Alex North, Jerry Goldsmith / The National Philharmonic Orchestra* ‎– Alex North's 2001 (The Legendary Original Score · World Premiere Recording)

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In December 1967, Alex North was hired by director Stanley Kubrick to score his movie '2001: A Space Odyssey'. Among North's previous credits was Kubrick's own 1960 screen epic 'Spartacus'.
The MGM had been very specific in their vision of the film from a musical standpoint and it was under their 'suggestion' that Kubrick hired him. However, the director was already very pleased with some of the 'temporary' music tracks which had been used with the first completed scenes of the movie.
North couldn't accept the idea of composing part of the score interpolated with other composers, but decided to give it a try anyway. He modeled some of his music opon the 'temporary' tracks Kubrick had been using in post-production.
After having composed and recorded over forty minutes of music, North received word from Kubrick that no more score was necessary and that he was going to use breathing effects for the remainder of the film.
When North attended the New York premiere of '2001', he realized none of his music was retained by Kubrick in the final product. Instead of that, all the 'temporary' tracks were now part of the actual score.
Alex North had come away from the recording sessions with a cassette of what had been recorded. This music was only ever played for this friend, the famous composer Jerry Goldsmith. It was not long before even that cassette was somehow lost.
The score was finally fully recorded in January 1993 by Jerry Goldsmith and the National Philarmonic Orchestra. The long lost cassette copy of the original 1968 recording was found one week before the performance, and used by Goldsmith to match the tempos and dynamics of North's intent.

Tracklist

Main Title 1:37
The Foraging 3:44
Eat Meat And The Kill 3:27
The Bluff 3:01
Night Terrors 2:02
The Dawn Of Man 3:14
Space Station Docking 2:22
Trip To The Moon 3:21
Moon Rocket Bus 5:01
Space Talk 3:30
Interior Orion 1:26
Main Theme 2:31

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VSD-5400 Alex North, Jerry Goldsmith / The National Philharmonic Orchestra* Alex North, Jerry Goldsmith / The National Philharmonic Orchestra* - Alex North's 2001 (The Legendary Original Score · World Premiere Recording)(CD, Album) Varèse Sarabande VSD-5400 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
VSD-5400 Alex North, Jerry Goldsmith / The National Philharmonic Orchestra* Alex North, Jerry Goldsmith / The National Philharmonic Orchestra* - Alex North's 2001 (The Legendary Original Score · World Premiere Recording)(CD, Album) Varèse Sarabande VSD-5400 US 1993 Sell This Version
SLCS-5021 Alex North, Jerry Goldsmith / The National Philharmonic Orchestra* Alex North, Jerry Goldsmith / The National Philharmonic Orchestra* - Alex North's 2001 (The Legendary Original Score · World Premiere Recording)(CD, Album) Varèse Sarabande SLCS-5021 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
VSD-5400 Alex North, Jerry Goldsmith / The National Philharmonic Orchestra* Alex North, Jerry Goldsmith / The National Philharmonic Orchestra* - Alex North's 2001 (The Legendary Original Score · World Premiere Recording)(CD, Album) Varèse Sarabande VSD-5400 US 1993 Sell This Version
VSC-5400 Alex North, Jerry Goldsmith / The National Philharmonic Orchestra* Alex North, Jerry Goldsmith / The National Philharmonic Orchestra* - Alex North's 2001 (The Legendary Original Score · World Premiere Recording)(Cass, Album, Dol) Varèse Sarabande VSC-5400 US 1993 Sell This Version

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ledjfab

ledjfab

August 11, 2010
referencing Alex North's 2001 (The Legendary Original Score · World Premiere Recording), CD, Album, VSD-5400

I have seen '2001' many, many times. Probably my favourite movie of all times. The idea of Stanley Kubrick to use classical music already existing for his movie was probably the best idea. 'Zarathustra', the waltz by Strauss and the chants of Ligeti are now associated with his masterpiece. These compositions fitted the visual imagery of Kubrick to an incredible degree of perfection. Another important auditive actor in the film was... the silence: the complete silence of space, which helped the viewer to feel the emptiness of it.
What you will hear on this CD is only a portion of what Alex North was supposed to compose for the production. What is included here was suppose to fit between 'The Dawn Of Man' and 'Jupiter Mission'.
My personal opinion is that all the music for the sequence of 'The Dawn Of Man' would have ruin the succession of feelings Kubrick intented the viewer to feel. Anybody can try to syncronise the very first scene of the film to 'Eat Meat And The Kill' and see what it looks like. Bizarre...
The 'Space' music (tracks 7 to 11) is quite good, but it sounds more like something to fit a documentary, or a commercial science fiction film from the 1950's/60's. 'Moon Rocket Bus' sounds inspired by the 'Star Trek' theme, with a fantomatic vocalist singing to the lunar landscape. 'Space Talk' would have been heard while Heywood Floyd and his colleagues are talking about the Tycho Magnetic Anomaly.
Finally, the 'Main Theme' was supposed to be played in the Entr'acte. How strange and animated. It just doesn't fit the movie anymore. It would have left many with a weird impression I suppose.
Understand: this is not bad music. This is not what I am trying to say. Alex North is a great composer and his reputation is respectable. His '2001' score can be listened in many other ways. As I say, I personally like his compositions for the space scenes. But anybody who saw '2001' more than once will understand why Kubrick opted for his own idea.
Any fan of '2001' will still probably appreciate this CD. There were not a lot of commercial elements connected to the movie, and so this is an interesting bonus in the history of the making of the movie.