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Written by Dennis, June 21, 2017

ESA honour for Vangelis

Another honour for Vangelis is in the works by the European Space Agency (ESA). Last year, he was presented with his own astronaut name patch by French ESA astronaut Jean-François Clervoy and named an "honorary member" of the European Astronaut Corps, for his contribution to advancing the public awareness of space and exploration through his music.

Unknown to Vangelis, ESA actually produced two patches, the second of which was launched into space last year with ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, who took a picture of it recently during his six-month stay on the International Space Station.

The space-flown patch will be presented to Vangelis as soon as it returns from space. In the picture below, ESA corporate editor Carl Walker presents Vangelis with the photograph from Thomas showing the badge floating in the Cupola module of the Space Station.

Carl Walker shows Vangelis a photograph of his badge, floating inside the International Space Station

Carl Walker shows Vangelis a photograph of his badge, floating inside the International Space Station

Lefteris Zermas, Fernando Doblas (ESA) with Vangelis.

Lefteris Zermas, Fernando Doblas (ESA) with Vangelis.

Written by Dennis, June 20, 2017

"Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres" - photographs

Here's a series of photographs of Vangelis' recent appointment as commander in the Order of Arts and Letters, the highest cultural honour awarded by the French government. See our June 4 update for more details.

Frédéric Mitterrand presents the medal

Frédéric Mitterrand presents the medal.

Jack Lang, Frederic Mitterand, HH Empress Farah Pahlavi, Laura, Vangelis and Monique Lang

Jack Lang, Frederic Mitterand, HH Empress Farah Pahlavi, Laura, Vangelis and Monique Lang.

Vangelis with his personal assistant, Paulette Tacod

Vangelis with his personal assistant, Paulette Tacod.

A Cake for the occasion.

A Cake for the occasion.

Philippe Colonna with Vangelis

Philippe Colonna with Vangelis.

Vangelis and Laura

Vangelis and Laura.

Written by Dennis, June 4, 2017

French government honors Vangelis: "Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres"

Vangelis is about to awarded with the highest possible honor granted by the French ministry of culture, when he will be appointed "Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres".

He is already a "Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres" since 1992, as well as "Chevalier de la Legion d'honneur" since 2001. Vangelis will receive the appropriate medal for his new position from former minister of culture Frédéric Mitterrand at a private ceremony in Paris, this coming week.

Special thanks to Kevin Nolan!

The medal that will be awarded
Written by Dennis, May 24, 2017

Vangelis music videos on VEVO's YouTube channel

Official music video host Vevo has posted three official Vangelis music video clips from the Polydor archives on their YouTube channel, all complete and in great quality. The two Jon & Vangelis clips in particular are in crisp quality. Watch Anderson and Vangelis enjoy their spoof the Top of the Pops miming format, by purposefully "performing" instruments not heard in the song.

Here are the links:
  • The Friends Of Mr. Cairo: youtube.com/watch?v=pjyFydbgBG4
  • Chariots Of Fire: youtube.com/watch?v=lOH1I7VqJNs
  • I'll Find My Way Home: youtube.com/watch?v=rKqLAVyRaXw
  • The Chariots Of Fire music video comes with an interesting anecdote. While Vangelis appears to smoke a cigarette in this video, Vangelis never actually smoked cigarettes. During preparations, the tray with a burning cigarette was placed on the piano by the director of the music video, who wanted a touch of smoke in the air, to soften his shots. During test shots he asked Vangelis to keep the cigarette burning, and the footage of Vangelis inhaling ended up in the actual video.

    Jon & Vangelis pretend to play instruments

    Delectus on iTunes (USA)

    To clarify and correct our earlier reporting: While the separate remaster releases of neither "See You Later" nor "Private Collection" where rolled out on iTunes in the States, the tracks of these albums, including their bonus tracks, can be purchased in the US iTunes store, since all of Delectus has been available there, since a short time.

    Thanks to Anthony Owsley for verification and clarification

    Vangelis mentioned in FutureMusic magazine

    The current issue (nr 318) of FutureMusic magazine has an article on electronic music, and Vangelis is briefly mentioned, with a rarely seen photograph included.

    Here are the links:
  • Available here: www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk/music/futur...
  • Written by Dennis, May 20, 2017

    Separate Polydor remaster releases

    Antarctica remastered (digital edition)

    Earlier this month, Universal Music in the UK has released separate CD versions for twelve of the remastered albums recently released in the shape of the Delectus box set. Any of the bonus tracks however have been omitted and remain unique to the Delectus Box set release.

    The one album that was not re-issued separately is the "Chariots of Fire" soundtrack, probably because it was the only album for which this master was previously available. The new releases have been provided with new art work, in line with other remasters, like the RCA albums ("Heaven & Hell", "Albedo 0.39", "Direct"), or the "Odes" and "Rapsodies" remasters.

    China remastered (digital edition)
    Mask remastered (digital edition)

    Around the same time, the albums became available through iTunes, Amazon and Spotify on the US market, however, the two albums with bonus tracks: "Private Collection" and "See You Later" are (currently?) unavailable.

    Thanks to Don Fennimore for verifying some information. Also thanks to everyone else who wrote in about these releases while our post on this was pending.

    Mr. V

    Frederick Rousseau's Edge of Silence

    Long time Vangelis collabator (engineer and co-producer) Frederick Rousseau has released a new solo album "Edge of Silence" as digital and streaming media (iTunes, Spotify, etc.). One of its tracks is called "Mr. V" in an obvious tribute to the Greek maestro and the gently improvised melodies on soft electric piano and tender synth tones (including Yamaha CS-80 or emulation) will certainly have an appeal to anyone reading this site. Do also check out the other songs on the album. At least for me, Frederick's musical output continues to have a special appeal.

    Written by Dennis, April 14, 2017

    First shots of Blade Runner picture disc

    Record Store Day is coming up on Saturday April 22 (a week after tomorrow) and the first photographs of the Blade Runner picture disc release of Vangelis' score on vinyl are popping up on social media. (Click the images for the original Tweets)

    A shot of the new picture disc record A shot of the new picture disc record

    Do realize that releases for Record Store Day will not be available on-line. These releases are intended to provide a boost to physical stores, who get to sell these products under the condition that they will not allow their customers to order them on-line or even pre-order / reserve them. These releases are purchased only by personally visiting a participating shop, and hoping that shop received stock and did not yet sell out.

    Good luck hunting this one!

    The US release is on the Atlantic Catalog Group label, while a UK pressing is released under the Rhino label. Here you can check whether the Blade Runner picture disc will be reaching stores in your country. Find links to a list for US releases at the top, and links to other countries at the bottom:
  • recordstoreday.com/NewsItem/6762
  • Written by Sufian, March 23, 2017

    French National Centre for Space Studies video

    CNES video featuring Vangelis

    French space astronaut Jean-François Clervoy is featured on a new video for the French Agency for Space Studies (CNES). Clervoy flew on three NASA Space Shuttle missions and today works for the European Space Agency (ESA). In the video Clervoy recalls last year's successful Rosetta mission, and speaks in particular about his admiration for the music of Vangelis, and on the music last September for the Rosetta mission.

    CNES video on YouTube:
  • www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gs9I2Oyjkcw
  • Thanks to Marcel Delorme for the heads up.

    Limited edition picture disc

    This year is the 35th anniversary of the original release of Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner", a limited edition picture disc on 140 gm vinyl of Vangelis' soundtrack is being released exclusively for Record Store Day, both in the UK and the US. The title will be available from independent record shops on Saturday 22nd April for Record Store Day. The title is limited to 3500.

    The Blade Runner picture disc on recordstoreday.com:
  • recordstoreday.com/SpecialRelease/9317
  • Written by Dennis, March 12, 2017

    Forminx on Greek TV

    Vangelis appears through Skype

    Earlier this week, Greek TV station ERT broadcast an almost hour long special about Vasilis Bakopoulos, band member of The Forminx, the Greek pop band that a young Vangelis co-founded in the mid sixties. The special includes footage as well as photographs from those days. A present-time Vangelis appears over a Skype connection for a few minutes, starting somewhere near the 26:00 mark.

    The full program viewable on ERT's official web site:
  • webtv.ert.gr/ert3/09mar2017-ek-tou-plision-vasilis-bakopoulos/
  • Written by Dennis, February 10, 2017

    "Delectus" digital release (and more)

    Box set front

    All 13 CDs in the "Delectus" box set are now available on digital sources, such as iTunes and Spotify, although the US, Canada and a few other territories seem to be excluded.

    Also, the "The Times" newspaper in the UK reviewed the album, calling Vangelis "... a contemporary musician matching, for complexity and ambition, the works of the great classical composers...".

    Written by Dennis, February 5, 2017

    "Delectus" 13 CD box set - elsew.com review part 2: The physical box set

    Front view of the box

    It's time to review the physical side of "Delectus", Vangelis' new 13 CD boxset. For a comprehensive review of the audio quality, please check part 1 of our review, posted last Friday.

    About the appearance of this set, we can be very clear: This is one stunning product to look at, or hold in your hands.

    The actual box is made from sturdy cardboard material with a classy textured surface. It's an LP sized case where the right side remains open, so that the contents can slide in and out. Among those contents are two fully printed gatefold sleeves that open up to show insets where the CDs are held, one for discs 1 to 6 and the other for discs 7 to 13. There's also a reproduction of a poster for the China album, folded three times.

    But the highlight of the box for me is the breathtaking book. Did we say booklet, earlier? This is not a booklet, but a stunningly beautiful LP sized hardcover book that would grace any coffee table. The 100+ pages contain a small section for each album, with cover art and a few notes by Mark Powell. For the rest, the book is filled with many large photographs, roughly from the period in which these albums were recorded. Most of the photographs have never before been seen and were recently selected from Vangelis' private archives. They show Vangelis in a more relaxed setting and vibe than we are used to see him, and do provide a great visual context to enjoy the music by.

    The result is a true gem in any Vangelis collection.

    - Dennis Lodewijks

    Note: We did add one point to Friday's audio review: The track "Flamants Roses" on the "Opera Sauvage" album was shortened by roughly seven seconds, because a short section of almost-silence was cut at about 3:20 into the track. The cut does actually remove two soft notes played on a glockenspiel or similar instrument.

    Thanks to Joerg Orthaus for his tip about the cut in Flamants Roses.

    Delectus box set book, opened position
    Side of the box
    Both CD sleeves, opened.
    Written by Dennis, February 3, 2016
    Box set front

    "Delectus" 13 CD box set - elsew.com review part 1: The audio

    Today marks the official release of "Delectus", Vangelis' new box set, and indeed, photographs and reports on social media show that copies are in shops and being delivered from internet pre-orders.

    Our evaluation copy has yet to arrive, but we decide to go ahead anyway and share our findings of the audio in a review based on extensive evaluation of the contents of the promotional CD-Rs. A second part of our review, examining the packaging and booklet of this product will follow later, but let's just say for now, that early word on this is very very positive. This should be one beautiful box to hold in your hands!

    I compared each album to the original Western European CD print.

    Note that by necessity, judgements are based on careful comparison between selected parts of the albums. No such comparison can expect to bring up every noticeable detail or issue. No doubt, further listening and analysis in the future may bring up other points and changes.

    To start with the important question of whether these remasters are really based on new transfers from the original audio tapes, by judging factors like slight differences in sample speed, we confirm that each of these albums was actually re-transfered from tape to the digital domain. Traditionally, this is the core part of a remastered CD, as it can improve the quality of the digitization, and should provide the purest source for any possible further mastering tweaks. "Delectus" gracefully passes this first test!

