- Audio CD (Dec 10 2002)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Warner Bros / Wea
- Run Time: 179 minutes
- ASIN: B00007BH9C
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
|1. Foundations Of Stone|
|2. The Taming Of Smeagol|
|3. The Riders Of Rohan|
|4. The Passage Of The Marshes|
|5. The Uruk-hai|
|6. The King Of The Golden Hall|
|7. The Black Gate Is Closed|
|8. Evenstar - featuring Isabel Bayrakdarian|
|9. The White Rider|
|11. The Leave Taking|
|12. Helm's Deep|
|13. The Firbidden Pool|
|14. Breath Of Life - featuring Sheila Chandra|
|15. The Hornburg|
|16. Forth Earlingas - featuring Ben Del Maestro|
|17. Isengard Unleashed - featuring Elizabeth Fraser & Ben Del Maestro|
|18. Samwise The Brave|
|19. Gollum's Song - performed by Emiliana Torrini|
|20. Farewell To Lorien (bonus track) - featuring Hilary Summers|
*sigh* I just love it. Of all three LotR soundtracks, I love it best. Of all soundtracks I've heard, I love it best.
This time Shore reminds up of the previous theme in the Fellowship of the Ring (Foundation of the stone) when Gandalf falls in the shadow, and defeats the Balrog with a braveheart & comes back to the fellowship at the turn of the tide.
Shore then makes a transition into the City of Rohan, which has a unique music background. At the same time he tells us through his music about the fear Frodo & Sam have while passing through the marshes. Meanwhile Arwen does not want to leave her beloved human Aragorn because she believes in him. The vocals in the theme of (Evenstar performed by Isabel Bayrakdarian) will touch you and make you feel of Arwen's inner conflict esp. with her father. (The Leave taking) is also sensitive and shows the sadness of Arwen to leave Aragorn behind to the Undying Land.
After Aragorn falls from the edge of the hill, a new vocalist (Sheila Chandra in the Breath of Life theme) comes to play, representing Arwen who promised to support him. He's now saved, and is going to Rohan to fight along with Men & the Elves.
The battle themes (Hornburg, Isengard Unleashed, Forth Earlingas) were vital, and reflect the intensity of the unfair battle between thousands of Uruk-Hai and few hundreds of Men & Elves, who show the bravery in fighting. Now the great role of the Treebeards comes to play when they decide to fight along (the mid part of Isengard Unleashed theme- featuring Elizabeth Fraser & Ben Del Maestro).
We can sense how brave Samwise is from the theme (Samwise the brave), and how his support to Frodo was crucial. However, Gollum still suffers from his psyche conflicts, and that was added to the soundtrack in a separate sad song (Gollum's Song- performed by Emiliana Torrini).
An awesome bonus to the soundtrack was (Farewell To Lorien- featuring Hilary Summers), this is so calming theme and it gives hope as well!
I heard from my friend another theme called (Requiem Overture) which is part of the Trailer. It's gorgeous but was not included in the soundtrack CD.
All these music and vocals make u feel that u r part of the story.
What can I say? Thanks Mr. Shore for being borne!
This album loses one star compared to the previous LotR special edition CD simply because the music didn't grab me in the same way as the previous album did. While the mournful strings of the Rohan themes are haunting and wonderful, and "Gollum's Song" is eerie, capturing both the horror and the pathos of the character, much of the album feels a bit more like filler music to bridge gaps than the original album did.
Recommended for fans of the LotR movies who want to own a handsome collectable version of the soundtrack.