Vangelis

Biography

Born: March 29, 1943; Volos, Greece  
Best known for his lush, Oscar-winning score to the 1981 film Chariots of Fire, Vangelis was among the most successful and admired electronic composers of his era. Born Evangelos Odyssey Papathanassiou in Valos, Greece on March 29, 1943, his nascent musical talent was recognized at an early age, but he refused to take piano lessons, instead teaching himself. After high school he formed the early-'60s pop group Formynx, soon the most popular act Read more in Greece. After achieving superstardom at home, Vangelis relocated to Paris in 1968, and was in France at the time of the student riots; unable to go back home, he formed the progressive rock band Aphrodite's Child with fellow Greek expatriates Demis Roussos and Loukas Sideras, soon scoring a major European hit with the single "Rain and Tears". After Aphrodite's Child disbanded in 1972, Vangelis joined French filmmaker Frederic Rossif to compose the scores for the features L' Apocalypse des Animaux and La Fete Sauvage; his proper solo debut, Earth, followed in 1974, around the time he was rumored to be joining Yes. Although Vangelis did rehearse with Yes for a few weeks, he never officially joined their ranks; still, he became close friends with group vocalist Jon Anderson, a frequent collaborator in the years to follow. Relocating to London, Vangelis established his own state-of-the-art recording studio, producing a steady flow of recordings including 1975's Heaven and Hell, 1976's Albedo 0.39, 1977's Spiral and 1978's Beaubourg. Teaming with Anderson under the name Jon and Vangelis, he also scored a series of UK hits including 1980's "I Hear You Now" and the following year's "I'll Find My Way Home."

