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A Night in Rivendell

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  • Audio CD (1 Jan. 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Classico
  • ASIN: B0000267TK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 273,176 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kim Hansen on 21 Mar. 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is the first album in the The Tolkien Ensemble's attempt to make music to all the songs and poems in The Lord of the Rings. It is a great undertaking, which the Ensemble performes admiringly.
The elven songs are beautiful and the Hobbitsong are merry. The ensemble is inspired by irish folk and classical music. It feels like being in Middle-Earth.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
A Great Evening! 27 Jan. 2002
By "tiranor" - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This CD is an absolute delight! I bought it, hoping to find a decent musical interpretation of Tolkien's magnificent words, but didn't expect great things. I must say, I was pleasantly surprised. The music is beautiful and fun, and the melodies are often as I imagined they might sound. The voices of Aragorn, Goldberry, and Galadriel are especially notable. It often swings from a solemn operatic singing style to a silly Irish romp, and back again. The only drawback is the occasional (very infrequent) slight Danish accent. This album is just magical. It isn't for everyone, but it's worth the money if you enjoy beautiful voices and great instrumental music. After listening to only a few songs, I was in love! I especially enjoyed Galadriel's Song of Eldamar, Tom Bombadil's Song, the Song of Beren and Luthien, and Sam's Rhyme of the Troll, as well as There is an inn, a merry old inn...
I enjoyed MY Evening in Rivendell!
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Serious Settings of Tolkien's Poems & Songs 24 Dec. 2002
By Jisetsu - Published on
Format: Audio CD
An Evening in Rivendell
With The Tolkien Ensemble
Caspar Reiff & Peter Hall (Composers)
This is the first in a series of recordings by Danish group The Tolkien Ensemble in their quest (as quoted on their website) "to make the worlds first complete musical interpretation of the poems and songs from The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien". And a magnificent collection of settings it is.
The Tolkien Ensemble is a chamber ensemble composed of conservatory-trained musicians anchored by guitarists Caspar Reiff and Peter Hall, who have also composed the musical realizations of Tolkien's poems. The settings lay within the "classical" and "folk" traditions: that is, only acoustic instruments are used, and the songs are sung in these traditional rather than popular styles. The result is one of great beauty and respect for the texts that inspired the music, but may present difficulties for listeners not accustomed to these styles.
The music itself is first-rate. Reiff and Hall vary the mood of each song in relation to the text as well as with sensitivity to the character that sings the song. Styles range from the traditional "folk" style used for songs sung by the hobbits to the more lyrical and serious (romantic and post-romantic) styles used for songs sung by men and elves. A variety of instrumentation is used to great and sometimes unusual effect: for example, the opening recitation of the "Verse of the Rings" combines oboe, vibraphone & marimba, guitar, and double-bass with an unsettling dissonance; Galadriel's songs (sung by Mezzo-soprano Signe Asmussen) combine a very plaintive solo violin with marimba, harp, guitar, and double-bass in front of a string quartet and a wordless male choir with an otherworldliness evocative of Tolkien's Elves. Folk-band Polkageist makes guest appearances on "Tom Bombadil's Song", the positively boisterous "There is an inn, a merry old inn...", and "Sam's Rhyme of the Troll" (all sung with humor and warmth by Peter Hall).
Conceptions for the musical settings seem to vary in focus: in some cases, one may easily imagine the singer and accompaniment as representative of the character and the song almost springing out of the book; the use of a different singer for each character helps sustain this kind of identification. In other cases, the focus is from a greater distance: the listener is more aware of the artists presenting an interpretation. This is most apparent in the songs with piano accompaniment (which are particularly beautiful settings); somehow songs sung this way cannot help but evoke the nineteenth-century Lieder tradition.
The recording itself is excellently produced, and is accompanied by a booklet featuring the lyrics of each song with an excerpt indicating its context within the book, beautiful line-drawings by the Queen of Denmark (!), and photographs of the musicians.
Highly Recommended!