    Here's my further findings, album by album:

    1. Earth

    This CD actually matches the master used by Esoteric for their recent LP re-issue of this album. Said LP came with a download code for a lossless WAV file, which allowed careful study of its master. The resulting sound quality of this remaster is actually very good, and closely resembles the original sound, with small improvements in clarity. However, many will disapprove of the use of some additional (modern) reverb, which falls outside of the scope of a remaster that is true to its original. This is rather a slightly revisioned version of the album. While elsew.com does not approve of adding modern reverb to a classic 1973 recording, I do stress that the added reverb was mixed in quite subtly, and in some parts does actually improve the sonic experience. Those loud big drums for instance really were awfully dry. However, the demand for a careful and authentic digital remaster of the original album has yet to be met.

    2. l'Apocalypse Des Animaux

    Just like the "Earth" CD, this remaster matches the recent Esoteric LP re-issue. In the case of "l'Apocalypse Des Animaux", a large amount of reverb was added to most tracks on this album, even though the original was never very dry to begin with. With this extra layer of acoustics, the music is washed out completely, leaving a very simple verdict: Stick with the original CD release.

    3. China

    China's original CD master (for all known pressings) had a major problem with a cyclic (but evolving) volume modulation that affected almost all of the album, but increased in intensity near the end (i.e. "Himalaya", "Summit"), and to start with that, this remaster does completely solve that issue! This is the proper analog to digital transfer we needed for this album. Vangelis also improved on the equalization, delivering a much clearer, balanced sound; very pleasing to listen to. However, as with some of the other albums in this box, there is an issue with modern reverb being added to some of the tracks. "Chung Kuo" (the indexing remains like the CDs, which differ from the original UK vinyls) was spared, but it's quite noticeable on "The Tao Of Love", "Himalaya" and other songs. While I feel this makes the album a revised version rahter than a true remaster, I have to say that in China's case this has been done so tastefully and effective that this really pulls it off. It sound gorgeous this way. Probably the best result of all reverbed remasters Vangelis has done, so far. On the other hand, the problems in the original CDs mastering make that an authentic remaster for China is still badly needed. So close...

    4. See You Later

    With its three bonus tracks, this is the album with the most new content. And while "My Love" and "Domestic Logic One" were always available on a 7" single, and a recording of "Neighbours Above" was known to fans from a leaked early test pressing of the album (the brilliant "Fertilization" remains unreleased), it is great to finally hear those tracks in proper CD quality. The rest of the album sounds quite different from the original master. Some of the tracks have new reverb added, although I don't think this was done for all tracks. "Memories of Green" seems have escaped that faith. The remastered version of this fan-favourite not only sounds more clear and brighter than the original CD. It also seems the original CD must have had some form of weird filtering applied that only stands out once you compare it to the new master. The corrected version is most welcome, this is what we need those remasters for. "Multitrack Suggestion" and "Not a Bit, All of It" however have reverb added, and the latter even has a small cut: It used to end with the word "Obviously...", which has now been omitted!

    5. Antarctica

    Comparing the opening track, the new master feels a bit "louder" than then the original. Thankfully, no new reverb seems to have been added to any of the tracks on this album. The opening track however has some issues with a few groups of short audio drop-outs that create a rather uneasy feel. Other tracks don't seem to be affected by this, and those are a good example of careful and authentic remastering: subtly improved digital transfer, true to the original. Note that "Life Of Antarctica" is a bit shorter than it was on the original CD, but that is because the reprise of the opening track, added to the end, is faded out more continuous, where the old CD stuck to an almost unaudible volume, creating a strangely long pause on the CD.

    6. Mask

    The tracks I compared show no sign of added reverb. The sound is very close to the original master, but a bit louder, retaining most of its dynamics. All in all a good example of proper remastering.

    7. Opera Sauvage

    This too is a subtle, well done remaster. The album sounds a bit louder. I hear no sign of added reverb, some equalization polishes the music to be a bit brighter. Tastefully done!
    [Note added on February 5:] The track "Flamants Roses" was shortened by roughly seven seconds, because a short bit of almost-silence was cut at about 3:20 into the track. The cut does actually remove two soft notes played on a glockenspiel or similar instrument.

    8. Chariots of Fire

    This is one case where the tape transfer isn't completely new as it uses the new analog to digital transfer from the original master tapes, done for the 25th Anniversary Edition of the soundtrak album, an earlier remastered CD released in 2006. This was indeed a very good remaster, true to the original, but slightly better digitized. No obvious manipulations other than actual authentic remastering, and it makes sense that this is included in this box as it.

    9. Soil Festivities

    "Soil Festivities" sounds very good, true to the original. No reverb was added to any of the tracks I compared. Sadly however, almost a minute of ambient rain and thunder sounds has been cut of the end of "Movement 1". What is the point of "speeding up" a contemplative masterpiece like "Soil Festivities"? It makes no sense at all. For the rest, good remastering. Subtle changes. The higher tones on "Movement 3" have been softened a bit. None of the other tracks were edited.

    10. Invisible Connections

    Sounds great, no reverb or large manipulations. "Invisible Connections" was remastered in the classical sense of the word, with one very important improvement: The track indexing has been corrected. The old master must have mixed up side A and B, as they split the long track into two parts and combined the two audibly separate tracks as if they were one. The "Delectus" remaster corrects this. Two big thumbs up for this disk!

    11. Short Stories

    The equalization is improved, but several tracks including "I Hear You Now" have been revised with added modern reverb. Quite a lot actually, changing the character of the music. The track indexing is improved, now separating each track, liberating for instance "Bird Song" from "Each and Every Day". "Play Within A Play" sounds particularly good, it has a bit more "oomph" and sounds more natural at the same time.

    12. Private Collection

    It's lovely to finally hear "Song Is" in proper clean digital quality. The rest of the CD is very well remastered. There is no added reverb on any of the tracks that I checked. Equalization is changed, most notably for "He Is Sailing", reducing some of the sharper highs. "Horizon" as well, comes in a warmer sound, reducing the higher tones a bit. "Private Collection" seems to be one of the better remasters.

    13. The Friends of Mr. Cairo

    "I'll Find My Way Home" sounds good, with a louder sound due to the dynamic compression that really does fit its character as a pop song. No reverb was added to this track, contrary to "The Mayflower" and "State Of Independence", both were dealt quite a thick layer of delayed reverb. It makes "The Mayflower" sound more warm, despite bringing out it's brighter tones, but "State Of Independence" becomes a bit messy, loosing its tight rhythm.

    Concluding, while not every album matches my taste in what remasters should deliver, this box has more than enough to offer in terms of audio quality. For albums like "Opera Sauvage", "Mask", "Invisible Connections" and "Private Collection" I now consider the "Delectus" version as the definitive master, while other albums include improvements, changes or revisions that are certainly worth listening to, and will please some better than before, depending on their tastes. Either way, "Delectus" is a "must have" for anyone who is searching for the best in the details of a recording.

    We'll discuss the booklet and packaging in a separate post, when we can. [This has since been posted as part 2]

    - Dennis Lodewijks

    Thanks to Marc-Antoine for input on China's original CD mastering problem. Also, special thanks to Marc Vanholsbeeck for his speedy help in verifying some aspects in the actual product!

    Delectus box set official banner
    Written by Dennis, January 30, 2017

    "Delectus" box set release approaching...

    February 3 is approaching fast: This Friday marks the release of the Vangelis box set "Delectus".

    A full elsew.com review is still pending. We have been carefully examining the remastered recordings, based on a promo set of all the CDs, comparing each to its original CD, but this takes time. We also hope to have access to the final product (the actual box with booklet and CDs) before we publish our evaluation.

    Universal has released an "Unboxing video" of the product on the record company controlled Vangelis Facebook page:
  • www.facebook.com/VangelisOfficial/videos/15...
  • Universal releases some of the photographs from the booklet to the press:

    Vangelis back in '87
    Written by Dennis, December 26, 2016

    New on-line Vangelis interview

    Vangelis allowed another rare interview, this time to Germany's primary online musicians magazine, Amazona.de.

    Special thanks to Bernd Kistenmacher for his early alerts, and everyone else who wrote in with these links.

    Written by Dennis, December 21, 2016

    Blade Runner 2 trailer music not by Jóhann Jóhannsson

    Blade Runner 2 composer Jóhann Jóhannsson has put out a statement that the music from this week's trailer was not his work and that it does not shed any light on the direction that he will take with his score for the upcoming sequel.

    Ah well, at least this trailer proved that it is possible to create new music that is both updated and true to Vangelis' 1982 score. Jóhannsson can try in his own way, at least he has something to be measured against.

    Jóhannsson's post about the topic on Facebook:
  • www.facebook.com/JohannJohanns...
  • With that, we'll leave the issue behind us...

    Thanks to Marc Vanholsbeeck for the link!

    Written by Dennis, December 19, 2016

    Blade Runner 2 Teaser: References Vangelis' score

    Screenshot

    While keeping in mind that trailers (and even more so: teasers) often lack any connection to the actual musical score of the upcoming movie, todays release of the first teaser for the Jóhann Jóhannsson scored "Blade Runner 2" movie caused quit a stir (in a good way), hugely paying tribute to the Vangelis score for the 1982 original movie by referencing it heavily, thematically and in sound and mood, while actually using some samples from the original Vangelis recording as well. Interesting... One might think this project could really amount to something?

    Time will tell. On October 6, next year, apparently.

    Watch the teaser trailer here:
  • www.youtube.com/watch?v=haXvp8M9Cog
  • Special thanks to Arturo Armas Lozano, who was the first to reach us with this. Closest runner-ups were Graeme Stewart and Haro Musters, but our thanks go to everyone who took the trouble to alert us!

    Written by Dennis, 17:50, December 6, 2016

    "Rosetta" nominated for Grammy

    Grammy Awards logo

    The Recording Academy has just announced the nominees for the 59th Grammy Awards. Vangelis' latest studio album "Rosetta" is nominated in the category "Best New Age Album". Vangelis is up against Enya, John Burke, White Sun and the duo of Peter Kater & Tina Guo.

    The winner will be announced during the Grammy Awards ceremony on February 12, 2017.

    Here is the full list of nominated albums and artists:
  • www.grammy.com/nominees?genre=All
  • Written by Dennis, December 6, 2016

    VIMAgazino interview English translation (Official)

    2016 Vimagazino cover

    Vangelis has approved an English translation of his recent interview for Greek news paper magazine VIMAgazino, conducted and originally published in Greek on September 25. This translation is first published right here on Elsew.com.

    Pavlos Papadopoulos speaks with Vangelis about the relation of music to science, philosophy and even some politics.

    Translations in French, German, Italian and possibly other languages will soon follow.

    “We all are the accumulation of a billion-year-long memory”, Vangelis

    Upon the worldwide release of his album, Rosetta on Friday, 23rd September 2016, the Greek composer speaks on VIMAgazino about the secrets of creativity, his working method, his relationship with Greece, along with the inner substance, the meaning, and the noesis of music.

