Due to a vast amount of albums waiting for review, I now finally found time to listen to “Chariots of Fire: The Play”, although being almost a year after its initial release.
The album’s harmonic music is based on the stage adaptation of the previous movie for which Vangelis created several new pieces of music along enhancing the sound.
The 58-minute outcome is highly emotive and contains beautiful intimate compositions such as “Harold’s Despair”, “Belief”, and “Ballad”. These soft tracks really touch the heart and soul, bringing tears to my eyes due to their pure and honest beauty.
Next to these, there’s the energetic “Physical Energy”, while Scottish bagpipes create a nice mood on “Home in the Glen”. Both “Epilogue” and “After the Race” re-hash the well-known Chariots theme that opened the disc (although “After the Race” is also the weakest piece on the album for me). The new stuff though complements the original almost perfectly, combining orchestral bombast along plenty of tender passages.
“Chariots of Fire: The Play” makes a nicely rendered classical sequel to a classic album of which I very much like its symphonic and profound emotive qualities.
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