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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: WARNER MUSIC JAPAN
  • ASIN: B00005HDBK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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There is far more to Vangelis than his Academy Award winning, platinum, #1-charting 1981 album Chariots Of Fire and its #1 title song. Odyssey - The Definitive Collection (Hip-O Records), released November 4, 2003, celebrates his most famous and enduring recordings over 30 years, from 1973 to 2003, from his pioneering electronic music to the now classic "Chariots Of Fire" to a new ... Read more in Amazon's Vangelis Store

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This is one of Vangelis' most original and complete albums to date.
D. Roberts
It keeps building in that tone until it reaches 'Movement V', which is poignant and bitter-sweet and provides some of the lighter moments in the album.
P. Mukherjee
Beautiful stuff, highly recommended for fans of Vangelis who also enjoy classical music.
G. Favre

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By D. Roberts VINE VOICE on February 16, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is one of Vangelis' most original and complete albums to date. It is a tribute to a Cretan painter named El Greco (his Spainish name) who lived in the 1600s. It is a pleasure to see a musician the calibre of Vangelis employ his craft as a medium to pay homage to a fellow artist. It is obvious that El Greco bequeathed in his work a tremendous amount of inspiration for Vangelis.
The music on this CD is reminiscent of a requiem, for the most part. The tone of the music is surreal; almost as though it is depicting a communion of the two artists in a dreamscape. To me, the tones of this piece, particularly in the first movement, give a wonderful imitation of the atemporal properties of paintings. The brooding timbre invites the listener into an inner sanctum of artistic expression. It is hauntingly morose, but also very elegant.
I would highly recommend this album to admirers of electronic music, as well as people who adore sensual and (perhaps) melancholy mood setters.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Shaw N. Gynan on April 6, 2001
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Like many of the other reviewers, I have been a Vangelis fan for years. I have all of his CDs (except repetitive compilations). And like many other reviewers, I found this work tough sledding at first. In fact, I listened to it once, felt that the soprano was too dramatic, and then filed the CD away for months. Well, recently I just grabbed it along with a bunch of other disks for a long ride on the highway and I couldn't believe that I had not been captivated before by the opening movement with its low sustained passages for strings and somber tolling bells. Indeed, I was eventually convinced that the soprano solo was beautiful, even moving.
Vangelis has created his own musical language, characterized by a special set of sounds and a grammar to stitch them together. Sometimes his juxtaposition of popular and classical styles is jarring, but here the lighter movements 3 and 5 are a lovely interlude. Devotees will recognize the instruments and themes from past works, all part of the chromatic idiom he has developed.
Vangelis has been down the classical road before. I refer to "Beaubourg" and "Invisible Connections," both of which were, arguably, modern classical compositions. In my humble opinion, "Invisible Connections" (a Deutsche Grammaphon recording) is the purest classical composition Vangelis has produced, one in which he attempts to eschew conventional western tonality and overtly pop style. "Invisible Connections" is uncompromising and successful. Fans of that work will find the haunting echoes from Movement 9 reminiscent of it.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By daryl vasquez on December 29, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I'm not sure what the problem is that the first reviewer has with this stunning excersise in atmosphere Vangelis has created but I'm going to guess that they missed the point of this work. For El Greco, Vangelis stays away from traditional fanfare, predictable movements and even his own over used historonics commonly displayed in works like "Oceanic" and "Voices". Instead the composer creates a distanct mood and feel of the times and subject matter. Vangelis builds a dense tapestry that lulls the listener into the thought process of the painter (El Greco) without forcing himself upon our senses telling us how we should feel. If one wants to enjoy the "cheerful allegros and powerful prestos" of Vivaldi......then listen to Vivaldi.I think one could have easily guessed the "mood" of the album by the black and...well, moody cover. It's always been a baffeling train of thought that some "critics" subscribe to that causes them to say things like "....not what I would expect from the auther of...." when common sense would dicate just the opposite. Vanglis, like all great artits do things that can not be expected.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J.R. on October 14, 2004
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I have been a Vangelis fan for over 20 years and have all of his recordings(except the compilations). I listen mostly to prog rock, jazz and classical but Vangelis by far is the artist who's work I listen to the most. His ability to fuse electronic and classical music is nothing short of sublime. He is a living legend and perhaps after his passing will the world begin to REALLY appreciate the man's work.

"El Greco" is nothing short of a masterpiece. I too have been to Toledo and have seen the environment in which El Greco worked and must say that Vangelis has created a highly evocative aural characterization of the artist and his art.

The dark elements are actually a positiver thing and something that I've used in contrasting ways. For example, I don't put this recording on when I am feeling down, per se; or in the evening, or in a dark room with headphones. Doing those things would accentuate the darkness to an unbearable state. Instead, I play this recording on bright, sunny days. Specially when it's
snowing, or after it's snowed. BUT, I try to play it only when I am by myself. This is not one that you want to have folks engaging in conversation with you while you are listening to it.

I would absolutely NOT qualify this one as "space music" or symphonic electronica, as we would Albedo or Spiral. This is more along the lines of Opera Sauvage, but MUCH darker. The tonal
elements are similar to Opera, but the reverberation is deeper and much wider, giving this recording a cavernous quality that no other Vangelis recording has demonstrated.
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