El Greco (soundtrack)

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El Greco Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by Vangelis
Released December 20, 2007
Recorded 2007
Genre Film score
Label Universal Music Greece
Producer Vangelis
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El Greco Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

El Greco Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is an audio CD featuring the music score for the 2007 film El Greco, by Greek electronic composer and artist Vangelis, released in Greece and Cyprus by Universal Music Greece. The film, directed by Yannis Smaragdis, follows the life of Greek painter, Doménicos Theotokópoulos, as he travels to Italy and Spain where he becomes known as El Greco (The Greek). Vangelis previously worked with Yannis Smaragdis on his 1996 movie about the Greek poet Kavafis (aka Cavafy).

The album has reached # 1 position in Greek Charts and kept the position for three weeks.

Track listing

  1. Part 1 - 3:59
  2. Part 2 - 1:56
  3. Part 3 - 4:20
  4. Part 4 - 2:26
  5. Part 5 (Traditional Folk Song of Chania, Crete) - 3:06
  6. Part 6 - 2:05
  7. Part 7 - 1:30
  8. Part 8 (composed and performed by Psarantonis) - 1:56
  9. Part 9 - 1:00
  10. Part 10 - 1:51
  11. Part 11 (written and performed by Loudovicos Ton Anogion) - 2:50
  12. Part 12 - 4:56
  13. Part 13 - 2:36
  14. Part 14 - 1:06
  15. Part 15 - 2:40
  16. Part 16 - 2:46
  17. Part 17 - 2:28
  18. Part 18 - 3:16

All tracks, except 5, 8, & 11, composed and performed by Vangelis. All tracks Arranged and Produced by Vangelis. Track 5 features the Choir of the Historical, Cultural and Folklore Association of Chania, Crete, "Kritikes Madares"

Voices: The Choir of the Greek Radio and Television Choir music score transcription & Choir master: Irina Valentinova

Sound engineer: Frederick Rousseau Assistant sound engineer: Vangelis Saitis Cover design: Stathis Zalidis

The three El Greco albums

This is not the first project regarding El Greco with which Vangelis has been involved. In 1995, the album Foros Timis Ston Greco had a limited release (3,000 signed copies) as part of a fund raising campaign for Greek art.

Three years later, in 1998, Vangelis recompiled the album, including 3 additional tracks, and retitled it El Greco.

On this soundtrack for the film El Greco, Vangelis' method is to watch the images and let them inspire his creative process. Typical of his film work, each track paints a different picture while fitting into the whole, even the three tracks not composed by Vangelis himself. Tracks 1 and 18 are different compositions of the same melody. Track 1 is a choral piece composed for the movie's climax and track 18 is a piano version that serves as the end titles. Track 2 is the actual opening titles.

See also