    By Pavlos Papadopoulos

    How is the exploration of space and of the dawning of the Universe interconnected with the work of the great Greek composer, Vangelis? The worldwide release of his latest album entitled Rosetta, two days ago, marks the completion of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) space mission of the same name. The Rosetta Spacecraft, named after the Rosetta Stone, which held a key role to decoding the Egyptian hieroglyphics, completed a few days ago the study on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, broadening even further the horizons of our knowledge on the genesis of the solar system. Upon this event, Vangelis, a figure of the Arts whose radiance spreads beyond his 1982 Academy Award for Best Original Score of the film Chariots of Fire, gave to VIMAgazino a rare interview. In this interview, he talked about music not in terms of the “music industry”, but regarding the inner substance, the meaning and the intellectual nature of music, the code of creation, the way in which masterpieces, achievements, and every single expression of matter and intellect are displayed, and, finally, the “system” with which he himself works and composes music. It is absolutely certain that whoever reads this interview will be creatively puzzled and positively caught by surprise once they are enlightened on the fundamental truths crystallized in music; these truths may appear to be abstract and philosophical, but they exert influence on and are applied in whatever we think and do.

    ...
    (click for the entire interview)

    Written by Dennis, December 3, 2016

    Vangelis interview (cover feature) in next PROG magazine

    Vangelis on PROG magazine issue 72 cover

    The next issue of UK progressive rock magazine "PROG" (issue 72, December 2016, out on December 7) shows a classic picture of Vangelis on the front cover and includes an exclusive interview, conducted in Paris, October this year.

    Vangelis reportedly speeks about his career, Jon & Vangelis, Aphrodite's Child, Salvador Dali and the infamous Yes audition.

    DVD release artwork

    More delays for Interviews DVD

    For unspecified reasons, the "Vangelis - The Tony Palmer Interviews" DVD that was announced by Palmer's DVD label has been pushed back further to January 27. We'll keep you updated of any developments.

    Written by Dennis, November 29, 2016

    Interviews DVD

    DVD release artwork

    Several online retailers are listing a DVD called "Vangelis - The Tony Palmer Interviews", set to be released this Friday, on December 2. It's not entirely clear to us whether this product will really be released, as it was listed earlier for a November release date. It was then retracted and has since re-appeared with a December 2 release date, which is how it still appears to be listed.

    The product is produced by Tony Palmer, and available through Gonzo Multimedia, who also released the "Vangelis And The Journey To Ithaka" documentary back in 2013 and is announced to contain 280 minutes of (uncut) interviews.

    According to our sources close to Vangelis, Vangelis is not actually involved with this release and is puzzled by its possible contents. The only interview Vangelis gave to Palmer is the one shot specifically for the movie, as it appears on the DVD. It is unclear how this can total up to 280 minutes of material.

    Written by Sufian, November 22, 2016

    Screening of "Crépuscule Des Ombres" in Zurich

    Algerian movie poster.

    Last Friday at the third International Arab Film Festival held in Zurich, Switzerland, a screening of the Vangelis scored film "Crépuscule Des Ombres" was shown at Kino Filmpodium. The film's director Mohamed Lakhdar-Hamina was an invited guest at the festival. While the film festival ended last Sunday, a second showing of the film is scheduled this Saturday, 26 November at 18:15 at the same venue. For more information check the links below.

    Written by Dennis, November 16, 2016

    Vangelis box set official announcement

    Here is Universal's official announcement of Vangelis' upcoming deluxe box set:

    VANGELIS TO RELEASE COMPREHENSIVE 13 CD DELUXE BOX SET

    Box set front

    Modern music visionary Vangelis has announced the release on 3rd February of a new 13-disc box set entitled "Delectus," featuring a chosen selection of his early discographic work. The mammoth collection will include all of his albums on Vertigo and Polydor, recently signed by Universal and remastered for the first time ever under the legendary composer’s own supervision.

    Presented in a lavish box with an essay and a plethora of rare photographs, the discs are housed in two die-cut, gatefold disc holders within a rigid 242mm square slipcase, and accompanied by a 64-page book illustrating a period of his prolific career of the iconic Maestro.

    "I always welcome remastering my old work for two basic reasons" - explains Vangelis - "firstly, I get the opportunity to bring the sounds to today’s standards, secondly, it gives me the chance to go through the experiences and memories of the time."

    "Delectus" gathers together Vangelis’ seminal albums "Earth", "L’Apocalypse Des Animaux", "China", "See You Later", "Antarctica", "Mask", "Opera Sauvage","Chariots of Fire", "Soil Festivities" and "Invisible Connections", plus his collaborative recordings with Jon Anderson as ‘Jon & Vangelis’ - "Short Stories", "The Friends of Mister Cairo" & "Private Collection". The remastered originals will be complemented with rare B-sides and 4 previously unreleased tracks.

    Vangelis is regarded a pioneer in the evolution of modern music. In his lustrous discographic career he has composed and performed numerous albums covering the most diverse assortment of genres. He is most popular for his movie scores including Antarctica, Blade Runner, Missing, 1492: Conquest of Paradise, Alexander and the 1981 Academy Award-winning soundtrack for Chariots of Fire. ‘Titles’, the theme for ‘Chariots of Fire’, was later chosen as background to the 2012 Olympics winners’ medal presentation ceremonies.

    Six years after turning down the opportunity to join Yes, Vangelis joined forces with Jon Anderson in 1981 and the duo released 3 albums under the Jon & Vangelis moniker to critical acclaim. "The Friends of Mr Cairo" included celebrated single "State of Independence", which also reached chart success with its 1982 cover by Donna Summer and again in 1992 with a Moodswings version featuring Chrissie Hynde released as "Spiritual High (State of Independence) Pt. II".

    Vangelis' pioneering work is recognised beyond record sales and music awards. In 1992, the Maestro was nominated Chevalier de L’ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and in 2001 Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur from the President of French Republic.  He was the recipient of a Public Service Medal from NASA in 2003 and had a star named after him by the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory for the international impact and appreciation of his work as well as his rapport with the Universe.  In 2008 Vangelis received the America Hellenic Institute "Hellenic Heritage Achievement Award" for his exceptional musical achievements and lifelong dedication to the promotion of Hellenism through the arts. The same year he also received an honorary doctorate at the University of Athens - Faculty of Primary Education and in 2009 he received the University of Patras Greece Honorary Doctor/Professor Emeritus of the Faculty of Physics.

    Albums and Track Listing:

    1) EARTH: 00600753682081

    1. Come On
    2. We Are All Uprooted
    3. Sunny Earth
    4. He-O
    5. Ritual
    6. Let It Happen
    7. The City
    8. My Face In The Rain
    9. We Are All Uprooted
    10. A Song

    2) L'APOCALYPSE DES ANIMAUX: 00600753682098

    1. Apocalypse des animaux – Générique
    2. La petite fille de la mer
    3. Le singe bleu
    4. La mort du loup
    5. L'ours musicien
    6. Création du monde
    7. La mer recommence

    3) CHINA: 00600753682104

    1. Chung Kuo
    2. The Long March
    3. The Dragon
    4. The Plum Blossom
    5. The Tao Of Love
    6. The Little Fete
    7. Yin & Yang
    8. Himalaya
    9. Summit

    4) SEE YOU LATER: 00600753682128

    1. I Can't Take It Anymore
    2. Multi-Track Suggestion
    3. Memories Of Green
    4. Not A Bit - All Of It
    5. Suffocation
    6. See You Later
    7. Neighbours Above
    8. My Love
    9. Domestic Logic 1

    5) ANTARCTICA: 00600753682142

    1. Theme From Antarctica
    2. Antarctica Echoes
    3. Kinematic
    4. Song Of White
    5. Life Of Antarctica
    6. Memory Of Antarctica
    7. Other Side Of Antarctica
    8. Deliverance

    6) MASK: 00600753682166

    1. Mask: Movement 1
    2. Mask: Movement 2
    3. Mask: Movement 3
    4. Mask: Movement 4
    5. Mask: Movement 5
    6. Mask: Movement 6

    7) OPERA SAUVAGE: 00600753682111

    1. Hymne
    2. Rêve
    3. L'enfant
    4. Mouettes
    5. Chromatique
    6. Irlande
    7. Flamants roses

    8) CHARIOTS OF FIRE: 00600753682135

    1. Titles
    2. Five Circles
    3. Abraham's Theme
    4. Eric's Theme
    5. 100 Metres
    6. Jerusalem
    7. Chariots Of Fire

    9) SOIL FESTIVITIES: 00600753682159

    1. Soil Festivities: Movement 1
    2. Soil Festivities: Movement 2
    3. Soil Festivities: Movement 3
    4. Soil Festivities: Movement 4
    5. Soil Festivities: Movement 5

    10) INVISIBLE CONNECTIONS: 00600753682173

    1. Invisible Connections
    2. Atom Blaster
    3. Thermo Vision

    11) SHORT STORIES: 00600753682180

    1. Curious Electric
    2. Each And Every Day
    3. Bird Song
    4. I Hear You Now
    5. The Road
    6. Far Away In Baagad
    7. Love Is
    8. One More Time
    9. Thunder
    10. Play Within A Play

    12) PRIVATE COLLECTION: 00600753682203

    1. Italian Song
    2. And When The Night Comes
    3. Deborah
    4. Polonaise
    5. He Is Sailing
    6. Horizon
    7. Song Is

    13) THE FRIENDS OF MISTER CAIRO: 00600753682197

    1. I'll Find My Way Home
    2. State Of Independence
    3. Beside
    4. The Mayflower
    5. The Friends Of Mr. Cairo
    6. Back To School
    7. Outside Of This (Inside Of That)

    BONUS TRACKS:

    There are 4 bonus tracks, the previously unreleased:

    Neighbours Above - 2015 Remastered version - Bonus track for See You Later

    The other bonus tracks are:

    My Love - 2015 Remastered version - Bonus track for See You Later
    Domestic Logic 1 - 2015 Remastered version - Bonus track for See You later
    Song Is (Jon & Vangelis) - 2015 Remastered version - Bonus track for Private Collection

    They were released on singles and have never appeared on CD before.

    Both old and new fans who enjoyed Vangelis's space-centered album "Rosetta" - won't miss the opportunity to own some of the Maestro’s most groundbreaking work, remastered from the original first generation master tapes, all in an attractive and informative package. "Delectus" is out on 3rd February through all usual retailers.

    You can pre-order the box set here: Vangelis.lnk.to/Delectus

    Package shot
    Written by Dennis, November 15, 2016
    Prog Magazine logo

    PROG article reveals Vangelis Box Set project

    Official announcements are expected tomorrow, but PROG magazine has the honour of advance announcing the upcoming release of a deluxe 13 CD box set of the entire Vertigo and Polydor back catalog of Vangelis albums, including 4 bonus tracks, previously unreleased on CD. The release is called "Delectus".

    Prog magazine has just posted the article on their web site here:
  • teamrock.com/news/2016-11-15/vangelis...
  • Check back here tomorrow for the official announcement. Also, expect more updates over time, leading up to this release.

    Written by Dennis, November 12, 2016

    Upcoming announcement

    Universal Music Group logo

    Universal is working on an announcement for some good news involving Vangelis' back catalog, which is expected next week. Be sure to check back here for more details in the coming days.

    "Trashed" on French cinema screens

    Trashed film poster from iTunes

    The Vangelis scored eco documentary "Trashed" gets a limited theatrical release in France next week, as it is screened by selected (art house) cinema's throughout the country.

    "Trashed" on Allocine.fr, including references to cinema's with showtimes:
  • www.allocine.fr/film/fichefilm_gen_cfilm=207...
  • Written by Dennis, November 2, 2016

    Bronze bust sculpture

    Vangelis with the bronze bust

    Vangelis has been presented with a bronze sculpture of himself, made by Dr. Nadey Hakim. According to sources close to Vangelis, the two men met at a dinner in London not long ago, when Mr Hakim expressed his desire to create Vangelis' bronze bust as he did before for HM The Queen Elizabeth, David Cameron and a version of Michelangelo's David. Although this came as a suprise to Vangelis, he accepted with pleasure.

