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

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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.

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/10/2002
Label:
Reprise / Wea
UPC:
0093624837923
catalogNumber:
48379
Rank:
883

Tracks

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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Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 60 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of those film scores - and they don't come very often - when you feel like, oh I don't know, jumping up and beheading an Orc! Only kiddin'. In truth, Howard Shore goes 'The Fellowship of the Ring' score one better by delving deeper into the multi-textured realms of Middle-earth. "The Riders of Rohan" and "The King of the Golden Hall" have a very elegaic, Norse feel to them, thanks in part to the masterful use of the violin. "The Uruk-Hai" is a reprise of the 'Fellowship Heroes' theme, as well as the themes for Isengard and Mordor. "Evenstar" and "Breath of Life" have just such an all-round breathtaking feel to them; the singers' voices are enchanting. "The Hornburg" is an excellent use of percussion and builds up the tension to the start of the battle for the survival of Rohan at Helm's Deep. "Forth Eorlingas" and "Isengard Unleashed" have some beautiful vocal parts. And the final track - "Gollum's Song" - is a haunting song performed by Emiliana Torrini that'll reverberate inside your head for weeks on end. This is masterclass.
GandalfTheWhite More than 1 year ago
i loved the music on this cd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
DarthTyranus More than 1 year ago
awesome movie soundtrack!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Howard Shore really outdid himself this time. The music is so darker, there is a trace in the begining of the Forth Englelias song the title for the Fellowship from the first cd's song, the Ring Goes North. Evenstar is certainly a wondeful song to hear, even though this time it is not Enya singing though..I wish she was. This time, there is a man singing the songs background, and Gollum's Song.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"The Two Towers" is a wonderful work! Shore successfully touches on all emotions by resurrecting familiar character themes from the first score and mingling them with some new themes. "Passage Through the Marshes" is incredibly creepy. The Rohirrim theme is royal and proud. The Uruk-Hai theme is fierce. The hobbit theme is assuring and gentle. "Gollum's Song" is hollow, haunting and hopeless. A grand, majestic listen!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 5 star review is anticipatory, I guess, but if this soundtrack is anything like its predecessor, it gets full marks! I loved the Fellowship soundtrack, and I've heard Two Towers is just as good, but beware...it's much darker and more freaky.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had really high expectations for this score, having loved the first, but I was a little disappointed. It lacks the epic proportions of the first: the soaring fanfares, the lyric phrasing, the rich sonorous quality, etc. The best parts of the Two Towers score are those that harken back to Fellowship (i.e.: Tracks 5 and 16) One excellent addition to the audio world of Middle Earth, however, is the Norwegian Fiddle (representing men of Rohan) - it really adds character! The music seemed stagnant to me: going nowhere and taking an awful lot of time to get there. "Gollum's Song" is pathetic and almost comical - like Britany Spears in an advanced state of depression. What happened to Enya?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Howard Shore has outdone himself again. The songs flow wonderfully together and there is a much darker theme than there was in Fellowship. The vocals are outstanding! I highly recommend this to any LOTR fan!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first was spectacular, this... is better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having absolutely loved the soundtrack to "fellowship of the ring", i was afraid that "the two towers" wouldn't measure up. It rose to the occasion magnificently and exceeded my expectations. The clear, soaring melodies and orchestrations mingle with dark, sorrowful, and sometimes foreboding undertones to create a musical masterpiece that far surpasses its predecessor. I especially enjoyed the gorgeous voilin melody in Track 6, King of the Golden Hall.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't believe how well this score represents the Two Towers as, the way I see it, Tolkien himself meant for it to be. The best parts were the theme for Rohan and the use of the clarinet for the Shire theme, but I did miss the beautiful instrument used in the first score. They needed Enya back in there, too, but we can always hope for next December. I found the entire CD to be filled with incredible depth and wonder. You can almost visualize the characters fighting their way through all their hardships as you listen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Absolutely amazing music so well constructed that your mind will create a fantasy world before your eyes! Such power and pasion is put into this collection of touching tracks on the Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers soundtrack.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The five stars says it all. This soundtrack is amazing. Howard Shore really outdid himself on it. 'Gollum's Song' is absolutely chilling in its incredible closeness to the character and the feelings we ourselves - oftentimes - go through. It has quickly become my favorite song. The soundtrack is awesome, the movie is awesome. The trilogy charges on at full speed, and it's a wonderful ride.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this soundtrack still held all the great qualities of the first, and expanded with more themes for Rohan and the Riddermark. The music seems more drawn out and darker, but this is fitting for the middle, darker movie that The Two Towers really is. The slower, more subtle at times music fits just with the feeling of the middle 'cliffhanger' movie, just as Empire Strikes Back. The best parts were actually from the main Fellowship theme, but this is still as good as the first. 5 stars for Shore and making the movies come to life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Two Towers' score, by Howard Shore, is surprisingly good for a second-movie score. There's just enough new stuff mixed in with the old, familiar themes. I especially liked the Celtic- inspired Rohan theme- fits the Horse-lords perfectly. I'm a bit disappointed that Enya didn't return for Towers, but Emiliana Torrini really did a nice job with Gollum's Song.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Awsome soundtrack! good as the movie
Guest More than 1 year ago
This sound-track is a great! I loved the beautiful music in The King Of The Golden Hall. It is a very beautiful piece of art. I think all should get this!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Howard Shore did a magnificent job on this soundtrack. He did a great job creating darker and more emotional music. The music is so beautiful and powerful, that every time you listen to it, you are swept back into middle earth, and you feel the emotion that you felt while watching the movie. You want to listen to the music over and over it is so pretty and well done. Thank you Howard Shore for creating such a wonderful soundtrack!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having loved the soundtrack for Fellowship of the Ring, I couldn't imagine that Mr. Shore could have created a soundtrack for Two Towers that would have matched or superceded the first. The music for Two Towers is far more sophisticated, dark. exploratory, vocal in surprising spots, an auditory surprise. Living in a car, as I seem to do lately, and listening to a soundtrack is not the recommended venue, and it took some dedicated listening to fully appreciate the music, which stands alone. It hearkens back to some of the original themes, develops new ones for Rohan and uses choral music in a truly wonderful manner. The music at the peak of the battle at Helms's Deep and during the destruction of Isengard is truly grand, for instance, and truly expresses in a musical form the events that Tolkien describes. Even my husband, who only likes classical music, now recognizes the soundtrack and comments appreciatively. It's a fabulous creation and I can only hope and anticipate that Return of the King will surpass this!
Guest More than 1 year ago
it's the greatest track i've listened.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All the tracks were well-done, especially the theme of the people of Rohan. I am one of those people who tends to pay more attention to a movie's soundtrack than the movie itself =), and I kept nudging my friends throughout the whole movie, talking about the beautiful music. Lol, needless to say, they don't go to many movies with me =)
Guest More than 1 year ago
im a little dissapointed with this soundtrack. i have listened to it maybe 4 times through, and right after i hear it, i forget all about it. The first soundtrack was amazing, but this one lacks surprise, and the music will make you fall asleep. "Gollums Song" sounds week and depressing. the voice is to high and tiring. the other vocals are okay, but i liked how on the last one they had 3 vocals, and enya was there. I think that howard shore could have done much better.