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  • Audio CD (23 Sept. 2016)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca (UMO) Classics
  • ASIN: B01H1840NQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,255 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Released on 23rd September, Vangelis’ breathtaking recording is inspired by the Rosetta Mission, a pioneering project by the European Space Agency (ESA) to land a probe on a comet for the first time in history. The release of the recording marks the culmination of the 12-year mission and is accompanied by incredible footage captured by the probe.

Vangelis, whose celebrated scores include the trailblazing ‘Chariots of Fire’ and ‘Blade Runner’, reveals his musical inspiration: “Mythology, science and space exploration are subjects that have fascinated me since my early childhood. And they were always connected somehow with the music I write.”

The project came about after ESA astronaut André Kuipers, a long-standing fan of Vangelis, reached out to the composer whilst aboard the International Space Station. After sharing stories and experiences via a video call from the ISS, Vangelis was inspired to write ‘Rosetta’. The music is dedicated to everyone who made ESA’s ongoing Rosetta Mission possible, in particular extending the track ‘Rosetta Waltz’ as an expression of his appreciation to the mission team.

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More magic from the genius Vangelis, over 50 albums released to date and this latest release has all the latest Vangelis Trademarks with some very nice pieces present here. A must for the fans of this Electronic Pioneer over the last 45 years or so I would highly recommend it..
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Perfect recording for simply floating through space and time. Give your senses a treat as each track blends seamlessly into the next. He's still the master just a shame the recordings are now few and far between. He just gets better with age. Turn out the lights lay back and be gently transported through the Cosmos on the spaceship Vangelis.
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Stunning piece of work!
It is definitely one of Vangelis' best albums. The sounds created here are simply magical and haunting.
I would put it next to my favourite Vangelis albums like 1492, Oceanic or China.
Must buy.
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Yes it's a good one, nice to hear some pulsating sequences at last. A couple of tbe same orchestral over-blown moments and over familiar melodies but not enough to spoil the journey. It's what he does best, you wont be disappointed.
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The Internet has been alive with stories and rumours about this album for a long,long time.Three tracks[subsequently remixed]have been on You-Tube for at least two years.One story elaborated on the fact that this is his first non-soundtrack release CD in 18 years,which is incorrect..'A Tribute To El Grego' was initially released a long time before 'Oceanic' as an extremely expensive collectors' piece,and Vangelis subsequently released it in 1998 to fulfill his contract with Polydor.Time as come to show it is one of my favourite albums of all time,with its dark,brooding and celestial orchestrations,ending with Movement X-my favourite Vangelis track ever.Since then he's released 'Mythodea';Alexander';the 'Blade Runner Trilogy' with one CD of new material;the 'El Grego'film soundtrack and 'Chariots-The Play' with a few new tracks.So to all Vangelis fans,'Rosetta' is his first complete CD since 2007.
Jump forward to now and we're finally here with the new album.I've played the album a few times before giving an opinion,and have to say it's good but not brilliant.All the ingredients are there in abundance-synth orchestrations;rumbling percussion;twinkling harmonies etc,all played with fresh feeling of spontaneity and coupled with loads of electronic background effects.Vangelis has nothing to prove to anyone.He's basically released album that's instantly recognisable,especially the sublime 'Starstuff'.
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Am enjoying this CD. New music from Vangelis is, sadly, a rarity, so fortunately there is much to savour in this latest album. Out of the thirteen tracks, there are ten I enjoy. Good to hear the maestro back to form, and let's hope he decides to release much more of the material in his infamous vaults. A very good CD. Recommended.
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I've nothing much to say about it really, except that it simply doesn't equal so many of his previous albums from 1979's China onwards. Familiar, yes, but like many others, I suspect, I bought it because we've all been waiting for so long for another Vangelis album. It treads no new ground and, having just listened to it right through, not a single track stands out as a great Vangelis composition. I'll keep it but I don't think I'm likely to listen to it anything like as often as albums such as Blade Runner, The City, Oceanic, Voices, Direct or China. They're all better.
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Vangelis' career is stretching beyond half century mark. He has always been able to produce such a versatile array of genres, moods and soundscapes....from experimental, to pop, space, new-age, chamber, choral, and classical music. After 15 years, he finally released his first non-soundtrack recording. And what have we here? A refreshing, clear, cosmic, ambient and almost hypnotic sound that combines some of his best sounds he produced in the mid 70s, late 80s and early 90s.
Enter Rosetta... My general opinion is that the second half of the album is where Vangelis truly shines, although the first half of the album is also very solid in scope and grandeur.
The album opens bombastically with Origins (Arrival) track, that quickly descends into electronically charged space music. Starstuff and Infinitude are both elegant cosmic ballads about the grandeur and the vastness of the Universe. Both Exo Genesis and Albedo 0.06 are on the more experimental side, although with very fine polished synth symphonic sequences. Celestial Whispers and Sunlight have truly beautiful serene space/neoclassical feeling, while the title track is nothing else, but gorgeous, melancholic and almost mournful ballad (also is one of my personal favorites of the album). Philae's Descent is completely electronica track, probably reminding you to one of the earliest Vangelis space themed songs, Pulstar and Alpha, from his cult release Albedo 0.39. Rosetta's Waltz is truly a masterpiece and one of the best songs Vangelis has composed since the beginning of the millennium...the only downside is being too short. With Perihelion, Vangelis ventured some uncharted ground. This being the longest track, bears a striking resemblance to the best Berlin School music style, mixed skillfully with trademark Vangelis symphonic style.
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