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Spring 1987 the Greek singer Stavros Logaridis, an old friend, sued Vangelis. Stavros had the idea Vangelis copied the theme of "City of Violets" for his own work Chariots of Fire (1981). For his defence, Vangelis set up a pair of synthesizers in court and played a theme with the jurors as audience. The jurors were convinced of his innocence, Vangelis was cleared of all accusations and he recieved an indemnification of 2 milion pounds. The friendship of Stavros and Vangelis came to a terrible end. Two months after this event, Vangelis moved to Athens. The old girlsschool at Hampden Gurney street was demolished and was replaced by the new building you can see nowadays.
Stavros Logarides ITN reports after the judge's verdict
Back in his country of birth, Greece,Vangelis started a new life. First he found himself a new place to work, at the Sound Studios in the old town of Athens. He signed to a new label, Arista, where he released his album "Direct". (1988)
Direct LP and CD (1988)
Francesco is another movie Vangelis scored,made in 1989.It first came out in Italy, later it is spread in some countries around the world. Mickey Rourke played the title role, the film is released on DVD in Canada, Germany, USA, South Korea and Poland.
Click here to see the "Francesco" Gallery
Vangelis stayed in Athens not as long as in Nemo. In 1990, the album "The City" was recorded in Rome and Paris.
The City LP & CD (1990)
Caracalla Concert in Rome
In Rome he performed his "Caracalla" concert.
In these days Vangelis and Frederic Rossif were still working together. Throughout the years they had made several documentaries about wildlife and worldfamous painters, such as Picasso, Morandi and Georges Braque. In 1989 Vangelis scored one of the last colleborations between him and Frederic Rossif. Morandi, a documentary about the painter came out on VHS exclusicely for the Italian market.The video lasts for fifty minutes, chockfull of unreleased music. Just a year after this release, mr. Rossif died.
Event of Excellence
Rotterdam, the famous Dutch harbour, was the place for a new television appearance. In the evening of July 18 1991, he gave his "Event of Exellence" concert on the water of the river Maas. Picture taken off the Noordereiland.You are looking at the very spot in the middle of the picture where he was staged. This event was the 5th birthday of a co-operation between several highscools and universities throughout the European Community. This co-operation was called Eureka. During the concert the buildings you can see below were used as screens for laserlights. It was broadcasted live on television by Veronica.Roman Polanski reportedly attended the concert backstage. A choir existed of 400 men and women were singing the vocals of e.g. Hymne and Mask. This concert was relased illegally on DVD, Video CD and audio CD's and sold on the internet. A Dutch radioreporter tried to get Vangelis' words after the concert. Backstage the reporter asked if he was satisfied with the result.
"Yes, I am. I'm very tired."
"Was it what you expected?"
"It was perfect. Thank you very much, bye!"
The Dutch televisionprogramme "12 steden 13 ongelukken" used the Blade Runner end titles as a leader to the programme.The programme told dramatised stories about (traffic)accidents.
In the same year, 1991, Vangelis appeared again on French television. It was a special event, for the host of the programme was no one less than Henry Chapier! In the television interview '"Le Divan", several international known people were interviewed. People known to us made their appearance, such as Jane Birkin (10 October 1987) Francois Reichenbach, Melina Mercouri and Vangelis (August 18th 1991)
After Rome, he moved again to Paris, to set up another studio, the famous "Epsylon". This studio, in the centre of Paris, was made of glass. The most famous work what was recorded here is the soundtrack for "1492: Conquest of Paradise". The studio is to be seen in a videoclip of the song and in the French television interview "Musique au Couer". Returning back to Paris, Vangelis set up another studio in Neuilly-sur-Seine, in the outskirts of the city. He called it Ypsilon. This building was mainly made of glass. In 1992 he said in an interview, after the reporter asked...
“Why glass, is very easy. I would like to feel the change of the days and the seasons. I hate being in studios wich are underground or are, between brackets, extremely well soundproof. All that is tiring. You are cut off completely from nature, from everything. Here I can feel when the sun is up, when the sun is down, I can see the birds, the trees and that is fantastic!”
This interview was broadcasted by French television on TV 5 in 1992. A lot of music here, which was all improvised.
At this time, Vangelis made another soundtrack. For Roman Polanski's Bitter Moon he made the score. Polanski's wife, Emanuelle Seigner, plays a leading role. You can hear Polanski walk and ask for a sandwich and Seigner say "c'est beau" on the 1990 CD The City. Bitter Moon's soundtrack has never been released, just the main theme that you can find on the Reprise CD. Polanski, a long time friend of Vangelis, said in an interview about the movie that he "wanted to give a new vision I want to confront with." In Poland the name of the movie is "Gorzkie Gody". In ex-Yugoslavia it's name is "Gorkie Mesec".
Roman Polanski, the director of Bitter Moon nowadays.
Click here to be taken to the "Bitter Moon Poster Gallery".
Bitter Moon is a movie about the rather controversial sides of love. In this movie, starring Hugh Grant(Nigel,Kristin Scott Thomas (Fiona),Emmanuelle Seigner (Mimi) and Peter Coyote (Oscar). The script is inspired by the book Lunes de Fiel written by the French author Pascal Bruckner.
