a look at the music of Vangelis Papathanassiou

It is no secret that Vangelis and Sean Connery have been good friends for some time now. Early in 2001 they appeared in several Greek press reports, stating their interest to produce a film about a shared fascination, the Greek philosopher "Socrates". Although that idea has not materialized until now, in 2004 they do work together for the first time. "Ithaca" is a poem by Constantinos Cavafy, recited by Sean Connery and musically accompanied by Vangelis. Similar to what Vangelis did in 1991 on the "Night of Poetry", where he hosted an evening of recited poems and instantly improvised music in the background. The music and narration of "Ithaca" perfectly fit together, creating a solemn and reflective atmosphere.

The cd of "Ithaca" is released as part of a published book "A Journey in Colour" by Micheline Roquebrune Connery. Indeed, Sean Connery's wife. The book is a display of many of her paintings. The book and cd are sold combined, only in Athens, and all proceeds support of the "Friends of the child" charity initiative.

Online orders can be placed at the Greek bookstore "Eleftheroudakis". The price is 104 Euro, exclusive  taxes and shipping cost.

Tracklist and Credits

1. "Ithaca" (4:27)

Music composed, arranged, produced and performed by Vangelis.
Poem by C.P. Cavafy
Recitation by Sean Connery
Sound Engineers: V. Saitis, Philippe Colonna and Frederick Rousseau.
Coordination by F.Manolopoulou


Recording Studio

It is not clear where the music for Ithaca is recorded, most likely in Sound Studio Athens.