks to everyone who wrote in or posted their opinions at the Yahoo Group.
More Chariots at the London Olympics: Classical pianist Myleene Klass treated arriving passengers at Heathrow airport to her special version of "Chariots of Fire" today. Reportedly she drew huge crowds with her performance.
Both "Chariots of Fire - The Play" and "The Collection" were released in most parts of Europe and some other parts of the world as well. Both can easily be ordered online, while depending on each country, the better CD shops have albums in stock. Reports on finding CDs in the bins are welcome at email@example.com, and we'll try to summarize here on where to look to find the CDs. Quite simultaneously, online sales for both albums have started almost everywhere.
An official domestic release in the U.S.A. of the "Chariots of Fire - The Play" CD is planned for August 7.
We have received several complaints from fans who use iTunes and purchased downloads of "The Collection", writing that the editing is sloppy. Since the CD is so carefully produced, we looked into it and as it turns out, something must have gone wrong when Warner distributed the recording to their digital online partners. So please, be aware: What you hear when you purchase downloads from "The Collection" is not what you are supposed to hear! The faulty online tracks have abrupt editing and sometimes parts of other tracks fading in or out, where the CD on the other hand provides the intended smooth listening experience.
Hopefully this problem will be fixed soon. More details here, when we find out.
Here's a big one... While we already knew that Vangelis' theme for Chariots of Fire will be used in the official opening ceremony for the Olympic Games ("quite prominently" is the word on the streets!) it has now been announced that the same Vangelis theme will be used for every medal ceremony in the Olympic Games.
Specifically for this purpose, the London Philharmonic Orchestra has recorded, with personal permission of Vangelis, five new versions of the Vangelis composition. Each of these "remixes" has been assigned to a selection of the sports, and the respective version will play while the winners climb the stage to receive their medals.
To quote Kate Mansey in the Sunday Times:
Nicci Hallifax, producer of the victory ceremonies, said: "Chariots of Fire was chosen because we wanted a piece of music that would be emotive to the audience but hopefully to the athletes as well. This piece of music that everyone will recognize, it has a great story behind it and it is very British."
There's going to be a lot of Chariots of Fire on TV screens around the world this summer!
In the mean time, the remastered Chariots of Fire movie is now playing in 120 UK cinema's, the London Zoo and Olympic delivery companies should be using Vangelis' theme music, and Chariots should also feature on big screens in London's Victoria park.
Since the isolated score track is not included in every version of the Chariots of Fire Blu-ray release, questions have been raised about which version to get. It seems, for instance, that the Portuguese version does not include the isolated score track. It is so far confirmed only in the Dutch, German, UK, and Japanese editions of the Blu-ray. Probably also in the Danish, Finnish, French, Italian, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish and Swedish editions. The best solution however, might be to obtain the UK edition, since the Blu-Ray does not come with any region protection: It will play back anywhere in the world.
Note also that not all editions come with the 4 track sampler CD, with music from the well known Vangelis movie score CD. In the UK, both versions with and without the sampler CD exist.
Thanks to all who posted Blu-ray related messages on the Vangelis discussion group on groups.yahoo.com, the former Direct mailing list.
While officially the new "Chariots of Fire - The Play" album has yet to be released, some Hungarian CD shops did receive (and sell) their copies of this album, while ironically, "The Collection" has yet to be found in Budapest. Either way, good to see both new CDs in the wild. Check your local music stores on Monday when, for most European territories, the official release date has been reached.
Thanks to Zoltán Horváth for his input.
Despite the official release being 2 days ahead, "The Collection" has already been found in many CD stores since yesterday, or even the day before. Copies were found in Ireland, The Netherlands (FRS, Mediamarkt) and are probably available in other countries as well.
The CDs are housed in a transparent jewel case that folds open for access to the 2nd CD. A cardboard sleeve with pretty much the same artwork as the CD booklet covers the case. The booklet contains a short text on the qualities of Vangelis' music and career, and ties the release to the Olympic Games in London: "What better time could there be to discover - or rediscover - the vast catalogue of a composer for ever synonymous with the olympic ideal or striving for perfection?", it asks. Included are 4 photographs of Vangelis taken in the last 15 years. One seems to be new.
Tracks on the album are largely split up, only joined together when sound effects run into the next (or previous) track. The order of the tracks is exquisite, carefully adjusted to ensure a smooth listening experience.
Chariots of Fire is the original version from the movie soundtrack album, not the retouched version on the album for the stage production.
As we wrote before, there is new material to enjoy. "Line Open" for those without access to the Conquest of Paradise maxi CD single, the extended "Blade Runner (Main titles)" track, which now finally starts with the movie's actual opening, after which it segues into the regular "Main Titles" track we all know. And of course, there is the wonderful newly composed "Remembering".
It's great to rediscover music. Not because it was forgotten, but carefully recombined into a different experience. Recommended!
Thanks to Pat Gleeson, Jordi Bloem and Jan Dijkstra for reporting their CD finds.
On the morning of Friday July 27, at 8:12, bells all across the UK will be playing Vangelis' theme tune to "Chariots of Fire", to mark the start of the London olympic games.
Kevin Walton if The Cathedral at St Albans Abbey, one of the participating bell chancellors said: "Since the tower was built by the Normans, bells have rung out to call people to worship, but also to herald events of great solemnity. ... We are delighted to share in this innovative, nationwide celebration of the games and we hope to hear bells ringing out across St Albans and the region. "
Several reliable sources tell the story of Vangelis having recently enjoyed an uplink to astronaut André Kuipers at the ISS: The International Space Station constantly circling the earth for scientific research and further exploration of space.
