|1. A Storm Is Coming|
|2. Hope And Memory|
|3. Minas Tirith-Feat. Ben Del Maestro|
|4. The White Tree|
|5. The Steward Of Gondor-Feat. Billy Boyd|
|6. Minas Morgul|
|7. The Ride Of The Rohirrim|
|8. Twilight And Shadow-Feat. Renee Fleming|
|9. Cirith Ungol|
|11. Shelob's Lair|
|12. Ash And Smoke|
|13. The Fields Of The Pelennor|
|14. Hope Fails|
|15. The Black Gate Opens-Feat. Sir James Galway|
|16. The End Of All Things-Feat. Renee Fleming|
|17. The Return Of The King-Feat. Sir James Galway, Viggo Mortensen & Renee Fleming|
|18. The Grey Havens-Feat. Sir James Galway|
|19. Into The West-Performed By Annie Lennox|
There is martial music, naturally, while the Mordor sequences--such as "Minas Morgul" and "Shelob's Lair"--elicit some terrifying orchestral drama. But the score's overall tenor is more meditative than either of its predecessors, ultimately emphasising the poignancy of farewells more than exterior spectacle as it reaches a suitably and satisfyingly Wagnerian climax in "The Grey Havens". Only the obligatory song tie-in, "Into the West" (sung by Annie Lennox), is a middle-of-the-road disappointment after all that has gone before.
This single disc presents only selections from a much larger work. Hopefully, the complete scores for all three films will soon be released with the same sort of lavish attention paid to John Williams' comparable Star Wars cycle. Only then will the magnitude of Howard Shore's achievement be fully evident: at the very least, like Williams a generation earlier, Shore has given musically aware filmgoers a brief respite from wall-to-wall product-placed pop and thudding drum machines. --Mark Walker
This soundtrack just builds of the previous two scores. Howard Shore has created a masterpiece of work for the Lord of The Rings. This score will go down in history as one of the best movie scores ever produced.
The tracks that stand out on The Return of The King are: "Minas Tirith" - part of which you can hear in the trailer for the film; "The Fields Of The Pelennor"; "The Black Gate Opens" - which has the same theme as "Into The West" and "The Grey Havens" which has the same musical feel as "The Breaking of The Fellowship" and "Samwise The Brave" from the previous two scores, and will no doubt leave a few people in tears when the film ends - me included!
When I first heard that Annie Lennox was had been asked to sing / produce the final song, I thought it was a bad move, but after hearing some of the song "Into The West", it just fits perfectly.
If you haven't bought any of The Lord of The Rings soundtracks, you are missing out on something very special.
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