Greek performer Irene Papas is renowned both as a singer and as an actress.
She made fame with acting in movies as "The guns of Navarone" (1961), Michael
Cacoyannis' "Zorba the Greek" (1964) and Costa-Gavras "Z" (1969). One of her
last parts as an actor
she played a role in the movie "Captain's Corelli Mandolin" (2001). Also,
together with her husband director Michael Cacoyannis she created many films based on the
original plays of Euripides, namely "Electra" (1960), "Trojan Women" (1971) and
"Iphigenia" (1976). Apart from movies Irene has directed many Greek plays
staged in theatres, more recently "Las Troyanas" (2001) in Sagunto (Spain),
"Ecuba" (2003) in Rome (Italy) and "Antigone" (2005) in Syracuse (Sicily, Italy). She
president of three acting schools, the "City of the Scenic Arts" of Sagunto, the
"Tor Vergata" of Rome and the "To Skolion" of Athens.
Tracklist and credits
as printed on the cd
1986 Polydor 829413 Greece
1986 Polydor 829413 Greece/USA/West-Germany
2007 Polydor 06025 1720630 4 Greece (remastered)
Both the original LP and CD seem harder to find nowadays.
The music for this album was recorded at Nemo Studios in London, England.
|The music of Rapsodies is inspired by tradional Byzantine music.|
|According to interviews the music of Rapsodies was already composed in
|Vangelis and Irene have worked together on many occasions...|
|Most noticeable for the first time, Irene sings on the last Aphrodite's
Child album '666'. |
The provocative song 'Infinity' (oo) sung by Irene
delayed the initial release of the album.
|The first album they made together was recorded in 1978 and released as 'Odes'.|
|As an actress Irene has performed in many plays and movies. For some of
the plays Vangelis provided the score, |
in 1983 "Elektra" performed at the
Epidaurus theatre in Greece,
in 1992 "Medea" performed in Barcelona,
in 2001 "Las Troyanas" performed in Sagunto, Spain,
in 2003 "Ecuba" (together with "Le Troiane") performed in Rome, Italy,
in 2005 "Antigone" performed in Syracuse, Italy.
For all the lyrics of this album, go to :
and Irene Papas lyrics: Rapsodies
appears to have been recorded or certainly started around 1982, but was only
released in 1986, the last year in which Vangelis used his London Nemo studio.
The previous album he did with Irene Papas had been ‘Odes’
and its traditional Greek theme is continued here, but now in the form of
various hymns associated with the period in the Greek Orthodox religious
calendar called Easter.
this recording the sound is somewhat lusher and more in keeping with the ones
normally associated with Vangelis. All hymns, apart from the third one sung a
cappella, have extensive arrangements which makes it hard to tell how much music
is traditional and how much original. The instrumental track
'Rapsodia' appears to have been composed by Vangelis especially for this
album but a lot of the rest of it also sounds like vintage Vangelis. It is
possible to make out the original simple hymns (after all, they have to be easy
enough to be sung by "untrained" vocalists) but take for example 'Christos Anesti' which ends with a beautiful original piece or the
opening track which Vangelis similarly makes all his own.
final piece 'Asma Asmaton' is really
extraordinary and proves the ideal vehicle for Irene Papas to let loose her
dramatic skills as the actress who also plays the ancient Greek dramas.
Apparently, it conveys a rather orgiastic ode from a man to a woman and
vice-versa, in a modern
setting by Lefteris Papadopoulos.
Review by Ivar de Vries