An impressive and emotive sonic painting of vast landscapes of snow and ice, that’s what found on the Vangelis recording “Antarctica”. The latter is the 45-minute soundtrack to the 1983 Japanese film “Antarctica” (“Nankyoku Monogatari”) by Koreyoshi Kurahara, on which the Greek composer offers symphonic and lyrical music mixed with moments of drama.
Besides a strong main theme found at the beginning (and that returns a couple of times), there are also moments of breathtaking beauty and stillness (“Antarctica Echoes” and “Song of White”) while the most drama surfaces on “Other Side of Antarctica”.
I for one think any serious EM-fan should get a copy of the Japanese edition, as the enchanting outcome sparkles even brighter, majestic and heroic as one can almost feel the cold chill through the warm sonic waves..
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