Lord of the Rings; Symphonie No. 1
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Be that as it may, this particular recording is not particularly well done. Balance is not good, and one loses some of the magic of the piece while listening for parts which seem to disappear from other recordings I've heard. The Dutch Royal Military Band did a far better recording a few years ago, and unfortunately I've not been able to find a new copy to replace the disc I wore out. This recording is passable but not the best version out there; unfortunately, it seems to be the only one readily available at this time.
Although I haven't listened to the above recording of the symphony, I highly highly recommend a recording with The Amsterdam Wind Orchestra under the direction of Arie van Beek. I think it is difficult to come by, but if you happen to come across it I strongly urge you to buy it. It also includes an arrangement by de Meij of Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet (at least portions of it) arranged for wind orchestra. This is also quite good.
The label for this CD is JE Classic 900101.
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Amazing symphony! I played this in an Honors symphony in my senior year of high school to video clips from the movie. It was absolutely amazing! de Meij is a fantastic composer. Read morePublished on July 24, 2007 by Mobus Dorphin
This CD contains three pieces of music, the primary one is a symphony composed for the three Lord of the Rings books. Read morePublished on April 16, 2007 by Newton Ooi
Dutch Composer Johann de Meij takes a turn at interpreting Tolkien's epic series with his 1988 "Sympony No. Read morePublished on October 1, 2006 by Brianna Neal
This is a good recording of a great work! I played The Lord of the Rings Suite in college band and I've been addicted to it ever since! Read morePublished on June 15, 2005 by dolcissima2780
Having read the Lord of the Rings a few times and being fairly learned in Tolkien's literature, I was disgusted when I heard de Meij's interpretation of the book. Read morePublished on January 20, 2004
It is important to have an understanding of a piece of music before simply popping off and giving a review. Read morePublished on March 27, 2003
THIS A VERY GOOD INTERPRETATION FOR THE LORD OF THE RINGS. THE MUSIC IS DESCRIPTIVE IN IT'S OWN WAY. Read morePublished on May 13, 2002 by W. G. Ellis
This is the most beautiful music I have ever heard, and I have heard a lot. De Meij commands musical emotions from soft, loving tenderness to furious hatred to blood-curdling fear... Read morePublished on June 2, 2000