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The Lord of the Rings: Complete Songs and Poems - Christopher Lee - Tolkien Ensemble

Peter Hall Caspar Reiff , The Tolkien Ensemble Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: The Tolkien Ensemble
  • Composer: Peter Hall Caspar Reiff
  • Audio CD (April 7, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Label: Membran International GmbH
  • ASIN: B000FBGA80
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,755 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Malbeth the Seer's Words 5:53
2. Lamnet For Théoden 9:35
3. Théoden's Battle Cry 0:35
4. At Théoden Death 0:25
5. Snowmane's Epitaph 0:21
6. Éomer's Song 2:37
7. Songs of Mounds of Mundburg 5:56
8. Athelas 0:34
9. Song of Lebennin 4:56
10. Sam's Song in the Orc-tower 5:23
11. Long Live the Halflings! 1:02
12. Legolas's Song of the Sea 5:22
13. The Eagle's Song 3:24
14. Burial Song of Théoden 6:51
15. The Old Walking Song III 3:33
16. A Walking Song II 1:37
17. Elven Hymn to Elbereth Gilthoniel III 6:07
18. There is an inn, a merry old inn... 4:59
19. The Riddle of Strider I 0:56
20. The Fall of Gil-galad 3:39
See all 21 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

p>Music by Caspar Reiff & Peter Hall

The Tolkien Ensemble with
The Danish Radio Sinfonietta/DR
Danish National Chamber Choir/Dr
Copenhagen Young Strings
The Chamber Choir Hymnia
The Copenhagen Chamber Choir Camerata

Christopher Lee
Peter Hall
Nick Keir
Tom McEwan
Pocl Dissing
Morten Ernst Lassen
Kurt Ravn
Singe Asmussen
Mads Thiemann
Ulrick Cold
Jörgen Ditlevsen
Ole Norup
Malene Nordtorp Windekilde
Caspar Reiff

Morten Ryelund, director

This 4 CD-box contains the world's first complete musical interpretation of all the poems in the J.R. Tolkien's masterpiece 'The Lord of the Rings' set to music by Caspar Reiff & Peter Hall. 14 soloists, among these the world-famous actor Christopher Lee, and more that 150 professional musicians, have taken part in the ambitious project, which took 10 years to complete.

The songs help one relive 'The Lord of the Rings' in an entirely new way, as they range from happy and funny hobbit folk-songs in the beginning of the book, to evocative and dramatic highlights towards the end.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Beautiful! May 24, 2006
By Niere
A complete collection of all the poems from the "Lord of the Rings" put to music. This box set includes 4 cd's and a very nice book that gives information on the performers, the history of the project, and lyrics for all the songs/poems, including illustrations and little descriptions and excerpts from the book to get a feel on where you are in the story.

The Tolkien Ensemble and Christopher Lee did a wonderful job pulling together the atmosphere of the book into each song. It really makes me want to re-read The Lord of the Rings and play the songs when I reach the poems in the book.

Just a "for example" on how well the songs fit the context of the book, on Disc 3 #13"Galadriel's Song of Eldamar" is sung in a beautiful soprano in Quenya. Now in the book, Frodo heard Galadriel singing this song as the Fellowship was leaving Lothlorien, but he did not understand Quenya, so didn't know the meaning of the song. In later years, Frodo is able to translate this song from memory. So the next song on the CD is the same song repeated but this time with a male singer(Frodo)in English, with the soprano, Galadriel, humming in the background. Very nice!

My one complaint with some of the songs are those in the book that were spoken by Legolas. The songs "Nimrodel" and "Legolas's Song of the Sea" are both sung in a deep baritone. They are nice, but, just didn't catch the flavor of the book. Do elves do baritone? Ummm, maybe, but surely not Legolas.... ;-)

The tone of these CD's take you from happy, clap your hands walking songs, to beautiful and sad elven songs, to the deep and scary - Christopher Lee does an awesome Ring Verse in Black Speech.

I guess the best compliment I can give this set of CDs is I was trying to pick out some of my favorites to burn on a disc for the car, and ended up having to burn all four CDs complete. That's a first for me. Thumbs up to the Tolkien Ensemble for a job very well done!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Collected works of the Tolkien Ensemble August 10, 2006
First note: as of this writing, Amazon also offers an import version of this collection, called simply "Lord of the Rings [BOX SET][IMPORT]". It is the same product, with two small differences: the import's booklet comes in both English and Danish, and (again, as of this writing) the import costs only slightly more than half as much as this version. Now on to the review (this is the same as my review of the import version).

Over ten years ago, the Tolkien Ensemble formed to put to music the poems that appear in The Lord of the Rings. These are not "songs inspired by" or "music inspired by." This is the text of the poems as they appear in the books, put to music. Receiving the blessings of the Tolkien Estate after performing some of their results in concerts, their first disc was "An Evening in Rivendell", which contained all the lighthearted hobbit songs, and a few others (such as Galadriel's song of Eldamar, and a couple of versions of the Hymn to Elbereth). A few years later, "A Night in Rivendell" tackled some of the darker poems: the lament for Boromir, the funeral hymn for Theoden, Frodo's rememberance of Gandalf, etc. Then came "At Dawn in Rivendell", which also enlisted the great Christopher Lee to make readings of some poems that are clearly meant to be spoken rather than sung, and songs like Legolas's "Song of Nimrodel". And finally came "Leaving Rivendell", with all remaining songs and poems.

This set contains all the material that was included in the previous four discs; the difference being that in this set the poems and songs appear in the same order as they occur in the books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this CD set. I had purchased the shorter Rivendell album some time ago and was mainly impressed by Christopher Lee's work on a few selections and by a couple of other tracks which he didn't participate. I had been interested in this set for a while before purchasing it, mainly out of concern for how well the quality could be maintained over 4 CDs. I should have ordered this sooner as this is a terrific collection of music from beginning to end. While it would be difficult to picture this music as part of a movie, these compositions are perfect for the books. The hobbit-centered songs are appropriately upbeat and rustic while other pieces range from sad to terrifying. There is a sense of unity to the set even though each track can stand on its own. This is highly recommended for Tolkien fans, though those familiar with the books are more likely to be deeply interested in a complete rendition of the songs which the good professor wrote in this particular tale.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Complete! October 8, 2013
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The complete songs and poems of the Lord of the Rings is very complete. I found myself going back to the books to double check a couple of times because I did not remember that poem or song being there. To make that easier, the four disk set comes with a book with the complete poem or song along with information leading into it and where it is in the book. So there will be the full quote of the book complete with the poem. Some of these are poems that are read over a musical background. For example, the famous "one ring to rule them all..." poem is not sung, but read. The poems are nice, but the songs are better. My favorite is "The Old Walking Song" better known as "The Road Goes Ever On and On". A really lovely take on the song that reminds me of an autumn day and an old dirt road through the trees. Several of the songs are available on YouTube. And I have to say, that after I listened to that song, I was hooked and bought the set. My daughter said, "We are total Lord of the Ring geeks now!" When she saw the set. She's right, of course. And if you want to be too, its a must own.

I give four instead of five stars because I think some of the poems could have been sung and not just read over music. But I love this set.
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