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The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers (The Complete Recordings) Soundtrack, Box set

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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers film's entire score composed, orchestrated, conducted, and produced by Howard Shore. The set encompasses three CDs plus a DVD-audio disc featuring the score in four superior sound configurations.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Glamdring
  2. Elven Rope
  3. Lost in Emyn Muil
  4. My Precious
  5. Ugluk's Warriors
  6. The Three Hunters
  7. The Banishment of Éomer
  8. Night Camp
  9. The Plains of Rohan
  10. Fangorn
  11. The Dead Marshes
  12. "Wraiths on Wings"
  13. Gandalf the White
  14. The Dreams of Trees
  15. The Heir of Numenor
  16. Ent-Draught

Disc: 2

  1. Edoras
  2. The Court of Meduseld
  3. Theoden King
  4. The King's Decision
  5. Exodus from Edoras
  6. The Forests of Ithilian
  7. One of the Dunedain
  8. The Wolves of Isengard
  9. Refuge at Helm's Deep
  10. The Voice of Saruman
  11. Arwen's Fate
  12. The Story Foretold
  13. Sons of the Steward
  14. Rock and Pool
  15. Faramir's Good Council
  16. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, film score: The King's Decision
  17. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, film score: Exodus From Edoras
  18. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, film score: The Forests of Ithilian
  19. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, film score: One of the Dunedain (Featuring 'Evenstar')
  20. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, film score: The Wolves of Isengard
  21. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, film score: Refuge at Helm's Deep
  22. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, film score: The Voice of Saruman
  23. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, film score: Arwen's Fate (Featuring 'The Grace of the Valar')
  24. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, film score: The Story Foretold
  25. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, film score: Rock and Pool
  26. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, film score: Faramir's Good Council

Disc: 3

  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, film score: Aragorn's Return
  2. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, film score: War Is Upon Us
  3. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, film score: 'Where Is The Horse And The Rider?'
  4. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, film score: The Host of the Eldar
  5. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, film score: The Battle Of The Hornburg
  6. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, film score: The Breach Of The Deeping Wall
  7. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, film score: The Entmoot Decides
  8. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, film score: Retreat (Featuring 'Haldir's Lament')
  9. Aragorn's Return
  10. War Is Upon Us
  11. "Where Is the Horse and the Rider?"
  12. The Host of the Eldar
  13. The Battle of the Hornburg
  14. The Breach of the Deeping Wall
  15. The Entmoot Decides
  16. Retreat
  17. Master Peregrin's Plan
  18. The Last March of the Ents
  19. The Nazgûl Attack
  20. Théodon Rides Forth
  21. The Tales That Really Matter
  22. "Long Ways to Go Yet"
  23. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, film score: Master Peregrin's Plan
  24. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, film score: The Last March Of The Ents
  25. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, film score: The Tales That Really Matter
  26. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, film score: 'Long Ways To Go Yet' (Featuring 'Gollum's Song')


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 7, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Soundtrack, Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B000IZJZIK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,265 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By G. Kroener on November 7, 2006
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It is 2002. Howard Shore just finished scoring David Cronenberg's "Spider" and David Fincher's "Panic Room" before he stepped to the podium of the Kodiak Theatre to pick up his first, well- deserved Academy Award for "Fellowship Of The Ring". Film score enthusiasts all over the world wondered whether his success at the Oscars would affect the upcoming second part of the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, "The Two Towers". After all, it wouldn't have been the first blockbuster to get destroyed by its success.

All worries were unfounded because luckily, Howard Shore is still one of the composers who prefer artistic integrity over success.

But the big question remained: after recording not only a tremendously successful score, but also an enormous work of Wagnerian proportions, how could you take that up a notch? It's simple, you don't. Two Towers is not a sequel to Fellowship, it is its continuation. This answer is deceptively simple, but understanding it is the key to understanding and fully appreciating The Two Towers. These scores can't be reduced to the term "film music", they go far beyond that - they are a mirror image of the story, they are subtext. With Fellowship Of The Ring, Howard Shore laid the fundament for the trilogy, he established the sound and many of the most important themes. And just like each film builds on each other, the music constantly evolves, develops its material, confronts itself and introduces new themes where needed.

So, for those who aren't familiar with the complete score, if there is one thing you should not expect from Two Towers, then it is any radical departure from Fellowship. That doesn't mean Two Towers is not different, though. The film is darker than part one, much more grim and complex.
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I wrote an extensive review for the Fellowship of the Rings complete recordings, and most of what I wrote for that set applies here. This is wonderful music. Although it suffers a bit from being the middle movie (the themes feel less new, although there are new themes), I love hearing Miranda Otto's funeral lament in Old English and the full version of Gollum's Song, which is a wonderfully cathartic piece.

The box configuration is identical, including the impractical rubber "nub" for the audio DVD. The box is pretty, but it will not stay closed properly on the shelf, the glued-down paper wrapping will tend to snag and tear on the inside corners when you pull out the contents, and the box itself is prone to coming apart at the seams rather easily.

The DVD is still of somewhat dubious value, because of lack of widespread support for higher-bit-rate audio formats, and the fact that it is copy-protected, making it difficult, although far from impossible, to do anything useful with the audio data, such as put it on your portable player. You will probably want to put it in a more protective case. I would recommend removing the DVDs from their rubber nubs and placing them in those soft sleeves, and stashing those in the boxes.

The price really is a bit alarming; the list price of FOTR Complete is $59.98, and Amazon sells it for close to that ($2.10 off is not much of a discount). But although you are getting the same number of discs in an identical format, TTT Complete is listed at an astonishing $75.98, although Amazon's price is $60.99. Ignoring for a moment the audio DVD, that prices out at over $20 per CD for the music content, which is really, really high.
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There are a couple of different ways you could approach the music of Howard Shore's complete "The Two Towers" film score. The simplest would be to just pop one of the CDs into your player, lean back and let this gorgeous music wash over you, carrying you away to Middle Earth. Or you could use the excellent 45-page program guide to help you explore the music more methodically.

As with the complete "Fellowship of the Ring", there is an excellent write-up on each of the major themes appearing in "The Two Towers". Some of the language can get pretty technical, such as this excerpt from page 29: "The keening rhaita and swelling mixed chorus return, bolstered by weighty brass writing, thicker accompanying textures, many aleatoric, and increased orchestral doublings." It was very helpful of the publisher to define "aleatoric" in a footnote. As for the rhaita, you can see a picture of it on page 41. It looks like some sort of woodwind instrument.

And that's another thing I like about the booklet: it is sprinkled with pictures of instruments, performers as well as characters and scenes from the film: Eowyn standing in front of the palace at Edoras, the wind whipping through her dress; the ents marching off to war; Merry and Pippin discovering the goodies in Saruman's flooded larder at Isengard.

For those with extensive orchestral musical training, there are little snippets of sheet music for each of the themes. Those of us who struggle with sight reading will appreciate this touch: the discussion of each theme includes a disc and track number, plus a time index, so you can hear it for yourself. Want to know what "The White Rider (In Nature)" sounds like? Try Disc One, Track 13, index 2:11.
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