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Alexander (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Soundtrack

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  • Audio CD (8 Nov. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony Music Classical
  • ASIN: B000679OGI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,045 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Put the saga of history's greatest overachiever--Macedonian emperor Alexander the Great had conquered 90% of the pre-Christian world before his death at 32--in the hands of Hollywood's favourite over-reacher, Oliver Stone, and the result is three-hours of epic blood 'n' bathos. The soundtrack by Greek synth-score pioneer Vangelis Papathanassiou may be bookended by heroic orchestral/choral pomp of suitable scale and melodic dignity, but they buttress a far more compelling cocktail of primitive martial rhythms ("Drums of Gaugamela") and ancient ethnic-folk conceits ("Roxanne's Dance"). Though his film scores have become increasingly rare since the twin breakthroughs of his Oscar-winning Chariots of Fire and the sci-fi masterpiece Bladerunner, his work here argues that Vangelis' restless curiosity and musical range have only blossomed in the ensuing decades. With the exception of the final, club-targeted bonus cut, gone are his once overt electronics, replaced by a more organic, post-modern sense of fusion that evinces itself seductively on cues like "One Morning at Pella" and "Eastern Path." Elsewhere, cuts like "Across the Mountains" and "Tender Memories" are powered by Vangelis' trademark graceful lyricism, a trait that helps set this score apart from sword 'n' sandal contemporaries like Gladiator and Troy. --Jerry McCulley

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I'm not sure which album the last reviwer was listening to but this CD lasts for 56 minutes, not 33 minutes! It's mostly a great mixture of heavy orchestral and ambient world music. The tracks flow together nicely as you would expect from a Vangelis album rather than your average soundtrack with cues simply pulled off the movie. The highlight for me is Eternal Alexander - so uplifting. To be played very loud!
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Vangelis has created a mesmerising soundtrack to accompany the movie of one of the most fascinating characters in history. His hallmark sweeping and majestic style is here and he has produced an inspiring album.
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Well I read the reviews on the fact that this sound track was dissapointing due to it only being 30mins long... this is untrue as the first thing I did was to look at the back and lo and behold its 56:23 mins (thank you for your review... ccmedway from Devon)
Right on with the music.. its uplifting and very rousing, from the opening "introduction" and the "young alexander" to the sweeping final pieces of "Eternal alexander" and "tender memories" this soundtrack is for me something I will definite listen to when gladiator and lord of the rings have been played... if you like the last two scores I mentioned, this will also be for you!!
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Whether you enjoyed the film or not is almost irrelevant. There are 3 versions each with more and more cuts because the critics said it was too long. Its an historical epic for Gods sake its needs 3 hours plus. But they always critisize films like this - they should stick to their 'all guns blazing' rubbish. I had the dvd of the 3rd directors cut but its a travesty how little of the music is included.The lovely very romantic 'Roxanes veil' wih Vanessa Mae on violin was cut out of the film completely. This is the lovemaking scene of which you get a brief snippet in the original cut - gone completely from the directors cut. Anyway the score is great and very atmospheric.
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I have a couple of Vangelis soundtracks,and i recently went to see Alexander,and loved this soundtrack.The stand-out track for me was Roxanne's Veil,a beautiful mix of harp,violin and panpipe.Magnificent!
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While some might debate the quality of the actual film, there's no denying the majesty of Vangelis' excellent score. Heroic; mythical; soaring; it's everything you would want from a soundtrack for the life of Alexander the Great. For me the standout is track 4 - "The Drums of Gaugamela" - which is up there with the very best of Vangelis' work. It manages to be militaristic, ominous, unearthly, thrilling and hopeful all at once. The driving drums really power the track along, whilst the horns are bombastically and excitingly domineering, and the strings simply fly above everything else. And as for that gloriously heroic climax to the track (beginning at around 3.40), simply magnificent!
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I have to admit I was surprised at the lack of minor chords in this soundtrack to a film that depicts Alexander's most melancholy and personal of issues, yet the bombast and grandeur of such majestic synthesis unexpectedly reinforces the man's madness by reflecting the veil of glory that surrounded him. I had been expecting to hear a score similar to the brilliant works of Hans Zimmer in The Last Samurai and Gladiator; one with terrible undertones of loss, yet this is far from Zimmer's style, Vangelis creating sheer idealism in musical form. This contradiction between sound and vision is actually mesmerizing in execution; Alexander's face is often torn with rage and madness, his eyes wide with fury to a score that pushes him onwards with promise of immortality and greatness. This is an exceptional and unusual soundtrack to an equally strange and beautiful film.
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How apt that Vangelis should have been chosen by Oliver Stone to provide the soundtrack to `Alexander'. (It's a shame that the producers of `Troy' rejected the score provided by Gabriel Yared; if they had kept it, then that film might have been much better.) For `Alexander' Vangelis used a real orchestra and choir instead of relying on solely on his own electronic and multi-instrumentalist skills. The score is full of ethnic sounds and atmosphere. The segues between tracks weave a seamless journey; this is not just a soundtrack but also a tone-poem to Alexander himself.

The track `Titans' reminds me of Vangelis's soundtrack to the film `1492' but is here more brash and brazen in its sweep, as befits Alexander the man. It has the usual Vangelis swagger and brilliantly segues straight into the phenomenal `Drums of Guagamela'. The longest track is `Gardens of Delight'; a mesmerising rhythm supports divine invocations by a celestial choir and beautiful instrumentations. Like many of the tracks, it's a shame it has to end. Vanessa Mae contributes to the following `Roxane's Veil', which is beautifully out of place with its contemporary electronic support. It seems too perfect for a film accompaniment. `Eternal Alexander' is another supremely inspired composition and arrangement; do I hear a brief extract of a chorale from a Bruckner adagio?

Out of eighteen tracks, I list a full third as worthy of five stars on their own. But taken together, the whole album is more than the sum of its parts, and so I have no hesitation in awarding it the full five stars.
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