Sacha comments: ‘I met Vangelis aged eleven in his studio where I returned every day to learn not only music, but about life and art.’ This music will appeal to those nostalgic for the films, film scores and music of the eighties, but also to a younger audience, inquisitive to learn more about classical music and soundtracks.
Chariots of Fire was the final pre-release prior to the launch of Spirit of Cinema, Sacha Puttnam's full album of piano and orchestra arrangements of great film scores, on Friday 6 November, including music by Vangelis, Ennio Morricone, Giorgio Moroder, The Bee Gees, Donovan, Mark Knopfler, Rachel Portman and Mike Oldfield.
About Sacha Puttnam
Cinema has always been a part of Sacha Puttnam’s life, his dad being the iconic and multi-award
winning producer David Puttnam whose films have won 10 Oscars and 25 BAFTAS. Living, breathing and absorbing a world where he was surround by filmmakers, illustrious composers and music producers such as Mark Knopfler, Michael Kamen and George Fenton Sacha’s obvious aptitude for music flourished. Having been mentored by the likes of legendary film composer Vangelis (Chariots of Fire, Blade Runner) and Quincy Jones (Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis), Sacha studied at Boston’s Berklee College of Music and then Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Conservatory where he conducted Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony at the Bolshoi Hall on Christmas Day, 1991.
Sacha has scored over 30 films with prestigious directors including Robert Lepage and John Pilger. For long term collaborator director John Drydon Sacha created the soundtracks to several multi-award winning BBC Radio 4 dramas such as A Suitable Boy and Bleak House. Along with a successful career in classical composition and film, Sacha was the long-standing keys and sometimes bass player for the multi-platinum selling band Bush and his best friend, front man Gavin Rossdale, headlining Woodstock in 1999 to 250,000 fans. Sacha has written and arranged for, and collaborated with, numerous big names in the pop and rock world, including Sia, Marcela Detroit (of Shakespeare’s Sister fame) Reef, Regina Spektor, and Andy Taylor. He released an album in 2005 entitled Remasterpiece on EMI Classics and has written for and featured on hundreds of other records including favourites on Café Del Mar.
Following Chariots of Fire, Sacha Puttnam launched Abraham's Theme, his next Vangelis release with The Classic Film Orchestra, on 26 February 2021.
Abraham's Theme on Apple Music Playlists
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iTunes URL: https://music.apple.com/album/chariots-of-fire-from-chariots-of-fire-single/1535227141
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Album Apple ID: 1535227141