Juno to Jupiter
In 2011, NASA’s Juno space probe was catapulted toward Jupiter to investigate the planet’s atmospheric and magnetic properties. In his first major masterpiece in two decades, Academy Award-winning composer Vangelis celebrates this remarkable endeavor with beautiful, dramatic music of vast sonic horizons. Using his trademark synthesizers, he incorporates electro-magnetic sounds from the planet, mission control commands, and the ethereal, wordless voice of soprano Angela Gheorghiu (”Juno’s Tender Call” and “Juno’s Accomplishments”). “Out in Space,” which places Juno’s radio signals against the vastness of the universe, is pure, vintage Vangelis. Myth meets science in “Zeus Almighty,” as the music grapples with the gas giant’s awesome power before the simple beauty of “In Serenitatem” leaves Juno wheeling silently in space.