The uplink, both audio and visual, linked from Vangelis to NASA, who connected him to the station. The conversation lasted no less than 50 minutes. At one point, Kuipers gave Vangelis a virtual tour, showing him around the station. Also, Vangelis improvised on his piano, overheard by Kuipers at the space station.
André Kuipers is a Dutch astronaut working for ESA (European Space Agency), who has just returned from his second tour at the space station. During media interviews surrounding his first mission, André repeatedly expressed his love for the music of Vangelis, which inspired him before and during his travels into space.
Digital download sales of "The Collection" commence as early as July 20. So, as the clock struck 0:00 today, the first online stores began releasing the new Vangelis compilation album to their customers.
The newly composed track "Remembering" is a delightfully relaxed piece of electronic music, with lush sounds, crisp sequencing and a dreamy melody on harp, while the piece slowly builds to the part where Dimitris Tsakas performs a jazzy saxophone solo. Very pleasing sound and together with the extended Blade Runner opening, no doubt a worthy reason for many fans to get on board for this ride.
More impressions, when we get the CD in our hands.
Confirmed at www.qobuz.com/album/the-collection-vangelis/0825646581078 in France, and expected in other digital download stores as well.
The new Vangelis scored documentary "Trashed" is being shown to industry insiders and other lucky guests at a special screening in "The Hospital Club" in London.
Although not advertised as such by Warner Music, it turns out there is one more bit of unreleased music on the upcoming new Vangelis compilation 2CD: "The Collection". Sound samples available on the internet reveal that the "Blade Runner Main Titles" track now includes the actual opening of the movie: the famous thundering percussion with the lonely synthesizer lead playing the main theme. It seems to turn into the track we know from previous albums after it ends, extending it by almost 2 minutes.
The same excerpts, available on a French mp3 download store, also allow a first glimpse of "Remembering", the new track Vangelis composed for the occasion.
(Click on "Voir toutes les pistes" to see all tracks and on "Eqouter" to listen to each track.)
Thanks to Marc Vanholsbeeck for sharing his findings!
A new Vangelis page appeared on Facebook some two weeks ago, called VangelisOfficial. This confused fans, as Vangelis starting a Facebook page seems very unlikely. The page now explains itself, as being maintained by, and representing Warner Music, not Vangelis or his team. Warner is currently releasing the 2CD compilation album "The Collection".
It will be good to have a source of info on Vangelis' connection with Warner. Check here:
We received confirmation that, like the European release, the Japanese Blu-Ray of "Chariots of Fire" contains the music of Vangelis as isolated score.
Thanks to Don Fennimore for confirmation on the Japanese release.
Maryam D'Abo's personal and insightful film recounts her personal journey on her brain injury she caught in 2007. As we mentioned on the October 15, 2011 update, the film's original score is written by Vangelis and also by Mark Knopfler, with additional music from Bach's "Concerto for violin and strings" used in the opening titles.
Vangelis' score is low key, restrained, and appropriate, as Maryam recounts the trauma of her illness, as well her determination to bring awareness of the unpredictable illness. Three or more new Vangelis compositions appear in the film, but there is also a new performance of " La Petite Fille De La Mer". The film also uses short segments from Vangelis' previously released music, such as "Dawn" from the "The City", "Prelude" from "Voices", and music from "La Fete Sauvage".
"Rupture" was directed by Maryam's husband Hugh Hudson, and it has a voice-over by "Chariots of Fire" star Nigel Havers.
Viewers in the UK can watch "Rupture" on the BBC iPlayer:
The film is scheduled to be shown again on TV. BBC HD channel will air the film on Saturday July 14, at 23:30.
And a final transmission of "Rupture" will air on BBC-4 on Tuesday July 17 at 1:30, UK time.
A short trailer for the film was uploaded to Vimeo, it starts with Vangelis' music and concludes with Mark Knopfler's music.
Or follow this link to Vimeo directly:
Sadly it has been confirmed that the North American edition of the "Chariots of Fire" Blu-ray does *not* contain the Isolated Score mentioned in the July 10 update. So far, only European editions are confirmed to have the isolated score track.
Tomorrow the digitally remastered version of "Chariots of Fire" returns to UK cinemas. We put a short selection of links from the media coverage of red carpet premiere:
Tonight red carpet premieres were held in London and Edinburgh for the digitally re-mastered version of "Chariots of Fire". Original members of the cast, and a host of sports figures and celebrities gathered at both cities for the film's re-release. Producer Lord Puttnam attended the Edinburgh premiere at Festival Theatre, while director Hugh Hudson, actors Ben Cross and Nigel Havers attended the London premiere at Leicester Square.
Social media site Twitter was abuzz all day about this evening's event, with messages and photos being streamed continuously from both premieres. Multiple Twitter messages report that Vangelis was at the red carpet premiere in London.
The BBC website has updated its TV schedule with additional broadcast dates for airing of "Rupture - living with my broken brain." As reported earlier the first broadcast of Hugh Hudson's film is this week on Thursday, at 22:00 UK time on BBC-4. The film will be broadcast again on the same channel on Tuesday July 17 at 1:30 (that's 1:30 in the morning.)
More interestingly for high-definition enthusiasts, the film will also be aired on BBC HD on Saturday 14 July, at 23:30.
Note: This post was edited on July 12, to reflect only on the European Blu-ray release. The North American version was confirmed not to come with this specific feature.
Many of you may have hoped for this, or even expected it based on sketchy product details posted on several online shops, but we wanted to be sure first. Now it's confirmed: The European edition of the HD Blu-ray release of the remastered "Chariots of Fire" movie comes with a feature extremely popular with soundtrack fans: An isolated score track.
