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

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Legal name: Ευάγγελος Οδυσσέας Παπαθανασίου


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 taking 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 one of the most important proponents of electronic music.

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Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
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 8
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 19
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


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 1
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


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 Silent Portraits Vangelis 1

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


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

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