Juno To Jupiter

Decca Records have announced the release of Vangelis’ new album Juno To Jupiter on 24 September. The LP will be available on CD and digital formats, with vinyl and a limited-edition boxset to follow. 

The work, inspired by NASA’s groundbreaking mission by the Juno space probe and its ongoing exploration of Jupiter, is, the press release claims, “a multi-dimensional musical journey featuring the voice of opera superstar Angela Gheorghiu”.

The album includes sounds from the Juno launch event on earth, from the probe and its surroundings and Juno’s subsequent journey that have been sent back to earth from the probe, which continues to study Jupiter and its moons: 365 million miles away from the earth at its closest point. 

The Juno mission, one of NASA’s most challenging and scientifically ambitious planetary missions ever attempted, is named so after Hera (in Roman Juno), who, according to Greek mythology, was the mother of Gods and humans and the wife of Zeus, in Roman Jupiter, who was the father of Gods and humans. In order to hide his mischiefs, Jupiter drew a veil of clouds around himself. 

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However, Hera/Juno was able to peer through the clouds and discover her husband’s activities with her special powers.  Similarly, the Juno spacecraft is looking beneath the clouds revealing the planet’s structure and history and how our solar system has been formed.

“I thought to put emphasis on the characteristics of Jupiter/Zeus and Hera/Juno that according to the Greek Theogony, had a special relationship,” says Vangelis.

“I felt that I should present Zeus/Jupiter only with sound, as the musical laws transform chaos into harmony, which moves everything and life itself. Unlike, for Hera / Juno, I felt the need for a voice. Angela Gheorghiu, represents in this historical depiction of the mission to the planet Jupiter, Hera / Juno, in a breathtaking way. ’’ 

The music of a film is instrumental in the feeling one gets, this idea is clear to all film makers, as the music touches our souls in a way that far surpasses the visual experience,” adds Dr. Scott Bolton, Juno Mission Principal Investigator.

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“This is the case in so many films that Vangelis has scored and is again true for Juno to Jupiter which provides a new dimension to our connection with nature and humanity’s quest to reach out beyond Earth and touch the part of us that is present throughout the solar system and beyond.’’ 

 Juno To Jupiter is out via Decca on 24 September and is available to pre-order here.

Listen to first single In The Magic Of Cosmos here.

 

CD TRACK LIST

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  1. ATLAS’ PUSH

Spoken word samples courtesy of NASA

  1. INSIDE OUR PERSPECTIVES
  2. OUT IN SPACE
  3. JUNO’S QUIET DETERMINATION
  4. JUPITER’S INTUITION
  5. JUNO’S POWER
  6. SPACE’S MYSTERY ROAD
  7. IN THE MAGIC OF COSMOS
  8. JUNO’S TENDER CALL

Angela Gheorghiu, soprano, as Juno

  1. JUNO’S ECHOES
  2. JUNO’S ETHEREAL BREEZE
  3. JUPITER’S VEIL OF CLOUDS
  4. HERA/JUNO QUEEN OF THE GODS

Angela Gheorghiu, soprano, as Juno

  1. ZEUS ALMIGHTY
  2. JUPITER REX
  3. JUNO’S ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Angela Gheorghiu, soprano, as Juno

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  1. APO 22

Spoken word samples courtesy of NASA.  Voices: Randall Faelan, Lockheed Martin, Deep Space Exploration Real-Time Operations Lead; Chris Leeds, Lockheed Martin, Telecom Sr. Engineer; Jennifer Delavan, Lockheed Martin, Spacecraft Systems; and Matt Johnson, Juno Mission Manager, JPL/Caltech.

  1. IN SERENITATEM

 

VINYL TRACK LIST

 

SIDE A

  1. ATLAS’ PUSH 

Spoken word samples courtesy of NASA

  1. INSIDE OUR PERSPECTIVES 
  2. OUT IN SPACE
  3. JUNO’S QUIET DETERMINATION  
  4. JUPITER’S INTUITION

 

SIDE B

  1. JUNO’S POWER 
  2. SPACE’S MYSTERY ROAD 
  3. IN THE MAGIC OF COSMOS 
  4. JUNO’S TENDER CALL

Angela Gheorghiu, soprano, as Juno  

  1. JUNO’S ECHOES   
  2. JUNO’S ETHEREAL BREEZE 

 

SIDE C

  1. JUPITER’S VEIL OF CLOUDS  
  2. HERA/JUNO QUEEN OF THE GODS

Angela Gheorghiu, soprano, as Juno

  1. ZEUS ALMIGHTY  

 

SIDE D

  1. JUPITER REX
  2. JUNO’S ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Angela Gheorghiu, soprano, as Juno

  1. APO 22

Spoken word samples courtesy of NASA.  Voices: Randall Faelan, Lockheed Martin, Deep Space Exploration Real-Time Operations Lead; Chris Leeds, Lockheed Martin, Telecom Sr. Engineer; Jennifer Delavan, Lockheed Martin, Spacecraft Systems; and Matt Johnson, Juno Mission Manager, JPL/Caltech.

  1. IN SERENITATEM (VINYL VERSION)
  2. COSMOS AUTOPATOR

 

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