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Music Inspired by Middle Earth featuring David Arkenstone

Middle Earth Orchestra , David Arkenstone Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)


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  • Performer: Middle Earth Orchestra, David Arkenstone
  • Audio CD (November 27, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Neo Pacific
  • ASIN: B00005R5LV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,266 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Prelude: Hobbits From The Shire
2. The Road To Rivendel L
3. The Quest
4. Moria
5. Lothlorien
6. Galadriel's Mirror
7. The Riders Of Rohan
8. The Palantir
9. Arwen And Aragorn
10. To Isengard
11. In The Land Of Shadow
12. The Field Of Cormallen
13. The Grey Havens

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It's very hip to refer to Tolkien, given the success of Lord of the Rings on celluloid. But to be fair to David Arkenstone, he's always been inspired by the master fantasy author, so the release of this album just happens to be timely. A collaboration between composer-multi-instrumentalists David and Diane Arkenstone, the disc features many of David's trademarks as it incorporates influences as diverse as Aaron Copland, international sounds, and progressive rock. With both orchestral and ethnic instruments at their disposal, the composers and their Middle Earth Orchestra journey from grand symphonic peaks to delicate valleys, including the grand fanfare of "Field of Cormallen," the mysterious and ethereal atmosphere of "Palantir," and the lively, Renaissance-flavored dance of "Road to Rivendell." While this ode to Middle Earth is nothing groundbreaking within Arkenstone's extensive catalog, it's still an amiable, engaging album that will appeal to longtime listeners and intrigue many fantasy fans. --Bryan Reesman

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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Right up there with Arkenstone's best work. April 7, 2003
By Ash1138
Format:Audio CD
This album was given to me as a gift, and I'm glad because I'm not sure I would have bought it otherwise.
People seem to all be rating this album on how well it captures middle earth which I guess is warranted given the name of the album. Some have said they don't like it because Howard Shore's work on the motion picture score captures Tolkien's world better. Others have said they can't believe Arkenstone wasn't asked to score the film. Few have judged the CD on it's own.
First let me say Howard Shore rightly deserved the oscar for his score. Has any composer in history had a more daunting task? Shore not only composed a beautiful, encapsulating score for the film, but also did the near impossible--gained the approval of a vast majority of die hard Tolkien fans whose sacred ground he tread upon. In my mind, it is the definative music to Tolkien's saga.
To most Americans, fantasy is made up of rainbows and unicorns, fairies and good witches. It's a world where girls grow up to become beautiful princesses and evil is thwarted by true love's kiss. It is as such that many such Americans who read Tolkien's Lord of the Rings that they have a hard time seeing past the naivete and innocense of those cute little hobbits always singing and dancing even when climbing the face of Mt. Doom.
David Arkenstone's Music Inspired by Middle Earth is definately INSPIRED by this side. To be fair, that is his style. His music is typically very light and airy. To be even fairer, the music include here is at some times the darkest I've heard from the composer. But Tolkien wrote his masterpiece in a world ravaged by two world wars, having himself been in the trenches for the first. Tolkien's audience was one that had lived through the devastations; understood real sacrifice.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This CD is just unbelievable! I just finished listening to it for the first time, and it's very rare these days for an ENTIRE CD to catch your attention. Every track faithfully recreates the world of Middle Earth. Play this as you are reading The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings, and the mood is instantly created for you.
I can't really compare this CD to the actual soundtrack by Howard Shore. Both are two different music types. While Shore's score is more orchestral and theatrical, Arkenstone's version here is definately more traditional in terms of instruments, music-style and rhythm. There is definately a down to Earth Medieval and Renaissance feel to it, something Shore doesn't fully capture, except in his track "Concerning Hobbits", or the msic played at Biulbo's Birthday Party in the film.
The songs are light and upbeat for the most part, definately setting the mood for the Fellowship embarking on their Quest. If you are a lover of Celtic music, or period-based music from the Renaissance, this CD is definately for you. I highly and enthusiastically recommend it!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, fitting music for Lord of the Rings January 5, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Edited after much listening:

Recently I was listening to the first track in 'Quest of the Dream Warrior' and was struck that this was just the kind of music that should be the backdrop for 'Lord of the Rings'. Instrumental, with vocals that complement Arkenstone's style perfectly (he himself is a very good singer even if only a handful of his tracks on all his CDs actually feature him singing).

