Decca Records has released Juno To Jupiter, the latest album by Academy Award-winning composer and synthesist Vangelis.

The album grew out of the composer’s interest in space exploration and his ongoing work with NASA and its European counterpart, ESA. Juno To Jupiter is inspired by NASA’s Juno space probe mission to Jupiter, along with classical Greek mythology.

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

“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 result is an album that could be seen as a summation of 50 years of Vangelis’s career. The music combines his ‘synthier’ space music style of ’70s works like Albedo 0.39 with the more bombastic symphonic electronica style of soundtracks like Alexander. As a result, it could be his most satisfying work in decades.

Juno To Jupiter reflects Vangelis’s style of working, improvising complete pieces at a stack of synthesizers. As a result, the music is endlessly melodic and lushly orchestrated, but also largely lacking the development and counterpoint of traditional classical music. But who else can weave together synths and symphony and opera, and take you on an hour-long voyage like Vangelis?

You can preview Juno To Jupiter via the playlist below:

The album is available now in CD and digital formats, with vinyl and a limited edition box set to follow. It’s also available in a spatial audio mix via Apple Music.

Tracks:

1. ATLAS’ PUSH
Spoken word samples courtesy of NASA
2. INSIDE OUR PERSPECTIVES
3. OUT IN SPACE
4. JUNO’S QUIET DETERMINATION
5. JUPITER’S INTUITION
6. JUNO’S POWER
7. SPACE’S MYSTERY ROAD
8. IN THE MAGIC OF COSMOS
9. JUNO’S TENDER CALL
Angela Gheorghiu, soprano, as Juno
10. JUNO’S ECHOES
11. JUNO’S ETHEREAL BREEZE
12. JUPITER’S VEIL OF CLOUDS
13. HERA/JUNO QUEEN OF THE GODS
Angela Gheorghiu, soprano, as Juno
14. ZEUS ALMIGHTY
15. JUPITER REX
16. JUNO’S ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Angela Gheorghiu, soprano, as Juno
17. APO 22
Spoken word samples courtesy of NASA. (*)
18. IN SERENITATEM

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