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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [Enhanced, Soundtrack]

Emiliana Torrini , Howard Shore , Sheila Chandra , Isabel Bayrakdarian Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
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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
9. The White Rider
10. Treebeard
11. The Leave Taking
12. Helm's Deep
13. The Forbidden Pool
14. Breath Of Life
15. The Hornburg
16. Forth Eorlingas - featuring Ben Del Maestro
17. Isengard Unleashed
18. Samwise The Brave
19. Gollum's Song

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Howard Shore's music for the massively successful first film chapter of Tolkien's Ring saga won him the Oscar for Best Original Score, something of a surprise given the music's ambitious scale and determinedly dark overtones, factors that handily blurred the line between typical film fantasy music and accomplished concert work. Its sequel takes the same, often Wagnerian-scaled dramatic tack, following the film's story line into even more brooding and ominous dark corners. The previous film's Hobbit-inspired pastoralism is supplanted here by rich ethnic textures that expand the musical scope of Middle-earth and the World of Men; the Hardanger, a Norwegian fiddle, represents the Rohan and the North African rhaita colors the Mordor theme, while log drums, dilruba, wood xylophone, and cimbalon add intriguing textures elsewhere. The score's looming orchestral clouds are brightened by Shore's masterful choral writing, which infuses ancient liturgical influences with various solo turns by Isabel Bayrakdarian, indie-pop star Sheila Chandra, Ben Del Maestro, and Elizabeth Fraser. "Gollum's Song," the composer's concluding collaboration with lyricist Fran Walsh, is delivered with Björkish, postmodern angst by Emiliana Torrini, and helps punctuate the story's modern sense of allegory. --Jerry McCulley