Initially I felt that this CD only reinforced the notion that Arkenstone would have been the perfect choice to do the music for LotR. After having listened to both CDs (Shore's and Arkenstone's) I have to retract that statement, especially after having watched the movie again. Arkenstone doesn't do moody and
dark to the level that the movie would have required. He does the 'triumphant'/cheerful pieces better than the more somber ones (which tend to be repetitive). This CD has gotten a lot of playing time, but I don't listen to it over and over again, simply because each of the pieces do tend to repeat themselves, some with absolutely no change in the piece on each of many repetitions. Some of the pieces are wonderful however, and those keep it at a 4 star level. A below average Arkenstone CD, but still above average compared to most other similar works.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars arkenstone versus shore February 23, 2004
Format:Audio CD
All my life i have been a fierce rock fan, and still am, but because i'm very open minded about all types of music, i recently became a fan of New Age, and it's fair to say that David Arkenstone played an important role in my discovery of this kind of sound. Yes, it is true that he, like most new age musicians, falls ocasionally in the terrible clichets that plague the genre, but it is also true that the man is a great composer and his music has always something valuable and special, even in his weakest moments.
Having said this, i believe that this album is his masterpiece, the best record in a prolific and mostly splendid career; he created great works with the albums 'Quest of The Dream Warrior' (with a song, 'Kyla's Ride, that in my opinion is the best that he ever recorded, and that amazes me how nobody used it in a movie score), 'In The Wake Of The Wind', and 'Return Of The Guardians', all loosely inspired by Tolkien, and has other excelent records, but here he exceeded in recording music that exhales a true and axciting spirit of adventure, romance, mystery and imagination, places of enchantment, of pure magic and wonder - the Tolkien world in all it's splendour.
Arkenstone has the gift of creating sounds that sugest more than they reveal, a cinematic music that evokes and seduces, and with this album he manages to place the listener in the mythic universe of the Middle Earth, opening our eyes and ears with the wonders and the misteries of the ring saga. 'The Palantir', that unfolds an ethereal beauty and profound misticism, 'The Grey Havens', a beautiful display of the elfic ports, and 'Moria', a magnificent musical description of the somber caves, are just some of the highlights of a record filled with them. Magical and beautiful, a true wonderful record.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thank you.
Published 23 days ago by Xue
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Awesome music by David Arkenston
I just loved the music by David Arkenstone.
This takes you back to the movie of the Lord of the Rings.
Awesome.
Published 12 months ago by Shar444
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy Soundtrack
When I first listened to this album, I was not interested at first except in "Arwen and Aragorn." However, after a few more listens, I've happily changed my mind. Read more
Published on April 30, 2011 by Ashley Cunningham
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't wait, BUY THIS MUSIC!
I LOVE this CD! I listen to it over and over. I'm an author, and I like having instrumental music without lyrics that I can listen to. It puts me in the "mood" to write. Read more
Published on February 17, 2011 by Writergirl
5.0 out of 5 stars David Arkenstone Music CD
Fantastic CD, love it! Every song is great! A little pricey, but worth every cent!
Published on January 20, 2009 by Marie J. Forand
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful.......
You will be transported

so open your heart, your soul

and let yourself go.
Published on April 17, 2007 by Jannean Yusko
5.0 out of 5 stars ~~~GOOD MUSIC TO BREATH IN & WANDER AWAY~~
When Music Makes me take a deep breath and sit back I know I have found some music to wander in my mind with. Read more
Published on January 6, 2007 by pwindsinspirations
5.0 out of 5 stars music of midle earth
This is the best Middle Earth Music I have ever heard. Better than Howard Shore. There is nothing like it. You really feel you are in Middle earth. Especially in "The Quest". Read more
Published on December 6, 2006 by R. Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting
Sometimes it takes a while for Arkenstone's music to catch with me but when it does, I can't get it out of my head. One of his many great efforts.
Published on March 21, 2006 by W. Neubauer
5.0 out of 5 stars We love it!
Middle Earth CD is wonderful. We like the music better than the original Lord of the Rings movie music! Read more
Published on February 24, 2006 by Samantha L. Lee
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