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Vangelis - Five Circles

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Published on Feb 27, 2011

This is a piece by Vangelis, originally written for the Academy Award-winning 1981 British film "Chariots of Fire." The film is based on the story of two British runners, the devout Christian Eric Liddell (pronounced "liddle") and the Jewish Harold Abrahams, who participated in the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris (hence the title of this piece.) The film documents the two athletes' motivations for participating, as well as the various obstacles that they must overcome (in particular, in the case of Abrahams, anti-Semitism.)

The film stars Ian Charleson and Ben Cross as Liddell and Abrahams, respectively.

Vangelis's soundtrack to the film is unusual for the time in that, although "Chariots of Fire" is a historical film, it features a very modern-sounding synethsizer-based sound, although some period music is used in the film.

An interesting fact is that the soundtrack was actually recorded twice - once for the film and once for the album. As a result, the album versions of the pieces in the film are slightly different from their film versions.

In the end, though, the effort paid off, as the film won four Academy Awards, specifically for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Score, and Best Costume Design. Because Vangelis has a reputation as something of a hermit, he was unable to attend the ceremony, so the award was accepted on his behalf.

The video itself consists yet again of space art (and I promise that this will be the last time that I use it.)

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