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The soundtrack to Stanley Kubrick film '2001: A Space Odyssey' to be reissued

The official soundtrack to Stanley Kubrick’s science fiction epic 2001: A Space Odyssey is set for a limited edition reissue.

While a lucrative rerelease of the soundtrack has been attempted numerous times in the past, this time Collectibles company Mondo are helming the project and headed to the prestigious Abbey Road Studios to remaster the record.

With accompanying artwork by Matthew Woodson, the reissue will be made available for the first time during MondoCon, an annual celebration of the collectible artwork.

The soundtrack itself, made famous by its repeated use of iconic classical pieces, includes orchestral masterpieces such as Johann Strauss II’s 1866 Blue Danube Waltz and more.

While its incredible screenplay and pioneering special effects usage remain its lasting legacy, Kubrick has been heavily praised for the film’s innovative use of classical music taken from existing commercial recordings. Poignantly, the majority of the music in the film appears either before the first line of dialogue or after the final line with no music being heard during scenes with dialogue – a method that relies heavily on the substance of the sound. 

In the early stages of production, Kubrick had commissioned the score for the film to be created by Hollywood composer Alex North. Composer North, who had built a solid reputation having previously written the score for Spartacus and also worked on Dr. Strangelove, completed the work for Kubrick and submitted his work. However, during post-production, Kubrick took the bold decision to abandon North’s music in favour of the classical pieces of Strauss, Ligeti, and Khatchaturian he had been using during editing.

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(Credit: Mondo)
(Credit: Mondo)
(Credit: Mondo)

2001: a space odyssey Tracklist:

Side A
01. Atmosphères
Composed by György Ligeti
Performed by Ernest Bour Conducting The Südwestfunk Symphony Orchestra

02.  Prelude (Sonnenaufgang) – Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30, TrV 176
Composed by Richard Strauss
Performed by Karl Böhm Conducting Berliner Philharmoniker

Side B
03. Requiem For Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Two Mixed Choirs & Orchestra
Composed by György Ligeti
Performed by Francis Travis Conducting Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

04. An der schönen blauen Donau, Op. 314  (The Blue Danube)
Composed by Johann Strauss II
Performed by Herbert von Karajan Conductings Berliner Philharmoniker,

Side C
05. Lux aeterna
Composed by György Ligeti
Performed by Helmut Franz Conducting Chor des Norddeutschen Rundfunks

06. Gayaneh’s Adagio  (Gayane Ballet Suite)
Composed by Aram Il’yich Khachaturian
Performed by Gennadi Rozhdestvensky Conducting Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra

Side D
07. Aventures
Composed by György Ligeti
Performed by Pierre Boulez Conducting Ensemble Intercontemporain with Jane Manning, Mary Thomas, William Pearson

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