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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 3-CD limited-edition version includes the first two soundtracks and the limited edition CD/DVD version 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.
All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
The monumental task of scoring -- in rapid succession -- three of history's most anticipated films did little to temper the fire ...
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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 3-CD limited-edition version includes the first two soundtracks and the limited edition CD/DVD version 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.
All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
The monumental task of scoring -- in rapid succession -- three of history's most anticipated films did 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 intercuts 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. [There is also an enhanced version of the soundtrack that contains a supplemental DVD featuring an in-depth look at composer Howard Shore's work and a Lord of the Rings "super trailer" that spans all three films.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/9/2003
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624856023
  • Catalog Number: 48560

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Storm is Coming - London Oratory School Schola (2:52)
  2. 2 Hope and Memory - London Oratory School Schola (1:45)
  3. 3 Minas Tirith - Ben Del Maestro (3:37)
  4. 4 The White Tree - London Oratory School Schola (3:25)
  5. 5 The Steward of Gondor - Billy Boyd (3:53)
  6. 6 Minas Morgul - London Oratory School Schola (1:58)
  7. 7 The Ride of the Rohirrim - London Oratory School Schola (2:08)
  8. 8 Twilight and Shadow - London Oratory School Schola (3:30)
  9. 9 Cirith Ungol - London Oratory School Schola (1:44)
  10. 10 Andúril - London Oratory School Schola (2:35)
  11. 11 Shelob's Lair - London Oratory School Schola (4:07)
  12. 12 Ash and Smoke - London Oratory School Schola (3:25)
  13. 13 The Fields of the Pelennor - London Oratory School Schola (3:26)
  14. 14 Hope Fails - London Oratory School Schola (2:20)
  15. 15 The Black Gate Opens - London Oratory School Schola (4:01)
  16. 16 The End of All Things - London Oratory School Schola (5:12)
  17. 17 The Return of the King - London Oratory School Schola (10:14)
  18. 18 The Grey Havens - London Oratory School Schola (5:59)
  19. 19 Into the West - Annie Lennox (5:49)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Howard Shore: An Introspective
  2. 2 Lord of the Rings Supertrailer
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Howard Shore Primary Artist, Conductor
James Galway Flute
Annie Lennox Vocals, Soloist
Renée Fleming Soprano (Vocal), Soloist
London Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Dermot Crehan Fiddle, Double Violin, Irish Fiddle
London Voices Choir, Chorus
John Parricelli Guitar, 12-string Guitar
Viggo Mortensen Vocals
Jan Hendrickse Low Whistle
London Oratory School Schola Choir, Chorus
Billy Boyd Vocals, Track Performer
Ben Del Maestro Vocals
Edward Cervenka Cimbalom
Michael McCarthy Choir Master
Ulrich Herkenhoff Pan Flute/Pan Pipes
Terry Edwards Choir Master
Technical Credits
Annie Lennox Composer, Text
Andy Bradfield Engineer
John Kurlander Engineer, Engineering
Tom Lazarus Engineer
Jeffrey Lesser Engineer
Howard Shore Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Orchestration, Text
Danny Bramson Executive Producer
Paul Hicks Engineer
Paul Broucek Executive Producer
Viggo Mortensen Melody Arrangement
Lori Silfen Music Business Affairs
Mitch Rotter Soundtrack Executive Producer
Jan Hendrickse Contributor
Mark Willsher Associate Music Producer
Chris Cozens Auricle Programming
Fran Walsh Composer, Executive Producer, Text
John F.X. Walsh Music Business Affairs
J.R.R. Tolkien Composer, Text
Philippa Boyens Text, Text Adaptation
David Salo translation
Billy Boyd Melody Arrangement
David Salto Text Translation
Lisa Otto Creative Consultant
Charles Portney Scoring Coordinator
Karen Elliott Scoring Coordinator
Peter Jackson Director, Liner Notes, Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Perfect soundtrack for the best Books-turned -Movies EVER!

    Howard Shore is a genius for translating Peter's work into music. Peter is a genius for translating as best he could (we miss you, Bombadil!) Tolkien's incredible work. Tolkien was just a genius. So, in the end, they are all geniuses, and if you give them their due respect, you may not be a genius but you're still smart! :D

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