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Alexander (Soundtrack) [Soundtrack]

Vanessa Mae , Vangelis Audio CD
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1. Introduction
2. Young Alexander
3. Titans
4. The Drums Of Gaugamela
5. One Morning At Pella
6. Roxane's Dance
7. Eastern Path
8. Gardens Of Delight
9. Roxane's Veil
10. Bagoa's Dance
11. The Charge
12. Preparation
13. Across The Mountains
14. Chant
15. Immortality
16. Dream Of Babylon
17. Eternal Alexander
18. Tender Memories

Product Description

Vangelis has created a musical setting that captures both the epic scale and the human drama of this spectacular film, which is both written and directed by multiple Oscar winner Oliver Stone (Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, JFK).

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the BEST soundtracks in a while! Dec 31 2004
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD before I saw the movie, and I was mesmerized. The entire CD plays as a story on its own. The Middle Eastern nuances add an exotic element to all the tracks. The entire CD stands well on its own as a musical album. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes music that is different and refreshing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars dvd March 6 2005
Format:Audio CD
Please release the DVD of this GRAND MOVIE. the score is
absolutely beautiful.I give him a 4 for the music and
a 4 for the film. PLease lauch soon the DVD of ALEXANDER
Michel Lebrun
sherbrooke, que
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4.0 out of 5 stars dvd March 6 2005
Format:Audio CD
Please release the DVD of this GRAND MOVIE. the score is
absolutely beautiful.I give him a 9 for the music and
a 4 for the film. PLease lauch soon the DVD of ALEXANDER
Michel Lebrun
sherbrooke, que
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Vangelis's Weakest Soundtrack Ever Dec 23 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Vangelis used to be a leader in electronic music. What went so terribly wrong? You know an artist is in trouble when his most currrent work sounds like second hand copies of earlier efforts. You can hear shades of Vangelis's scores for "Chariots Of Fire", "Blade Runner" and "1492" in his score for "Alexander" - and this is not a compliment. Vangelis should have composed a score that was unique and stood on its own two feet. Instead, the listener is left with wishy-washy shades of past efforts with horn blasts right out of Hans Zimmer's score for "Gladiator". Vangelis had better get his act together. Over the past few years, his albums have been very weak and his fans are getting tired of all the greatest hits collections he releases with the same 20 and 30 year old tracks combined with new throw-away demo tracks which should never have left the studio.
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Alexander, " a Musical Tribute From Vangelis Nov. 10 2004
By G M. Stathis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Alexander, King of Macedon, Captain General of the Greeks, Shahanshah of Persia, Lord of Asia, son of Zeus-Ammon, Iskander Gojastak (Alexander the Cursed), Dhu L'Kairnan (the two horned), Alexander the Great. A figure as well known as Alexander has been known by at least the proverbial ninety and nine names. Some modern historians consider him to be the worst butcher in history, others regard him as the most significant figure of the Hellenic world. All of this and more will surely reemerge with the release of Oliver Stone's film "Alexander." It seems inane to worry about what musical sound should be associated with this historical colossus. But that is exactly the task given to the famous Greek composer Vangelis. To be fair no one has any accurate idea of what music in Alexander's tent may have sounded like. Most likely it would not work well in a twenty first century film, or a club in downtown Athens. But Vangelis has been equal to the task on numerous occcasions including incredible scores for "Chariots of Fire," "Blade Runner," and "1492." But in all three of these scores there was a common strength and weakness. All three possessed outstanding main themes, but suffered with rather mundane music in other parts of the score. Thus his "greatest hits" wears much better than the entire soundtracks from these films. With "Alexander," however, we have more of a comprhensive film score. There are still references to what might be considered period music and the various exotica that ply the edges of new age cliche, and some over the top choral arrangements, but as a sountrack album this works better than earlier recordings. The main strength is still a marvelous main theme, first heard in "Titans" that transforms into percussion driven battle music with "The Drums of Gaugamela," and reappears both triumphantly and mystically in "Dream of Babylon." These are the grand higlights of this very good score. The weakness of many composers is that they hit on a good theme and then beat it to death. Here Vangelis leaves us wanting more of that main theme, or more variations on it. It is unclear how this score will work with the film itself, but as a soundtrack album this is a worthy achievement that will, no doubt, strike a solid chord with many parts of the modern audience. Nicely produced and packaged by Sony.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Return of the King Nov. 9 2004
By Amazon Woman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
So glad to see Vangelis back on the scene doing soundtracks. I've been listening to his music since I was 9 years old. Remember "The Bounty" and "Bladerunner"? His non-soundtrack albums are also great: China, Heaven and Hell, etc.

