The Lord of the Rings Symphony
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||Movement One||21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Ludwig Wicki & Howard Shore||11:25||Album Only||View In iTunes|
||Movement Two||21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Ludwig Wicki & Howard Shore||34:04||Album Only||View In iTunes|
||Movement Three||21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Ludwig Wicki & Howard Shore||18:15||Album Only||View In iTunes|
||Movement Four||21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Ludwig Wicki & Howard Shore||10:28||Album Only||View In iTunes|
||Movement Five||21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Ludwig Wicki & Howard Shore||15:26||Album Only||View In iTunes|
||Movement Six||21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Ludwig Wicki & Howard Shore||26:12||Album Only||View In iTunes|
I have always wondered why the great film composers don't do this more often. Take a great score and rearrange it for the sake of the musical experience rather than the short and/or constrained cues needed to support the visual of the film.
I was lucky enough to see Shore conduct his Symphony with the Atlanta Symphony and Chorus in 2004 and have been waiting for a recording of it ever since. Finally.
I was somewhat skeptical of the quality of this recording since I was not familiar with the conductor and the orchestra and chorus (Ludwig Wicki and The 21st Century Symphony Orchestra). Nothing to worry about. The quality is top notch. Even the vocal soloists are first rate. It *is* somewhat difficult to get past the expected voices of Annie, Viggo, etc. but open up. These soloists have great voices and their covers are excellent.
If I have one critique, it is the unnecessary applause added after the end of the performance. Easy enough to edit out with the mute button though.
If your a fan of this music, don't wait another minute. If you don't get chills or a few tears by the climactic ending then you're an Orc ;)
Outstanding, both for LOTR fans and fans of good symphones.
This album follows all three of the LOTR movies, and fans will be able to follow the story throughout the symphony. Movements One & Two cover Fellowship of the Ring. Movements Three and Four take care of The Two Towers and Movements Five and Six complete the story's last move, The Return of the King. But if you've never seen the movies, or are a fan of The Lord of the Rings, I still recommend this album because in of itself it tells a great story. You will know when evil is afoot, and when good triumphs. Howard's genius is to capture the feeling of combat, the overwhelming chaos of it all, and the desperation of those who fight for justice. I can't say enough about this album, so please buy it and let it speak for itself. There is so little good music being published, don't let this gem pass you by.
Born: October 18, 1946 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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