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Music from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
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Performed by:
The City of Prague Philharmonic
Crouch End Festival Courus

Album Produced by:
James Fitzpatrick
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Silva Screen Records
(July 13th, 2004)
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Regular U.S. release.
The original recordings won several Academy Awards.
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Buy it... if you wish to hear a professional and distinguished ensemble of orchestra, choir, and soloists perform excerpts from Howard Shore's trilogy on a set that stands above most others that attempt to re-create this classic music.

Avoid it... if only the original recordings in their complete presentations will suffice, despite the best efforts heard in this impressive set.
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WRITTEN 9/17/04, REVISED 10/17/11
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Music from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: (Compilation) It was only a matter of time before Howard Shore's three magnificent The Lord of the Rings scores would be re-interpreted by conductors, re-recorded by ensembles, and re-released on labels other than the original. Perhaps the most surprising revelation about this seeming inevitability was just how few ensembles took on the challenge within the first decade after Shore's massively popular scores debuted. In the case of Silva Screen and the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, however, the opportunity came quickly after the release of The Return of the King at the end of 2003, and few others have attempted a similar feat since. The collaboration between the ensemble and label has yielded a significant wealth of film music re-recordings over the years, with some hit-and-miss recordings during the early 1990's maturing into some outstanding efforts in the late 1990's and early 2000's. So much of the most famous film music in existence had already been recorded by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and the Crouch End Festival Chorus by 2003, so it was not often at the time that a project involving as much fresh soundtrack re-recording as this one was undertaken by that group. In subsequent years, the tandem also released compilations of music from the "Harry Potter" and "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchises, but for the most part, substantial masses of new recordings by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra all at once are a rarity. Silva Screen producer James Fitzpatrick was already prepared with arrangements of Shore's trilogy of music just a month after The Return of the King opened in theatres, allowing the label an opportunity to take advantage of the scores at their continued height in 2004. The truly daunting task for anyone attempting to assemble suites of music from Shore's trilogy is the massive quantity of quality cues to select from. Even if you select only the most memorable and enchanting highlights of the three scores, those that touch upon Shore's most pertinent thematic representations, you still face the prospect of filling several CDs with that material. For the purposes of Silva Screen's The Lord of the Rings recordings, Fitzpatrick narrowed the recordings down to 90 minutes and provided the orchestral mixes of the songs without their vocals (usually featuring a solo instrument instead) as an extra bonus. Some of the material chosen was unreleased at the time, so in the years before the complete editions of the three scores were released, this album contained re-recordings of music unavailable elsewhere.

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Kostas - May 20, 2012, at 3:15 p.m.
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only the originals will suffice for me
eric - September 30, 2004, at 5:55 a.m.
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Gollum's Song   Expand >>
Paul - September 28, 2004, at 9:11 p.m.
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Newest: September 29, 2004, at 4:45 p.m. by
The extracts are pretty promising !
Carter - September 27, 2004, at 3:43 p.m.
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Worth buying?   Expand >>
Mastadge - September 25, 2004, at 6:39 p.m.
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Total Time: 102:10
CD1: (54:09)

The Fellowship of the Ring:
• 1. The Fellowship (5:52)
• 2. The Prophecy (5:01)
• 3. Concerning Hobbits (2:44)
• 4. The Shadow of the Past/A Knife in the Dark (7:26)
• 5. The Bridge of Khazad Dum (5:57)
• 6. May It Be (5:19)

The Two Towers:
• 7. The Riders of Rohan (3:52)
• 8. Evenstar (3:38)
• 9. Forth Eorlungas/Isengard Unleashed (8:30)
• 10. Gollum's Song (5:47)

CD2: (48:01)

The Return of the King:
• 1. Hope and Memory/Minas Tirith (2:38)
• 2. The White Tree (3:47)
• 3. Twilight and Shadow (3:53)
• 4. The Fields of Pelennor (3:11)
• 5. The Return of the King/Finale (16:16)
• 6. Into the West (4:39)

Bonus Tracks:
• 7. Gollum's Song (Vocal Version) - performed by Helen Hobson (4:05)
• 8. May It Be (Vocal Version) - performed by Tara Scammell (4:46)
• 9. Into the West (Vocal Version) - performed by Helen Hobson (4:40)

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The insert includes extensive information about the films and a note from the album producer about the recording.
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