The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

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Barnes & Noble - L.D. Beghtol
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - L.D. Beghtol
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.
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: 093624837923
  • Catalog Number: 48379
  • Sales rank: 2,690

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Foundations of Stone - Howard Shore (3:52)
  2. 2 The Taming of Sméagol - Howard Shore (2:49)
  3. 3 The Riders of Rohan - Howard Shore (4:06)
  4. 4 The Passage of the Marshes - Howard Shore (2:46)
  5. 5 The Uruk-Hai - Howard Shore (2:58)
  6. 6 The King of the Golden Hall - Howard Shore (3:50)
  7. 7 The Black Gate Is Closed - Howard Shore (3:17)
  8. 8 Evenstar @@Isabel Bayakdarian - Isabel Bayrakdarian (3:16)
  9. 9 The White Rider - Howard Shore (2:28)
  10. 10 Treebeard - Howard Shore (2:44)
  11. 11 The Leave Taking - Howard Shore (3:42)
  12. 12 Helm's Deep - Howard Shore (3:53)
  13. 13 The Forbidden Pool - Howard Shore (5:27)
  14. 14 Breath of Life @@Shelia Chandra (5:08)
  15. 15 The Hornburg - Howard Shore (4:36)
  16. 16 Forth Eorlingas @@Ben Del Maestro - Ben Del Maestro (3:16)
  17. 17 Isengard Unleashed - Ben Del Maestro (5:01)
  18. 18 Samwise the Brave - Howard Shore (3:46)
  19. 19 Gollum's Song @@Emiliana Torrini - Emiliana Torrini (5:53)
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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
Peter Mew Mastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Quest continues in fine form...

    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.

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  • Posted July 7, 2011

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    amazing from begining to the very end

    i loved the music on this cd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted July 2, 2011

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    amazing from begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    awesome movie soundtrack!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    lovely

    This is for the ultimate LOTR fan... it brought me back to scenes from the movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE BEST MUSIC.....EVER!

    This is a masterful score by Howard Shore. If you don't like this music then the doctor is that way. Truly amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The God of Soundtracks

    Howard Shore is an amazingly talented man,and I do not think anyone else could have rightfully won that Academy Award. His music seems to tie all the movies together, and seamlessly meld the scenes together. The music has so much emotion that can be interperted in any form for any person. It is amazing how easily he can go from the music of hope, to the music of Isengard, and of the Orcs. His addition of music to the film would have made Tolkien proud.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Neverending Journey

    The music created by Howard Shore is adored by many fans. The many orchestras and soloists and choirs were magnificently beautiful in helping to create the path. Its like the journey never ended. You can always look back onto a particular time by listening to a piece of this music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dramatic

    I loved it, it made me feel like I was watching the movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nothing Short of Incredible

    This is an amazing CD, one that perfectly mirrors the world of Tolkien's Middle Earth. Mysterious, haunting, intense, and beautiful, Shore's work will resonate throughout your mind for days after, and you'll want to listen to it again and again. Any Lord of the Rings fan should enjoy this CD, and it is well worth the price.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Touches the Heart

    I really give this piece of work so much honor and appreciation, because they are so talented and they make the music touch your heart. It also goes with the movies right. It brought me to tears a couple times while watching the movie, and while just listening to it on cd. I LOVE this thanks very much indeed!!#1 fan of LOTR films and sountrack

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sweeping Epic Score

    Howard Shore may have defined his legacy with all of the Lord of Rings Scores. The Two Towers picked right up where Fellowship left off. This is my interpretation of Howard Shores masterpiece so far..Fellowship is about about magic, lifes change, and a hard decisions..Towers is mans struggles to fend of the past and inner demons that travel with the past..King is the "end of all things"..."the journeys end". Have said that The Two Towers doesn't relinquish any of its steam by accepting only the middle childs left overs. It possess you with its beginning tracks adn then defines itself with "The Riders of Rohan". Exposes the regal nature of characters in "The King of the Golden Hall"..Galdalfs impossible journey to find the Horse Lords is told to our senses through "The White Rider"..Of course the Two Towers is about the Battles namely the Battle of Helms Deep which is captured strongly in the "Helms Deep" track. You truley feel that 10,000 Orcs are about to attack you as you listen. Also a character that is starting to become very endearing to the fans is Gollum.All of Gollum's fans are rewarded with a moving piece called Gollum's song. Those of you who long to know more about Gollum are given this treat that paints Gollum as more of a tragic hero than a addicted ring-obsessed wretch. The Two Towers CD is a masterful sequel to an already legendary scoring by Howard Shore.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    IT WAS DANG AWESOME!!!

    This was a wonderful soundtrack! Howard Shore has done a wonderful job with the music! Like the violin music that plays at Edoras-THAT'S DANG AWESOME!!! And I love some of the things from the first movie they included!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best movie ever

    WOW, the greatest movie, i can watch it over and over again. I love it!!!! ORLANDO BLOOM, need i say more!!!! hahahaha

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Close to Excellent

    Orchestral pieces in this incredible work were mostly centered around an all-alluring darkness, which is not what most like to hear on a daily basis. Although not entirely composed of loud, fear inducing material, it also contained a share of quiet, and thoughtful songs to ponder over. And, if one sets to thinking of the mood of these songs, a powerful, controlling sound is sensed, striking the listener with a certain awe-inspiring element. All together a wonderful selection of music, and worth the while of buying, this is a soundtrack should be added to your personal collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie, Great Soundtrack

    Wow! Howard Shore has shown once again that he deserves that Grammy he won for the first score in the trilogy. The only reason that I rate this soundtrack at 4 stars is the fact that it didn't quite live up to the majesity and wonder of the first. The first score fulfilled my expections as did the movie. And it also seemed that Enya fell off the face of the earth. She added a beautiful voice to the first score that would have helped in the second. Other than that, I would recommend this soundtrack to any LOTR fan as it captures every dark and light mood from the movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    amazing

    THE MOVIE REVALS THE MUSIC ALL I CAN SAY IS WOW IF YOU GET GCD LISTEN TO GOLLUM SONG THAT IS VERY SAD IF YOU HAVE READ THE FELLOWSHIP THEN YOU KNOW THE TRUE STORY OF GOLLUM HE WAS NEVER BORN EVIL AND IT KLIKE THE MUSIC TELLS YOU PREETY MUCH THAT

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing!

    When I recieved this CD as a gift, I was truly blown away by the songs. They are just as good as the soundtrack for "The Fellowship of the Ring," or even better. I especially liked the theme for Rohan, which appears numberous times throughout the CD, Evenstar, and Gollum's Song. The music is a bit darker than The Fellowship, but is still enjoyable to listen to. The one thing that bothers me is Enya didn't sing anything...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    another good soundtrack

    I loved this souhdtrack just like the other one!The music is very powerful! Good job Howard!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tolkein nut

    This score is awsome!! I highly recomend it. While not as grand and majestic as the first it's not supposed to be. It certainly is darker. I espescially like "Foundation of Stone", "Helm's Deep", and "The White Rider". "Gollum's Song" is disturbingly haunting. the singer even manages to mimic gollum's voice. All i have to say is good job.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simply Amazing

    Better than the first, if possible. Howard Shore composed each piece with such energy and emotion. One could feel as if he/she was in Mordor or Helms Deep. Superb! I am eagerly awaiting both the soundtrack and movie of "The Return of the King".

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