1492: Conquest of Paradise Soundtrack
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Big budget original soundtrack score by Vangelis.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
1492: Conquest of Paradise - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [SOUNDTRACK]~ Vangelis is a good lesson to composers how a good soundtrack should sound like. Read morePublished on July 13 2004 by B. Viberg
I've always enjoyed Vangelis and this album is no exception, but while reading some of the customer recommendations posted on this page I discovered an artist by the name of Mehdi... Read morePublished on June 25 2004
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. Read morePublished on Nov. 21 2003 by tobe
If you like Vangelis, you'll like this CD. The music compliments Ridley Scott's motion picture "1492: The Conquest of Paradise". Read morePublished on May 30 2003 by P. G.
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. Read morePublished on April 22 2003 by S. Cairns
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... Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2003 by HappyDaze11
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... Read morePublished on Oct. 8 2002 by Brandon Cutro
I'm starting to think you can have the very best of Vangelis by simply owning Themes and this CD. Given the shear volume of music he's created, I can't think of a higher... Read morePublished on June 10 2002 by Reticuli