Vangelis (Greek composer of electronic, new age and classical)

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Legal name: Ευάγγελος Οδυσσέας Παπαθανασίου

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Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou (Greek: Ευάγγελος Οδυσσέας Παπαθανασίου [evˈaɲɟelos oðiˈseas papaθanaˈsiu]; born 29 March 1943), known professionally as Vangelis (Greek: Βαγγέλης [vaɲˈɟelis]; English pronunciation: /væŋˈɡɛls/), is a Greek composer of electronic, progressive, ambient, jazz, pop rock, and orchestral music. He is best known for his Academy Award-winning score for the film Chariots of Fire, composing scores for the films Antarctica, Blade Runner, Missing, 1492: Conquest of Paradise, and Alexander, and the use of his music in the PBS documentary Cosmos: A Personal Voyage by Carl Sagan.

After having taken piano lessons from renowned Greek composer Aristotelis Koundouroff, Vangelis began his professional musical career working with several popular bands of the 1960s such as the Forminx and Aphrodite's Child, with the latter's album 666 going on to be recognized as a psychedelic classic. Throughout the 1970s, Vangelis composed music scores for several animal documentaries, including L'Apocalypse des Animaux, La Fête sauvage and Opéra sauvage; the success of these scores brought him into the film scoring mainstream. In the early 1980s, Vangelis formed a musical partnership with Jon Anderson, the lead singer of progressive rock band Yes, and the duo went on to release several albums together as Jon & Vangelis.

In 1981, he composed the score for the Oscar-winning film Chariots of Fire, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Original Music Score. The soundtrack's single, the film's "Titles" theme, also reached the top of the American Billboard Hot 100 chart and was used as the background music at the London 2012 Olympics winners' medal presentation ceremonies.

Having had a career in music spanning over 50 years and having composed and performed more than 52 albums, Vangelis is considered to be one of the most important figures in the history of electronic music.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1972 Fais que ton rêve soit plus long que la nuit Vangelis 2 3
1973 Earth Vangelis O. Papathanassiou 4
1975 Heaven and Hell Vangelis 2.5 6
1976 Albedo 0.39 Vangelis 3 6
1977 Spiral Vangelis 4 5
1978 Beaubourg Vangelis 2 4
1979 China Vangelis 2 3
1979 Odes Irene Papas & Vangelis 4 5
1980 See You Later Vangelis 2 3
1984 Soil Festivities Vangelis 3.35 6
1985 Invisible Connections Vangelis 2.5 2
1985 Mask Vangelis 2
1986 Rapsodies Irene Papas & Vangelis Papathanassiou 3 5
1988 Direct Vangelis 4 4
1990 The City Vangelis 5 3
1995 Voices Vangelis 4 2
1996 Oceanic Vangelis 4.35 1
1997 March With Me Montserrat Caballé & Vangelis 1
1998 El Greco Vangelis 4 5
2001 Mythodea: Music for the NASA Mission: 2001 Mars Odyssey Vangelis 3
2012 Chariots of Fire: The Play Vangelis 1
Picasso Vangelis 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1978 The Best of Vangelis (RCA) Vangelis 3 3
1981 Zijn grootste successen Vangelis 1
1982 To the Unknown Man Vangelis 1
1989 Themes Vangelis 5 4
1991 Greatest Hits Vangelis 5
1992 The Best of Vangelis (Polydor Spain) Vangelis 2
1994 The Collection Vangelis 1
1994 Best In Space Vangelis 1
1995 Albedo 0.39 / Heaven and Hell Vangelis 1
1995 Space Themes Vangelis 1
1995 The Best of Vangelis (BMG / Ariola) Vangelis 1
1995 Themes 2 Vangelis 1
1996 Gift Vangelis 2
1996 Conquest of Paradise (performed by the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra Project) Vangelis 1
1996 Portraits: So Long Ago, So Clear Vangelis 2 2
1999 Reprise 1990-1999 Vangelis 2
2002 The Best of Vangelis (BMG / Camden) Vangelis 1
2003 Odyssey: The Definitive Collection Vangelis 3
2003 The Best of Vangelis: Original Hits Vangelis 1
2011 Original Album Classics Vangelis 1
2012 The Collection Vangelis 1
2013 Light and Shadow: The Best of Vangelis Vangelis 1
...the Best of Vangelis... Vangelis 1
Conquest of Paradise Vangelis 1
Platinum Vangelis 1
Pulstar: The Hits of Vangelis Vangelis 1
Sounds of Vangelis, Volume 7 Vangelis 2
The Music of Vangelis Vangelis 1

Album + Compilation + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2006 Reflections: Music in the key of Blade Runner (limited 25 Pieces) Vangelis 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970 Sex Power Vangelis Papathanassiou 3
1973 L’Apocalypse des animaux Vangelis 5 4
1975 Ignacio Vangelis 3 5
1976 La Fête sauvage Vangelis 3 5
1979 Opera sauvage Vangelis 3
1981 Chariots of Fire Vangelis 3 9
1982 Blade Runner (The New American Orchestra recording) Vangelis, performed by The New American Orchestra 1 3
1983 Antarctica: Music From Koreyoshi Karahara’s Film Vangelis 4 5
1992 1492: Conquest of Paradise: Music From the Original Soundtrack Vangelis 4.5 7
1993 Blade Runner Vangelis 3.6 20
2004 Alexander: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Vangelis 3
2007 El Greco: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Vangelis 1
2012 Blade Runner: A 30th Anniversary Celebration Vangelis, performed by Edgar Rothermich 2

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1967 The More I See You / Stranger Αλέκα Κανελλίδου & Vangelis Papathanassiou 1
1970 Djemilla / Third Love Vangelis Papathanassiou 1
1973 Come On / He-o Vangelis Papathanassiou 1
1976 Pulstar Vangelis 1
1977 Dervish D Vangelis 1
1977 Ignacio, Part 1 Vangelis 1
1977 To the Unknown Man (II) Vangelis 1
1979 Hymne / Irlande Vangelis 1
1979 The Long March Vangelis 2
1980 My Love Vangelis 1
1981 Chariots of Fire Vangelis 3
1991 Spiral Vangelis 2
1992 Conquest of Paradise Vangelis 2
1993 In London Neuronium & Vangelis 2
1993 Twenty Eighth Parallel Vangelis 1
1995 Voices Vangelis 2
1995 Ask the Mountains Vangelis with Stina Nordenstam 2
1996 Sauvage et beau Vangelis 1
2002 Anthem: 2002 FIFA World Cup™ Official Anthem Vangelis 5

Other

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 Silent Portraits Vangelis 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2008 The Best of Instrumental Works Vangelis 1

Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 A Separate Affair Neuronium & Vangelis 2

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