2001: A Space Odyssey
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Dum Dum Dum Da Dum! For the first time ever , here are the original full-length recordings from the actual film masters to the greatest science-fiction movie of all time, together with new liner notes and a photo-packed booklet. From Richard Strauss' Also Sprach Zarathustra through Johann Strauss' The Blue Danube to Gyorgy Ligeti's eerie modern compositions-not to mention a few words from HAL-a profound listening experience.
This commemorative reissue of music from 2001: A Space Odyssey combines the Also sprach Zarathustra theme, various Johann and Richard Strauss segments, and a ballet suite by Aram Khachaturian--all of which prove how much Stanley Kubrick's film attempts to avoid the soundtrack clichés of most science-fiction movies. Instead of the expected sci-fi effects, there is a more ironic application of music that would be otherwise incongruous to the celestial settings. Here, "The Blue Danube" complements scenes involving weightlessness and descending spacecraft, while Gyorgy Ligeti's creepy "monolith" music connotes Armageddon more than interplanetary exploration. The tracks play as they had appeared on the original soundtrack release back in the '60s, but there is also previously unreleased supplemental material and a dialogue montage entitled "HAL 9000." --Joseph Lanza
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It was once adored by stoned college students who made a cultural icon out of the Also Sprach Zarathustra crescendo. It's appeal quickly became universal. I recently bought the CD and it holds up well.
Of course the Strauss Waltz is beautiful in any context - and striking here. Romantic music and high-tech spacecraft seem in conflict; yet here the spacestation seems to waltz in space.
One of my earliest experiences of loving dissonant modern music was when I came to love "Lux Aeterna." The recording of the Gayne Ballet Suite is one of the prettiest pieces of modern music ever recorded (a genre that unfortunately disparaged "prettiness").
Stanley Kubrick created an extraordinary work of timeless genius in both the film and the music. This compilation can stand on its own; but when associated with the imagery of "2001: A Space Odyssey" is an all-time great work of art.
The Richard Strauss "Zarathustra" overture gives a superhumanly heroic tone, which is thoroughly undercut by the eerie, tragic "Atmospheres," "Requiem," "Lux Aeterna," and "Adventures." Ligeti rightly sued Kubrick for using his compositions without permission, but in the end I hope he was philosophical, given the wide exposure he gained as a result.
This particular CD version includes complete versions of "Lux Aeterna," "Requiem" and "Adventures," along with the shortened "L.A." and ALTERED "Adventures" used for the film. The soundtrack is great, though, overall. I'm not a Richard Strauss fan, but the "2001 overture" is great! And who doesn't like to hear Johann Strauss II's "Blue Danube" every now and again?
Thank goodness Kubrick rejected the score he commissioned, and went with these classics instead.
Now,as a stand alone collection,they are a beautiful art form describing all points of space,and doing it well with a human touch, a welcome addition to my audio collection.