This means that in addition to audio channels for various languages, one extra audio channel is available to watch the movie, hearing only the music, the whole music and nothing but the music. Finally a chance to enjoy the unreleased cues undisturbed in high fidelity quality. Including the famous training sequences, the alternative version of Hymne and other music!
Apart from some volume changes that normally accommodate the movie dialog, the sound quality of the music is reported to be very good. The channel is encoded as Dolby Digital 3/2.1 48kHz.
The UK version will be released on July 16, while the German ("Die Stunde des Siegers") and Dutch ("Chariots of Fire") versions arrive as early as this Wednesday. France ("Les chariots de feu") will follow July 17. The US version does not contain the isolated track, but was the first to come out, on July 10.
Thanks to everyone who wrote in on this topic, and to Paul Dietmar for final confirmation! And Mike Williams for final word on the US version.
iTunes users can now also listen to some preview sound samples from the new Vangelis album. These are both longer and in better sound quality than the Amazon samples.
Of the four previously released tracks, at least two of them have been updated: Chariots of Fire has some extra synthesizer effects and some additional harp playing, while Eric's Theme has been completely revamped, with lots of extra layers including some epic boom sounds, bag pipes and additional synthesizer parts.
One of the new tracks, titled "Lord Lindsay" may sound familiar to some: It's a remade version of a track previously heard in the 1988 British Railway commercial, directed by Hugh Hudson, with original music by Vangelis. Watch it here on Youtube:
The British Amazon site is the first to have (low quality) sound samples of each of the tracks on the new "Chariots of Fire - The Play" album. For anyone who cannot hold until the CD arrives:
Thanks to Graeme Stewart for his post on the Vangelis Yahoogroup (Direct list).
The performance of the Chariots of Fire stage play has recently moved to the Gielgud theater, in London's fancy West End district. Yesterday, Vangelis attended the official gala premiere of the Gielgud production and its after party.
Universal's official site in Italy now lists some details on the track list of Vangelis' new "Chariots of Fire - The Play" album, including notes to indicate exactly which tracks were previously unreleased. It confirms what many have speculated, based on the tracklist: 11 tracks on this album where not released before, while the four familiar track titles were indeed taken from the original movie soundtrack album. Incidently, these are the same tracks that appear on the bonus CD that comes with the (UK) Blu-ray release of the (remastered) movie.
The BBC has updated their broadcasting schedules, which reveals that "Rupture" will air from 10PM to 11:10PM, ten minutes longer than we mentioned before. Be sure to set your recorders to catch the full duration. This is good news: It means that the complete version of the movie will be shown.
Thanks to Graeme Stewart and Robert Eichelsheim for their tips.
I sincerely regret to share the news of the passing of Alwyn Clayden, on June 30, 2012.
We all remember Alwyn's work for Green Ink on the sleeve designs for Vangelis' albums during the Polydor period: Short stories, Chariots of Fire, The Friends of Mr Cairo, Antarctica, Soil Festivities, Mask, etc. Alwyn was head of Polydor's art department and would work with Vangelis to design and create the artwork for any of his releases. He was also involved during later years, when Vangelis asked for his collaboration on designing all artwork for Oceanic, and again later on the updated look for the remastered Chariots of Fire CDs, both in 2000 and 2006. He also designed sleeves for countless of other high profile musical acts. His last work in music included designs for Iggy Pop, Ice T and Snoop Dogg.
Alwyn battled a serious decease for 2 years, but hardly stopped working. Only last Christmas he oversaw festive lighting and design for London's West End, including Regent, Oxford and Bond Street, as well as other UK cities, and he was in charge of all branding work for giants like Harrods and Cartier.
I had the pleasure to meet Alwyn in person, back in 2000, at the Albedo fan convention in London, where he was kind enough to show up and share his enthusiasm of having worked on the well known Vangelis artwork. We were in touch by email on occasion, since before that. Alwyn always expressed his admiration of Vangelis and his music and even recently insisted he still closely followed the news on this site. We are immensely proud of that. He will be missed.
Here's the artwork for Vangelis' upcoming album "Chariots of Fire - The Play".
Label and catalogue: Decca 3710285
UK newspaper "The Guardian" interviews Vangelis on its Sunday's edition of "The Observer" magazine. Vangelis explains what inspired him to write the music, and why the messages told in the film's story are as profound and important today as they were 30 years ago.
The BBC has announced its first broadcast of Hugh Hudson's documentary Rupture, now planned for July 12, between 10pm and 11pm on BBC4. It's referred to as "Rupture, living with my broken brain".
It's quite possible this version was slightly cut to fit the one hour time slot, since the movie is listed on IMDB with a duration of 70 minutes.
In a new interview on "the arts desk", Hugh Hudson explains that Vangelis donated the music for this production for free: "... So we decided to pay for it ourselves. Everybody did it for nothing. Vangelis and Mark Knopfler gave their music."
Thanks to Jordi Bloem for the quick heads-up on the airing date.
German rock magazine "Eclipsed" wrote a two page article on Aphrodite's Child and the creation of "666", the now legendary album, which was released 40 years ago.
The July / August issue, nr 142, now in stores. Only in the German language!
Thanks to Bernd Kistenmacher for info and scan.
Every once in a while there's a cover versions release that sticks out from the rest, for being well done and having particularly interesting reimagined versions. Everyone remembers "Orama" by Vassilis Saleas (recorded with some guidance and support from Vangelis himself), and Christophe Lebled's "Tribute to Vangelis" is much loved by many.
