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1492: Conquest of Paradise Soundtrack

4.9 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Oct. 20 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Run Time: 154 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002IUK
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,629 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Opening
2. Conquest Of Paradise
3. Monastery Of La Rabida
4. City Of Isabel
5. Light And Shadow
6. Deliverance
7. West Across The Ocean Sea
8. Eternity
9. Hispanola
10. Moxica And The Horse
11. Twenty Eighth Parallel
12. Pinta, Nina, Santa Maria (Intro Eternity)

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1492 is one of the Vangelis soundtracks that will live on longer than his own name. Conquest Of Paradise is undoubtedly his most recognised piece of music, leaving behind even the End Titles from Blade Runner (also a Ridley Scott - Vangelis co-venture) or any of his numerous non-film-music compositions.
Preparing and producing his tale of the famous medieval explorer, Ridley Scott knew he wanted the music to connect the modern viewer with the 15th-century setting. Vangelis was from that point of view the only right choice for composer.
Speaking from a film-score perspective, Vangelis' approach is unique. There is no other composer who combines synthesizer, acoustic orchestra and choir as fluently and powerful as Mr Papthanassiou does. It is a unique and overwhelming sound - tranquil and exhilarating at once. Despite the music largely being dreamy - without obvious narrative structures or changes in pace - it creates a perfect, almost nostalgic, thoughtful mood for each scene.
The famed Main Titles aside, highlights on the album are: the regal choirs of Hispanola, the guitar of Moxica And The Horse and the gentleness of Twenty Eighth Parallel.
There can nothing structurally be said against the quality of this music. The only reason for not liking this soundtrack would be not liking Vangelis' style broadly. If that is so, this album will not convince you of the contrary.
For the other-opinionated of the world: along with Blade Runner, this is a Vangelis album worth your money and time.
From me, this one gets four stars.
Bram Janssen,
The Netherlands
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My first exposure to Vangelis was the soundtrack to "Blade Runner". "Blade Runner" was an incredible movie. Coupled with the soundtrack, "Blade Runner" became a science fiction fan's dream of how well done a science fiction movie can be.
In the tradition of "Blade Runner", Vangelis has created another stunning soundtrack that doesn't need the movie to support its musical theme. Put another way, if you did not know this CD was a soundtrack from a movie, there is nothing from the music that would tell you.
The music is classified as "New Age", which is a bit of a stretch. I understand it can be difficult to classify someone like Vangelis, who uses synthesizers in combination with cameos by several other instruments and vocal performances when required to create a work that sounds more like a full orchestra versus a guy with a bunch of keyboards and a mixing board. There are many places Vangelis could fit, but instead of trying to classify Vangelis, and this CD, just listen to it.
The keyboards give you a feel of renaissance, and yet the very nature of synthesizers makes the CD feel modern. Listening to "Conquest of Paradise", as an example, I felt a trace of Ennio Morricone's compositions for the spaghetti westerns of the 60s, with more than a flavor of Russian folk music, and enough soaring synthesizer and vocals to make a incredible song, best played loudly on a mellow day. Later, "City of Isabel" has a late middle age flavor, something that would have fit into a castle setting.
"Light and Shadow" is ominous, with religious and gothic overtones. As the music progresses, the overtones recede to the background as flutes provide the upbeat hope of light being shined into the shadows.
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I picked up this soundtrack at a used CD shop recently and I was a little skeptical before putting the disc in the player due to the fact that I am not at all familiar with Vangelis and his music. (Except "Chariots of Fire") The first time I listened to it, I didn't really like it because it's not really my type of music, but the second time, I took a whole new perspective on it. It's a great soundtrack. The main theme "Conquest of Paradise" is truly a great theme and resembles "Chariots of Fire". It's complete with synthesizers played by Vangelis himself and an English Chamber Choir. The bad thing is the theme is unheard until the 11th track "Twenty Eighth Parallel", which is almost at the end of the soundtrack. I wish it would have been featured more because it's that good. I am not a huge fan of electronic music, but the music on this soundtrack sounds great. It's relaxing and takes you in. The remaining score contains new age type music with some spanish guitar and voices, a mandolin, a violin, flutes, the choir, and of course, Vangelis. I hope to see more of Vangelis composing for film, since he doesn't do much of that anymore. If you like new age music, you will absolutely love this. I didn't give it 5 stars because the awesome theme was underused. Had the theme been used more often, 5 stars would have been my rating. If questioning about getting this soundtrack, get it and you'll be glad you did.
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Too bad Vangelis gets lumped in with New Age music. The bland new age selection all sound the same until you come across Vangelis, at which time you realize you are listening to a timeless composer whose works cannot be categorized by anything less than 'classic.'

Without even seeing 1492, Vangelis tells you the story of Columbus' journey. He takes you from Medieval courts, into the pure mystery and terror and excitement of uncharted waters, to the innocence of the New World, to the sad consequences of cultures clashing, to Columbus' redemption in the form of his legacy, which, despite all debate about Columbus, embodies the optimistic human qualities of courage, quest for knowledge, and hope.

This music is relaxing, inspiring, and thought provoking. It's the kind of music to which you can just sit down and listen and be entertained by the emotions and visions it draws from you. I recommend any and all music fans to purchase this album. As you can see from the customer comments on this page, it's listened to and enjoyed by people all over the world, which points to the universal power and appeal of Vangelis' music.

-- JJ Timmins
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