Alexander [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
It seems only fitting that Vangelis -- the preeminent Greek composer of film scores -- should write the music for Oliver Stone's Alexander -- the epic tale of the Greek conqueror-hero who led his armies to victory across the known world in the 4th century B.C. And equally fitting for a movie that features spectacular battle sequences, Vangelis's score draws heavily on martial brass chords and insistent marching rhythms, often pounded out on deep drums. Tracks such as "Titans," "The Charge," and "Preparation" (which recalls "Mars" from Holst's The Planets) powerfully bring home the film's guts-and-glory theme. But as the soundtrack progresses, other elements also emerge. ...
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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
It seems only fitting that Vangelis -- the preeminent Greek composer of film scores -- should write the music for Oliver Stone's Alexander -- the epic tale of the Greek conqueror-hero who led his armies to victory across the known world in the 4th century B.C. And equally fitting for a movie that features spectacular battle sequences, Vangelis's score draws heavily on martial brass chords and insistent marching rhythms, often pounded out on deep drums. Tracks such as "Titans," "The Charge," and "Preparation" (which recalls "Mars" from Holst's The Planets) powerfully bring home the film's guts-and-glory theme. But as the soundtrack progresses, other elements also emerge. Choral singing plays a central role, especially in the hymnlike "Across the Mountains" (suggestive of Holst's "Jupiter") and also in more ethereal tracks such as "Chant" and "Immortality." "Roxane's Veil" features edgy crossover violinist Vanessa-Mae in an unusually lyrical and sweet-toned mode, and the disc closes with the dulcet melody of "Tender Memories." But it's the penultimate track, "Eternal Alexander," a grandly expansive theme as majestic as anything from Mahler's pen, that provides the stirring and uplifting high point to this satisfying score.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/9/2004
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969294222
  • Catalog Number: 92942
  • Sales rank: 56,626

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Introduction (1:31)
  2. 2 Young Alexander (1:35)
  3. 3 Titans (3:59)
  4. 4 The Drums of Gaugamela (5:19)
  5. 5 One Morning At Pella (2:10)
  6. 6 Roxane's Dance (3:24)
  7. 7 Eastern Path (2:58)
  8. 8 Gardens of Delight (5:23)
  9. 9 Roxane's Veil (4:40)
  10. 10 Bagoas' Dance (2:28)
  11. 11 The Charge (1:40)
  12. 12 Preparation (1:41)
  13. 13 Across the Mountains (4:12)
  14. 14 Chant (1:38)
  15. 15 Immortality (3:18)
  16. 16 Dream of Babylon (2:40)
  17. 17 Eternal Alexander (4:37)
  18. 18 Tender Memories (2:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Vangelis Primary Artist
Nic Raine Conductor
Vanessa-Mae Violin
Konstantinos Paloatsaras Vocals
Maria Bildea Harp
Dominique Lemonnier Violin
Epris Polyphonic Ensemble Vocals
Wahan Galstian Duduk
Irina Valentinova Karpouchina Vocals
Epirus Polyphonic Ensemble Vocal Ensemble
Vahan Galstian Duduk
Konstantinos Paliatsaras Vocals
Irina Valentinova-Karpouchina Vocals
Technical Credits
Vangelis Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Nic Raine Orchestration
Joel Sill Music Executive
Philippe Colonna Engineer
Roxanne Slimak Art Direction
Stéphane Briand Engineer
Detchapat Arttasan Art Direction
Frédérick Rousseau Engineer
Alexane Alves De Souza Assistant Contractor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Disappointment

    As a longtime fan of Vangelis, I expected some spectacular music for this Greek hero. I was very disappointed. The music is cheesy, pompous and about as unoriginal as it gets. I could not find a single track on it that was worth listening to. I would recommend that fans listen first before they buy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful Score - Bad Movie

    The score is so beautiful and perfect for a tale of a young conquerer. It's a shame the movie wasn't nearly as good as the music. I actually work out to this CD. The triumphant music really gets me going.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Remarkably Outstanding

    The best ever Vangelis. In the years to come this album will be considered among the works of classical music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Loved it! Vangelis makes a return!

    After Blade Runner, I forgot Vangelis' talent. God he makes this film's score soar! My Fav Tracks- Eternal Alexander Drums of Guagemela Young Alexander Roxanne's Veil

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