Q (3/00, p.125) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...simple melodies embellished with restraint and subtlety. Swept back into favour by the temple-rubbing balm of New Age and chill-out music. Vangelis' music now fits the bill perfectly."
Personnel includes: Vangelis (various instruments); Caroline Lavelle, Mary Hopkin, Konstantinos Paliasaras, Montserrat Caballe, Jeremy Budd, Roman & Emanuelle Polanski, The English Chamber Choir.
Engineers: Frederick Rousseau, Philippe Colonna.
Recorded in 1990-1998.
REPRISE is a collection of extracts from Vangelis's albums of the '90s plus "Rachel's Song," featuring Mary Hopkin, from the much-belated release in 1994 of his soundtrack for BLADERUNNER. The tracks are interwoven to form a rich, ambient album.
The three movements from EL GRECO (a fund-raiser for the National Gallery of Athens purchase of an El Greco painting) feature Greek tenor Konstantinos Paliatsaras and the Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballe in a plaintive spiritual mood reminiscent of John Tavener. From VOICES, fans get "Come to Me" with the voice of Caroline Lavelle, along with the lovely "Prelude." Vangelis's love of the sea inspired his album OCEANIC--"Bon Voyage" opens REPRISE with its lush rippling waves. "Dawn," from THE CITY, recorded live in a Rome hotel room, is an urban soundscape with guest appearances from Roman and Emmanuelle Polanski. Vangelis has composed haunting electronic tone poems for lovers of Clannad, brimming with emotive keyboard melodies and glittering ethereal hymns. Most notable is the main theme from the Christopher Columbus adventure film 1492. It's a lavish, windswept march-like chorale which, when released as a single, reputedly became Germany's biggest seller!