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|Studio album by Vangelis|
|Recorded||1978–1979, Nemo Studios, London|
|Singles from Opéra sauvage|
Opéra sauvage is a 1979 album, by Greek composer and artist Vangelis, of the score for the nature documentary by the same title by French filmmaker Frédéric Rossif. The album sleeve design is by Vangelis himself.
Vangelis produced this album during his electro-acoustic period, which was one of the most productive in his musical career. Opéra Sauvage is more akin to his classic sound than his earlier nature scores for the same director, such as L'Apocalypse des animaux and La Fête sauvage. A later collaboration with Rossif in the style of Opéra sauvage was Sauvage et Beau.
The album became #42 in the Billboard top 200, and stayed in the charts for 39 weeks.
- "Hymne" – 2:40
- "Rêve" – 12:26
- "L'Enfant" – 4:57
- "Mouettes" – 2:28
- "Chromatique" – 3:25
- "Irlande" – 4:43
- "Flamants roses" – 11:50
"Hymne", "L'Enfant", "Mouettes" and "Irlande" build on fairly simple themes that are developed instrumentally. "Rêve" is, indeed, as the title suggests, a dreamy calm piece. "Chromatique" has a chromatic instrumental line with chords on an acoustic guitar. "Flamants roses", finally, consists of several parts, from slow to upbeat, and finishing off with a bluesy finale; Jon Anderson features prominently on harp.
Vangelis plays several synthesizers, piano, electric piano (featured extensively on "Rêve"), drums, percussion, xylophone, and acoustic guitar ("Chromatique"). Jon Anderson is credited with playing harp on "Flamants roses".
The music was recorded at Vangelis' Nemo Studios in London, U.K, in 1978 and 1979, with engineering by Keith Spencer-Allen, assisted by Marlis Duncklau and Raphael Preston.
"Hymne" was the tune of Barilla pasta television commercials aired in Italy throughout the 1980s. In the US, it was the tune for Ernest & Julio Gallo wine commercials.
A documentary on the Chariots of Fire special-edition DVD-video relates that director Hugh Hudson intended to use the 7/4 piece "L'Enfant", which he was particularly fond of, as the opening titles over the first scene on the beach, until Vangelis talked him into letting him compose the iconic theme. The director then had "L'Enfant" being played in the film by a brass band as source music. A re-recorded version of "Hymne" was used as the score cue for Eric Liddell's first race in the Scottish highlands.