Here he has immersed himself in less ethereal fare and into a more authentic sound, but still with his great musical sense. Definitely worth hearing apart from the film.

Having anticipated this movie for so long am really excited to see other works also inspired by the Alexander the Great story mentioned in other reviews of this album and so have checked out the infamous album "Alexander the Great: Posa Somata, Posa Pneumata" by newcomer Alex Kharlamov. Very, very impressive and evocative music and very recommended as well if you want to get a quality taste of dramatic music to put you in the mood for Mr. Stone's new epic.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Vangelis Score for a Breathtaking Stone Movie! Dec 8 2004
By Theodoros - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
First, a "quick" comment on the movie itself. I don't really understand why this portrayal of Alexander has been considered so wrong and controrvesial by so many people. I'm from Macedonia, Greece myself and I just don't see the problem. It's been made with a lot of love, research and attention to detail. Of course it's not completely objective and is partially a representation of Stone's sensitivities and imagination. This is what cinema is all about and it couldn't be made any other way since not all the facts are known about Alexander's life. I think people just expected another "Troy" short of epic and were overwhelmed by the length of it, the sheer amount of info and character development shown and how much brain power this movie actually demanded from people in order to receive the whole package offered here.

The score of the movie is, in my opinion, as brilliant and as elusive as the movie itself and the man it is trying to portray. "Majestic", "Mythical", "Overwhelming", "Beautiful" are some of the words that come to mind while listening to this score. It has some tracks, basically the tracks that accompany the battle scenes of the movie, that require you have seen the movie beforehand to get the most out of them. But the rest of the music works amazingly well even on its own, creating a fantasy of Alexander that can take you on a journey even if you havent seen the movie. The way it is orchestrated reveals a Vangelis deeply connected to his electronic roots, but also a more mature Vangelis with a more organic and human sound added to the music. It will satisfy Vangelis' fans accustomed to his previous work, while managing to show that he is still an adventurous composer willing to offer something new. People, he just doesn't compose all that much nowadays so dont miss your chance to listen to this work of genius!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great soundtrack! Nov. 9 2004
By Beatlefan 4 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It is a wonderful soundtrack! Cannot wait to see the movie.

I just also bought Alex Kharlamov's "Alexander the Great: Posa Somata, Posa Pneumata" and it is incredible as well.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The One Saving Grace of a Dismal Film Dec 28 2004
By Antiquarian - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
When it comes to the movie "Alexander" the music is just about the ONLY thing worth noticing. Not only noticing, but praising. I did not hesitate to get this soundtrack when I heard only a minute or two of samples. The music itself tells a beautiful story; a story which is unique to every listener. There are elements of ambience, of power, comfort, and even the sounds of sexual appeal (Roxane's Veil comes to mind). Nothing matches the ecstasy of music which so thoroughly describes and compliments exotic places and fascinating events and settings. This score is perfect, great fun to listen to, to dance to, relax to...you name it. If you liked (or in my case, loved most immensely) the scores to such films as "Gladiator", "The Passion of the Christ" or "Troy" (which isn't a personal favourite, but is still good and in a similar style) I strongly recommend buying this soundtrack, even if you absolutely hated the film. I like to think of it as simply beautiful story music by Vangelis, a musical genius, rather than just the soundtrack to "Alexander".
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