Soundtrack Review: MUSIC FROM THE HOBBIT & THE LORD OF THE RINGS (Howard Shore)


SILCD1397Music composed by Howard Shore. The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Nic Rayne, Evan Jolly
Label: Silva Screen
Catalog:  SILCD 1397
Release Date: February 26, 2013
Rating: ****

Long-time David Cronenberg collaborator, the Canadian Howard Shore knows how to diversify his dynamics and when it comes to this, there is no-one like him. His work can be found on Seven, The Silence of The Lambs, Gangs of New York, Edge of Darkness (US) and The Departed.

As mentioned above Shore’s main outlined characteristic is dynamics and he also tends to layer things up so you need to listen the same track a few times to grasp all elements, even when you expect something there is slightly something on the edge that can turn a small piece into a rather lush track full of colours and brightness. Needless to say that if you analyse the track graphic there will never be a flat line all along but rather lots of “mountains” that seem quite fit for The Rings purpose.

Regarding the compilation as a whole, there is an interesting difference on the approach between the music from The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings Trilogy. The first is more laid-back whilst the latter is more contrived. There are only three pieces from The Hobbit and the remaining twelve are divided between the Trilogy films. Howard Shore employs lots of crescendo / morendo and plays about with different time signatures / tempo change in the same pieces.

A good example is “The Bridge Of Khazad Dum” from The Fellowship of The Ring. There is not only a sense of magic but purity also on this compilation which is quite blatant when the strings are above all the other instruments (in rilievo) and they tend to show some superiority but at the same time naivety that summed up lead to virtue.

Virtue and courage are essentially the themes behind all pieces and when it comes to conclusion The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra performance is amazing, they fill everything with hoisting colours and splendour such as on “Over Hill” and “A Thunder Battle” from The Hobbit.

Summing up, Shore’s work is a must for any starting composer and those who are already established but would like to cover some different territories.

Track Listing:

1. Over Hill (From “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”)     
2. A Thunder Battle (From “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”)      
3. Dreaming of a Bag End (From “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”)      
4. The Fellowship (From “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring “)      
5. The Prophecy (From “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring “)      
6. Concerning Hobbits (From “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring “)      
7. The Shadow of the Past / A Knife In The Dark (From “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring “)      
8. The Bridge of Khazad Dum (From “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring “)      
9. The Riders of Rohan (From “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers “)      
10. Evenstar (From “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers “)      
11. Forth Eorlingas / Isengard Unleashed (From “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers “)      
12. Hope and Memory / Minas Tirith (From “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”)      
13. The White Tree (From “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”)      
14. Twilight and Shadow (From “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”)      
15. The Fields of Pelennor (From “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”)

Atila Almeida

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