Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

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Drawing from J.R.R. Tolkien's own texts as well as other pre-medieval sources, Academy Award–winning composer Howard Shore presents a masterful evocation of the magical, mythical world of elves, hobbits, and other mystical creatures -- a work of art as sweeping and impressive as The Lord of the Rings itself. Shore, who has…  See more details below

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Drawing from J.R.R. Tolkien's own texts as well as other pre-medieval sources, Academy Award–winning composer Howard Shore presents a masterful evocation of the magical, mythical world of elves, hobbits, and other mystical creatures -- a work of art as sweeping and impressive as The Lord of the Rings itself. Shore, who has created the musical backdrops for some 50 films over the past 20 years, including his noted collaborations with director David Cronenberg (Scanners, The Fly, M. Butterfly) as well as for other classics such as Philadelphia, The Silence of the Lambs, and Seven, faces perhaps the biggest challenge of his career with his scores for Peter Jackson's multipart film series. The second installment keeps up the high standard set by the Grammy-winning The Fellowship of the Ring. His darkly seductive score for The Two Towers features the London Philharmonic plus a host of arcane instruments including the cimbalon and dulruba, as well as guest vocals by the otherworldly Elizabeth Fraser, famous for her work with '80s dream-pop band Cocteau Twins, and "Gollum's Song," sung by Icelandic ingénue Emiliana Torrini. As a bonus, this enhanced disc includes the theatrical trailer, a link to two exclusive digital online trading cards, music video for the score, behind-the-scenes footage of the score's creation, multimedia, and more.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Kathleen C. Fennessy
Like the second installment of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, Howard Shore's score is big, bold, dark, and majestic. This is fitting as the movie is more action-oriented than the first, The Fellowship of the Ring, which -- necessarily -- spent more time on exposition and character development. It's also a good value for the money, as it features over 70 minutes of music, both instrumentals and vocal tracks (concentrated on the second half of the disc). These include "Evenstar" with the Canadian Opera Company's Isabel Bayrakdarian (who also contributed to Mychael Danna's Ararat soundtrack), "Breath of Life" with Sheila Chandra (formerly of Monsoon), "Forth Eorlingas" with Ben Del Maestro, "Isengard Unleashed" with Del Maestro and Elizabeth Fraser (the Cocteau Twins), and "Gollum's Song" with Emiliana Torrini. The latter is a British vocalist of Icelandic and Italian extraction, who has worked with Tears for Fears' Roland Orzabal and Iceland's Gus Gus. "Gollum's Song" is a tribute, of sorts, to the half-CGI, half-actor-created character (Andy Serkis provided his distinctive voice and physical movements) who handily walks away with the film. The affecting song ("We are lost/We can never go home"), which plays during the end credits, was written by Jackson's wife, Fran Walsh, and sets things up nicely for The Return of the King, the final book in J.R.R. Tolkien's trilogy. Despite the critical and commercial success of The Two Towers, the strong orchestral work, and the more inspired selection of vocalists, the soundtrack was not nominated for an Oscar, whereas Shore took home the gold statuette (his first) for his work on The Fellowship of the Ring.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/10/2002
Label:
Reprise / Wea
UPC:
0093624837923
catalogNumber:
48379
Rank:
11000

Tracks

  1. Foundations of Stone  - Howard Shore
  2. The Taming of Sméagol  - Howard Shore
  3. The Riders of Rohan  - Howard Shore
  4. The Passage of the Marshes  - Howard Shore
  5. The Uruk-Hai  - Howard Shore
  6. The King of the Golden Hall  - Howard Shore
  7. The Black Gate Is Closed  - Howard Shore
  8. Evenstar @@Isabel Bayakdarian  - Isabel Bayrakdarian
  9. The White Rider  - Howard Shore
  10. Treebeard  - Howard Shore
  11. The Leave Taking  - Howard Shore
  12. Helm's Deep  - Howard Shore
  13. The Forbidden Pool  - Howard Shore
  14. Breath of Life @@Shelia Chandra
  15. The Hornburg  - Howard Shore
  16. Forth Eorlingas @@Ben Del Maestro  -  Ben Del Maestro
  17. Isengard Unleashed  -  Ben Del Maestro
  18. Samwise the Brave  - Howard Shore
  19. Gollum's Song @@Emiliana Torrini  - Emiliana Torrini

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sheila Chandra   Vocals,Soloist
Elizabeth Fraser   Vocals,Soloist
Greg Knowles   Cimbalom
London Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
Howard Shore   Conductor
Sonia Slany   Monochord
Dermot Crehan   Fiddle,Soloist
London Voices   Choir, Chorus,Track Performer
Emiliana Torrini   Vocals,Soloist
Sylvia Hallett   Sarangui
Jan Hendrickse   Soloist
Isabel Bayrakdarian   Vocals,Soloist
London Oratory School Schola   Choir, Chorus
Ben Del Maestro   Soloist
Ben Del Maestro   Vocals
Edward Cervenka   Cimbalom
Michael McCarthy   Choir Master
Terry Edwards   Choir Master

Technical Credits

Andy Bradfield   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
David Gleeson   Associate Music Producer
John Kurlander   Engineer
Howard Shore   Producer
Danny Bramson   Executive Producer
Jim Rhodes   Score Reader
Pete Lewis   Vocal Engineer
Steven R. Gilmore   Art Direction,Cover Design
Paul Broucek   Liner Notes,Executive Producer,Vocal Producer
Alex Swift   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Karen Elliot   Scoring Coordinator
Bill Foley   Producer
Lori Silfen   Music Business Affairs
Mitch Rotter   Soundtrack Executive Producer
James Bellamy   Auricle Programming
Jan Hendrickse   Contributor
Chris Cozens   Auricle Programming
Fran Walsh   Executive Producer,Text
Tim Stritmater   Producer
John F.X. Walsh   Music Business Affairs
Greg Laporta   Producer
J.R.R. Tolkien   Text
Matt Rocker   Producer
Philippa Boyens   Text
Jim Bruening   Producer
David Salo   translation
Jason Poss   Producer
James Rhodes   Score Reader
Charles Portney   Scoring Coordinator
Karen Elliott   Scoring Coordinator
Peter Jackson   Director,Liner Notes,Executive Producer

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