The Ultimate 2001 Album.Various artists. DG 289 461 713-2.
Universal Classics' "Ultimate" albums roll merrily along with this compilation of tunes to capture the essence of the twenty-first century. Naturally, it includes music selected by director Stanley Kubrick Noun 1. Stanley Kubrick - United States filmmaker (born in 1928)
Kubrick for his epic sci-fi extravaganza "2001," as well as music that was carried into space by NASA's Voyager spacecraft. Most of the selections are culled from the archives of Deutsche Grammophon Deutsche Grammophon is a German classical record label. The company has long been known for its high standards of audio fidelity.
The Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft , but because of the Universal umbrella others are taken from Decca's library.
The album begins as expected with the famous music that began the film, Richard Strauss's introduction to "Also Sprach Zarathustra." The chosen recording is the same as used in the movie, Herbert von Karajan Herbert von Karajan (April 5 1908 – July 16, 1989) was an Austrian conductor. His obituary in the New York Times described him as "probably the world's best-known conductor and one of the most powerful figures in classical music," and placed him "in the topmost and the Vienna Philharmonic. The 1959 Decca sound is a little rough compared to the rest of the disc, but there is no denying the thrill of the performance. There follows a series of works represented in the film, although not always by the same conductors. Johann Strauss's "The Blue Danube" is presented twice, just as in the film, but DG have chosen Karajan as their official representative rather than Karl Bohm. I supposed Karajan is still a bigger name than Bohm. Another film selection is Khachaturian's "Adagio a·da·gio
adv. & adj. Music
In a slow tempo, usually considered to be slower than andante but faster than larghetto. Used chiefly as a direction.
n. pl. a·da·gios
1. " from his Gayane Ballet, done by the composer himself and taken from Decca.
Further works are from NASA's card, including Mozart's "Queen of the Night" aria from The Magic Flute, Bach's Second Brandenburg Concerto, Stravinsky's "Sacrificial Dances" from The Rite of Spring, and the first movement of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, all done by Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic. Finally, there are Bach's Prelude in C and Fugue fugue (fyg) [Ital.,=flight], in music, a form of composition in which the basic principle is imitative counterpoint of several voices. in C, done by Rosalyn Tureck; Bach's "Gavotte gavotte (gəvŏt`), originally a peasant dance of the Gavots in upper Dauphiné, France. A type of circle dance characterized by lively, skipping steps, it was introduced at the court of Louis XIV and was used by Lully in his ballets and and Rondeau rondeau
One of several formes fixes (fixed forms) in French lyric poetry and song of the 14th–15th century, later popular with many English poets. The rondeau has only two rhymes (allowing no repetition of rhyme words) and consists of 13 or 15 lines of 8 or 10 " from the Partitia No. 3, done by Nathan Milstein; John Williams' "Battle Scene" from the Star Wars Suite, with Zubin Meta and the LA Philharmonic; Holst's "Mars" from The Planets, with Sir Georg Solti and the London Philharmonic; and Wagner's "Immolation im·mo·late
tr.v. im·mo·lat·ed, im·mo·lat·ing, im·mo·lates
1. To kill as a sacrifice.
2. To kill (oneself) by fire.
3. To destroy. of the Gods" from Gotterdammerung, with Solti and the Vienna Philharmonic.
The sonics vary from piece to piece, but by and large it all holds up reasonably well. The analogue Karajan recordings from DG sound a bit softer and more faded than the others, yet they are still good for their age. I could have done without Karajan's big, old-fashioned Brandenburg, though; otherwise, the collection is pleasing on the ear and might even win a few fans to the classical base.