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1492: Conquest of Paradise [Soundtrack]

Vangelis Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Soundtrack! Nov. 20 2011
Format:Audio CD
This is a beautifully produced CD. It was recommended to me by a friend 15 years ago or so, and I have been listening to it ever since. There are some truly soaring passages, some more moody, some inspiring, some tense, but all very well recorded with a splash of background vocals from time to time. I listen to this while marking homework or doing hobbies. I have two copies, just in case the first ever 'wears out' or becomes out of print. It is that good.
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1492: Conquest of Paradise - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [SOUNDTRACK]~ Vangelis is a good lesson to composers how a good soundtrack should sound like. He plays with the sounds and is an auteur when it comes to the musical scene. I loved it. 5/5.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite CD, period Nov. 22 2003
By tobe
Format:Audio CD
Although the most famoust track of the CD is number 2, I believe that the last one, "Pinta, Nina: Into Eternity", is absolutely wonderful, specially minute 8.
I do recommend it to you
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4.0 out of 5 stars A highlight from the works of Vangelis Sept. 14 2003
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars 1492 May 30 2003
By P. G.
Format:Audio CD
If you like Vangelis, you'll like this CD. The music compliments Ridley Scott's motion picture "1492: The Conquest of Paradise". The cut "Moxica and the Horse" sounds enchanting, with the first part sounding like a voice in the wind. A few other tracks give the feeling of sending someone off on a long journey, not seeing them for a long time. Overall, the CD has a Spanish flavor blending in well with the movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vangelis's Greatest April 22 2003
Format:Audio CD
What a CD! The word "magnificent" is often overused as a hyperbole, but this truly loves up to its name. Such power in the music. Vangelis has used a range of instruments and the human voice to create a stunning CD for the motion picture. The tracks are breathtakingly good. I cannot praise the track "Light and Shadow" enough. It has that instant "wow" factor. The whole CD is a joy to listen to from beginning to end. Often intense, it grabs your attention, and must have been the perfect soundtrack.
This is Vangelis at his most mature. He is at his peak here, and the brilliance has simply flowed out of him to create an unforgettable CD. I give it my highest recommendation.
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This alblum is as good as Vangelis other works. He truly is one of a kind. You have the insurmental and modern synthesized aspects of the score, coupled with a subtley Spanish overtone, and I think a little Latin I think, gives the aura that are really listening to the music in the New World jungle paradise, or inside the great Cathedrals of Spain. What a CD! It is unfortunate that the movie did not fare so well in America, probably because it was to intellectual and there were no Motor Bikes, Apache Helicopters and exploding tractor trailers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You Mean There Was Also a Movie? Nov. 27 2002
Format:Audio CD
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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