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The Lord of the Rings Symphony

September 13, 2011 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 13, 2011
  • Release Date: September 13, 2011
  • Label: HOWE records
  • Copyright: 2011 Howe Records
  • Total Length: 1:55:51
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  • ASIN: B005J4ASDG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,093 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful By mojo1633 on September 19, 2011
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Firstly, this isn't a review of the music itself, but of the structure of the Symphony and the performance of the musicians. I assume anybody reading this already has knowledge and appreciation for Howard Shore's music, which on its own terms is 5-star, must-own stuff.

Now that's out of the way, what of the Symphony? To call it a symphony is something of a stretch, since it doesn't follow the structure of a traditional classical symphony. Basically, The Lord of the Rings Symphony is a very long, comprehensive suite representing music from the scores of all three films. There are six movements; two movements apiece for each of the films. Consider it a highlight reel of the best moments from the scores. Nothing will ever replace hearing the scores in their gargantuan entirety, but listening to the Symphony is a wonderful experience on its own. Although many may have preferred a true 'symphony' in the classical sense, organized by theme and counterpoint, etc., that seems somewhat illogical given the subject material. Instead, the Symphony follows the narrative structure and order of the films. It's like Cliffs Notes for the original scores. Frankly, the work would be far more appropriately called a suite, similar to a lengthy ballet suite, but oh well, it's the content and not the title that's important. Also, if you or someone else you know has previously managed to avoid hearing Shore's music, the Symphony would be a great introduction.

As far as the performances themselves, I was skeptical considering I haven't previously heard of the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra (the name sounds cheesy), nor of Ludwing Wicki (conductor).
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Stegall on October 24, 2011
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We need a new term for this kind of music. It's not, despite its title, a "symphony", but it beats me what other term Shore could have used to describe his music. Non-musicians will probably not recognize any more technical description, and "symphony" at least tells potential buyers that this is NOT THE SOUNDTRACK, but at least an orchestra is involved. This is not some stranger's "cover" version in electronic or jazz or calypso or whatever. So for now, I'm okay with Shore calling this a "symphony".

What is it, then? It's a superb orchestra playing the music Shore wrote for the Lord of the Rings, slightly revised by him to form a coherent performance uninterrupted by the movie. There is no dialogue, and except for the songs written for the credits none of the choir's lyrics are in English: rather, they are in Elvish, Dwarvish, etc. This is exactly what I've been waiting for ever since "Fellowship of the Rings" came out. Shore has taken the themes he wrote for the movies and woven them together into a presentation that more or less tracks the action of the movies, but is not the soundtrack per se. What's the difference? I recently attended a performance in which Shore conducted a symphony orchestra while "Fellowship" was projected on a screen overhead. In short, instead of hearing the soundtrack on the movie, it was played right in front of us, with dialogue, subtitles, and so forth. Interesting, but if you want the music purely for itself, not tied to specific sequences in the movies, this Lord of the Rings Symphony is a better choice for you. The themes are tied together, with no break to indicate action, so that they stand alone, as music.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Abedsbrother on October 25, 2011
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As someone who is used to listening to Bruckner symphonies for fun (they tend to be massive works with movements / tracks sometimes as long a 30 minutes), I was not daunted by the length of Shore's Lord of the Rings Symphony. Having heard it, there are a few points that stand out:

Performance quality - some reviewers have commented on the inferiority of performers of this work versus the soundtracks. On the soundtracks, they had as many takes as they wanted and studio funding to cover the cost. For this recording, I know that most of it was taken from a live performance - which means one, maybe two takes. Given this caveat, the performance on these discs is of a very high standard. The trained ear will notice some imperfections.

The music - An entirely subjective opinion is that Shore did an excellent job combining themes and attempting to make an effective large musical structure out of his cues for the movies. The music suffers from a lack of variety of tempo - much of it moves at the same calm, steady pace. This is only a problem if the melodic material is not sufficiently varied. Movements One and Two form a complete suite by themselves, mostly using material from the Fellowship of the Ring. The sense of the larger structure is quite evident here, as the emergence of the Fellowship theme at end of Movement Two - after much hinting - provides a good sense of closure. Movement Three used some of my favorite themes from The Two Towers, including the Rohan theme (which strangely appears nowhere else in the Symphony). Movements Four and Five I felt to drag and wander a little bit (Five worse than Four in this regard), though by this time you've listened to over an hour's worth of music with another half-hour still to come.
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