Man Parrish, whom you may remember from the 1982 hit "Hip Hop Be Bop", has just released a download album that Vangelis fans should probably check out. "Master Works, Vangelis music 1975 - 2004" has some interesting takes on some of the most well known Vangelis tracks (including some less predictable entries). Parrish reimagined the music emphasizing both its electronic and classical roots, adding his personal touch, with enough respect for the originals.
The album is available as a download only, in stores like iTunes, Amazon mp3, CDbaby, etc. Some promo copies as a manufactured CD-R have been reported in the wild as well.
Record stores are now receiving the first details about the new Chariots of Fire release, with music from the stage play.
None of this is confirmed, and some of it could still be subject to change:
Title: Chariots of Fire (Stage Play)
Record label: Decca (Note: Universal's most important classical label)
Catalog number: 3710285
Projected release date: July 23
1. Chariots of Fire 2. Physical Energy 3. Home in the Glen 4. Eric's Theme 5. Abraham's Theme 6. Harold's Despair 7. Belief 8. Ballard 9. Aspiration 10. Eric's Pleasure 11. Lord Lindsay 12. At The Starting Blocks 13. Epilogue 14. After the Race 15. Jerusalem
Media in the UK are talking about the supposed leaking of a list of music used in the olympic games opening ceremony. The list includes Vangelis' "Chariots Of Fire". Ceremony director Danny Boyle (yes, the director of Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire and Millions, which featured Vangelis' La Petitte Fille de la Mer) does not confirm or deny authenticity of the list.
Some time ago, Vangelis participated in the production of a feature length documentary about Vangelis' life and work. The film, called "Vangelis and the Journey To Ithaka" was directed by Tony Palmer.
While the results were held back over a period of time, it now seems that a release is in the pipeline. It's too early to talk about dates or other details, but reliable sources do confirm this will happen: It will be available to the public sooner or later, probably on DVD.
There's a lot of activity in the world of Vangelis music, with multiple releases in the pipeline and other things happening.
For one, reliable sources reveal that Vangelis will be traveling to London, somewhere next week. He will fly in on a private plane and expectations are that he will be attending the Chariots of Fire stage play and/or the remastered Chariots of Fire movie, which will be circulating in cinemas all over the UK.
In terms of releases, there will of course be the 2CD compilation album called "The Collection", with the new track "Remembering". Another release that is being prepared is an album based on the music Vangelis composed for the Chariots of Fire stage play, as well as the original Chariots of Fire music. This includes revisions and re-interpretations of the themes we love, and more. No more details are available at this point, except that we might see this release appearing somewhere mid July, approximately.
Many of you wrote to us in the past few months to ask about the status of the Qatar concert, and we do share your concern for this beautiful project to finally reach the audience it deserves. While there is nothing specific to report at this point, our sources do confirm that the project to release this concert is still going ahead, and the results will definitely reach us eventually.
Another project with a Vangelis connection that is moving ahead is the Vangelis scored "Trashed" documentary, which now seems to have been selected for the Toronto International Film festival in September. More details about this later.
The upcoming Olympics have inspired a number of cover versions of Chariots of Fire related music being released in the UK, including an orchestral take on "Race To The End" by tenor Russel Watson. Check out the official music video for this cover version on Youtube: youtube.com/watch?v=bMVKkgh0u3Y. Just to be clear: Vangelis is not connected to these cover versions in any way.
Details are emerging about the new Vangelis compilation album, to be released by Warner in the UK (and probably picked up in other parts of Europe as well). The title is listed on some online CD stores as "Collection" and on others as "The Collection", while the artwork posted confirms the second option.
The 2CD album sells for around 15 UK Pounds or 16 Euros. The release seems still set for July 23.
Label and catalogue: Atlantic 2564658108
Thanks to Graham Carter for his input.
Readers in France may want to check out the current issue of home cinema magazine "Les Annees Laser", as they wrote an article on Vangelis' carreer in movies and TV, to celebrate the Blu-ray release of The Bounty. This Blu-Ray is available in France only, retitled "Le Bounty".
Thanks to Frédéric Lasek for his tip and input.
The Chariots of Fire revival in the UK continues: Vangelis' famous theme will feature at another large event in the UK, this Sunday, June 3. The London Philharmonic orchestra will perform an orchestral adaptation of Titles when a record breaking flotilla of barges and boats passes the British Film institute.
The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant is part of the celebrations of Queen Elizabeth's 60 years as a monarch and will be broadcast live on BBC1.
Thanks to Kevin Polfliet for his tips!
July will bring to the wider public in the UK the chance to see "Rupture - a matter of life or death", the new documentary film by Hugh Hudson and featuring original music by Vangelis. In an interview for the Telegraph Hudson and his wife Maryam d'Abo announced their film is scheduled to broadcast on BBC Four. The exact broadcast dates in July are unknown at this point.
BBC Four is one of the channels operated by the BBC and is available to the UK. The channel however is offered by many cable providers in several parts of the world via a subscription. Once the broadcast dates and times are known we will publish them here in a future update.
Sources close to the production of London's "Chariots of Fire" stage play explain that at this point, Vangelis' new score for the play is not being fully used. Vangelis revisited the music he wrote for the movie in 1981 and now composed and recorded a new and expanded take on the material, especially for this production. However, some of the music has not been included in the production so far. This could still change.
Soon however, there may also be another way to hear this music. Although details are unclear, and probably not yet final, word is that Vangelis intends to officially release the new and revisited music. More on this when it becomes available.
