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That Hypnotic Music from the Film, 2001: A Space Odyssey

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Opening shot from the film, 2001: A Space Odyssey, made famous by Richard Strauss' "Also sprach Zarathustra," composed in 1896.

"What Nietzsche is trying to say, and what Strauss is certainly putting to notes, is that neither religion, nor science, not even human compassion can give you the answers to those burning questions of humanity."- Conductor Vladimir Jurowski.

Music from a popular symphonic piece played a memorable role in the 1968 Hollywood film, 2001: A Space Odyssey. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, those famous opening bars are only the beginning of a work that continues to engage and intrigue audiences.

Russian Conductor Vladimir Jurowski talks with WRTI's Susan Lewis about how his interpretation of the famous symphonic poem has changed over the years.

On Sunday, October 25 at 1 pm on WRTI, Vladimir Jurowski leads The Philadelphia Orchestra in a re-broadcast featuring Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra.

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Russian Conductor Vladimir Jurowski talks with WRTI's Susan Lewis about how his interpretation of the famous symphonic poem has changed over the years.

Watch Mariss Janson leading the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra:

http://youtu.be/Y9QxaJLt7EA

As senior producer of arts and culture, Susan writes and produces stories about music and the arts. She’s host and producer of WRTI’s TIME IN online interview series, and producer of The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert series, to which she also contributes weekly intermission interviews. She’s also been a regular host of WRTI’s Live from the Performance Studio sessions.