El Greco (album)
- Not to be confused with El Greco Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, a 2007 album also by Vangelis
|Studio album by Vangelis|
|Released||October 19, 1998|
|Genre||Electronic, classical, Byzantine music, Neoclassicism|
|Label||EastWest / Atlantic (U.S.)|
El Greco is a 1998 classical album by Greek electronic composer and artist Vangelis (born March 29, 1943). The title is a reference to the man who inspired the composition, Dominikos Theotokópoulos (known as El Greco, "The Greek"; 1541–1614), the painter and sculptor of the Spanish Renaissance. It consists of ten long movements performed on electronic instruments.
This album is an expansion of an earlier album by Vangelis, Foros Timis Ston Greco. That album had been released in 1995, in a limited edition. For this general release, the track order was rearranged, three new tracks were added, and the album title was changed.
Vangelis composed and arranged the album, and performed all the instruments, accompanied by a choir conducted by Ivan Cassar. The music is in a Byzantine style yet sounding contemporary due to his use of synthesizers. Soprano Montserrat Caballé and tenor Konstantinos Paliatsaras make guest appearances on one movement each.
All tracks by Vangelis
In parenthesis, correspondence to the track listing of Foros Timis Ston Greco.
- Movement I (Movement I) – 10:04
- Movement II (Movement II) – 5:18
- Movement III (new) – 6:48
- Movement IV (Movement III) – 6:21
- Movement V (new) – 4:30
- Movement VI (Movement V) – 7:52
- Movement VII (new) – 3:18
- Movement VIII (Movement IV) – 9:43
- Movement IX (Movement VI) – 12:00
- Movement X (Epilogue) (Movement VII) – 6:21
Movements IV, V, and VI were included in Vangelis' compilation Reprise 1990-1999.
- Montserrat Caballé – soprano
- Konstantinos Paliatsaras – tenor
- Philippe Colonna – engineer, recording
- Rob Dickins – art direction
- Fredrick Rousseau – engineer, recording
- Vangelis – synthesizer, arranger, producer, liner notes
- Dennis Lodewijks' Elsewhere independent Vangelis site