Lord Of The Rings Symphony/Shore

September 10, 2011

Set for release by Howe Records as a digital download or physical two CD set on September 13, 2011


The Lord Of The Rings Symphony: Six Movements for Orchestra & Chorus, a performance that was performed by the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus under the direction of Ludwig Wicki. Recorded live at the KKL in February of 2011 this six movement 115+ minute work incorporates The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. It features the voice of Kaitlyn Lusk as well as a huge symphony and chorus. The following material is included in the two CD set.

Track Listing:

The Fellowship of the Ring

1… The Prophecy, Concerning Hobbits, The Shadow of the Past, A Short Cut to Mushrooms, The Old Forest, and A Knife in the Dark (11:25)

2… Many Meetings, The Ring Goes South, A Journey in the Dark, The Bridge of Khazaddum, Lothlorien, Gandalf’s Lament, Farewell to Lorien, The Great River, and The Breaking of the Fellowship (34:00)

The Two Towers

3… Foundations of Stone, The Taming of Smeagol, The Riders of Rohan, The Black Gate is Closed, Evenstar, The White Rider, Treebeard, The Forbidden Pool (18:15)

4… The Hornburg, Forth Eorlingas, Isengard Unleashed, Gollum’s Song (10:28)

The Return of the King

5… Hope and Memory, The White Tree, The Steward of Gondor, Cirith Ungol, and Anduril (15:26)

6… The End of All Things, The Return of the King, The Grey Havens, and Into the West (26:12)

Total Time is 115:26

This huge work was condensed down from over twelve hours of material, highlights from the three films. As a classical music lover one cannot put this into the category of a true symphony. However, it could be considered a three act opera for soloist and choir. I’ve enjoyed the listening experience and look forward to exploring this material further.


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