The multi-million selling "1492: Conquest of Paradise" is another musical masterpiece from Vangelis.
Christopher Columbus's first voyage from Spain to the Bahamas, Hispaniola and Cuba was a truly significant and momentous event in human history. The film, directed by Ridley Scott and released to mark the 500th anniversary of this journey, is greatly enhanced through this accompanying music.
Every track in this 55 minute CD is quality and there's great variety - for example, the gravitas of the maritime sounding "Conquest of Paradise", the Latin hymns of "Monastery of La Rabida", the Hispanic atmosphere in "Deliverance", the regal air that is created in "City of Isabel", the innocence of the indigenous peoples and the beauty of their existence in "Eternity" and the subsequent ethnic tension and conflict skilfully captured by "Moxica and the Horse".
It's also worth mentioning "Hispaniola". This song is a sonic force of nature that blends Flamenco, latin and tribal elements to create a wonderful sense of destiny and a turning point in history.
It's no surprise that music from this album has been used by others in a diverse number of fields such as sport and politics all over the world. Overall, a must have soundtrack.