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Chariots Of Fire

Chariots Of Fire

Chariots Of Fire

  • VANGELIS CARROZAS DE FUEGO (CHARIOTS OF FIRE)

The Oscar parade for this 1981 drama featured statues for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Costume Design-and one to Vangelis for Best Original Score. This remastered reissue features the inspiring title theme (one of the most famous screen themes of the ’80s) plus Five Circles ; a side-long suite of themes from the film, and more lush electronic Vangelis music.One of the most memorable soundtracks of all time, Vangelis’s Academy Award-winning Chariots of Fire is such a landmark, it’

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  1. 52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Moving, From Start to Finish, October 25, 2002
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    This review is from: Chariots Of Fire (Audio CD)

    There is no wondering why Vangelis received an Oscar for his soundtrack to “Chariots Of Fire.” It is infinitely superb, perfect for the movie, and perfect away from the movie. When I was road racing, I would listen to cut seven, also called “Chariots Of Fire,” to prepare my mind for competition.

    In the opening cut, “Titles,” you can hear the tension of the sprint. Muscles flex with each note, and you’ll feel the drive to finish first, to win. This is the song you heard in the early 80s, and, if you are lucky, still hear on soft jazz and easy listening stations.

    “Five Circles” is misty-dewed mystical piece. Slowly paced synthesized winds will draw you into contemplation. Aptly named for the Olympic symbol, it has a power of lifelong dreams mixed with the imminence of the moment.

    “Abraham’s Theme” is a boldly sentimental, but not maudlin piece. The bells chime almost mournfully, with whale sounds piercing and overlaying through this achingly beautiful composition.

    “Eric’s Theme” is often played on the radio, but it never loses its message of grace. It preludes “Chariots of Fire”‘s sheer intensity with its own persuasive pulse, with bass drums and cymbals beating, but not overwhelming.

    “100 Meters” begins in a spacelike mysterium. It is filled with questions, and asks them as well as invites the listener to ask them. “For whom do I run?” the movie’s theme, is musically weaved throughout.

    Smoothly transitioning is the choral orchestration of “Jerusalem,” answering the questions of “100 Meters.” The sole work with words, it begins:

    “And did those feet in ancient time/ Walk upon England’s mountains green?/ And was the holy Lamb of God/ On England’s pleasant pastures seen?”

    This mighty songs brings a mighty decision:

    “Bring me my spear: O clouds unfold!/ Bring me my chariot of fire!”

    Finally is the majestic “Chariots of Fire,” a 20:41 epic of undulated, unmatched passion for truth and God. A carefully fingered piano melody peacefully prepares the listener for the growing strength of this magnificent piece. Like Ravel’s “Bolero,” Vangelis increases the tempo, empowers the theme to be greater than the score. The piano notes dance, bringing in elements from the other cuts, until we go from a walk to a run.

    For the runners who’ve been there, it is much akin to an early morning autumn long run, when you feel great, and in that groove. The pace drops mildly as you relax and enjoy the freshness of the run, but the final few miles are ahead. Like the speed-playing fartlek, it never monotonous.

    Quickening, we can feel the runner sweat, excited about the last 50 meters. In a glorious finish, we are given an enthusiastic, marvelous crossing of the last step in a rested, satisfied way.

    I fully recommend “Chariots Of Fire” by Vangelis.

    Anthony Trendl
    editor, HungarianBookstore.com

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  2. 22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Not A Tribute, March 7, 2000
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    John Buie (United States) –

    This review is from: Chariots Of Fire (Audio CD)

    Sorry, but some of the reviews following this one are incorrect. This is the actual 1981 soundtrack album performed by Vangelis himself and NOT a tribute album! Vangelis’ masterful score won an academy award in 1981 and it’s easy to hear why. Such beautifully-crafted melodies! Everyone is of course familiar with the stunning “Titles” main theme which has been lampooned many times in film and television (to its great discredit). But the music that follows is even greater. Listen to the haunting strains of “Abraham’s Theme” and you’ll see (hear) what I mean. Then there’s the gorgeous melodic theme of “Five Circles.” Truly breath-taking! Synthesizer music has never sounded so good. This is without question Vangelis’ best work and remains my favorite movie soundtrack. Needless to say, highly recommended!

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  3. 24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Passionate, July 26, 2000
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    This review is from: Chariots Of Fire (Audio CD)

    If all you’ve heard is the short radio version of the Chariots of Fire theme (called “Titles” on this album), then you’ve missed out. The 20 minute version is as passionate and powerful in its popular classical style as Ravel’s Bolero is in a more traditional style. It ranks as one of my favorite pieces of all time.

    Unlike many movie soundtracks, this CD stands on its own. You need not have seen the movie to enjoy this. If you know the complex religious themes of “Chariots of Fire” and the genuine history behind Eric Liddle’s career as a runner, you’ll appreciate the music that much more. His commitment to living out his faith despite the cost to his career is relatively unheard of.

    Of note is the choral piece, “Jerusalem,” as performed by the Ambrosian Singers. I’m no big fan of choral arrangements in general, but I’m sold on this one.

    Interesting point: Dodi Fayed of Princess Diana fame and tragedy was the executive producer of the film.

    Buy this album… and be happy it is on CD, not the old vinyl LPs. Had it been vinyl, you’d've worn it out far sooner than you tire of it.

    I fully recommend this CD.

    Anthony Trendl

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