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
superb Tolkien music 30 Sept. 1999
By Peter Edelberg/ - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This the definately the best musical interpretation of Tolkien's songs I have ever heard. You listen to it and do not doubt that this is how it must have sounded in Middle-earth. Different singers differentiate between how hobbits, elves or men sing songs and all the songs follow the guidelines of the book. There is even an interpretation of Galadriel's song in Elvish! The booklet is illustrated by Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and comes with all the texts. If you like Tolkien's songs, this is a must!
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Compelling Music From Middle-earth 26 Dec. 2002
By Jisetsu - Published on
Format: Audio CD
A Night in Rivendell
With The Tolkien Ensemble
Caspar Reiff & Peter Hall (Composers)
This is The Tolkien Ensemble's second release in their series of settings of poems and songs from The Lord of the Rings. For this recording composers Reiff & Hall have chosen texts that overall are more reflective than those featured on their first release: six of the twelve tracks are settings of laments and other songs remembering the dead, and the mirthful hobbit-songs that provided a contrast to the heavier material on their first release are notably absent. The music is closely aligned in sentiment to the texts chosen, and therefore this recording presents the listener with a more introspective and moodier experience than does their first release (An Evening in Rivendell, see my review).
The settings feature a variety of instrumentation. Bass Ulrik Cold's majestically sung Gandalf is accompanied by bassoon, double-bass, and wordless male voices on the opening "A Rhyme of Lore", invoking the mystery and sadness that pervades the album. The beautiful "Gandalf's Song of Lórien" that follows seamlessly continues the mood adding guitar, string quartet, and wordless soprano solo. Povl Dissing's sibilant, tortured Gollum is simply accompanied by guitar alone, giving him plenty of space in which to stretch into character. Other especially notable tracks: the haunting and beautiful "The Fall of Gil-Galad" (Peter Hall sings and plays penny-whistle accompanied by guitar, accordion, and double-bass); two songs of the Rohirrim, remarkably performed by The Chamber Choir Hymnia; the "Elven Hymn to Elbereth" sung unaccompanied by Signe Asmussen.
As with "Evening", the settings vary in how closely they present the listener to the story. Listening to "Frodo's Lament for Gandalf" and "Gollum's Song/Riddle" one may easily imagine one hears the characters themselves singing, whereas with the "Lament for Boromir" with piano accompaniment or the choral pieces (which sound very much like post-romantic motets), the music itself takes pride of place and the experience of Middle-earth (though not necessarily the music) is less immediate.
The recording is excellent, the engineers varying microphone placement and a judicious use of reverb to suit the size of the ensemble and the character of the music on each track. The accompanying booklet features the lyrics of each song with an excerpt indicating its context within the book, beautiful line-drawings by the Queen of Denmark (!), and photographs of the musicians.
Highly Recommended.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Not what you'd expect, but a welcome surprise 6 Dec. 2001
By Jeffrey A. Hinzmann - Published on
Format: Audio CD
It seems many people who heard this CD were expecting something very exotic, middle-earthy, magical, even new age. These it is not. It is however, a very excellent traditional rendition of the beautiful poetry found in Lord of the Rings. Rather, the music is drawn from a variety of traditional European sources, from Celtic to Lieder. Considering that Lord of The Rings itself is intended to be a kind of modern homage to the European and western traditions of myth and legend, I find it very appropriate to use music of this idiom. All that aside, it is simply very beautiful music, and much of it holds up well regardless of the origins of the text. The song of Beren and Leuthien is a gorgeous Lied, and very appropriate for an epic love poem of Wagnerian intensity. Similarly, The song of the inn has a nice Celtic fiddle tune feel, which nicely captures the spirit of the British Isles underlying Middle earth. The old walking song has a nice folksy sound, accompanied only by solo gituar, appropriate for a traditional traveling song. In all, it will not sound like music from middle earth, but it is beautiful music in the European tradition that is surprisingly appropriate to the texts used. Definately worth it for fans of the books.
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