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Not as rich as the original soundtrack, but has its purpose,
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This review is from: The Lord of the Rings Symphony (MP3 Music)
The LOTR symphony isn't as rich as the LOTR movie soundtrack. The range of the music isn't quite as wide or evocative as the original soundtrack. I wouldn't recommend buying this just as a cheap way to get the LOTR score. If you like Howard Shore's LOTR soundtrack, dish out the money for the original soundtrack.
This symphony does have a role though. The original soundtrack is, of course, a movie soundtrack. Some of the movie tracks fit the movie well but don't make for light listening (particularly the Orcs' themes). I've tried studying with the movie soundtrack on, but sometimes some of the tracks are just too overpowering and distract me. The symphony score by contrast is perfect for relaxed listening. You can have it on in the background when you study or work. As such, for the price, it's a nice way to enjoy the LOTR soundtrack in a different setting.