2001: A Space Odyssey (Soundtrack): Tipstor® Pick

Summary: 2001: A Space Odyssey is a soundtrack album to the film of the same name, released in 1968. The soundtrack is known for its use of many classical and orchestral pieces, and credited for giving many classical pieces resurgences in popularity, such as Johann Strauss II’s 1866 Blue Danube Waltz, Richard Strauss’ symphonic poem Also sprach Zarathustra (inspired by the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche), and György Ligeti’s Atmosphères. The soundtrack has been re-issued multiple times, including a 1996 version and a digitally remastered version in 2010.

Album: 2001: A Space Odyssey

Artist: Various Artists

Label: MGM Records

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The Richard Strauss “Zarathustra” overture gives a superhumanly heroic tone, which is thoroughly undercut by the eerie, tragic “Atmospheres,” “Requiem,” “Lux Aeterna,” and “Adventures.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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