(1979) Odes

Irene Papas

... read moreOdes features the most inspired collaboration imaginable. It is a collection of compositions by Vangelis with vocals by the great operatic singer Irene Papas. The vocals, in Greek, become an important instrument of Vangelis' sound design. He has a knack for knowing when to push the instrumental and...

51′:04″ 8 Songs

1
Irene Papas
Les 40 Braves
5:15
2
Irene Papas
Neranzoula (Le Petit Oranger)
5:49
3
Irene Papas
La Danse Du Feu
6:03
4
Irene Papas
Les Kolokotronei
3:16
5
Irene Papas
Le Fleuve
6:45
6
Irene Papas
Racines
8:50
7
Irene Papas
Lamento
8:29
8
Irene Papas
Menousis
6:37
Released 01 January 1979, ℗ 1979 Spheric B.V.

Review

Odes features the most inspired collaboration imaginable. It is a collection of compositions by Vangelis with vocals by the great operatic singer Irene Papas. The vocals, in Greek, become an important instrument of Vangelis' sound design. He has a knack for knowing when to push the instrumental and when to allow Papas' vocals to dominate -- even to the point of some a cappella renderings. Papas is as sharp as ever; Vangelis is always right there. The atmospheres are strong and the soundscapes are dramatic and dynamic. This hard-to-get classic is essential. It is worth every effort to procure it. The only logical comparisons are Vas, Sheila Chandra, Lisa Gerrard, Natacha Atlas, and Yungchen Lhamo. ~ Jim Brenholts