El Greco (album)

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Not to be confused with El Greco Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, a 2007 album also by Vangelis
El Greco
Vangelis El Greco album art.jpeg
Studio album by Vangelis
Released October 19, 1998
Recorded 1995, 1998
Genre Classical, Byzantine music, Neoclassicism, New-age music
Length 72:36
Label EastWest / Atlantic (U.S.)
Producer Vangelis
Vangelis chronology
Portraits (So Long Ago, So Clear)
(1996)Portraits (So Long Ago, So Clear)1996
El Greco
Reprise 1990-1999
(2000)Reprise 1990-19992000
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

El Greco is a 1998 classical album by Greek electronic composer and artist Vangelis (born March 29, 1943). The title is a reference to the man who inspired the composition, Δομήνικος Θεοτοκόπουλος (Dominikos Theotokópoulos, 1541–1614), the Cretan-born painter and sculptor better known as El Greco. It consists of ten long movements performed on electronic instruments.


This album is an expansion of an earlier album by Vangelis, Foros Timis Ston Greco. That album had been released in 1995, in a limited edition. For this general release, the track order was rearranged, three new tracks were added, and the album title was changed.

Vangelis composed and arranged the album, and performed all the instruments, accompanied by a choir conducted by Ivan Cassar. The music is in a Byzantine style yet sounding contemporary due to his use of synthesizers. Soprano Montserrat Caballé and tenor Konstantinos Paliatsaras make guest appearances on one movement each.

The album reached #66 in France and #74 in Germany.[2]

The image on the album is "The Knight with His Hand on His Breast" by El Greco.[3]

Track listing

All tracks by Vangelis

In parenthesis, correspondence to the track listing of Foros Timis Ston Greco.

  1. Movement I (Movement I) – 10:04
  2. Movement II (Movement II) – 5:18
  3. Movement III (new) – 6:48
  4. Movement IV (Movement III) – 6:21
  5. Movement V (new) – 4:30
  6. Movement VI (Movement V) – 7:52
  7. Movement VII (new) – 3:18
  8. Movement VIII (Movement IV) – 9:43
  9. Movement IX (Movement VI) – 12:00
  10. Movement X (Epilogue) (Movement VII) – 6:21

Movements IV, V, and VI were included in Vangelis' compilation Reprise 1990-1999 (2000).


  • Montserrat Caballé – soprano
  • Konstantinos Paliatsaras – tenor
  • Philippe Colonna – engineer, recording
  • Rob Dickins – art direction
  • Fredrick Rousseau – engineer, recording
  • Vangelis – synthesizer, arranger, producer, liner notes


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