The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers (The Complete Recordings) Soundtrack, Box set
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The complete recordings are simply the most beautifully detailed work you will find when it comes to soundtracks. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Angeline
Howard Shore continues his translation of the second Lord of the Rings into music. The music is simply unforgettable. Read morePublished on July 21, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I've played this cd many times. I think it's great. I liked the movie. It's actually one of my favourites. This release is the same as the other ones. Read morePublished on July 7, 2014 by leo134
The songs are whole and uncut, as this is the special edition. The song: the house of healing, elves, Emiliana Torrini are great to hear. Read morePublished on February 4, 2014 by Leandro Fiorin
Can anyone comment as to the insanity of these asking prices? What? is there a shortage of discs in this world? Read morePublished on October 14, 2013 by Jefe
So many good tracks, it's hard to keep count. Lost in Emyn Muil, Arwen's Fate, Rock and Pool, One of the Dunedain, Retreat, The Last March of the Ents, Theoden Rides Forth and Long... Read morePublished on August 16, 2013 by Happy-Go-Lucky
I loved the music from the Lord of the Rings series on par with loving the movies themselves. This product was what I've been looking for, for a long time. Read morePublished on July 28, 2013 by Andrew Hipius
Beautiful presentation, for the good one fanatic. Always want to have this product because there are musical pieces that the original soundtrack doesn't include. Read morePublished on July 13, 2013 by Antonio Boscan (Venezuela)