    Nadey S. Hakim is a well renowned British-Lebanese transplant surgeon who has performed over 2000 transplants. He has also authored several books about surgery and transplantations, and was part of the team that performed the world's first hand transplant in 1998.

    More information on the artist:
  • en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nadey_Hakim
  • A post about this work on Google+:
  • plus.google.com/photos/photo/106105...
  • Vangelis with the bronze bust

    Written by Dennis, October 18, 2016

    Vangelis on NPR Radio

    NPR's logo

    US Radio organisation NPR (National Public Radio), produced an item on Vangelis' "Rosetta" album in yesterday's editions of "All Things Considered" one of their most popular and syndicated programs. The item is brief, but they managed to speak to Vangelis, getting quotes from him on recording Rosetta and on not being asked for the upcoming "Blade Runner" sequel. They also spoke to three other composers, to praise Vangelis' work: Ex Tangerine Dream member Paul Haslinger, Mr. Robot's Mac Quayle and Blade Runner 2 composer Johann Johannsson), all currently attached to hip and popular projects in the cinema or on TV.

    The online article (plus transcript, broadcast download, etc. can be read here:
  • www.npr.org/2016/10/17/497797809/from-composer-vangelis...space
  • Written by Guest authors, October 14, 2016

    Final batch of Rosetta reader reviews (part 4)

    And here are some more reader reviews on Vangelis' latest album. New submission are no longer published. Thanks again to everyone who took the time to share their thoughts and feelings!

    What Rosetta concretely looks like? All what Vangelis has achieved since 1976. Purists will pounce! Anyway, early Vangelis print is there. Just start listening .... although it is quite impossible to describe this pure musical expression with words: "Origins" launches and place us on the track of "Spiral". "Starstuff" takes us 20 years back to the time of "Oceanic", as if the space and the aquatic world are one in the spirit of the Greek creator. "Infinity" leads us to "1492", watching Columbus, on his way back home. "Exo Genesis" revives "Chariots of Fire", Vangelis symphony of 1981, with an raging flash to "Invisible Connections". Then "Celestial Whispers" appears: what a heavenly sigh! If the sky could tell us, it would talk. An amazing sound source where clarity prevails. "Albedo 0.06" reflects the perspective of the solar reflection on earth, from the view of the probe .... Inconceivable, given that the previous Vangelis "Albedo" (sun/earth) stands at 0.39. Then came the master sequence of the album, "Sunlight": a fountain of youth where the beauty of the light is expressed at the highest of its glory: a pure happiness. To the point that I would forget the rest of the album; except "Return to the Void", a matured Vangelis sequence which seems to remind us that we are simply ephemeral constellations in space.

    Vangelis: 73 years, more than 50 original albums and still conveys to his audience this dazzling listening impression. Is it possible to design such a creative dynamism that remains over the time? With Rosetta, Vangelis has not only crossed the barrier of cosmic sound but that of the invisible. He reached the impassable sovereignty of the musical expression. Eternity, seriousness and grace. We often remain silent before this abundance of senses; this abundance of sounds. The adventure of Rosetta thus expressed, it embodies the majesty in grace.

    (Extract- Le Temps perpétuel- 2016/ (Translated from French)

    - Alex Caire

    Fans of Vangelis (or any other artist) buy his (or their) records because they want "musical uplifting pleasure"; music that defines the rest of their lives, music that touches and makes them feel less alone in the universe. And by buying the album, they also want to support the artist so that he would make more albums to please them. He serves music to serve people. He acts as a transmitter. In an ivory tower one might forget that very last thing.

    What we got so far in this century was about as much as one or two years of his "production" at Nemo days.

    As a 14 year old guy I remember I had to save for months to be able to buy his new album "Opéra sauvage", and was eagerly waiting for the next to come. I didn"t need a lot of patience these days. Wonderful albums came as seasons changed.

    Vangelis musically has nothing left to prove nor needs our money from album sales, but once again brings us (the waiting people, the wanting people) immense new musical pleasure with "Rosetta". We can only be grateful...

    - Carl Deseyn

    More than 15 years I was dreaming about new studio record of such a great master - Vangelis, a synthesizer record, dedicated to Universe. And now, finally, got it! The new album "Rosetta" is a very strong masterpiece. We've got again the typical, but unique sound "A la Vangelis".

    For me, the highest memorable moments in this record are the majestic and mysterious "Star stuff", the choral "Infinitude", the glorious "Sunlight" and the romantic "Rosetta".

    In fact, the new album reminds me of his old records like "Soil Festivities", "Antarctica", "Oceanic" and "Direct". In this record I hear also the power side of Vangelis. Opening theme draws dramatic mission in deep Space! And then "Perihelion" comes with dark, but catchy rhythmic melody. It is not a surprise that the new album "Rosetta" sounds like an anthem of Nature!

    Dear Mr. Papathanassiou, many thanks for the wonderful work! When I listened it, my soul touched the stars and felt the winds of Genesis.

    - Valeri Kirilov

    It wouldn't take too many words to describe the album: brilliant!

    - Jacques Povée

    The perceived notion of some that Vangelis' music of late has eschewed the harder synthesizer sounds for an orchestral palette may have to re-evaluate after listening to this. There are some orchestral passages in "Infinitude", "Rosetta" and in particular "Mission Accomplie", but for the most part this album is a tour de force of Vangelis' virtuosity with melody, synthesizer effects and production. Just listen to the swirling effects on "Origins", the frenetic sequences of "Albedo 0.06", the ambience of "Return To The Void" or the gossamer thin melodies intertwined on "Starstuff" to be reminded of past albums of the 70's to the 90's.

    The tracks "Sunlight", "Elegy" and "Starstuff" are among the most beautiful of Vangelis' works evoking the vast distances of space and on "Elegy" in particular, the loneliness felt by humanity when their emissaries shut down and travel the void forever.

    This is music on an epic scale, befitting the vastness and grandeur of space.

    Like all great albums, this one rewards repeated listening. A remarkable work.

    - Patrick Gleeson

    A fairly average input from Vangelis. When I first heard about the new album, I had mixed feelings. I was excited but I wasn't expecting much. The 3rd CD of the BladeRunner album was pants. His last decent album was El Greco (not the film score). You would have to go all the way back to 1492 Conquest of Paradise for his last epic. I'm a childhood fan of Vangelis and he is my hero and biggest influence as a composer. I was hoping for something more adventurous in Rosetta. There were hints of Direct and Mythodia, and even Albedo. With all that he has achieved and given that he is firmly amongst the top of the list as one of the greatest composers of 20th/21st century, he has nothing to prove. However, one last epic would of been great, instead of churning out an average Ambient album that probably only took him a month to record.

    - Lee Haynes

    Vastness of space
    Aptly expressed in
    Newest album from the
    Genius of music
    Enjoy it with the
    Lights off and let your
    Imagination
    Soar to the comet

    Reflect on the beauty of
    Our universe that his
    Synth passages
    Enhance so grandly
    Thank you
    Thank you for this wondrous
    Album!

    - Imre Olajos

    With Vangelis seeming to enter a kind of retirement since 2007, I was surprised at how wonderful Rosetta is. This is a rich tapestry of sound, harkening back to the best albums like Soil Festivities and Voices. Despite my thrill, I feel a little bittersweet, because the music itself seems often carefully constructed as a kind of swansong. There is a great deal of subtle self-quotation here, as though a great master were purposely wrapping up his accomplishments with a final creative flourish. The title track reminds of 'Alpha' from Albedo 0.39; Rosetta's Waltz brings to mind themes from Alexander. Other tracks remind of Chariots of Fire, Mask, and 1492, to name a few. The sound is outstanding also, with each track as richly conceived and unique as the source material --- his own works, all. What better material to quote from could there be?

    - Sean A. Fulop

    Acquired Rosetta yesterday.

    At this point, if you have listened to the entirety - or near entirety - of Vangelis' discography, there are very few surprises. All of the familiar traits to him are found: his melodic sensibility, his intuitive harmonic progressions and uncanny ability to weave various, even disparate, timbres together. This is also a continuation of his "turn of the century sound" where a custom-made controller basically allows him to summon a much wider "orchestra" of sounds. This album is by no means groundbreaking; but if you have had a career as long and diverse as Vangelis, this is not a bad thing.

    I will say that I admire the sense of "adventure" with the sound where it does not depend on select timbres or recurring motifs (save for a "trumpet Rosetta melody" that occurs every now and then). It really does feel like a journey where the experience dictates the logic and not vice versa. Honestly, this is something I would like to see more of from Vangelis, especially since he feels more comfortable with his studio setup (and I can imagine it is very easy to upgrade and expand one's sound library).

    This is not a new major classic a la Heaven and Hell or Mask or even El Greco (the original limited 1995 release) by any means. But this is solid - and quite good - Vangelis and this is not at all a detriment.

    - Derek J. Power

    Written by Sufian, October 8, 2016

    A film screening featuring Irene Papas

    In celebration of the 50th anniversary of establishing the Greek state TV channel ERT, five films related to ERT will be screened during the upcoming documentary festival (Docfest), held in Greece. Each film will highlight a particular decade during its existence. The film selected for the second decade (1976-1986) showcases Irene Papas performing (or talking about?) Vangelis' "Odes". The film is directed by Giannis Diamantopoulos and will be screened on Friday October 14, at the Papadimitriou Theatre, from 18:30 to 19:18.

    Link to official programme at docfest.gr:
  • www.docfest.gr/.../prog16.pdf
  • Written by Dennis, posted: October 7, 2016

    European album chart positions

    Rosetta's sales are going strong, reaching high positions in the European album charts. Best performance is in Flanders (Dutch language part of Belgium) where it is at 10, while Wallonia (the other Belgian half) has it at 33. France splits charts between Digital and physical where Rosetta makes 31 and 70 respectively. An overview of the large European markets:

    • UK: 40
    • Switserland: 29
    • Portugal: 25
    • Netherlands: 33
    • Belgium (Flanders): 10
    • Belgium (Wallonia): 33
    • France (Digital): 33
    • France (Physical): 70
    • Germany: 55
    • Spain: 37
    • Italy: 30
    • Austria: 58
    • Poland: 41
    Universal's web magazine UdiscoverMusic has a nice little article about Vangelis now spanning 40 years of UK Charts:
  • www.udiscovermusic.com/vangelis-40-year-...-span
  • Vangelis trivia quiz

    Here's an entertaining link to Universal's web magazine, where they've just added a well-informed Vangelis trivia quiz. Check your own score at:
  • www.udiscovermusic.com/essentials/vangelis-uquiz
  • Written by Guest authors, October 1, 2016

    Even more Rosetta reader reviews (part 3)

    Still open for more input by mail at elsew.com@gmail.com (Max 450 words, about the album)

    Vangelis at his best, Rosetta brought me back to the early days and memories of some brilliant albums. There are references to I don't how many other albums, a sheer delight.

    If I have any suggestions, then I would loved to have seen Rosetta and Mission Accomplished developed into full blown epics such as Alpha or perhaps To the Unknown Man, but we can't have everything.

    Never the less, absolutely loved the album.

    Thank you Vangelis.

    - Graham Carter

    Listening to "Rosetta", I'm really impressed and thrilled! The Greek god of music gave us another example of his infinite genius. It's simply unbelievable that any human in the world could compose such brilliant music for this milestone of space technology, except Vangelis! His talent is far from everything that ever was and will be.

    - Walter Wachhauer

    VANGELIS is one of the pioneers of the electronic music, and ROSETTA is a masterwork.

