Vangelis

Composers

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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    Classical Album 2013
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 1206561 Release Date: 11/27/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  André Rieu,  Paul Mealor,  Francesco Sartori,  Ennio Morricone  ... 
    Performer:  André Rieu,  Katherine Jenkins,  Russell Watson,  Milos Karadaglic  ... 
    Conductor:  Gareth Malone,  Barry Wordsworth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Escala
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    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001722202 Release Date: 08/07/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vangelis Saitis
    Performer:  Vangelis,  Vangelis Saitis
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    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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    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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    Label: Polydor   Catalog: 800020 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vangelis
    Performer:  Vangelis
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    Vangelis: China
    Label: Polygram Records   Catalog: 813653 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vangelis
    Performer:  Vangelis
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    Vangelis: L'apocalypse Des Animeaux
    Label: Universal   Catalog: 8315032 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vangelis
    Performer:  Vangelis
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    Vangelis: Albedo 0.39
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 274208 Release Date: 09/01/1989   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vangelis
    Performer:  Vangelis
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