Vangelis' international commercial breakthrough followed in 1982, when his score to Chariots of Fire earned the film one of its many Academy Awards; its theme song even cracked the Top Ten on the U.S. pop charts. That same year, he also created the powerful score to the cult classic Blade Runner, the beginning of a partnership with director Ridley Scott which also yielded soundtracks to films including 1492: Conquest of Paradise. Vangelis also composed the music for a number of Jacques Cousteau documentaries in addition to maintaining his flourishing solo career, issuing acclaimed LPs including 1985's The Mask, 1988's Antarctica and 1990's The City. In 1992, he was awarded the Chevalier Order of Arts and Letters, one of France's most prestigious honors. El Greco followed in 1998. Read less
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    Cinema Verismo / Mak Grgic
    Label: Marquis   Catalog: 81447 Release Date: 03/18/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Pietro Mascagni,  Ennio Morricone,  Vangelis  ... 
    Performer:  Mak Grgic
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    Film Music Gala / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Royal Philharmonic   Catalog: 33 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Jeremy Sams,  John Barry,  Craig Armstrong,  John T. Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Rolf Wilson,  Brian Thomson,  Paul Bateman,  Tim Gill  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Austin,  Paul Bateman,  Debbie Wiseman,  Nigel Hess  ... 
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    Persona / Liona Boyd
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 42120 Release Date: 01/17/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vangelis,  Liona Boyd,  Michael Kamen,  Manos Hadjidakis  ... 
    Performer:  Liona Boyd,  Michael Kamen,  Ray Cooper,  Yo-Yo Ma  ... 
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    Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant
    Label: Lpo   Catalog: 63 Release Date: 06/05/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Eric Coates,  Fritz Spiegl  ... 
    Conductor:  David Parry
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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    My Heart Will Go On: The All-Time Greatest Film Songs
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 12025 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vangelis
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    John Williams & The Boston Pops - A Celebration
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001649302 Release Date: 02/21/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John T. Williams,  Vangelis,  Max Steiner,  Henry Mancini  ... 
    Conductor:  John T. Williams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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    Pride of the Nation / Coldstream Guards Band
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001558502 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  William Henry Monk,  Phil Coulter,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Jeff Lawson,  Jon Cohen,  Phil da Costa
    Conductor:  Graham Jones
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Regimental Band of the Coldstream Guards
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    Label: Silva Screen   Catalog: 1309 Release Date: 07/13/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Pete Moore,  Bernard Herrmann,  David Raksin,  Henry Mancini  ... 
    Performer:  Gareth Williams,  Mark Ayres
    Conductor:  Evan Jolly,  Paul Bateman,  Nic Raine,  Bill Ashton  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Ensemble
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    Label: Decca   Catalog: 2732796 Release Date: 03/23/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Robert Browne Hall,  Henry Francis Lyte,  Katie Moss  ... 
    Performer:  Dinnington Colliery Band
    Conductor:  Jonathan Beatty
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dinnington Colliery Band
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    American Mood
    Label: Summit Records   Catalog: 524 Release Date: 06/09/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Billy Strayhorn,  Vangelis,  Gray,  John Philip Sousa  ... 
    Performer:  Tim Zimmerman and the King's Brass
    Conductor:  Tim Zimmerman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The King's Brass
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    Music From Beating Retreat 2008
    Label: Bandleader   Catalog: 5200 Release Date: 08/05/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Vangelis,  Ian Mitchell,  Justin Matthews  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Household Division Massed Bands
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    Vangelis: Invisible Connections, Atom Blaster, Thermo Vision
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 415196 Release Date: 06/04/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vangelis
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    Here's To The Heroes [2 Cd]
    Label: Rhino (Label)   Catalog: 510964 Release Date: 05/13/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John Barry,  Bruno Coulais,  Brian May,  Hans Zimmer / Lisa Gerrar  ... 
    Performer:  Craig Hendry,  Liam McLachlan,  The Ten Tenors,  Matthew Hickey  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicholas Dodd
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    Classic Fm Presents The New Classical Generation 2008
    Label: Universal   Catalog: 795014 Release Date: 04/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Vangelis,  John Barry  ... 
    Performer:  Hayley Westenra,  David Garrett,  Blake,  Jonathan Ansell  ... 
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    Choreography / Vanessa-Mae
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 090895 Release Date: 06/12/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vangelis,  Aram Khachaturian
    Performer:  Vanessa-Mae
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    Berceuses & Jeux Interdits / Angèle Dubeau, La Pieta
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 28717 Release Date: 10/26/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Glazunov,  Paul McCartney,  François Dompierre,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Angèle Dubeau
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Pieta
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    Music Camera Action!
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 29825 Release Date: 10/26/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Elton John,  Paul McCartney,  Benoît Charest  ... 
    Conductor:  Gilbert Patenaude
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal
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    Tenology
    Label: Rhino (Label)   Catalog: 73397 Release Date: 04/25/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luigi Denza,  Cesare Andrea Bixio,  Vangelis,  Andrew Pryor  ... 
    Performer:  The Ten Tenors,  Michael Manicus,  Steven Baker
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    Triple Feature - Round Up, Time Warp, Hollywood's Greatest Hits
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 89006 Release Date: 11/23/2005   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Donald Dorsey,  Richard Strauss,  Jerry Goldsmith,  Alexander Courage  ... 
    Performer:  Donald Dorsey,  Frankie Laine
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops,  May Festival Chorus
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  • 20.
    Alexander - Original Soundtrack
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 92942 Release Date: 11/09/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vangelis
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    Encore! / John Williams, Boston Pops Orchestra
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000260602 Release Date: 06/15/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  Leonard Bernstein,  Frederick Loewe,  Stephen Sondheim  ... 
    Performer:  John T. Williams,  Boston Pops
    Conductor:  John T. Williams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 22.
    Gentle Dreams - The Best Of Julian Lloyd Webber
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 4761296 Release Date: 01/13/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Carlos Jobim,  Rolf Lovland,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Andrew Lloyd Webber  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber,  Fionnuala Sherry,  Lee Ritenour,  Dave Grusin  ... 
    Conductor:  Steven Mercurio,  Barry Wordsworth,  Nicholas Cleobury,  Yehudi Menuhin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bossa Nova,  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland,  Secret Garden  ... 
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    Canadian Bagpipes And American Brass
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: 5573 Release Date: 10/29/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Newton,  Gioachino Rossini,  John Stafford Smith,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Mundt,  Roger McGuire,  Ian Webster
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Scottish Regiment Pipes,  USMC Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band,  Canadian Scottish Regiment Pipes and Drums
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  • 24.
    Classic Kathleen Battle - A Portrait
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 89464 Release Date: 04/02/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  George Frideric Handel,  Traditional,  Vangelis  ... 
    Performer:  Kathleen Battle,  Ken Noda,  Wynton Marsalis,  Christopher Parkening  ... 
    Conductor:  John Nelson,  Blake Neely,  Robert Sadin,  André Previn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  Greece National Opera Choir,  London Metropolitan Orchestra  ... 
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    London International Tattoo 2000
    Label: Bandleader   Catalog: 5166 Release Date: 01/09/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  Adolph Green,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Yaskevich
    Conductor:  Captain Mikhail Bersan,  Dennis M. Layendecker,  Captain N. P. Morgan,  Major Barrie Mills
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Central Band of the White Russian Army,  Massed Choirs,  Massed Bands  ... 
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