    VANGELIS is a special case, because the inspiration and the musicality of his work is always in concordance with his technical skills.

    Right now, in 2016, if you buy a new synthesizer, of any brand, and you start exploring the instrument, you will find a lot of the sounds that VANGELIS had used years ago.

    The sound developed by VANGELIS in his electronic period (China, Spiral, Albedo, Blade Runner, Chariots of Fire, Direct, The City, Antartica, etc., etc.) before his symphonic works, is very remarkable and original. His electronic music is very NATURAL, it seems like has been existing all the time, since the beginning of creation.

    Since some years ago, I was missing this side of his musical career, the electronic sound field, in which VANGELIS is a true master, probably the best. For this reason, I think that with Rosetta, we have the opportunity, in 2016, to listen the electronic VANGELIS again, and he's back with a very mature and incredible approach to the sounds he knows better than anybody. With his electronic music, VANGELIS make the listeners fly to the distant places in the Cosmos.

    Congratulations to Mr. VANGELIS for this new album.

    - GARCIA M. Jaime

    "Rosetta" is a beautiful album, which portrays the journey of the probe through time and space accordingly and well. It isn't an album for easy listening, because smooth and strong parts are rotating, but overall the mood is a perfect one. I would count "Rosetta" to the rather strong albums, due to the electronic feeling and the spherical ambience. Yet it isn't Vangelis' strongest work, interesting and well-instrumented, but I feel the album could have deserved a better mastering. Not sound-wise - as it is crystal clear and vibrant -, but I feel that sometimes the tracks are just put up together and do not merge smoothly enough. With albums like "Voices" or "El Greco" we can hear long fade-outs, fade-ins and transitions, which are missed here, and which would have made "Rosetta" a bit smoother and more harmonic. Also I feel, that there are some tempo-wise problems - I can't describe it properly: in tracks like "Exo Genesis" or "Perihelion" the musical notes or effects don't fit to the underlying rhythm or vibe. It feels like Vangelis have played it live once, and the tracks were left unedited - or it is simply an artistic kind of thing I don't get… With a little more editing it would have been a very smooth, powerful and elegant album. It is fine though as it is, we get a lot of interesting tracks: my favourites are "Elegy", "Exo Genesis", "Infinitude" and "Perihelion". The latter is the perfect example for (in my eyes) a missing edit with more fitting to the time structure. It might be the "wild", artistic reminiscence to early Vangelis albums, but that's the only thing I dare to note. The overall feeling stays the same: it is wonderful, heavenly and moving music from the Mozart of modern music. My gratitude can't be high enough, that this man keeps creating such music, which still is able to raise goose bumps and to make someone dive into higher atmospheres. "Rosetta" is such an album without larger doubts.

    - Jens Pielawa

    An unexpected album, but a good one. Not his best, but the tracks are more ambient than ever. They represent very clear and audible where the Rosetta mission is all about. Superb! Especially "Return To The Void" is a - for Vangelis - unusual ambient track. An unexpected very nice one, in my opinion. A track that concludes the Rosetta mission story perfectly.

    The electronic vibe is very present all over the album, but at the same time his remarkable "orchestral approach" is there as well. Too bad? No, because I like this style and try to make this on my own (software) synthesizers in my spare time.

    And yes, there is the "track blending" again. Without this, it wouldn't be a Vangelis album :-) To rate this album for no-Vangelis fans but people who want to buy Rosetta (read: people who think that Vangelis is Conquest of Paradise only...) : I give it 9/10. A must have! The CD booklet is nice and beautiful as well.

    - Jordi Bloem

    Upon hearing the album Rosetta from Vangelis, I got the feeling that it sounds more like a personal demo than a commercial album release. At times Vangelis has selected certain instruments that sound out of place for an album released in 2016. For example a sampled trumpet is heard on the track Rosetta that may have sounded impressive last century but now sounds passé and slightly ruins the quality of the track. A few session musicians employed like he has done for past albums would have helped improve the overall sound of the album. Don't get me wrong, I'm not reviewing it as bad album. It's simply a matter of sonic taste and besides, Vangelis is not an artist that follows musical trends or needs to prove anything. I believe that this album still delivers the winning formula that has served him well throughout his career. It's enough to satisfy the fans and introduce new listeners to his unique sound of majestic sweeping strings, crashing percussion and at times, an almost child like fascination with space that through it's ambient passages, sound not unlike Brian Eno's album Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks. We haven't got from Vangelis a Bladerunner 2 soundtrack to look forward to in 2017 but listening to the track Return To The Void, a hint is given at what could have possibly been from the master of atmosphere...

    - Martin Dodd

    Finally! A Greek magician of electronic music returns with a new album worth every minute we had to wait for it.

    It's not true that Vangelis was silent for a long time or he retired. Since the release of the soundtrack of "Alexander" in 2004 Vangelis treated us with a new album attached to the box set "Blade Runner Trilogy", soundtrack from the Greek film "El Greco" (not to be confused with the identically titled album from 90s), three compositions written for the Polish movie "Swiadectwo" and new music composed for the stage version of "Chariots of fire" - a film that earned him an Oscar in 1982. Maybe a little but still something.

    Vangelis, if he wanted to, could release albums every month. What prevents him from it it's a business aspect that surrounds artists and label's greed to make money. According to some reports he has hundreds or even thousands hours of music in his archives. It's possible because he usually composes and records at the same time, at the first attempt.

    The premiere of this album is a real treat. It consist of 13 compositions inspired by the mission of the European Space Agency's, Rosetta. The aim was to enter orbit lander Philae on the comet 67P / Churyumov-Gerasimenko and embedding it on the surface. The mission was a success.

    "Rosetta" is a return to the sound the artist conquered the hearts of listeners in the 70s and 80s, while working in his famous studio Nemo. Some of the compositions arouse an irresistible combination of old achievements by Vangelis - "Albedo 0.06" could easily fit into the climate of the "Albedo 0.39", the title track would be great on "Opera Sauvage", jazzy experiments in "Exo Genesis; wouldn"t depress the value of "Spiral" and "Starstuff" would beautifully complement the landscape soundtrack from "Antarctica". This doesn't mean that Vangelis repeats himself here - listening to this music is just like a meeting with a long unseen friend.

    "Rosetta", although created on synthesizers, is not artificial - on the contrary, it reflects the feelings of the mysterious, of which Einstein said that is the most beautiful thing we can discover.

    Final "Return To The Void", during which the comet finally leave our solar system, and the mission of the probe ends, leaves us with a sense of contact with something unknown and mysterious.

    Theoretically, there is no obvious hits although the sentimental melody of the title track might soon make it a classic and the majestic waltz "Mission accomplie (Rosetta's Waltz)" is quite catchy and simply great for humming. It's Vangelis in great form coming back with music not of this world. That his fans love most.

    - Pawel Piotrowicz

    The new Vangelis Album Rosetta is almost philosophical for me, a musical journey back to the origin of everything ... a colorful sound cosmos full of harmony and chaos, we drift through the album as we drift through the universe, through our life until we "return to the void" in the last track. As all life. Unique. Pure Vangelis. It leaves me speechless, full of joy and thanks.

    - Dietmar Paul

    Rosetta has arrived.So many years waiting to encounter a new release from the great master Vangelis. I would like to say that time hasn´t affected his music, but it has.His music seems less risky, avant garde and experimental, and is becoming more the typical new age music, light and easy to hear and sell, taking secure pathways that any Vangelis fan has heared before. Rosetta, as far as the sun is, is far from the masterpieces that Vangelis wrote that make him famous, like Heaven and Hell, Blade Runner or even the commercial Oscar Academy Winner Chariots of Fire. Some fans may say that the Maestro owes nothing to their fans. But they are wrong. Vangelis owes his fans to release all the music that still locked in his personal vault...And if this happens someday,in the near future, the fans would have the chance to immerse in the vast and unknown universe of Vangelis unpublished and hidden music, searching for jewels that waited, as a comet in the dark, to be discovered...

    - Centaury 11186

    Vangelis music is superb Classical space music album; it takes you to a different place into the universe and beyond. The "Rosetta" is going to be a masterpiece album using a spaceship theme music you may ever hear before, I am big fan of Vangelis of his works. You may experiment Vangelis album's music from the Albedo 0.39, Spiral, Blade Runner, Mask, Direct, Oceanic, and Mythodea etc.

    Vangelis creates his own sound using a future symphonic synthesizers sound with many instruments with light And heavy soundscapes proving he is still the greatest in his Fantastic music style.

    I am so glad I bought this album, it's the best definitive music album ever.

    and

    I Will enjoy listening of "Rosetta" over and over again.

    -Peter Schweigman III

    Written by Sufian, September 30, 2016

    A remarkable end to ESA Rosetta mission

    The Rosetta mission ended today when its spacecraft made a planned touchdown on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. As the world awaited the confirmation signal from Rosetta, a video streaming of the event was broadcast live from ESA's headquarters in Germany.

    The broadcast began and ended with a short ident using a snippet from Vangelis' track "Mission Accomplie (Rosetta's Waltz)". Shortly after receiving the touchdown signal from the Rosetta spacecraft, a film was shown depicting some memorable moments from the mission, featuring music from "Origins (Arrival)" and "Perihelion". Sometime later the host of the broadcast mentioned Vangelis by name. See the video link below and cue to 01:02:19 and 01:013:35 for the relevant bits.

    Link to ESA Rosetta Mission End live-steam (30-September):
  • livestream.com/ESA/rosettagrandfinale/videos/137388133
  • Rosetta enters the UK album charts

    The album "Rosetta" enters the UK album charts at number 40 on its first week since its release.

    UK album charts 30 Sept 2016
    Link to UK's official album charts:
  • www.officialcharts.com/charts/albums-chart/
  • Written by Sufian, September 27, 2016

    Vangelis interview with VIMagazino

    Last Sunday the Greek magazine "VIMagazino" published a new interview with Vangelis. This interview has now been made available online on the magazine's website.

    Written by Guest authors, September 25, 2016

    More Rosetta reader reviews (part 2)

    More reactions to Vangelis' new album. Still open for more input by mail at elsew.com@gmail.com (Max 450 words, about the album)

    When I saw the cd for the first time, I thought that with this releasing label (Decca), another classical music structure was going to be performed by vangelis, but not. This is an album that could have perfectly match with the years of east-west. Synthetisers, atmospheres, and the unique feling that brings Vangelis music appears here. What can say? If you like the sound universe of Vangelis, you will enjoy this new album. It's a recording to sit down, disconect from your troubles and let yourself go into an amazing journey. The sound is glorious, on an high quality sound reproducer, you feel like new spaces are moving around you. Some moments on sunlight, starstuff, infinitude,... are simply glorius.

    An album for the listening pleasure of an vangelis fan, and also a great way to enjoy his music for those who only know their most famous tracks.

    - victor manuel ruiz pastora

    It's awesome to hear the new Vangelis music "Rosetta" since I saw 3 videos in 2014, this sounds like "The City", "Oceanic" or "Direct" a bit. This album explores the emotional science, space travel and magic sounds. It can express the global nature and peaceful environment. Sounds like a one-man band making synthesizers with many instruments and soundscapes at the same time. I was surprised of this work, Vangelis still creates more great music the world needs.