Conquest of Paradise
Another 1992 release is worldwide known "1492: Conquest of Paradise" with a budget of $47.000.000 directed by sir Ridley Scott who also directed Blade Runner. The movie tells the story of Columbus played by Gerard Depardieu, in his search for the New World. The movie came out exactly 500 years after the real Columbus sailed to America in 1492. Ridley Scott was born in the north of England, he has lived all over Europe, e.g. in Germany. After attending art school, Scott went to work for the BBC. He started as a set dresser and enrolled in their production program. Then he started directing live television shows. Conquest of Paradise had it's premiere October 9th 1992.
The music was nominated for a Golden Globe. The film failed to be a huge success, but with the help of the popularity of the music, the film gained some new attention by the public three years after it's initial release. The German boxer Henry Maske used the main title song of the movie as guidance to the boxing ring in 1995. This caused an enormous hype in Europe, the music got the nr. 1 positions in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Portugal, France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, the U.K. and Canada and other countries' charts. In Februari 1995 an official award ceremony took place in Athens, as the album sold multi-platinum. Germany’s prestigious Echo Award and International Artist Of The Year 1995, as well as its Golden Lion for Best Film Soundtrack were other awards Vangelis won in 1995.
Conquest of Paradise (1992) CD and LP
Click here to go to the "Conquest of Paradise".
Vangelis and Andrew Lloyd Webber
With famous cellist Andrew Lloyd Webber, Vangelis recorded Un Après-Midi. The first release of this track was on Webber's LP Encore! Travels with my cello volume 2 wich came out on CD as well. It has been rereleased in 1992 on the CD Harmonie, 1993 on the CD Encore! Travels with my cello volume 2 and in 1994 on the CD The Julian Lloyd Webber Collection. The last time a CD of Andrew with Un Après Midi was "Gentle Dreams" and "Made in England" (2004).
Blade Runner Release
Vangelis was on the move again. Due to city permits, Ypsilon had to be demolished and Vangelis moved to Rome. Blade Runner, the famous soundtrack for the sci-fi film by Ridley Scott, came out in 1994, twelve years after the worldwide release of the movie. Since 1982, many bootlegs on CD and vinyl came out to fill the gap of a missing soundtrack.
Foros Timis Ston Greco
In 1995 "Foros Timis Ston Greko", which means "A Tribute To El Greco", was in the first place a small initiative Vangelis contributed to. To raise the funds of the National Gallery for Culture in Athens in Greece, a new release was sold at the museum. El Greco is the name of the Cretan painter Dimitros who moved to Spain where he became known as The Greek or El Greco (1541- 1614) Initially, it was pressed in a small amount of 3000 copies for sale. The money was used to buy the painting "The Saint" by Cretan painter El Greco. There are two editions of this release: a red box with informationsheets, a book with lots of pictures of El Greco's paintings and an autographed CD of Vangelis in digipack. It is a real adventure to track down this little treasure. The other version is a blue box containing one sheet, the same book with paintings by El Greco as in the red box and the autographed CD.
Confusingly, El Greco appears two more times in the Vangelis discography. In 1998 an international CD release came out and in 2007 a Iannis Smaragdis movie about the painter with Vangelis music hit the cinemas throughout Europe.
One month after this release, the album "Voices" on the East West Label came out. Together with the world famous vocalists Stina Nordenstam, Paul Young and Caroline Lavelle he made this album witch was again released worldwide. Caroline Lavelle is known for her work together with Massive Attack, Peter Gabriel, Radiohead, Loreena McKennitt and The Chieftains.
Voices CD (1995)
In 1996 Vangelis scored another movie, this time directed by Greek director Iannis Smaragdis. Kavafis tells the story of the Greek poet Konstandínos Petrou Kavafis (1863-1933), well known for his poems "Il Polis" ("The City") and "Ithaca", see also the info about the 2003 project Vangelis did with actor Sean Connery at the bottom of this page. The homosexual character of the Greek poet has a prominent role in the feature film. The film shows his struggle with his unconcealed love for young men, this lovetheme shows up in soem of his poems. The movie has seen daylight all over the world and was warmly welcomed by the public. Nevertheless and sadly, the movie has been only released in Greece. Troughout the world Kavafis has been participated at more than twenty filmfestivals and won six times, for example "Best Feature Film and Direction" and "Best Cinematopgraphy" at the Greek national film festival 1997. Vangelis won two awards for his music at the international filmfestivals in Valencia (Spain) and Flanders (Belgium). One of the outstriking ideas in this film is the fact that the main person doesn't speak. That gave the movie some negative reactions. The music is never released officially, only the main titles are obtainable via the 2003 compilation album "Oddysey The Collection".
The only poster for "Cavafy" or "Kavafis" comes from Greece
Twelve hours of unheard music, never released anywhere else than on a hard-to-find boxset made for Greek students of medical neurosurgery. In 2011 Vangelis-collector Don Fennimore found in an Greek bookstore this amazing treasure. On the videotapes you can see a human body which is cut open for a neurosurgery and a voice-over tells what we see and gives some inside information in Greek. The voice of initiator Dr. Stegios Tegos is accompanied by calm and relaxing music, with a repetative character. This boxset was released in 1998 and is now an expensive treasure for Vangelis-collectors.
The front of the videotapes boxset
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