Music with a Grandeur to Match the Landscape,
This review is from: Antarctica (Audio CD)
Vangelis's `Antarctica' soundtrack (1983) was for a Japanese film about abandoned huskies, and the main theme's opening has a Japanese feel in its choice of instrumentation. That robust theme often re-appears in various guises, sometimes unmistakably, sometimes ingeniously re-arranged and reworked.
The music has grandeur to match the Antarctic landscape, aided by the usual percussive edge that Vangelis brings to his electronic music, whilst some tracks - such as `Antarctic Echoes' - has a close intimacy.
There are no duff tracks. The opening theme is worthy of five stars, and the theme's occasional re-appearance only makes the rest of the tracks worthy of praise. Certainly the track `Life of Antarctica' comes close. As with `Chariots of Fire', Vangelis seems to have composed mood pieces rather than write music to match screen action second-by-second. The result is a strong soundtrack album that can stand alone from the film to which it is linked.