    - Miguel Ángel Escobar Abril

    The prospect of a new Vangelis album is always big excitement, and I must say that Rosetta lived up to my secret expectations, it instantly became one of my favorite albums of the post-Oceanic era, next to BR25 and Alexander. The sound of this album is ahh… so very beautiful! Fully electronic but nonetheless organic, always serious but subtle when needed, it really keeps a delicate balance between being symphonic and modern. I just realize how much I missed this digital Vangelis sound in the last 20 years. The arrangement connects this album more to the 1988-1996 "Direct"period of Vangelis, than his more recent recordings.

    On the other hand the Rosetta album is not easy listening. Most compositions of the album are not developed into real themes, and in general they have a less linear structure than Vangelis' usual stuff. There are no sweeping space anthems like Pulstar or Alpha. Yet I find an abundant compensation for it in the strong landscape images that the album conveys. Tracks like Starstuff and Sunlight perfectly capture the emotions that astronauts or earthbound people may feel when gazing at the stars, wondering about the miracles of our universe. The title track, although the opening melody is indeed familiar, becomes a memorable piece on its own as the composition unfurls.

    While my CD is on the way, I enjoy Rosetta as a digital download, so it's worth noting that the tracks are segued into each other, which result in a bit disturbing gaps between the mp3 tracks.

    - Zoltan Horvath

    The first studio release from Greek composer Vangelis since 2007 and the Blade Runner inspired 25 Anniversary set, returns him to his roots of synthesisers, for which he is most famous. After having listened to Vangelis' music for over 40 years, and after his recent sorays into classical music, I must say I was in trepidation of what kind of music would be released. But from the very first notes of the album I knew this was indeed special. I was pleasantly surprised!

    With all the hallmarks of his distinctive style – sweeping grandiose crescendoes, tinkling bells, deep percussion, dancing piano riffs and various synthesised sounds, the tracks ebb and flow- like the winds of time, and the spaceship theme adds to the whole image of the music.

    Vangelis does what he has always done so well – combine unique music to a visual theme – provided this time by the real life ESA project and the Rosetta space probe.

    With hints of past sets – like Spiral and Albedo, the tracks flow effortlessly into each other, culminating in the title track Rosetta, and the harp refrain reminded me of Elsewhere from his Direct CD.

    Celestial Whispers' melody reminded me of his classic Blade Runner music and Exo Genesis with its cheeky piano dancing, like sunlight on water, leading for me, to the highlight of the set – Perihelion with its pulsing sequences, bass and ambient closing. The closing pieces Elegy and Return to the Void reminded me of his maturity and gracefulness.

    Vangelis has once remarked that there is a lack of beauty in the world, and with this set of music I see that he at least tries to right that wrong. There is indeed beauty and majesty in Rosetta. The master returns.

    - Nev Dorrington

    A new Vangelis album. Wow. Over the last few decades this has become a very rare occurrence compared to the good old days of the 1970s/early 1980s, Vangelis almost semi-retired now, it seems. So new releases are a big event to be savoured.

    Its a lovely album with some genuine highlights- having heard it a few times now, I can say the first half of the album is excellent, some of it sounding genuinely fresh and exciting after so many years of Vangelis' music sounding all of the same "soundscape". Its nice to be surprised by a Vangelis release, and the fourth track "Exo Genesis" is instantly recognisable as genuinely great Vangelis music. So while I miss the wild abandon and experimentation of his Nemo years, and the sophistication that was so incredible in every track of his Direct album, Rosetta seems a pretty solid release.

    However, there is always that weight of expectation from there being so few releases these days, somethingRosetta cannot really live up to. If Vangelis was releasing albums on an annual basis like in his early days, Rosetta would be a pretty good entry, but as it is it just feels a little "light". I raised that comparison to Direct for a reason- Direct is a phenomenal piece of work, spanning all sorts of musical tastes and genres, richly dynamic and varied; Rosetta is something else entirely. It all sounds very "spacey" and fairly ambient, and all the tracks link together well because they all seem cut from the same cloth, so to speak. So there isn't as much variation as I would like, and the album seems over before it really seems to "ignite".

    So, isolated highlights aside, Rosetta is a "good" Vangelis album while not a "great" one. And I really wish Vangelis would either release some of the piles of stuff in his infamous vault or perhaps bring out more new stuff on a regular basis, because there is something a little sad about isolated releases like Rosetta after the heady days of earlier years. I'm not expecting every release to be his veritable "masterpiece", and in truth after all those great albums like China and Soil Festivities and Direct and El Greco, the Greek maestro owes us nothing. Rosetta feels like a fragile jewel, and is endearing if only for that, but I know Vangelis can do more. Either he doesn't feel he has anything to prove or doesn't feel he even has to release his music anymore, but I find it frustrating, have done for years. Which is distracting from the music in Rosetta.

    Still, Rosetta is a good album, and I realise it's not really fair commentary on that album that I'm pining for the good old Nemo days when Vangelis was banging on his drums and bells and all manner of percussion instruments like some madman. Nemo is done and gone. But I miss it. I miss that old Vangelis. But I guess Rosetta will do.

    - Ian Smith

    I'm listening to the cd "Rosetta" on my hifi set. I have a hybrid (tube) amplifier and cd player from Unison Research. The most beautiful thing about playing with tube equipment is that the middle area is reproduced nicely. The master has again delivered a Masterful cd. The whole cd is excellent. When I hear how detailed the sounds emerge into the room, both the low and high, nothing is overdone and there is no listening fatigue.

    - Albert Aalbers

    Written by Guest authors, September 24 (2) 19:00, 2016

    Vangelis – Rosetta Reader reviews (part 1)

    Here are the first reader reviews we have received. Please still feel invited to submit your review. According to Amazon.com the release date for the USA is set to September 30, so we'll extend accepting reviews until after that date. elsew.com@gmail.com (Max 450 words, about the album)

    Whoever listens's masterpiece Rosetta
    is able to feel
    the wonder that which the spirit of Vangelis
    can to inspire
    pure bliss and emotions

    - Fernando Hoya

    I was very surprised when I read that the Grandmaster was planning a new album using mainly synthesizers. Of course, synths never went away in his musical palette but the sounds he created during the last years were for a big part orchestral. Rosetta is a concept album about the ESA space mission. We were already introduced in 2014 when tracks of the album appeared on YouTube. This tasted for more. Vangelis' music is not something you must listen to while doing the dishes or something (that is my opinion), you must sit or lie down and undergo it. The album has a central theme that returns on different moments on the album. Vangelis is a composer who has the ability to write big and wide melodies, as well as reflective atmospheric pieces. That is already happening in the opening of the album: after the first big orchestral theme in Origins (Arrival) there is a very beautiful quiet moment in Starstuff. It is a teasing composition because I expect it the whole time to become bigger bit it stays in its mode. A piece of genius! The effects are brilliant. After this, Infinitude is a very filmic track. Then the piano, a bit jazzy, takes over in Exo Genesis. Sometimes in the press Vangelis is labelled as "new age". That doesn't do him right but if there is a "new age" track on the album, it is the soft Celestial Whispers. Albedo 0.06 is something else. This very electronic piece takes me back to the album Albedo 0.39 with its progressive impact. Here, the theme from the first track returns. Sunlight is is my highlight of the album. This a large orchestral piece, something only Vangelis can create. In the title track I hear his Greek roots. This is a composition he could have made for a film from the seventies. After this, in Philae's Descent, we hear the central theme again but in a slightly 1492-sauce. It is all bombast. Albums like Soil Festivities greet here also. But of course this is Vangelis so next, in Mission Accomplie (Rosetta's Waltz), he completely changes mood again. Perihelion is a return to the original theme but very symphonic. Perihelion has traces of Tangerine Dream in the sequences. This changes in the classic Elegy with a melancholic melody. The last track Return To The Void is pure space. I can only say this about Rosetta: Vangelis has created another masterpiece, proving he is still the greatest in his style.

    - Paul Rijkens

    The New album "Rosetta" is excellent, my favorite release in 20 years since 1996's "Oceanic". I have felt that some of his releases in the last couple of decades lacked the rawness of his earlier work, and now, this album!!

    Experimental electronics blended with his modern "orchestral" sound, the odd pretty melody here and there mixed with innovative keyboard work - I think this is the Vangelis album fans have been waiting for a long time.....

    New ideas as well as one track that was reminiscent of his 70's work on such as "Heaven and Hell" and "Albedo 0.39". I was truly surprised by this album, I was expecting to hear the more orchestral side we have come to expect in recent years, but this album is so so much more.

    - Tim Downs

    The "Rosetta" album was issued on September 23 in Korea. Although there's been no news from online shops about vinyl release yet, I'm very happy to appreciate this emotional music today..Unlike previous project "Mythodea", I felt that his musical style returns to East West era in 90's..

    I don't know about other vangelis fans, but it's really nice to enjoy the total synthesizer work after a long time..

    I love the last track "Return to the void" especially because of its aerial soundscape bring up the smell of his 80's style..

    And finally, I hope that many people get a chance to experience the journey to the space right now..

    Thank you for reading..

    - Ho Gyum Kim

    There is not one single second of Rosetta that does not have Vangelis' signature on it. But at the same time Rosetta never appears to be redundant with any of Vangelis' previously released work. This, just as any of his other best albums, is a record with a specific soul and identity. From the melodical ambient of its first half to the more structured pieces of its second part, Vangelis' Rosetta achieves its objective of emphasizing the deeply human side of space exploration, and ESA endeavours in particular. Rosetta illustrates the grandeur of space, but also the fragility of this little probe, and the high hopes that support those human beings who built it, in their quest for a better understanding of who we are, and where we come from. I have to confess though that my favorite moment in Rosetta is at the end of Perihelion when one of this typically graceful Vangelisian moments occurs, and only a few notes appear to sound just like a whole universe.

    - Marc Vanholsbeeck

    After so many years of travelling we have seem to landed...finally it is there, a new album as they say. Although an album contains mostly songs

    On Vangelis his Rosetta Album there is as far as my ears reach actually one song, or placed in another perspective, one final destination as it seems.

    Everything around that destination creates a fantastic (space) odyssey among new born stars and the festivity of sunbeams, appearing as we travel along planets and clouds towards our final destination ( Rosetta's Waltz).

    During this galactic event we meet tatters of musical Vangelis pieces from an ancient time recognizable, somehow incomplete and trustful. If I have to explain Rosetta I will not succeed, I can just approach it by saying grab your headphones and start and discover this marvelous universal quest!

    - Remko Zijlstra

    Written by Sufian, September 24, 2016

    Vangelis interview in Greek Sunday magazine

    2016 Vimagazino cover

    A new interview with Vangelis will be published in Sunday's edition of the Greek magazine "VIMagazino". The interview runs for several pages and will feature several photographs. "VIMagazino" is the Sunday supplement magazine for the Greek newspaper "To Vima". To our knowledge, the Sunday magazine cannot be back-ordered from the newspaper's website, and Greek fans are encouraged to get it from the newspaper kiosks this Sunday.

    Some may recall a few years ago "VIMagazino" conducted an interview with Vangelis, see our post from April 13, 2008.

    Link to VIMagazino's website:
  • www.tovima.gr/vimagazino
  • Reaction from ESA Rosetta spacecraft!

    Yesterday Vangelis' "Rosetta" album was released; and perhaps no one was more excited to hear the album than the Rosetta spacecraft. Just a week before its planned touchdown on the comet, the Rosetta spaceraft sent these kind words on its official twitter feed:

    Rosetta spacecraft: Happy I get to listen to this before comet landing!! Thank you Vangelis!

    Written by Dennis, September 23, 2016

    Rosetta out now!

    And it's out... Decca has released the CD and the vinyl record exactly as planned and (most) digital channels have the music available. Enjoy!