Many of you have asked for something like this almost since the beginning of this site and we do admit it was long overdue. For your convenience, we now announce alert functionality, to be able to find out as soon as we add Vangelis news to this page.
We have created a Twitter account where we'll post a tiny blurb for each new topic, with a link to the actual article. You can follow us on Twitter, or use this as an RSS feed in any RSS reader on your computer, smart phone or browser start page. You can even receive alerts on your mobile phone by SMS text message using Twitter's mobile alerts settings, or receive email updates offered by third party web sites like
Not only does this functionality allow you to follow the news more passively, it can also simplify notifying your friends and contacts about topics that might interest them. Feel encouraged to retweet or forward any of the alerts to friends who would care to learn about a certain post.
Note: Only news updates will be posted, so none of the other updates to the site will appear on Twitter.
Warner Music plans to release a new Vangelis compilation album on July 23. Sources close to Vangelis confirm that this release is being prepared. Even though it's currently being listed with the temporary title "The Very Best of Vangelis", its actual title has yet to be announced.
The album contains two CDs full of Vangelis tracks, spanning much his career. Each of the two disks has a different character, the first more up-tempo, uplifting and bold, the second more reflective, relaxing and romantic.
For this occasion, Vangelis composed a completely new track to end the second disc. It's titled "Remembering", and with a duration of approximately six and a half minutes. Also included is "Line Open", previously only available on the 4-track CD Maxi single of "Conquest of Paradise".
The track list:
1. Conquest of Paradise 2. Titles From Chariots Of Fire 3. Blade Runner End Titles 4. Pulstar 5. Eternal Alexander 6. Anthem: Fifa 2002 7. Line Open 8. To The Unknown Man 9. Hymne 10. Voices 11. Up and Running 12. Blade Runner Main Titles 13. Tears In Rain 14. So Long Ago, So Clear 15. I'll Find My Way Home 16. State Of Independence 17. I Hear You Now
1. Rachel's Song 2. Missing 3. Love Theme From Blade Runner 4. Ask The Mountains 5. Theme From Bitter Moon 6. Dream in an Open Place 7. Twenty Eighth Parallel 8. Memories Of Green 9. Petite Fille de la Mer 10. Song of the Seas 11. Memories of Blue 12. L'Enfant 13. Echoes 14. Remembering
The special screening of the new Vangelis scored documentary feature "Trashed" at this years Cannes Film Festival is scheduled for Tuesday May 22. This sort of screening is not intended for a general audience; only accredited industry professionals are allowed to attend. Sources close to the production tell us that part of the crew behind Trashed will attend, including its primary star, Jeremy Irons.
Here's a couple of pictures and scans of the artwork for the Chariots of Fire stage play, as performed at the Hampstead Theatre in London. Also, be aware that tickets for the same play to be performed at the Gielgud Theatre in London's West End district (Official premiere now set for the 3rd of July) are selling out fast.
Tonight the Hampstead Theatre hosted the first public preview performance of the new Chariots Of Fire stage play, using newly created Vangelis music.
Please keep in mind that neither the staging nor the music are completely finished at this time, and the results will still be changing and evolving up till the official Premiere on May 22.
With that in mind, here are the first impressions on tonight's show, just in from London:
The play is performed in two acts, separated by an intermission. The first act last about an hour and 20 minutes, while the second act remains just under an hour.
Both the start and finish of the play use the original Titles recording, while new Vangelis music does appear in a number of scenes. This includes for example some Vangelis composed bag pipe music for the Scotland setting, and some new percussive recordings for a training session. Word is however that much more music is being added and some of it must be ready, but not yet in use, as a Vangelis reworking of the main theme was played over the theater's PA somewhere after the show. However, the last remnants of the audience were not allowed to stay and listen. Work in progress!
Audience reception of the performance seems to have been enthusiastic, and word so far on the entire event is very positive.
You can read more here on this site in the days to come.
As we reported yesterday, Vangelis wrote the original score for the upcoming "Trashed", the new environmental documentary with Jeremy Irons.
It seems that only yesterday a trailer for this movie was uploaded. It does not yet contain any Vangelis music, but it gives an impressive preview of the movie, and it's so good to see those music credits appear...
Watch the trailer following this link to youtube: [Edited: embedded video removed, link still available]
Some exciting news today. Buzz on the internet is starting to appear on a documentary feature called "Trashed", now set to first screen at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, only weeks from now. Jeremy Irons presents and appears in this environmental eye opener on the issue of our ever growing mount of waste.
And here's what you're waiting for: The original score for this movie is by Vangelis!
More info will appear on this site, as soon as it becomes available. Until then, find out a bit more about this upcoming movie at the following web sites:
While more and more media write about the upcoming "Chariots of Fire" stage play in London (see below), it's also becoming more clear that Vangelis' musical contribution to the production is a substantial one. Word is that this will be an occasion not to be missed by fans who can make it to one of the performances. Apparently, Vangelis worked hard on the new music, and sources close to the production say his work was well received by the producers and the director. The first preview performances start this Wednesday, less than a week from now.
Check out the following press articles, each delving into the subject of Vangelis' iconic music:
An insider at the upcoming Chariots of Fire stage play opened a twitter account to share updates about the production's progress, see here at twitter.com/#!/ChariotsHT.
Vangelis related tweets so far:
A photo gallery of the preparations can be seen here:
The Sun has updated its exclusive trailer for the Chariots of Fire re-release in UK cinema's, replacing the cover version of Vangelis' theme with the original recording from the movie. Still available here:
Here's another chance to see Hugh Hudson's "Rupture" documentary (score by Vangelis), as it screens in London's Frontline Club (near Hyde Park) on May 4, starting at 7 PM. More information about the event:
Tickets can be booked for 10 GBP at www.frontlineclub.com/crm/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=714
The producers of the new stage version of "Chariots of Fire" announced today that the play will move to London's West End almost immediately after its initial run at Hampstead Theatre comes to a close.
