Rosetta – Vangelis

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    I’ve been wondering if this would ever be heard anywhere but on some of ESA’s Youtube videos.

    Release Date 23 September 2016
    Product code: 5700631
    Format: CD Album
    Label: Decca

    Released on 23rd September, Vangelis’ breathtaking recording is inspired by the Rosetta Mission, a pioneering project by the European Space Agency (ESA) to land a probe on a comet for the first time in history. The release of the recording marks the culmination of the 12-year mission and is accompanied by incredible footage captured by the probe.

    Vangelis, whose celebrated scores include the trailblazing ‘Chariots of Fire’ and ‘Blade Runner’, reveals his musical inspiration: “Mythology, science and space exploration are subjects that have fascinated me since my early childhood. And they were always connected somehow with the music I write.”

    The project came about after ESA astronaut André Kuipers, a long-standing fan of Vangelis, reached out to the composer whilst aboard the International Space Station. After sharing stories and experiences via a video call from the ISS, Vangelis was inspired to write ‘Rosetta’. The music is dedicated to everyone who made ESA’s ongoing Rosetta Mission possible, in particular extending the track ‘Rosetta Waltz’ as an expression of his appreciation to the mission team.

    Tracklist: 01 – Origins (Arrival)
    02 – Starstuff
    03 – Infinitude
    04 – Exo genesis
    05 – Celestial whispers
    06 – Albedo 0.06
    07 – Sunlight
    08 – Rosetta
    09 – Philae’s descent
    10 – Mission accomplie (Rosetta’s Waltz)
    11 – Perihelion
    12 – Elegy
    13 – Return to the void

    I played some of the selections posted on Youtube by ESA on my soundtrack podcast back in May; hear that here. The CD (no download pre-orders as yet) is already up for pre-order in the Store; album drops September 23rd.


    And the Rosetta album is now Grammy-nominated.

    The Recording Academy has just announced the nominees for the 59th Grammy Awards. Vangelis’ latest studio album “Rosetta” is nominated in the category “Best New Age Album”. Vangelis is up against Enya, John Burke, White Sun and the duo of Peter Kater & Tina Guo.

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