    Remember that you are invited to share your thoughts for publication in a mail to: elsew.com@gmail.com (Max 450 words, about the album)...

    Submit your opinion
    Written by Dennis, September 22, 2016

    Rosetta release hours away - share your review

    Submit your opinion

    The official release moment for Vangelis' new album "Rosetta" is now just hours away. To celebrate this occasion, you are invited to share your thoughts and opinions on the album on this site. We will publish such reviews spread over several updates throughout the coming week.

    Please limit your story to roughly 450 words and stick to the topic: The Rosetta album.

    Send your input to: elsew.com@gmail.com

    Reuters article

    Press agency Reuters also refers to the Vangelis release in this article on the ESA mission:
  • uk.reuters.com/article/us-space-rosetta-idUKKCN11S0K9
  • Written by Sufian, September 21, 2016

    "Rosetta Mission" timeline video

    With less than two days to go until Vangelis' "Rosetta" album is released, an animation video is posted on VangelisVevo's channel on YouTube. The video is intended as an accompaniment to the CD and vinyl release, and it shows the timeline of ESA Rosetta's incredible mission as it rendezvoused with comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. The track "Rosetta" from the upcoming album is played during the animation.

    Link to Rosetta Mission timeline video:
  • www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSa3kkMQ574
  • After orbiting the comet and collecting a wealth of scientific data for two years, it is expected the Rosetta spacecraft will land on the comet on September 30 in a grande finale.

    New stock of signed CDs

    Universal Music runs a Vangelis page on Facebook, it announced today they have secured additional signed CDs in limited numbers, sold exclusively at their online store uDiscoverMusic. As reported in our July 29 update, some 100-limited signed "Rosetta" CDs were previously offered and were snatched up quickly. This new and limited stock gives fans and collectors alike the chance to obtain this unique item, but hurry up before they go.

    Written by Sufian, September 20, 2016

    Blackpool Illuminations

    Two weeks ago the "Blackpool Illuminations" kicked off in the city of Blackpool (see our earlier update from September 5). One of the projections shown on the Blackpool Tower is a space-themed 3D animation prepared with the participation of ESA and the UK Space Agency. The show is entitled "Chasing Stars" and features British ESA astronaut Tim Peake. The 3D animation is accompanied by music selections from Vangelis soon to be released album "Rosetta". Below we post some additional links relating to the event.

    Video clip recordings by the public:
  • www.youtube.com/SkIIwH7nGfI
  • www.youtube.com/TwJoapKv9NE
  • Written by Sufian, September 15, 2016

    Rosetta album website

    With less than a week before Vangelis' "Rosetta" album release, Decca has unveiled a lighthearted and fun website dedicated to the album at vangelisrosetta.com. The website features some music snippets from Vangelis' album, while giving the chance to play a shooter game featuring a little spaceship clearing a field of asteroids. On the website there are links to the recent music videos that were posted on YouTube, links to retailers where the album can be obtained, and some additional information.

    Vangelis Rosetta website

    Link to the "Rosetta" album website:
  • VangelisRosetta.com
  • Two more tracks available on Apple iTunes

    For those who pre-ordered the "Rosetta" album on Apple iTunes, two additional tracks from the album are made available today, one week before they are available everywhere else. Next to the two previously available tracks "Rosetta" and "Mission Accomplie (Rosetta's Waltz)", the two new tracks are "Starstuff" and "Elegy".

    Link to iTunes:
  • "Rosetta" on Apple iTunes
  • Preview audio samples

    In a previous update we linked to an online store BOL.com that put up extended audio previews from the "Rosetta" album. The audio previews has since been withdrawn as they were posted on BOL.com by mistake. However, another option to listen to audio excerpts is at the online store sounds-venlo.nl. Check the link below:

    Link to sounds-venlo.nl:
  • Audio excerpts at sounds-venlo.nl
  • Thanks to Haro Musters for the bol.com info

    Written by Dennis, September 10, 2016

    Vangelis – Rosetta (Elsew.com CD review)

    Vangelis - Rosetta

    The world first encountered Vangelis' musical ideas for the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission in 2014 when ESA used three new pieces of music donated by Vangelis in their videos to celebrate the Philae lander's touchdown on the 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko comet. All three videos went instantly "viral".

    Vangelis returned to this topic when he composed an entire album of music dedicated to the Rosetta mission. The album includes the three original tracks (their complete versions) with ten more new compositions, now about to be released on Universal's Decca label, to be available on CD, vinyl LP and digital download / streaming.

    All music on "Rosetta" was performed by Vangelis, playing his synthesizers. Contrary to albums like "Mythodea", the original score for "Alexander", or some other post-millennium works, this album was not recorded with an orchestra or even a choir. While the style of the music is very diverse, what stands out the most is that Vangelis returns to recording distinctly electronic music. A genre that was largely missing from his output since roughly 1996.

    While the tracks we heard in 2014 where mainly crafted in Vangelis' recognizable semi-classical "symphonic" style, performed on synthesizers with a touch of added electronics, much of the other music follows different paths with unearthly sounds and less conventional arrangements. Tracks involving bouncing sequences, warm electronic pads, supported by plenty of electronic sound effects – both subtle and prominent – do help propel the music towards a more space and science oriented direction. And while a certain symphonic grandeur, both recognizable and effective, does appear from time to time, Vangelis allows his synthesizers to sound like synthesizers again.

    A trademark quality for Vangelis is the wide diversity of music that fits – no, that Vangelis manages to make fit – the album's thematic concept. Where the delightful "Starstuff" could be interpreted as celebrating the delicate wonders of our universe with subtle warm tones marinated in a slightly melancholic sauce of wonder, "Infinitude" may explore the vastness of space and the incredible distances travelled by the space probe with an almost lamenting electronic choir singing a beautiful hypnotic tune. "Exo Genesis" goes all out, in an almost chaotic melting pot of sounds and harmonies. "Celestial Whispers" is a lighter, new age like tune to provide some relief. "Albedo 0.06" is a perfect juxtaposition between electronic sequencing and Vangelis' more lush semi-orchestral palette. "Sunlight" is a serene and gentle track until its crescendo of light beams shifts the music into a sparkly collection of warm yet melancholic harmonies. Very "Vangelis". The album's title track "Rosetta" starts like a bit of a sad French style instrumental ballad that could have been a bit too common if it didn't so masterfully build into something much more than that. "Perihelion" turns Vangelis into high octane overdrive mode, where he layers his symphonic improvisations over fast electronic sequences, full of crescendos and tense stabs… Exciting material. "Elegy" may be the most classical composition of the album, and it certainly fits its name, serving as a respectful and sincere farewell to a groundbreaking mission, followed only by the delicate ambient sound with psychologically perfected timing in the otherworldly "Return To The Void" that concludes the album.

    Rosetta CD back cover.

    As for the previously heard tracks, they are all there, as complete versions, in the same performance and production as in their respective videos, now properly mastered for the album. The Rosetta's Waltz track was actually complete in the ESA video and has now been renamed to "Mission Accomplie (Rosetta's Waltz)" on the album. Philae's Journey is now some 18 seconds longer, properly concluding this intricate composition, now retitled to "Philae's Descent". The music from the Arrival video is the one that changed the most, with some improved mixing, and without editing it down for the video, the result is now twice as long (2:10 in the YouTube video, now 4:21) and renamed to "Origins (Arrival)". The album version evolves differently than the YouTube version, which faded to an alternative end shortly after an electronic sequence started playing. On the album, the sequence becomes more prominent and continues the song far beyond what we originally heard, into an ending of its own.

    If you obtain the album on CD (we will inspect the vinyl 2LP release on a later occasion), it comes packaged in a beautifully designed gatefold sleeve, sized like a Digipak. A booklet is inserted in the first flap and the CD in the second. The 16 page booklet contains information on the album's background, details about ESA and its efforts and goals as well as an introduction to the Rosetta mission. Also included are photographs and illustrations on the space probe, its lander and the comet, as well as a timeline detailing the important mission events.

    Nothing in the world is completely perfect, and in Rosetta's case, this may be perceived in some slight unplanned distortions in the tracks "Sunlight" and "Perihelion". Some may say that polishing of the production is not as perfect as we sometimes heard in the standard Vangelis set with some of his albums in the '80s and '90s, but this is certainly also part of the album's charm. Isn't "authentic" always also slightly raw? This is music that comes straight from the heart, is masterly performed, arranged and produced, and will quench many's long lasting thirst for fresh output in the much admired line of Vangelis' space and science oriented music. Finally!

    Here it is... Rosetta!

    - Dennis

    Written by Dennis, September 9, 2016

    Full length Rosetta EPK now available

    The full 15 minute version of the EPK for Vangelis' upcoming "Rosetta" album is now available on YouTube and should be accessible to anywhere in the world, including the USA.

    Vangelis appears in the Rosetta EPK's full version

    Link to the video on YouTube:
  • youtube.com/watch?v=SPzDG6HTHJ4
  • Note also that bol.com has sound samples for each track:
  • bol.com/nl/p/rosetta/9200000061999861
  • Written by Sufian, September 5, 2016

    Rosetta's EPK film

    Last month a trailer for Vangelis' Rosetta album was released (see our August 19 update). The full 15-minute version EPK film is expected to be released this coming Friday.

    "Blackpool Illuminations" Festival

    Last Friday in the city of Blackpool, the annual "Blackpool Illuminations" light festival was switched on. One of the main attractions of the festival is a 3D science/educational show created with the engagement of ESA and the UK Space Agency, illustrating humanity's recent and near future endeavours in space exploration. Vangelis' music from the forthcoming "Rosetta" album is used in the film. The "Blackpool Illuminations" festival will be on show until November 6.

    Written by Sufian, September 2, 2016

    Second track from Rosetta album made available

    As we count the days to "Rosetta" album release in three weeks time, a second track from the album is now made available on iTunes and Amazon for digital purchase. The track is also available to those who pre-ordered the album as a digital release (e.g. iTunes).

    Written by Sufian, August 26, 2016

    Two new Rosetta Teaser videos

    Decca Records released two new teaser videos from Vangelis' upcoming album "Rosetta". The longest of the two is a 50 second excerpt from the track "Rosetta". The second teaser is from the track "Perihelion". Enjoy.

    Links to the videos on YouTube:
  • youtube.com/IXy9r-7ybI0
  • youtube.com/tjSBWIQfXCc
  • Written by Dennis, posted: August 19, 2016

    EPK trailer on Youtube, everywhere except the USA

    The trailer (short edition) of the EPK for Vangelis' Rosetta album, which we referred to yesterday is now also available on Youtube. This makes it available to considerably more territories. Only the USA has yet to be added, but this should happen soon, so check back later at this very same same link, if it doesn't work for you just yet.

    Vangelis appears in the Rosetta EPK

    Written by Dennis, posted: August 18, 2016

    Vangelis in trailer for Rosetta EPK video

    The BBC's Sky at Night magazine's web site has the honor to show an advance trailer for an upcoming promotional video for Vangelis' eagerly awaited "Rosetta album". Vangelis appears in the video, which can be seen following the link below:

    Unfortunately, the VEVO video on this site appears to be restricted to certain territories. Other options will follow soon.

    iTunes US has previews for all thirteen Rosetta tracks

    iTunes users in the US already have access to preview clips of all album tracks. It's possible that other territories have the same privilige, although this does not seem to be the case with iTunes in the UK. Be sure to check the status of your local iTunes store.

    Thanks to Joaquín Durand and Stefan Aleo for their US iTunes tips!.

