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Throughout the movements (6 of them) Vangelis explores themes and motifs ranging through lyrical, light, majestic, dark, brooding, abrupt, agitated and thunderous. The material is interesting, complex and rich. If you're looking for elevator/supermarket/reception/on-hold fluff, then this is not the place to find it.
Its tensions never get strident or dissonant. If you are familiar with orchestral works, then, by comparison, the intensities and tensions don't reach the levels found in Ralph Vaughan Williams' 4th or 6th symphonies, Hector Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique or Gustav Holst's Planets. You won't need therapy and it won't wear you out.
If you listen to all the movements in one sitting, the last movement will give you some well placed light etherial majestic relief and closure to the set of movements.
I listened to this CD along with Soil Festivities while driving a motorhome up Red Mountain Pass in Western Colorado in 1985. On board were my family, mother-in-law and a guest British/Welsh family.Read more ›
Mask (1985) on the other hand, shows Vangelis at his peak. Only Soil Festivities (1984) beats this album. Like SF, Mask is divided up into six movements (the disc for SF says 5 movements - but the original LP I had listed 6, the disc combines 5 & 6 into one final movement - must've been a typo). Like Heaven & Hell and Mythodea, this disc has Vangelis performing with a chorus, singing this sort of Esperanto-syllabic "lyrics." Vangelis supplies his own electronic "orchestra."
Needless to say, Yanni it ain't! Six movements ranging from a terrifying hurricane to simple stately hymns, very "pagan" in nature. The music is very dramatic, and suggestive to me of maybe The Iliad or maybe Sophocles' tragedies.
If you want some great classic Vangelis, pick this one up - it is a real treat!
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All his CDs are unique and a little bit wonderful. And this CD is no exception. I thought the price was reasonable and it was well worth it. Thanks.Published on February 18, 2014 by johnnychuck2012
Mask is an interesting, respectable album from Vangelis that was released in 1985. Vangelis not only provides his remarkable synthesizer playing, but he also incorporates... Read morePublished on December 15, 2013 by sauerkraut
Hello Amazon! YOU HAVE SENT ME A PIRATED COPY, please find your supplier and find out what happened. Read morePublished on February 21, 2013 by Anthony W
As near to a style of electronic opera as one can imagine. While the tonality is firmly rooted in western modes, Vangelis manages a level of timbral and textural depth that is... Read morePublished on August 31, 2009 by Emlyn Addison
Quite simply- a masterpiece. Somewhat symphonic in it's structure, it even has operatic overtones. Electronic sounds bubble-up from the depths of black space to occupy every part... Read morePublished on May 19, 2009 by C. J. Bennett
So here it is 2002 and after almost 20 years this CD still puzzles and amazes me! I have a strong classical and electronic music background and still to this day I would consider... Read morePublished on August 8, 2002 by Michael Ludwig