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|Vangelis, Battle, Norman|
Mythodea: Music for the NASA Mission: 2001 Mars Odyssey
Genres: Dance & Electronic, New Age, Classical
An avatar of orchestral synthesis for 30 years, Vangelis has only now made his full orchestral outing with the ambitious and epic Mythodea. Currently linked as theme music for NASA's Mission to Mars program, Mythodea dates... more »
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An avatar of orchestral synthesis for 30 years, Vangelis has only now made his full orchestral outing with the ambitious and epic Mythodea. Currently linked as theme music for NASA's Mission to Mars program, Mythodea dates back to 1993, when Vangelis premiered the work in a live performance. After the amorphous synthesizer opening, Vangelis is little-heard, using his keyboards only to support the large orchestra, 100-voice mixed choir, massed timpani, and the twin soprano leads of Kathleen Battle and Jessye Norman. Echoes of Gustav Holst, Gustav Mahler, and Carl Orff suffuse Mythodea, with its stentorian choirs, rumbling percussion, and dense string writing. Singing a hybrid language, Norman and Battle spiral through Vangelis's evocation of an ancient Greek landscape. By turns smothering and grandiose, and often turgid, Mythodea is nevertheless studded with memorable themes, notably "Movement 9." It's a poignant, haunting melody, with the sopranos looping back and forth in ascending arcs, recalling Delibes's aria from "Lakmé," better known as the British Airways theme. This is the Vangelis of "L'Enfant," and "Heaven & Hell," where the composer's true voice is heard. --John Diliberto
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Karin H. (Hector17) from HARRISBURG, PA
Reviewed on 7/4/2011...
Vangelis has been around a long time and knows how to make a good album. I would not say this is there best but it was very good. It brought back good and bad memories of space exploration. I enjoyed the mixed tempo and smooth beat.
Out of this world
Mr. C. R. Wright | 08/11/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The music is a mix of modern and classical and is well worth listening to,especially with the sound at full blast!"