Striking gold: a rare interview with Vangelis

What do you do when you stumble upon a 2 hour long, unedited interview with Bladerunner and Chariots of Fire composer Vangelis? Create Sinfini’s most popular ever podcast. Digging in the Sinfini Music archive threw up a file entitled “Vangelis”. A long unedited interview with Norman Lebrecht. I’ve got no idea how the date got arranged but the reclusive synth legend discussed his earliest musical memories, his spontaneous composition of the Chariots of Fire theme and a life lived with “no regrets” This was a very challenging edit, but Vangelis fans are in for a rare treat.

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Vangelis is Greece's most iconic living composer, famed principally for his synth-driven film scores to Chariots of Fire and Bladerunner. In a career spanning more than 50 years, Vangelis has pioneered the use of electronic instruments and has worked in film, prog rock and classical.

In a rare interview, Vangelis talks to Norman Lebrecht about his earliest musical memories, the spontaneous creation of the Chariots of Fire theme, and why he had to leave Greece.

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