    Written by Sufian,14:05 CET on August 15, 2016

    Third Rosetta Teaser video

    A third teaser video for Vangelis' upcoming "Rosetta" album was just released by Decca on their official YouTube channel. It contains a music snippet of about a minute titled "Origins (Arrival)".

    Link to the video on YouTube:
  • www.youtube.com/embed/IA0m8mScC3E
  • Written by Dennis, posted: August 5, 2016

    Rosetta Teaser video contains first new music

    A new teaser video for Vangelis' upcoming "Rosetta" album - released by Decca on their official facebook page for Vangelis - contains over half a minute from "Infinitude", effectively the first unknown music that we can hear since the album was announced. Certainly something that whets our appetites.

    Here's a link to the Facebook video:
  • www.facebook.com/VangelisOfficial/...4769050/
  • Written by Dennis, 22:40 CET on July 29, 2016

    Rosetta links

    Here is a selection of the best links to Rosetta related spaces on the web that we collected throughout the day.

  • ESA's main Rosetta blog has its own entry about the upcoming Vangelis release: blogs.esa.int/r...rosetta-mission
  • UdiscoverMusic is Universal's online music magazine, which has its own story on the upcoming album:
    www.udiscovermusic.com/vangelis...87464
  • FactMag brings their story on the announcement: www.factmag.com/2016...landing-mission
  • Retail links:
  • Official store: po.st/RosettaEwOSeC
  • iTunes: po.st/RosettaEwOSiT
  • Amazon: po.st/RosettaEwOSAmz
  • Google: po.st/RosettaEwOSGP
  • "Mission Accomplie (Rosetta's Waltz)", the single track that has already been released is also available for download in lossless CD quality, see here: www.qobuz.com/de.../0060255710199
  • Written by Dennis, posted: 10:01 (UK time) on July 29, 2016

    Vangelis' upcoming "Rosetta" album officially announced

    Decca Records has just officially anounced "Rosetta", the new Vangelis album. Here's the record label's official press release:

    "A peerless pioneer... capable of producing enduring masterpieces" – BBC

    VANGELIS

    Iconic composer presents 'Rosetta'

    New music inspired by space mission

    Vangelis - Rosetta

    RELEASED 23rd SEPTEMBER on DECCA RECORDS

    VIDEO TEASER TRAILER HERE

    DECCA today announces a brand new album entitled 'Rosetta' by legendary composer and pioneer of electronic music, Vangelis, inspired by his long-held passion for space.

    Released on 23rd September, Vangelis' breathtaking recording is inspired by the Rosetta Mission, a pioneering project by the European Space Agency (ESA) to land a probe on a comet for the first time in history. The release of the recording marks the culmination of the 12-year mission and is accompanied by incredible footage captured by the probe.

    Vangelis, whose celebrated scores include the trailblazing 'Chariots of Fire' and 'Blade Runner', reveals his musical inspiration: "Mythology, science and space exploration are subjects that have fascinated me since my early childhood. And they were always connected somehow with the music I write."

    The project came about after ESA astronaut André Kuipers, a long-standing fan of Vangelis, reached out to the composer whilst aboard the International Space Station. After sharing stories and experiences via a video call from the ISS, Vangelis was inspired to write 'Rosetta'. The music is dedicated to everyone who made ESA's ongoing Rosetta Mission possible, in particular extending the track 'Rosetta Waltz' as an expression of his appreciation to the mission team.

    Carl Walker from ESA says of the project:
    "When we put the mission footage images together with the music, we thought it captured how people would feel if they were to see the comet for real in close-up. With music, you can enhance emotions and create memories: I believe that what Vangelis wanted to do was share a lasting memory of our Rosetta mission through his music."

    Vangelis' music is often linked to themes of science, history and exploration. Alongside his Academy Award-winning score for 'Chariots of Fire', he has written the choral symphony 'Mythodea' for NASA's 2001 Mission to Mars, as well as films including 'Antarctica', '1492: Conquest of Paradise' and 'Alexander'. His music has also been used in the documentary series 'Cosmos', by Carl Sagan.

    To Vangelis, music is a sacred, basic force of the universe, its purpose to elevate, inspire and to heal humankind. Never has this been more obvious than on 'Rosetta', which perfectly blends his fascination with the universe and his masterly ability to compose stirring music that fuels the senses. As ESA's Carl Walker says: "It is music that makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck."

    facebook.com/VangelisOfficial . esa.int

    Tracklisting:

    01 - Origins (Arrival)
    02 - Starstuff
    03 - Infinitude
    04 - Exo genesis
    05 - Celestial whispers
    06 - Albedo 0.06
    07 - Sunlight
    08 - Rosetta
    09 - Philae's descent
    10 - Mission accomplie (Rosetta's Waltz)
    11 - Perihelion
    12 - Elegy
    13 - Return to the void

    Most of us are familiar with three of the tracks on this album, as they were originally published by ESA in a series of Youtube videos, released in November 2014, on the day that ESA's Philae lander touched down on the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Vangelis has since expanded those tracks into a full album that tells the story of the Rosetta probe from start to finish, as its release now roughly coincides with the end of this fascinating galactic mission.

    Rosetta is a space probe, designed and built by the European Space Agency (ESA), launched on March 2 2004 and after two succesfull asteroid fly-bys it finally reached its destination on August 6 2014 by entering an orbit around the comet it had been chasing. From there ESA released and succesfully landed its accompanying lander module Philae, which landed on November 12, triggering the release of the ESA video's with the initial three Vangelis tracks. The Rosetta probe has since continued to study the comet and will do so until September 30, when a slow crash landing is planned, which will enable the craft to gather even more detailed scientific information.

    Some of the mission's most prolific scientific successes include the discovery that the comet's nucleus has a magnetic field of its own, and that this comet contains some basic ingredients crucial to the origins of life, adding merit to theories that passing or crashing comets may just have played an important role in our very own origination.

    Check out the following link to ESA's official Rosetta mission web site:
  • sci.esa.int/rosetta
  • Some links to Decca related resources on the web Vangelis album:
  • Sign up for Decca's Vangelis news mailinglist here: zaphod.uk.vvhp.net/vvreg/11612-459406.html
  • Universal has been maintainging an official (coorporate) Facebook page about Vangelis, which will also post Rosetta related updates: www.facebook.com/VangelisOfficial
  • [Editted: 22:40 CET] Decca sold one hunderd signed copies of the CD release here store.udiscovermusic.com/...000000 but sold them out in a matter of hours.
  • The Elsewhere Vangelis site celebrates this upcoming release with a countdown to the release day (and the very moment the online digital release should become available) at the top of this page, as well as a temporarily adjusted site design.

    The album will be available as CD, vinyl double LP and digital download, as well as streaming. Pre-ordering is available as of this moment, and in some cases (including iTunes) will give instant access to one track, the one named "Mission Accomplie (Rosetta's Waltz)". The same track has become available (in some territories) in Spotify (and probably some other streaming platforms as well):
  • open.spotify.com/track/4Iwkad0iVQXbPgkDWM8cu5
  • Be sure to check back here regularly, while we keep counting down. We will follow the developments closely.

    Vangelis' new Rosetta album.
    Written by Dennis, July 28, 2016

    Official teaser for "Rosetta"

    The Elsewhere Vangelis site is proud to present the internet premiere of Decca's first teaser video for Vangelis' upcoming new "Rosetta" album.

    Also, be sure to check back here tomorrow...

    Link to the video on YouTube:
  • www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3FN168Yiu8
  • Written by Dennis, posted: July 22, 2016

    El Greco Anniversary Edition box set's international re-release

    El Greco Anniversary box set.

    The special "Anniversary Edition" box set of the El Greco score (and movie), originally released in Greece in November 2014 to celebrate 400 years passing since the old master's death, will now be re-released throughout Europe, popping up for pre-order in Germany, France, the UK, etc. The local release date seems set for July 29.

    The box contains the Vangelis score on CD, the Vangelis score on vinyl (slightly different artwork compared to the separate vinyl release, also from 2014), the movie on DVD (a reissue compared to the 2008 Greek DVD, this one includes English subtitles, according to the packaging), and a Taschen art book on El Greco's paintings. All stunningly packed in deluxe and sturdy designer box set packaging. This is a beautiful release, now finally easily available outside of Greece.

    Note that most of these stores incorrectly associate the release with Vangelis' 1998 album. Be sure that this is Vangelis' unrelated 2007 original score for the Greek / Spanish movie.

    Other collectors news: Cobalt in Greece has re-released both Odes and Rapsodies by Vangelis and Irene Papas on CD, this time in special packaging sized like a 7" single. Also Universal in the UK is releasing remastered vinyl editions of both Earth and l'Apocalypse des Animaux in August or September. Earth could be the same Vangelis supervised remaster as its digital release (which had added reverb), but for l'Apocalypse no remaster has yet been available.

    Written by Dennis, posted: July 15, 2016

    Track list for "Rosetta"

    Presumed artwork for the Rosetta album

    Some of the on-line shops reveal the track list for Vangelis' upcoming new studio album.

       1. Origins (Arrival)                   4:23
       2. Star Stuff                          5:14
       3. Infinitude                          4:30
       4. Exo Genesis                         3:33
       5. Celestial Whispers                  2:31
       6. Albedo 0.06                         4:45
       7. Sunlight                            4:22
       8. Rosetta                             5:02
       9. Philae's Descent                    3:05
      10. Mission accomplie (Rosetta's Waltz) 2:13
      11. Perihelion                          6:35
      12. Elegy                               3:07
      13. Return To The Void                  4:20		
            

    The vinyl record contains the first 7 tracks on disc 1 and the last 6 on disc 2.

    Decca's official album announcement is still pending.

    Special thanks to Fernando Hoya for sharing his findings! Also thanks to Kristian Janssens for the additional source.

    Written by Dennis, posted: 8:29 CET, July 5, 2016

    NASA's Juno video uses Vangelis' "Titans"

    While NASA's Juno mission has entered into an orbit around Jupiter, NASA has released a time-lapse video of Jupiter and its moons during Juno's approach. The video is set to Vangelis' "Titans" from the Alexander score (2004). No new music in this occasion, but the significance is huge and the video is bound to go viral.

    The footage was just presented to the media by Scott Bolton at this morning's mission briefing. Wind to 18:30 for the introduction:
  • www.ustream.tv/recorded/89231351
  • Written by Sufian, posted: 11:48 CET, June 18, 2016

    UK release of Vangelis "Rosetta" album

    Presumed artwork for the Rosetta album

    As we eagerly await an official announcement on Vangelis' new music release "Rosetta", Amazon UK has now listings of the album on double-disc vinyl and CD. Both editions are available now for pre-order.

    Please note this release is published by the UK record label "Decca Records", the same record company that published Vangelis' previous album "Chariots of Fire - The Play" in 2012.

    We wish to stress again information may be subject to change until an official announcement comes through.

    Follow us on Twitter or Facebook to get notified when new details are posted here.

    Written by Dennis, posted: June 11, 2016

    Vangelis - "Rosetta"

    Currently issued artwork for the Rosetta album

    We were waiting for an official announcement on Vangelis' new project, but it seems that a number of record shops in Germany have been issued with an early listing, unveiling a brand new new Vangelis album named "Rosetta".

    Keep in mind that all information may be subject to change, but the date currently listed for release is September 23.

    A vinyl edition is also issued, for instance here:
  • www.mediamarkt.de/...vangelis-rosetta-klassik-vinyl...html
  • Check back here for more information and details on what seems to be in the pipeline!

    Read earlier news updates in the archive pages (see below and on top of this page).

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