Posted by: Serge Desir <Send E-Mail> Date: Thursday, November 22, 2001, at 5:07 p.m. IP Address: spider-tl082.proxy.aol.com
It's been a while since I've bought a score with this much power and magic. Although I love the Harry Potter score, this one beats it out when it comes to complexity and sheer intensity. Every cue is presented with majestic intent, as is only proper for LOTR.
Incidently, there are a number of themes here. There's the chilling and mysterious "One Ring" motif (dominant in tracks 1 and 3), tender yet strong Frodo's motif (throughout but first presented at the end of track one and it is the melody of the song in Breaking of the Fellowship), the phenomenally powerful Fellowship motif (listen to the beginning of track 13 for a powerful statment of this theme), and the Nazgul/Mordor Theme (tracks 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8... it's the "Omen" like chant). For those of you who listen casually to symphonic music, this score has the might associated with Wagner's Ring Cycle, only this is much, much darker.
Finally, this score is very different from the one presented in the animated LOTR, which was far more spritely (although very, very fun to listen to!).
This is the best score this year and I suspect it will remain so unless Williams does something really special with Star Wars Ep II.