Prelude includes the biggest hit for CTI Records, the Grammy®-winning Also Sprach Zarathustra, an arrangement of Richard Strauss s fanfare used as the main theme in 2001: A Space Odyssey. It rose to No. 2 on the U.S. pop charts and won the 1974 Grammy Award® for Best Pop Instrumental Performance.
An interesting and beautiful album from Deodato, very different from his funkier work from the same period. It´s extremely short – only 24 minutes – but its a very engaging listen, even as it can make good 'background' music for chilling out with a good book (as I found out recently), which can't be said of his very lively funk interpretations of pieces like 'Also Sprach Zarathurstra'. It's dominated by lush orchestrations, most of the pieces being rather slow and often melancholic, with a few upbeat numbers ("A grande caçada", The Great Hunt, and "Bebê", written by Hermeto Pascoal). This might be one of his lesser-known albums but I think it is some of his best work.