Vangelis Ė Official Music for 2012 London Olympics.|
- Chariots Of Fire [3:29]
- Physical Energy [3:13]
- Home In The Glen [3:52]
- Eric's Theme [4:06]
- Abraham's Theme [3:02]
- Harold's Despair [2:25]
- Belief [4:11]
- Ballard [3:10]
- Aspiration [8:09]
- Eric's Pleasure [5:07]
- Lord Lindsay [1:36]
- At The Starting Blocks [3:56]
- Epilogue [4:26]
- After The Race [4:37]
- Jerusalem [3:05]
With the start of the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games set to begin on July 27, 2012, it seems fans of the Greek composer Vangelis have clearly scored an early victory by way of an official Olympic music news release about a famous instrumental soundtrack score composed by Vangelis.
The song Chariots of Fire was earlier reported to be the official 2012 Olympic music for the athletic games opening ceremonies, and now Kate Mansey, a journalist for London newspaper The Sunday Times, reported on another new development regarding Vangelis. Her source of press information for the latest news announcement was direct from the producer of the victory award ceremonies Nicci Hallifax.
The song Chariots of Fire by Vangelis is now confirmed to be the official 2012 Olympics theme music to be played during every medal awards ceremony for the duration of the historic athletic events. In addition to the medal award ceremonies, the song was played during the opening events and will be performed during relay of the Olympic Flame.
The London Philharmonic Orchestra has reproduced 5 new recordings or remixes of the original Vangelis composition Chariots of Fire, which won Vangelis an Academy Award for Best Original Music Score. The Academy Award-winning Chariots of Fire movie is based on the inspiring story of two British athletes competing together at the 1924 Summer Olympic Games in Paris, France.
2012. Press Information
Timed with the London 2012 Olympics, Chariots of Fire (The Play) has a new soundtrack album to accompany the stage production, opening soon in Londonís West End. The song Chariots of Fire is now the official 2012 Olympics theme music to be played during every medal awards ceremony; the song was played during the opening ceremony (cue Rowan Atkinson comedy routine) and during relay of the Olympic Flame.
The 1981 Academy Award-winning Chariots of Fire movie, based on the story of two British athletes competing at the 1924 Summer Olympic Games in Paris, made Vangelisí immortal as a soundtrack composer. Blade Runner, 1492: Conquest of Paradise, Mythodea, and Alexander followed over the next thirty years and early synthesiser master Vangelis has evolved a more classical sound. He has adapted and updated his Olympic-themed movie score to a theatrical soundtrack of eleven songs.
Opening with that theme, other tracks from the original score are updated, and some of the themes are used in the new material. Normally instantly recognisable in composition, arrangement and production, all three are largely missing from this contrivance of over-produced, sentimental and largely forgettable tracks. At times it sounds like a Vangelis tribute act.
Physical Energy is ok, but Home in the Glen is a Greek making biscuit-tin Scottish bag-pipe music. Belief, Ballard and Ericís Pleasure pass by without making any strong impression. Aspiration is over-long and melodramatic. Lord Lindsay is jolly enough, At the Starting Blocks is bland; Epilogue and After the Race re-hash the Chariots theme. Vangelis rearranges Jerusalem in his own style, which smacks a little of cheating. Can I recall any of the new tracks after a couple of plays? I canít.
I applaud the timing of the stage show and wish them well Ė previews at Hampstead have received excellent reviews. But as a stand-alone soundtrack album, this is one for Vangelis fans only.