“2001: A Space Odyssey” Soundtrack

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Basic info
Genre: Classical
Label: MGM Records
Release: 1968

“2001: A Space Odyssey”

Introduction

“2001: A Space Odyssey” is a soundtrack album released in 1968 to the movie with the same title. The album includes classical and orchestral pieces. The digital version was released in 1996.

The soundtrack became popular as soon as it was released. It went up to the 24th spot at the Billboard 200 Chart, and received a Gold record certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for reaching 500,000 copies.

The movie “2001: A Space Odyssey” relied heavily on expression other than verbal narration. Therefore, music played important parts of the piece.

Although it was suggested to use the scores of Alex North, who also wrote for Spartacus and Dr. Strangelove, Stanley Kubrick, the director of the movie, didn’t use them in the final movie. It’s not hard to imagine the disappointment of Alex North, who found it during the movie’s premiere screening. However, it was a new approach to utilize existing classical music.

Kubrick tried out famous classical music as a temporary soundtrack to show the progress to the people at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the distributor for the movie, and the reception was excellent. Kubrick became more convinced and eventually chose them for the official soundtrack.

Track list

The original release included the following. Revised tracks released later have different lineups.

“Also sprach Zarathustra”
Richard Strauss
The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Karl Böhm

“Requiem for Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, 2 Mixed Choirs and Orchestra”
György Ligeti
The Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Francis Travis

“Lux Aeterna”
György Ligeti
The Stuttgart Schola Cantorum, Clytus Gottwald

“The Blue Danube”
Johann Strauss II
The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan

“Gayane Ballet Suite (Adagio)”
Aram Khachaturian
The Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky

“Atmosphères”
György Ligeti

The Südwestfunk Orchestra, Ernest Bour

“The Blue Danube”
Johann Strauss II
The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan

“Also sprach Zarathustra”
Richard Strauss
The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Karl Böhm

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