The new performances will be staged at the Gielgud Theatre, starting on June 22 and continuing during the London 2012 Olympic Games, all the way up to November 10.
Booking for the new performances at the Gielgud Theatre is available as of today. For tickets and information see:
Note that the official opening at the Hampstead Theatre is on May 22. Dates before that are preview performances.
As mentioned in earlier updates, Hugh Hudson's "Chariots of Fire"" will see a theatrical re-release in the UK on July 13, two weeks prior to the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games in London.
The digitally remastered film will be shown across a hundred screens throughout the country, with the support of the British Film Institute. Earlier today daily newspaper The Sun published an exclusive trailer for the film's re-release. Reliable sources confirm that the music in the trailer is not by Vangelis. It's a rearranged cover version of Vangelis' Main Titles. [Note added on April 24: The Sun has now replaced the trailer with the cover version of Chariots replaced by excerpts from Vangelis' original score. Only the final few notes of the cover version remain.
Watch the trailer here:
[Removed, see link]
Or find it in the article at The Sun's website:
The production people behind the DVD release of Rossif's "Georges Mathieu ou la Fureur d'Etre" in 2006 are now looking at possibly releasing La Fete Sauvage on DVD and/or on high definition Blu-Ray. The Vangelis scored wild-life film from 1975 might get a similar treatment as the Mathieu documentary did, which could result in a restored, cleaned up and properly mastered version of a movie that was never before available in the digital format.
The vangeliscollector.com site organizes a survey for interest in this movie, so please, if you would pay for this movie on DVD or Blu-Ray, consider supporting the cause by following the instructions on the Collector site.
A second update today, as this one came as a surprise. But it's well worth it:
Just this afternoon, Konstantinos Paliatsaras, the tenor we all know from El Greco and the score for Alexander has released a previously unreleased Vangelis track on Youtube. Paliatsaras recorded "Tempest Aria" with Vangelis for the late György Schwajda's staging of A Vihar (Shakespeare's The Tempest) at the National Theater in Budapest. Parts of the track appeared in the play, as was reviewed here on Elsewhere in 2002.
The Youtube movie, posted by Paliatsaras on his own fan page on Facebook comes with a depiction of Paliatsaras, painted by Vangelis. See and hear the movie on Youtube's own pages: [Edited: embedded video removed, link still available]
June will finally bring another chance to see "Rupture", the new documentary directed by Hugh Hudson, with original music by Vangelis. The documentary will screen at the annual Hay Festival in Wales, near the border with England, not far from Hereford in the UK.
The Hay Festival "brings together writers from around the world to debate and share stories in the staggering beauty of the Welsh Borders."
First, on June 4 at 4pm, an audience will be able to attend Paul Broks speaking with both Hugh Hudson and his wife, bondgirl Maryam d'Abo, around whose recovery from a subarachnoid haemorrhage in the brain the film was centered.
Reviews or impressions of both the film and music will be very welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Anyone planning to attend, be aware that this this is pretty much an outdoors festival, based in Brecon Beacons National Park. The interview will take place in a tent, while the film will screen in the Bookshop Cinema, a former cinema that was transformed into a large second hand book store! Also, overnight accommodation may be sparse around the festival, so plan accordingly.
Something needs to be clarified about the Chariots of Fire stage play, which is about to be performed in London from May 9 to June 16 at the Hampstead Theatre.
Sources close to the production explain that Vangelis is actively involved, being responsible for the entire underscore of the play. Jason Carr who is credited for additional music will be responsible for period music and source music heard in the play, similar to how Parry's Jerusalem was used in the movie.
The early press releases crediting Vangelis for original music and Jason Carr for arrangements was misinterpreted by many to mean Carr would be adapting Vangelis' original movie score for use in the play, but instead the Vangelis credit refers to original music created (and adapted) for the play.
No doubt this will convince more of us to go and attend one of the stage performances. Tickets are available at:
With this summer's London Olympic Games approaching, Brittain is celebrating their history with the Olympics. This including rereleasing "Chariots of Fire" in local cinemas and selling it for the first time on the high definition Blu-Ray format.
Vangelis fans may be pleased to find that the Blu-ray comes with a bonus audio CD of four tracks from the soundtrack album: "Titles", "Eric's Theme", "Abraham's Theme", and the non-Vangelis track "Jerusalem", which inspired the film's title.
Release is scheduled for June 18. Links:
While we're waiting for more news on the upcoming releases, here are two fun links, related to the recent Vangelis concert in Qatar:
A sad topic today: Legendary light artist and pyrotechnics designer Gert Hof passed away. Gert Hof was creative director of lighting at Vangelis' recent concert in Qatar, which was to be his last project.
He was well known for projects like the Mike Oldfield concert in Berlin during New Year's Eve of 2000, lighting up the Red Square in Moscow in 2003 and closing the Love Parade with the Colloseum of Lights in 2008. He also consistently worked with German rock band Rammstein on the lights and fireworks for their shows.
Gert Hof was 60 years old, when he passed on January 24, after a short illness.
While the UK prepares for the Olympic games, hosted this year in London, a theater version of the story is about to be brought to the stage, including Vangelis' original music for the film. [Note in hindsight: This should be Vangelis' original music for the play, which will probably use music from the film as well]
In addition to the well known Vangelis originals there will be [editted] additional music and arrangements by composer Jason Carr.
