The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy [3-CD Set]

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The soundtrack to The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, the third installment in the LOTR saga, is the work of award-winning composer Howard Shore and features an original song by Annie Lennox. The three-CD limited edition features The Return of the King soundtrack and the first two The Lord of the Rings soundtracks, plus 18 collector's cards.
All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a three-disc collection that spans composer Howard Shore's score for the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy. The Oscar-winning Fellowship of the Ring skillfully births many of the films' main themes. From the ...
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Editorial Reviews

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The soundtrack to The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, the third installment in the LOTR saga, is the work of award-winning composer Howard Shore and features an original song by Annie Lennox. The three-CD limited edition features The Return of the King soundtrack and the first two The Lord of the Rings soundtracks, plus 18 collector's cards.
All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a three-disc collection that spans composer Howard Shore's score for the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy. The Oscar-winning Fellowship of the Ring skillfully births many of the films' main themes. From the familiar opening violin motif of "The Prophecy" to the haunting elven hymn "Lothlorien," Shore lays out the blueprints for this immense work with precision and wonder, allowing the melodies to brew over time. The inclusion of the Enya-penned "May It Be" caused some controversy among purists who believed that the score would suffer if it deviated from the elvish language, yet it remains a pleasant and complimentary addition. The tone of the second film is much darker in scope, so it only seems fitting that Shore paint with a larger brush. With the whimsical "Concerning Hobbits" theme reduced to short variations, the choral arrangements for The Two Towers battle sequences rule the trilogy's middle child. "Isengard Unleashed" deftly utilizes the solo soprano in the march of the Ents to up the dramatic ante for the battle of "Helm's Deep," and the introduction of "Gollum's Song" by Emiliana Torrini gives a sympathetic feel to the story's most conflicted character. For Return of the King, Shore offers up the best of both worlds. The gentle tones of "The Grey Havens" and the brutality of "The Black Gate Opens" balance the third act with a grace that by now is well earned. The majestic strains of "The Steward of Gondor," with Billy Boyd providing narration in the form of song, is heartbreaking and powerful, and the ring theme has gathered weight in story and score, providing the piece with one its most dramatic moments. "Into the West" by Annie Lennox is a serviceable "credits only" rendering of the "Grey Havens" theme and is a bit distracting within the context of the whole project. For the completist, Shore will release a similar box in 2004 containing all of the film music, as well as music from the extended versions of Lord of the Rings.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/9/2003
  • Label: Warner Bros Uk
  • UPC: 093624863328
  • Catalog Number: 248633
  • Sales rank: 2,327

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Prophecy (3:55)
  2. 2 Concerning Hobbits (2:55)
  3. 3 The Shadow of the Past (3:33)
  4. 4 The Treason of Isengard (4:00)
  5. 5 The Black Rider (2:49)
  6. 6 At the Sign of the Prancing Pony (3:14)
  7. 7 A Knife in the Dark (3:34)
  8. 8 Flight to the Ford (4:15)
  9. 9 Many Meetings (3:05)
  10. 10 The Council of Elrond/Aníron (3:49)
  11. 11 The Ring Goes South (2:03)
  12. 12 A Journey in the Dark (4:21)
  13. 13 The Bridge of Khazad Dum (5:57)
  14. 14 Lothlorien (4:34)
  15. 15 The Great River (2:43)
  16. 16 Amon Hen (5:02)
  17. 17 The Breaking of the Fellowship - Edward Ross (7:21)
  18. 18 May It Be - Enya (4:19)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Foundations of Stone (3:52)
  2. 2 The Taming of Sméagol (2:49)
  3. 3 The Riders of Rohan (4:06)
  4. 4 The Passage of the Marshes (2:46)
  5. 5 The Uruk-Hai (2:58)
  6. 6 The King of the Golden Hall (3:50)
  7. 7 The Black Gate Is Closed (3:17)
  8. 8 Evenstar - Isabel Bayrakdarian (3:16)
  9. 9 The White Rider (2:28)
  10. 10 Treebeard (2:44)
  11. 11 The Leave Taking (3:42)
  12. 12 Helm's Deep (3:53)
  13. 13 The Forbidden Pool (5:27)
  14. 14 Breath of Life (5:08)
  15. 15 The Hornburg (4:36)
  16. 16 Forth Eorlingas - Ben Del Maestro (3:16)
  17. 17 Isengard Unleashed - Ben Del Maestro (5:01)
  18. 18 Samwise the Brave (3:46)
  19. 19 Gollum's Song - Emiliana Torrini (5:53)
Disc 3
  1. 1 A Storm Is Coming (2:52)
  2. 2 Hope and Memory (1:46)
  3. 3 Minas Tirith - Ben Del Maestro (3:37)
  4. 4 The White Tree (3:26)
  5. 5 The Steward of Gondor - Billy Boyd (3:53)
  6. 6 Minas Morgul (1:58)
  7. 7 The Ride of the Rohirrim (2:09)
  8. 8 Twilight and Shadow (3:30)
  9. 9 Cirith Ungol (1:44)
  10. 10 Andúril (2:36)
  11. 11 Shelob's Lair (4:07)
  12. 12 Ash and Smoke (3:25)
  13. 13 The Fields of the Pelennor (3:26)
  14. 14 Hope Falls (2:21)
  15. 15 The Black Gate Opens (4:01)
  16. 16 The End of All Things (5:13)
  17. 17 The Return of the King - Viggo Mortensen (10:14)
  18. 18 The Grey Havens (6:00)
  19. 19 Into the West - Annie Lennox (5:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Howard Shore Primary Artist, Conductor
Sheila Chandra Soloist
Annie Lennox Soloist
Renée Fleming Soloist
Elizabeth Fraser Soloist
London Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Sonia Slany Soloist
Dermot Crehan Fiddle, Soloist, Double Violin, Irish Fiddle
London Voices Track Performer
John Parricelli Guitar, 12-string Guitar
Jan Hendrickse Soloist, Low Whistle
Isabel Bayrakdarian Soloist
Edward Ross Vocals, Soloist, Guest Appearance
Ben Del Maestro Soloist
Billy Boyd Track Performer
Ulrich Herkenhoff Pan Flute/Pan Pipes
Technical Credits
Enya Composer
Annie Lennox Composer
Roma Ryan Composer
Andy Bradfield Engineer, Vocal Engineer
David Gleeson Associate Music Producer
John Kurlander Engineer
Tom Lazarus Engineer
Jeffrey Lesser Engineer
Nicky Ryan Producer, Engineer
Howard Shore Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Orchestration
Sonia Slany Contributor
Suzana Períc Producer
Greg Sylvester Art Direction
Paul Hicks Engineer
Paul Broucek Executive Producer, Music Executive, Vocal Producer
Viggo Mortensen Composer
Alex Swift Vocal Engineer
Bill Foley Producer
Lori Silfen Music Business Affairs
Mitch Rotter Soundtrack Executive Producer
James Bellamy Auricle Programming
Mark Willsher Associate Music Producer
Chris Cozens Auricle Programming
Fran Walsh Composer, Executive Producer, Text
Tim Stritmater Producer
Michael Tremante Associate Music Producer
Philippa Boyens Composer, Adaptation, Text
David Bramson Executive Producer
Jim Bruening Producer
Peter Jackson Liner Notes, Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome Music

    These are three wonderful soundtracks to three great movies. The songs seem to put you into another world. A great buy!

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