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Mike Bartlett is bringing one of the most thrilling Olympic stories to the stage for the first time in a dazzling new adaptation from Colin Welland's original screenplay. Directed by Hampstead Theatre's Artistic Director Edward Hall, Chariots of Fire promises to be the theatrical event of our Olympic year. The production and this associated release will feature the music of the legendary Vangelis score, with additional new music written by Vangelis for the play. Set in 1924 during the Paris Olympic Games, A devout Scottish Christian runs for the glory of God. The son of an immigrant Lithuanian Jew runs to overcome prejudice. Two young track athletes who live for the beautiful purity of running and who prevail in the face of overwhelming odds. Based on the extraordinary true story of Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams, Chariots of Fire is an Olympic tale of hope, honor and belief.


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  2. Physical Energy 3:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
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  4. Eric's Theme 4:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. Abraham's Theme 3:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. Harold's Despair 2:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. Belief 4:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. Ballard 3:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. Aspiration 8:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. Eric's Pleasure 5:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. Lord Lindsay 1:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. At The Starting Blocks 3:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
13. Epilogue 4:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
14. After The Race 4:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 7, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B008FOB2B4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,834 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David Longhorn on August 7, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Chariots of Fire: The Play

I had a hard time imagining how the Chariots of Fire material could be re-envisioned, while both respecting the original material and not turning into a parody of the music from 1981. In hindsight, I now wonder: Why did I doubt Vangelis would hit the hammer straight on its head?

Chariots of Fire (The Play) is a wonderful new album. The few tracks included from the original album were updated ranging from slightly to heavily, while some of the themes are used in the new material. At the same time there is a big bunch of completely new themes and tracks, and it all works together as if time did not pass. It's not that the new music is in the style of the old tracks. I hear no CS80 or any of the defining instruments of the original soundtrack. It's just that it works!

The power of this album is incredible. Vangelis thunders away as if he's reaching for an Olympic medal himself. Of course, at other times he rests and quietly brings out the moods and emotions of the silence before (and after) the storm.

Great results! The album may not be as polished as some of this other albums, but this makes it feel as if you are sitting right in front of him, while he's flying his fingers over the keys.

With such great results......

Let the Olympics begin! Now we already have something to remember them by.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Hector Garay on October 4, 2012
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What happened to the diehard fans of Vangelis? I don't see many reviews for this particular album.
Maybe some of the fans thought that this album was a remaster from the original or another one of
those compilation works with the same songs we heard already - that was the case with me.

I wanted to hear new music and when I saw the cover to "Chariots of Fire The Play", well I thought
it was just another remaster with no new music. Boy was I wrong!

Those who love the original soundtrack from 1981 will be pleasantly surprised by the enhanced sound
quality, revised music from the original score, and brand new music.

Vangelis is an amazing composer whose works span beyond 30 years. His style of music has changed
throughout the decades but his brilliance remains intact. In his early years, he relied on his
synthesizers to carry out the tunes. Nowadays, he uses trumpets, panpipes, new synthesizers (that
serves as background music) and other live instruments to carry his tunes to new levels.

I was asking myself how was he going to combine his original recording that relied on synthesizers
so much with his new current style of writing? Few artists have that ability to take their piece of
art (that is well known and loved such as Chariots of Fire) and make it into something more grandeur
or equally close to it - Vangelis is one of those artists. He did it with the 3CD set of Bladerunner
and now looks like he does it again with Chariots of Fire The Play.

When I listened to "The Play", I couldn't help but choke up in tears in a few of his songs because the
new music really does reach into your soul.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Superdave on September 15, 2012
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I enjoyed all the songs, but especially "Chariots of Fire" in its new rendition. Some songs were tastefully quiet and peaceful, but others had a more majestic tone. I'm glad I made the purchase.
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This album is worth the buy - listen on MOG first, then get it for keeps. It's a kinduv mashup for the movie soundtrack and a free thinking Vangelis title.
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By Roberto de Oliveira on November 15, 2012
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This album is a wonderful masterpiece! It brings us the flavours from electronic and instrumental inspiration of Vangelis (that from '80). And all 3 reprises (Chariots of Fire, Eric's Theme and Abraham's Theme) brings us additional light background sounds that enriches more the tracks without taking the old shine.
I have loved the new tracks, a strong and pleasant work! It translates all magnificence and spirit of the movie and the play!
Wonderful!!!!!
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