The production will take place in the Hampstead Theater in London and will be directed by Edward Hall who is also in charge of the theater. Apparently, the idea to transcribe the movie for the theater in the wake of the Olympic games came from the movie's original director Hugh Hudson himself. Vangelis was consulted for the music.
Performances will run from May 9 to June 16.
Some articles in the British media:
After this morning's first broadcast of the "Talk to Aljazeera" interview with Vangelis, the entire program has now been made available on its web page:
The interview comes with some 90 seconds of compiled footage from the concert, including audio from Chariots of Fire (as it was performed) and a small excerpt from "Hope".
[Updated: 22 January 2012, 15:08 CET] It is now also available on YouTube on this NEW URL address:
[Edited: embedded video removed, link still available]
This morning, Al Jazeera posted a short preview on their "Talk To Aljazeera" page, confusing their viewers by referring to Alexander's "Titans" as new Vangelis music:
Much more interesting is the trailer they just released on Youtube, including some short footage of the Qatar concert, and some brief interview quotes:
[Edited: embedded video removed, link still available]
Aljazeera has created a page for the Vangelis episode of "Talk To Aljazeera":
The episode is called "A Message of Hope". The article also mentions that Vangelis wrote a piece of original music for Aljazeera to accompany some of the most memorable images of the past year. Note: The image is not from the interview, it's a photograph from the press conference for Mythodea in 2001.
See yesterday's update for more information.
Vangelis was interviewed by Aljazeera anchor Tony Harris, best known as a former CNN anchor on "CNN Newsroom".
Aljazeera English is a news channel available on TV in most of the world. Additionally, their broadcasts are streamed live on their web site:
The episode will air according to the following schedule, presented in Central European times (France, Germany, The Netherlands, etc):
[Broadcast times corrected on January 19]
Saturday January 21, (5:30 - 6:00)
Sunday January 22, (9:30 - 10:00)
Sunday January 22, (20:30 - 21:00)
Monday January 23, (15:30 - 16:00 )
Soon after the broadcast(s), the interview will also be available for online viewing here:
A few more links with background information and photographs:
With the year of the British Olympics having arrived, the Chariots Of Fire music is becoming a hot issue.
At London's official new year's eve celebrations the Brits started 2012 with an excerpt from Chariots, while fireworks shot from the Big Ben and the London Eye. See and hear the spectacle here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1yLRK2M8YQ
UK newspaper "The Sun" launched a high profile advertisement, complimenting Britain with a Chariots of Fire inspired scene, Vangelis' original music playing in the foreground (youtube.com/watch?v=uEpm0b_rGzE). So does this egg sales company in its very own style:
And a few more pictures to enjoy, while we wait for further news on the upcoming CD and DVD releases of Vangelis' recent concert in Qatar.
[Edited on December 28, 2011] Note: We're very sorry, but all booklets have been given out. Should more copies somehow become available, we'll post another note here. The article below remains for archival purposes.
Since so few of Vangelis' fans were able to attend the concert in Qatar, some of the lucky few who did felt we needed to do what we could for our fellow collectors. After the concert was over, it turned out that a small part of the audience had left their concert program booklets behind, so we set out to rescue as many of them as possible.
There's only so much one can carry, so unfortunately supply is limited, but for roughly the first 75 Vangelis collectors who apply, we will be sending a booklet, for only the cost of the shipment.
For the record: Vangelis collectors should make sure not to overlook Don's recent discovery of a source for the illustrious Tegos surgery VHS tapes. Scored by Vangelis, literally over 10 hours of unheard Vangelis music is now finally in the hands of Vangelis collectors. He posted a review and details on his source on www.vangeliscollector.com/news.htm.
Over the past two weeks, a few personal stories revolving around the concert in Qatar have appeared on a variety of blogs:
Expect more photographs from the event on elsew.com in another update, tomorrow.
It has now been one full week since the State of Qatar presented the Vangelis concert at the opening of the Katara Amphitheater in Doha. Time for a full report on this unique event.
Qatar seems to be aiming for the sky, with development in their capital city delivering one sky scraper after another in the town's posh West Bay area, while the more subtle developing of cultural breeding ground at the Katara Cultural Village has far from been neglected. Indeed, the area is thriving with countless tourists and residents visiting every day. The new Amphitheater however, the center focus of Katara's building plan, had been waiting to open in style, at just the right moment in time. That moment came around eight in the evening on December 11.
The spirit in which this amazing concert was organized might best be summarized in a motto, quoting from H.H. Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser, wife of the Emir, who stated "The Qatar way is to find the best the world has to offer and to bring it to our region, while finding the best our region has to offer and taking it to the world."
While world leaders, as well as civil society activists, youth groups, faith communities, research centers, foundations and many other parties met at the Unaoc forum, their members were invited to attend the Grand Opening of the theater. The show they were served was filled with messages of hope and unity. As addressed by master of ceremonies, Oscar winning actor Jeremy Irons, who explained in the concert's introduction: "Here beneath the stars and the full moon, you have gathered, an audience from all around the world, reflecting the multi cultural welcome, that is omnipresent here, in Qatar. As seen tonight is that through music and the arts, we may recognize that we are one global community. And the hope that we will learn to live together, respecting our differences but recognizing our common humanity."
Of course, with names like Ban Ki-Moon and H.H. Sheikha Moza among the audience, as well as many of the visiting ministers, ambassadors and other dignitaries who attended the concert, security was very strict. Vangelis has personally expressed his regrets that due to the nature of the event, attending in the audience was limited to invited guests only and that because of this, his fans had to miss out on this occasion. He is currently trying hard to organize something that could make it up to them in the short future.