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5.0 out of 5 stars Ethereal, Epic, Wonderful! Bravo Howard Shore!!! Dec 15 2003
Format:Audio CD
As a fan of soundtracks, this is one of the best musical scores ever composed for a movie. It is shocking after hearing it to realize this did not even get nominated for an oscar, when this album is at least as good as the previous FOTR score, which indeed won the oscar.
One of the requirements of a movie score is to create an audio personality for the movie. When one hears the Star Wars tracks, the entire Godfather album, the Gladiator opening theme, even the Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon "Yo Yo Ma lingering cello", you immediately are transported to the movie's setting. That is precisely what The Two Towers soundtrack does.
From the Nordic strings and horns to represent Rohan and Helm's Deep to the industrial aggressive beat of Isengard, every track in this album is as unique and stirring as the setting it represents. Forth Earlingas is particularly beautiful and epic, and I guarantee will stick in your mind for a long time after listening to it.
But a special place in my heart is reserved for the song entitled "Evenstar", as voiced by Canadian soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian. This is truly esoteric, fey music to represent the scenes of Arwen visualizing life after Aragorn. Close your eyes, put on your headphones, and dream of happier times in the presence of someone you love (or loved)while listening to this song, and I guarantee you will have tears come to your eyes as I did.
The only song I didn't like that much was the final track, Gollum's Song. The music is fine, but the vocal stylings of Emiliana Torrini, who is trying to communicate feelings of despair and hopelessness, are truly awful and fall flat. While hearing this, you will wonder "what the heck is this doing here?" However, I am not going to hold a few minutes against what is one of the best movie scores I have ever heard. Wonderful music. I can't wait for Howard Shore's finale in Return of the King.
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Picking up where the Academy Award winning soundtrack for the Fellowship of the Ring ended; this soundtrack proves that it can be continue to have an epic sound and be original. The Fellowship has been broken apart as Sam and Frodo are now alone on their journey to Mordor. Merry and Pippin are held captive but manage to escape into the realm of Fangorn Forest. Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas continue to pursue Merry and Pippin but instead ecounter an old friend returned from the great unknown: Gandalf the White who has departed from his old title of Gandalf the Grey. The soundtrack has some old themes from the first soundtrack such as a small portion of the Fellowship Hero theme. However, other themes are now presented in this album such as a much more evil and gut wrenching version of the theme of Isengard. A new theme is the one for the Rohan race which is has many hints of having an old english feel. The themes are darker and more mournful. The movie has many glaring moments of hope but is darker in context. This album continues the trend of being faithful to the movie. It is grander than the first album and doesn't hold back. It is an emotional masterpiece as the Journey in Middle Earth continues. Howard Shore and Co. are brilliant people to be able to make this type of music. Songs that are worth buying the album alone are The Foundation of Stone, The Riders of Rohan, The Uruk-Hai, King of the Golden Hall, Evenstar, The White Rider, Forth Eorlingas, and Samwise the Brave. The third album is expected to probably be the best of the three. Here is to The Return of the King
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5.0 out of 5 stars Let's talk about the Music June 20 2004
Format:Audio CD
There are probably over a thousand reviews for the movies, but let's talk about the music of the movies.
I have to say that of all the movies, this soundtrack is the best of all three. The haunting string melodies, powerful trumpet melodies, and moving context of the music as a whole is wonderful.
I don't normally buy soundtrack scores. But, this is one of the few in my collection.
This is a wonderful collection of music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good review Dec 28 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
IT was deleived fast and of course I love it. I had no problems recieving it. I would recommend any fan of Lord of the Rings to get this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Will leave you speechless Dec 18 2005
Format:Audio CD
This soundtrack is everything the movie is - a rollar coaster of very powerful emotions that leave you constantly wondering what will happen next. "The King of the Golden Hall" left shivers with the beautiful violin solo followed by a powerful back up by the brass section. The music reinforces the powerful picture painted by the movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely beautiful July 16 2004
By cxd
Format:Audio CD
this is some of the most beautiful music ever composed for a film or otherwise. "Gollum's Song" is probably the most heartbraking piece of music I have ever heard. It sums up his sorry existence perfectly - "where once was light, darkness falls". The vocal by Emiliana Torrini is wonderful.
I cannot recommend this CD high enough!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning!!! May 17 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the most stunning CD's I have ever had the privilage to listen to!
Being an avid Tolkien fan since I was five years old, I was as happy as a lady could be when the soundtracks came out.
From the exciting opening number to the calm and tear-jerking ending, this breathtaking CD captures every essence of Tolkien's magical world, from it's darkest and deepest pits of horror (illustrated beautifully by THE PASSAGE OF THE MARSHES) to the most pure and uplifting Elven music (EVENSTAR), to the complete despair of the entire quest (THE LEAVE TAKING and THE FORBIDDEN POOL) to the unbelievably powerful victory music of ISENGARD UNLEASHED and FORTH EORLINGAS, to the almost disturbing sadness of GOLLUM'S SONG, this CD is a masterpiece!
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Most recent customer reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome.....
I have heard all three of the movie soundtracks and they are all amazing. Howard Shore is a great composer. Read more
Published on May 11 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars More of the Same...Never Sounded So Good!
In as grand a scale as can exist, this is Shore's second movement to the most epic cinematic symphony of all time. Read more
Published on May 6 2004 by D. Rausch
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving and dark score for this epic film
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers soundtrack is 1) an excellent score cd 2) a worthy companion to its predecessor the Academy Award winning The Fellowship of the Ring. Read more
Published on April 27 2004 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Not very good
An overrated soundtrack. I didn't care much for the Fellowship or the Return of the King, but the Two Towers is the worst of the bunch. Read more
Published on April 22 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Another triumph score for Howard Shore!
Howard Shore is defintely the man on creating such memorable music scores for most of David Cronenberg's movies and Silence of the Lambs. Read more
Published on April 21 2004 by John Lindsey
3.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment
I'm sorry but the second installment of "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" soundtrack was a complete bore for me. Read more
Published on April 9 2004 by Erica Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars More of the same....Never Sounded So Good!
In as grand a scale as can exist, this is Shore's second movement to the most epic cinematic symphony of all time. Read more
Published on April 7 2004 by D. Rausch
5.0 out of 5 stars The "Two Towers" CD is the Best!
I thought that the "Fellowship of the Ring" was good but this one blows the Fellowship away. The songs are complex and amazing. Read more
Published on March 23 2004
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