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 Mythodea (Vangelis)

  1    Movement 1 2:43        Mythodea
2 Movement 2 5:41
3 Movement 3 5:39
4 Movement 4 5:51
5 Movement 5 13:42
6 Movement 6 6:35
7 Movement 7 6:27
8 Movement 8 4:58
9 Movement 9 3:03
10 Movement 10 5:00
11 Movement 11 3:03
12 Mythodea special edit 3:57
Total playing time 66:55

All music composed, arranged and  produced by Vangelis.
Electronic keyboards by Vangelis.
Kathleen Battle and Jessye Norman: Sopranos
The London Metropolitan Orchestra. Blake Neely, conductor
The National Opera of Greece Choir. Choir master Fani Palamidi and Percussion Ensemble.

There was some discussion about the lyrics of Mythodea, but in 2 interviews we get some light on it...

Pulse interview (with Vangelis and Blake Neely)
"Eschewing both lyrics and the standard chorale solfege of ohhs and ahhs, Vangelis constructed his own hieroglyph of phonemes, a la Lisa Gerrard and Adiemus". "It wasn't easy for the singers".
"What they are singing and saying doesn't matter.... It's the expression and some of these things"
"Like "Orazio" mean nothing, but when Kathleen Battle sings it, when Jessye Norman sings it, you think 'I've got to go look up; what does is mean?' because the way they express it means something"...

Elsewhere interview (with Blake Neely: 14-10-2001)
"They're not actual lyrics in the sense that they aren't a language"
"There's a lot of things that sound like actual words, but I can tell you that you coudn't translate it...."
"Vangelis knows what it means because he actually came up with the sounds. It's definitely not random."
"I'm sure it means something to him (Vangelis)"....

Recorded at:

  • Athens Concert Hall / Megaron Recording Centre
    Chief engineer: Nikos Espialidis.
    Sound engineers: Andreas Mantopoulos, Babis Blazoudakis
    Assistants: Giorgos Mathioudakis, Nikos Tsoukas, Kyriakos Kyriakou.
  • Air Studios London.
    Sound engineer: Geoff Foster
    Assistant: John Bailey
  • Voyageur 1 (a French mobile recording studio)
    Sound engineer: Jerome Blondel

Recorded and mixed by Philippe Colona and Frédérick Rousseau.
Sound engineer: Vangelis Saitis.
Orchestral transcription by Blake Neely
Art direction and design: Giulio Turturro. Cover photo: Temple of Zeus, Athens, Fergus O'Brien/FPG International.

The live concert Mythodea (a choral symphony) was performed in Athens at the Temple of Olympian Zeus on Thursday 28 June 2001.


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