It took a while for the audience, all dressed in formal evening wear, to find their seats.
Film director Hugh Hudson, reteaming with Vangelis for this project, such a long time after their legendary collaboration on "Chariots of Fire", had all his camera's rolling. The fantastic Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra was seated behind their instruments, Yvan Cassar prepared to conduct. Gert Hof's lighting team must have been preparing, while Vangelis' engineers were in control of the stage sound and ready to record all sound sources...
Just before he welcomed Vangelis to the stage, Jeremy Irons added: "You have called, we have gathered, let us now deliver our message of hope." And thus started the concert.
The first act opened with sounds of the wind, while one by one, the various multi-cultural instruments introduced the audience to the various corners of the world, bridged by some enchanting Vangelis music performed with the orchestra. At some point, each of the instruments was given a bit of time to perform solo, until the orchestra passed the role onto the next instrument. The piece was followed by a more up tempo, rhythm driven track, with the orchestra performing Arabic riffs while the ethnic instruments intertwined their melodies. Not only was the symbolism clear and focussed, it also made for some very entertaining music and show.
Large animated projections of sand dunes in the desert, Arabic motifs and other visual treats graced the screen as they would continue to do throughout the entire show, while the stage (and audience) lighting was brightly colored and pulled the audience into the spectacle.
Soprano Angela Gheorghiu was introduced by Jeremy Irons for the performance of Vangelis' new choral symphony, entitled "Hope". It Consists of five movements: "The Stars", "The Seasons", "Nature", "Night" and "Justice". Irons explained how Vangelis drew his inspiration for this music from Orpheus, the poet and artist known from Greek mythology. "The words she will sing speak of universal understanding and the justice that is necessary if we are to live together in peace and harmony. A message from 5000 years ago that still has such resonance today."
"Hope" was performed for about 50 minutes, including the audience's applause, with Angela's magnificent voice singing her classical tones on most of the movements. The Yurlov Russian State Academic choir was fantastic, both in the background during the quiet passages, as well as when taking the lead in the majestic staccato singing we've come to expect from large Vangelis works, as in Mythodea, Hispaniola, etc.
Perhaps more classically European in sound than Mythodea, "Hope" was equally engaging, bold and delicate, sometimes all at the same time. There can be little doubt that when the concert is eventually released on CD and DVD, the fans who are open to Vangelis' more classical endeavors will see their hearts genuinely touched. And hopefully, a new audience, perhaps with a more classically oriented background will join them.
Piano and strings, performed in a lighter mode introduced the third act, opening with an instrumental version of Vangelis' new "Child of Hope" composition, slowly building to its orchestral climax. The kind of tune you can't escape from humming in the days to follow, whether you like it or not. It was well appreciated by the audience, who didn't yet realize they were to hear it again later in the concert, then with both choirs joining in.
Finally, Roberto Alagna was introduced, and the two classical music world stars started their "Piccola Bohème" song, for which Alagna himself provided the lyrics, written in Italian. Let's hope these will be supplied in writing when the CD is released. This performance was certainly another high point in the concert, with their voices blending in a beautiful duet, simple but so elegant...
It's an interesting phenomenon that no matter how much you're enjoying the new music being heard for the first time, the appearance of some familiar notes promising the performance of a well known favorite will always sent some extra shivers down your spine. This night, it was the throbbing baseline of Chariots of Fire that made the hearts of the audience pumping a little extra. Even if not performed to absolute perfection, the power of the song and the passion of the performance took everyone's breath away.
That effect was only enhanced by Gert Hof's light show shifting into its highest gears, transforming the sky around the theater in an arena of dancing colors.
Chariots was followed by an equally moving Conquest of Paradise, welcomed just as warmly by the audience and accompanied by the same level of visual spectacle. Goosebumbs all around.
"Child of Hope", now announced as "Children of Hope", formed the concert's finale. Now with the children's choir and the Russian choir singing lyrics by Tim Rice, the song was taken to another level. If it didn't get to you the first time, there was no way around it now. Backed by a subtle form of red rain from the pyrotechnics, and more lights from Gert Hof, its conclusion made the audience burst into an ovation that lasted for many minutes. Sure, it's true what some papers wrote: Not all of the audience managed to stay until the end (the chilly night? Busy conferencing schedules? Hip-hop fans?), but there wasn't a soul in the theater who stayed calm at the end. There can be no question: the audience did appreciate what they were a part of, that evening.
There is much to be said, still. More details to add, like the moment where the middle screen dropped slowly, unveiling an arch in the backdrop, finally allowing a view over the ocean, where colored lights highlighted the traditional Qatari dhow boats, assembled there to be a small part of the spectacle, much to the audience's delight. Or the risks of an open-air concert illustrated by the moment where the wind got a hold of conductor Yvan Cassar's partitions, dropping them the floor. Thankfully only when the music had stopped for a moment!
There will of course be more details to unveil about the upcoming releases, which you will find here, when the time comes... Except that by now it's clear that the DVD will be including a documentary on the making of the event. There is much to look forward to.
It's about time we give credit to everyone who submitted links, information, tips, etc, during the ongoing coverage of this event. Thank you:
Matthias Eisloffel, Milan Fari, Kevin Polfliet, Luis Castro, Marcos Ferasso, Perry Yung, Henri Aal, Didier Le Luel, Umberto Calonaci, Pierre Kandel, Fernando Hoya, Pascal Maille, Paul Zarzycki, Robert Eichelsheim and Yvonne.
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