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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 CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,886 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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Big budget original soundtrack score by Vangelis.


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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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As a contemporary of Tangerine Dream, it was too much of a temptation to lump him among the early Electronica movement. As a friend and frequent collaborator of Yes' Jon Anderson, some called him Progressive. Since New Age star Yanni has a sound that is clearly derivative (if less creative), Vangelis even wound up in the New Age section of some record stores. The truth is that he's none of the above--that's why he's survived all these years. He was neither the beneficiary of any of the hype that came with the boom in these genres, nor did he get carted out with the trash when their trendiness waned. What we have is a neoclassicist--music history will remember Vangelis as a pioneer in the introduction of high tech into classical. As it should be with any well-rounded composer, he has never totally centered on a single instrument--in his case, the synthesizer. Although synths are clearly present in this album (as they always have been on everthing he's released), it's obvious that he has a grasp on many other instruments. I don't so much think of Vangelis as a genre brother of Jean Michel Jarre as much as I see him as a descendent of Tchaikovsky or Beethoven. His music-the entire body of work over the decades--is, as an old Tom Petty number says; "built to last".
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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 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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