A couple of weeks ago I heard someone telling a friend that they loved reading Lord of the Rings but always skipped the songs and poetry sections and especially detested the Tom Bombadil chapter. The friend said they'd felt the same way until they heard the Tolkien Ensemble singing the songs and verse, after which they had a completely different view of Tolkien's verse. I was intrigued. I've always been very fond of Tolkien's poetry - even had a book with just the poetry, because I liked it so much. Amazon supplied me with this CD and now that I've listened to it a few times, I'm happy to recommend it. It's very good. I was reminded of all sorts of music including opera, sea shanties, rustic folk songs, Morris dancing. It sounds very English and seems exactly right somehow; very appropriate for what, after all, Tolkien intended as a myth - a heroic legend for England, as he put it: "bound up with its tongue and soil".
It was a master stroke, choosing Christopher Lee to play Saruman in the films and, I agree with an earlier reviewer, it was a brilliant idea to recruit him to recite and even sing! (with a voice like that, why am I surprised that he can sing?) for this CD. If they could have persuaded Treebeard himself to sing "Treebeard's Song", I'm sure he would have sounded very like Christopher Lee. Just wonderful.