Well, this is probably not the the most successful and popular album of Vangelis... but thirty years after its release, Beaubourg is still as innovative and surprising as it was... This music celebrates the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, also called "Centre Beaubourg", which is the place, among others, of a great museum of contemporary art and also of IRCAM, a research center devoted to contemporary music.
With this great album, Vangelis shows the extent of his skills and of his musical universe. Abstraction, sonic painting and sculpture, multidimensional space, electro-acoustic music where melody still plays its part: it is difficult to find the right words to describe these two long compositions, unveiling an unknown side of Vangelis musical world.
This 1978 album is a superb musical and technical achievement, since it was recorded with analog synthesizers and with analog tape recorders, without computer and composition softwares...
It is avant-garde music with a human feeling and breathe, with a vision, and also with a challenge defying the usual borders between "academic musicians", belonging to a research institution such as IRCAM, and independent composers, such as Vangelis, who took the risk to offer this work to a large audience...
If you don't know this album, be bold enough to listen to it ! ;-)
link: mp3 / 320