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Encyclopedia > Alexander (album)
Alexander
Alexander cover
Studio album by Vangelis
Released 2004
Recorded 2003-2004 [1]
Genre Film score
Length 56:00
Label Sony Classical
Producer(s) Vangelis
Professional reviews

*****: Filmtracks A Studio Album is an album of regular studio recordings. ... // Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou (Ευάγγελος Οδυσσέας Παπαθανασίου) [IPA: ɛvæŋɛlɪs ɔðɪsɛɪæs ɔpæpæθænæsiu], artist name Vangelis Papathanassiou (Βαγγέλης Παπαθανασίου) or just Vangelis (Βαγγέλης) [IPA: or ], is a world-renowned new age and electronic composer and musician, best known for his Academy Award winning score for the film Chariots of Fire, and scores for... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... A film score is the music in a film, generally written for the film and often used to heighten emotions provoked by the imagery on the screen or by the dialogue. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Sony Classical is the successor to the Columbia and CBS Masterworks labels, assuming its new identity after the purchase of CBS Records by Sony Corporation. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the performers, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes . ... // Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou (Ευάγγελος Οδυσσέας Παπαθανασίου) [IPA: ɛvæŋɛlɪs ɔðɪsɛɪæs ɔpæpæθænæsiu], artist name Vangelis Papathanassiou (Βαγγέλης Παπαθανασίου) or just Vangelis (Βαγγέλης) [IPA: or ], is a world-renowned new age and electronic composer and musician, best known for his Academy Award winning score for the film Chariots of Fire, and scores for...

Vangelis chronology
Odyssey: The Definitive Collection
(2003)
Alexander
(2004)
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The original film score of Alexander (2004) was composed by Vangelis and released on audio CD. // Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou (Ευάγγελος Οδυσσέας Παπαθανασίου) [IPA: ɛvæŋɛlɪs ɔðɪsɛɪæs ɔpæpæθænæsiu], artist name Vangelis Papathanassiou (Βαγγέλης Παπαθανασίου) or just Vangelis (Βαγγέλης) [IPA: or ], is a world-renowned new age and electronic composer and musician, best known for his Academy Award winning score for the film Chariots of Fire, and scores for... A film score is the music in a film, generally written for the film and often used to heighten emotions provoked by the imagery on the screen or by the dialogue. ... Alexander is a 2004 epic motion picture film, based on the life of Alexander the Great. ... // Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou (Ευάγγελος Οδυσσέας Παπαθανασίου) [IPA: ɛvæŋɛlɪs ɔðɪsɛɪæs ɔpæpæθænæsiu], artist name Vangelis Papathanassiou (Βαγγέλης Παπαθανασίου) or just Vangelis (Βαγγέλης) [IPA: or ], is a world-renowned new age and electronic composer and musician, best known for his Academy Award winning score for the film Chariots of Fire, and scores for... CD re-directs here; see Cd for other meanings of CD. Image of a compact disc (pencil included for scale) A compact disc (or CD) is an optical disc used to store digital data, originally developed for storing digital audio. ...


The film, directed by Oliver Stone, portrays the life of Alexander the Great in an epic style that is also reflected in the score. Alexander the Great was a Macedonian that spread the Greek culture with his conquests on the 4th Century BC; Vangelis, himself a Greek, was already famous for his scores to Chariots of Fire, Blade Runner and Conquest of Paradise. William Oliver Stone (born September 15, 1946), known simply as Oliver Stone, is a three-time Academy Award-winning American film director and screenwriter. ... Alexander the Great (Greek: ,[1] Megas Alexandros; July 356 BC–June 11, 323 BC), also known as Alexander III, king of Macedon (336–323 BC), was one of the most successful military commanders in history. ... The epic film is a film genre typically featuring expensive production values and dramatic themes. ... The term Hellenistic (derived from Héllēn, the Greeks traditional self-described ethnic name) was established by the German historian Johann Gustav Droysen to refer to the spreading of Greek culture over the non-Greek peoples that were conquered by Alexander the Great. ... Chariots of Fire is a British film released in 1981 with a music score by Greek electronic composer and artist Vangelis (credited as Vangelis Papathanassiou). ... The Blade Runner soundtrack by Vangelis is a dark melodic combination of classic composition and futuristic synthesizers which mirrors the film-noir future envisioned by Ridley Scott. ... 1492: Conquest of Paradise is a 1992 album by the Greek artist Vangelis. ...

"I tried to remember how it was to live at the time, to be there. At the same time, I must speak the music language which is understandable today, because we're addressing thousands, millions in the audience." - Vangelis in documentary Vangelis Scores Alexander [2]

Unlike the usual process of scoring the film after it is shot and edited, Vangelis started composing right away, especially for the scene that featured the choreographed "Bagoas' Dance" danced by Francisco Bosch. A documentary directed by Suzanne Gielgud, titled "Dancing For Oliver", took an in-depth look at the creation of that scene, including interviews with Vangelis [3]. Francisco Bosch (b. ...


Track listing

  1. Introduction - 1:32
  2. Young Alexander - 1:36
  3. Titans - 3:59
  4. The Drums of Gaugamela - 5:20
  5. One Morning at Pella - 2:11 (not used in the film)
  6. Roxane's Dance - 3:25
  7. Eastern Path - 2:58
  8. Gardens of Delight - 5:24
  9. Roxane's Veil - 4:40
  10. Bagoas' Dance - 2:29
  11. The Charge - 1:41
  12. Preparation - 1:42
  13. Across the Mountains - 4:12
  14. Chant - 1:38
  15. Immortality - 3:18
  16. Dream of Babylon - 2:41
  17. Eternal Alexander - 4:37
  18. Tender Memories - 2:59

The CD was released in each market with one of three different covers. In some markets, a bonus track (not used in the film) was included, titled "Bizarre Bazaar".[4]


Vangelis composed, arranged, produced and performed the music, accompanied (although recorded separately) by conductor and orchestrator Nic Raine, violinists Vanessa Mae and Dominique Lemonnier, harpist Maria Bildea, the Epris Polyphonic Ensemble, tenor Konstantinos Paliatsaras, and singer Irina Valentinova Karpouchina. Vanessa-Mae Vanakorn Nicholson (born October 27, 1978 in Singapore), known on stage as Vanessa-Mae (in Chinese: 陈美, Chén Měi) is an internationally known classical and pop musician. ...


Two of the tracks on the album - "Roxane's Veil" and "Tender Memories" - sound differently from their corresponding versions on film, as if Vangelis had continued working on them. He ended up with music for more than one CD, which he would not mind to see released by the record company [1] - however, considering the tepid performance of the film at the box-office and the no-show of the CD in the sales charts, as of 2006 that idea seemed to have been abandoned. 2006 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Some of the additional music that is not present in the album can be heard in the Director's Cut DVD release of the film [5], in the menus of the German DVD release of the original theatrical version, in the documentary Fight Against Time, directed by Sean Stone (the director's son), and on a promotional CD-R by Warner Bros. that featured an untitled new track and the film version of "Tender Memories" [6].


Notes

  1. ^ a b Vangelis interview to SoundtrackNet
  2. ^ Vangelis Scores Alexander, a documentary available on the official soundtrack website, on the computer game, and on some DVD releases of the film
  3. ^ Constellation Change Film Festival
  4. ^ Dennis Lodewijks' Elsewhere
  5. ^ Vangelis Collector
  6. ^ Dennis Lodewijks' Elsewhere

External links

  • Official website

 
 

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