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2001: a Space Odyssey (1996 Reissue) Soundtrack


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  • Audio CD (Nov. 19 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Turner
  • Run Time: 160 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000033WB
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #47,625 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Overture: Atmospheres - The Sudwesfunk Orchestra, Ernest Bour
2. Main Title: Also Sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spake Zarathustra) - The Vienna Philharmonic, Herbert Von Karajan
3. Requiem For Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Two Mixed Choirs & Orchestra - The Bavarian Radio Orchetra, Francis Travis
4. The Blue Danube (Excerpt) - The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert Von Karajan
5. Lux Aeterna - The Stuttgart Schola Cantorum, Clytus Gottwold
6. Gayane Ballet Suite (Adagio) - The Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Gennadi Rezhdestvensky
7. Jupiter And Beyond - The Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Francis Travis, The Sudwesfunk Orchestra, Ernest Bour, Internationale.
8. Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey) - Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
9. The Blue Danube (Reprise) - The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert Von Karajan
10. Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey) - Sudwesfunk Orchestra
11. Lux Aeterna - The Stuttgart Schola Cantorum, Clytus Gottwold
12. Adventures (Unaltered) - Internationale Musikinstitut, Gyorgy Ligeti
13. HAL 9000 - Dialog Montage

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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.

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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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Format: Audio CD
2001: a space odyssey is an excellent soundtrack and if you loved the movie like I did than I highly recommend this soundtrack. In the movie all the songs they used were classical pieces which all sounded great and every single one of them was worth listening to.
The CD features all of the songs from the movie in the order that they come in and it features some of the same songs more than once like "Also Sprach Zarathustra" and "The Blue Danube".
"Atmospheres" is the overture song and is a great place to start the album with it's very soft horns that get louder throughout the song. "Also Sprach Zarathustra" is my absolute favorite song on the album. I love every second of it with it's loud horns and drums. This songnwas used when at the beginning when you see the opening credits, when the ape discovered that he could use the bone as a tool and when Dave Bowmen turned into the star child. "Requiem for Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Two mixed Choirs and Orchestra" is a very haunting track with voices and an orchestra that sound very future like. This song was used when the monoliths were discovered and at "Jupiter and Beyond". "The Blue Danube" is a very nice beautiful song and it was used when the spaceship was traveling to the moon. "Lux Aeterna" is also a haunting track with some voices at throughout the song. It was used while the astronauts were traveling on the spaceship. The songs "Gayane Ballet Suite, "Jupiter and Beyond" were used when Dave, Frank, and the other astronauts were traveling on the Discovery with the new Hal 9000.
There is also some supplemental material which includes another version of "Also Sprach Zarathustra" which is done by the Sudwesfunk Orchestra instead of the Vienna Philharmonic. It also includes other versions of "Lux Aeterna" and "Adventures".
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One of the greatest things about Stanley Kubrick's magisterial 1968 sci-fi epic 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY is the cagey way he puts certain classical pieces to work in the service of the film. The soundtrack to this groundbreaking movie must almost certainly rank as the best use of classical music ever put to film, aside from Disney's original FANTASIA.
Thanks to Kubrick, no one can forget the imposing "Sunrise" of Richard Strauss' "Also Sprach Zarathustra" (as done by Herbert Von Karajan and the Vienna Philharmonic). Nor can anyone forget the scene of the wheel-shaped spaceport rotating to the strains of Johann Strauss' celebrated "The Blue Danube", or the Stargare sequence, which utilizes three works by Gyorgy Ligeti--"Requiem", "Atmospheres", and "Adventures." Although one can rightly complain about "The Blue Danube" being split into two sections on the CD, like the movie itself, the 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY soundtrack is essential listening for classical music buffs and movie music buffs alike. It comes vigorously recommended.
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Stanley Kubrick was one of the greatest moviemakers of all time. But he also had an excellent ear for music, as shown in 2001: A Space Odyssey. From the dramatic strings of Also Sprach Zarathustra, which the movie is unthinkable without, to the waltzes of Strauss's The Blue Danube, this is an excellent soundtrack.
First off, almost all the music is excellent. Like I said, Kubrick knew good music. Second, the tracks are presented beautifully and sound clearly. I had to spend some time adjusting the volume so I wouldn't get complaints from the neighbors. The CD also comes packaged with an excellent booklet that tells about the movie and some of its themes and about the music. There is also some interesting trivia (Did you know Gyorgy Ligeti sued Kubrick for altering his music without permission?).
While overall excellent, everything in life has flaws and this is no exception. "Requiem", for example, is not long but rather surreal. It seems to foreshadow the apocalypse more than space travel. The Overture is also surreal, though not as long. "The Stargate" is the longest on the soundtrack, combined with three tracks. But what may be the worst music on the CD is the unaltered "Adventures", if it can be called music. It sounded to me more like a guy laughing wickedly as he bangs on a piano while a woman moans as if in the act of sexual intercourse. It's no wonder Kubrick altered it for the movie (Another example of his ear for music). One other complaint, though minor, is how the Blue Danube is split into two tracks.
The next reissue, if there is one, should get rid of "Adventures" and bring the complete "Blue Danube". Otherwise, enjoy!
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By Tom Blair on Aug. 19 2001
Format: Audio CD
This film was made at a time when music was not indelibly associated with specific imagery as it is in modern music video. This work is one of the first to do that. And did so brilliantly.
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.
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