Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King

Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King

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by Howard Shore
     
 

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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. Also available is a three-CD limited-edition version which includes the first two soundtracks, and a See more details below

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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. Also available is a three-CD limited-edition version which includes the first two soundtracks, and a limited edition CD/DVD that features a bonus DVD including a five-minute trailer encompassing all three movies and a 20-minute documentary, Howard Shore: An Introspective, on the making of the score.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
The monumental task of scoring -- in rapid succession -- three of history's most anticipated films has done little to temper the fire that fuels composer Howard Shore's vision and enthusiasm. With each installment of New Line Cinema's Lord of the Rings trilogy, his seemingly bottomless cauldron of memorable motifs and affecting character themes washes over Peter Jackson's Middle Earth like a coat of varnish, bending each frame to its will. If The Fellowship of the Ring was its heart and The Two Towers its body, then The Return of the King is the series' soul. Opening with a Brahms-like veil of strings that deftly segues into a solo violin variation on the main melody, Shore begins by re-revisiting themes from the previous films. By the time he reaches the devastating "Steward of Gondor" -- featuring a heartbreaking tune sung by Hobbit (Billy Boyd) -- the mood has shifted from nostalgia to urgency, channeling the protagonists' desperation to complete their harrowing journey. "Twilight and Shadow" uses the gorgeous voice of soloist Renee Fleming to add weight to Arwen's (Liv Tyler) decision on whether or not to choose love over immortality, and "Shelob's Lair," with its dissonant bursts of percussive brass, cements Shore as this generation's Bernard Herrmann. The real magic begins with "The Black Gate Opens," a nervous breath and the calm before the storm, anchored by James Galway's tin whistle. That breath is needed, as what follows is the culmination of nearly five years of work. "The End of All Things" explodes with a variation on the choral arrangement that normally accompanies the Ringwraiths, and inter-cuts it with the voice of the ring -- a boy soprano -- before launching into the ten-minute "Return of the King." Like a Wagner opera, Shore methodically places familiar themes within the context of emotional turmoil, avoiding the forgettable nonstop dissonance that others apply to battle scenes with sweeping, often nightmarish melodies that linger for days. It's this dedication to memorable composition that makes "The Grey Havens" -- the film's epilogue -- so compelling. With its soft, bittersweet strings, it packs an emotional impact that would have resonated only on the surface had he taken a by the book approach to scoring the action sequences. Shore and Jackson are visionaries for whom this was a labor of love, and these films are a testament to their nearly inhuman resolve and tenacity. Despite the inclusion of a lovely yet unnecessary song by Annie Lennox, The Return of the King marks the end of an extraordinary collaboration that's destined to be celebrated and studied for generations to come.
Classic FM Magazine - Anna Britten
As breathtaking as its predecessors.... Magnificent.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/25/2003
Label:
Reprise / Wea
UPC:
0093624852124
catalogNumber:
48521
Rank:
4441

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Tracks

  1. A Storm is Coming  -  London Oratory School Schola
  2. Hope and Memory  -  London Oratory School Schola
  3. Minas Tirith  -  Ben Del Maestro
  4. The White Tree  -  London Oratory School Schola
  5. The Steward of Gondor  - Billy Boyd
  6. Minas Morgul  -  London Oratory School Schola
  7. The Ride of the Rohirrim  -  London Oratory School Schola
  8. Twilight and Shadow  -  London Oratory School Schola
  9. Cirith Ungol  -  London Oratory School Schola
  10. Andúril  -  London Oratory School Schola
  11. Shelob's Lair  -  London Oratory School Schola
  12. Ash and Smoke  -  London Oratory School Schola
  13. The Fields of the Pelennor  -  London Oratory School Schola
  14. Hope Fails  -  London Oratory School Schola
  15. The Black Gate Opens  -  London Oratory School Schola
  16. The End of All Things  -  London Oratory School Schola
  17. The Return of the King  -  London Oratory School Schola
  18. The Grey Havens  -  London Oratory School Schola
  19. Into the West  -  London Oratory School Schola

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Howard Shore   Primary Artist,Conductor
Dermot Crehan   Fiddle,Double Violin,Irish Fiddle
John Parricelli   Guitar,12-string Guitar
Annie Lennox   Soloist
Renée Fleming   Soloist
Jan Hendrickse   Low Whistle
Urlich Herkenhoff   Pan Flute/Pan Pipes
Ben Del Maestro   Soloist

Technical Credits

Howard Shore   Producer,Liner Notes,Orchestration
John Kurlander   Engineer
Peter Jackson   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Danny Bramson   Executive Producer
Paul Broucek   Executive Producer
Fran Walsh   Executive Producer,Text
Peter Mew   Mastering
Mitch Rotter   Soundtrack Executive Producer
Mark Willsher   Associate Music Producer

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