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  • Audio CD (2 Dec. 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Wea
  • ASIN: B00007BH5C
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,545 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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
17. Isengard Unleashed
18. Samwise The Brave
19. Gollum's Song

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Enhanced CD includes trailer for Lord of The Rings - The Two Towers, a link to behind the scenes and making of the score, buddy Icons, screen savers and five two-sided alternate insert covers.

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Howard Shore's music for the massively successful first film chapter of Tolkien's saga won him the Oscar for Best Original Score, something of a surprise given the music's ambitious scale and determinedly dark overtones. Its sequel, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 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 colours 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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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By G. Kroener on 22 Jun. 2004
Format: Audio CD
First, and above all else, I'd like to point out that Howard Shore possibly wrote the most complex, the most enjoyable, the most suitable and the most atmospheric movie score you can find out there.
The amount of thematic material that Shore juggles around with without losing his concept is nothing less but breathtaking.
But before I dig deeper into this Eldorado of film music, I want to make clear one thing: The Lord Of The Rings is one movie, split into three parts, and so is the score.
They don't RIVAL each other, they COMPLEMENT each other and they are meant to be heard as ONE score. So, if somebody tells you that Fellowship of the Ring is everything you need is simply wrong.
Now, The Two Towers takes a special place in the trilogy, for it being the middle part of it. As the linking piece between Fellowship and Return Of The King, it has to fulfill unique tasks. First of all, it has to continue the first part, but it has to introduce us to the culture of Rohan, too.
Howard Shore does this masterfully. Here and there, he incorporates thematic ideas from Fellowship and takes them to the next level by using slightly different orchestrations.
Rohan is represented by three main ideas: the Hardanger (a celtic fiddle), the Rohan motif and choral pieces written in Old English.
The new location of Fangorn forest is represented by the track "Treebeard", which hasn't really got an own theme, but creates a fairy-tale like atmosphere by using a light choir (almost Danny Elfman style), woodwinds, and lots of wooden percussion.
Gollum gets two themes; one appears in "The Taming Of Smeagol", played by a hammer dulcimer to represent the instabile, scyzophrenic side of Gollum. The second aspect of Gollum can be found in "The Forbidden Pool".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 24 Nov. 2003
Format: Audio CD
I loved the soundtrack for Fellowship of the Rings, and when the second movie came out, I was so impressed with Shore's continued work. The first film was whimsical and light in places, reflecting the Shire and it's Neverneverland perfection. It had to run to gauntlet of emotions from light and pure to powerful and pressing as they fellowship fought for their lives, to the sorrowful, the ethereal realm of the Elves to the final battle and redemption of Boromir.
Under Shore's hand, The Two Towers is darker, more intense. It does not have the range of Fellowship simply because we are past the Shire and it's tranquil beauty. But the score for the Two Towers is so moving. Think back on the brilliantly filmed scenes, and imagine them without the moving score of this film and you begin to understand just how brilliant conceived this score is. Howard Shore has firmly controlled the scores to make the sounds tracks as important as the film in creating the magic of the Rings.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Katie on 6 Jan. 2003
Format: Audio CD
To any Lord of the Rings fans out there that haven't already got this soundtrack (or the first one for that matter) - what are you waiting for, buy it!
When I listened to the soundtrack for the first time after watching the film, the scenes fitted into place incredibly well. Each group of people (or other middle-earthly creatures) seem to have their own recurring themes - be it the Uruk-hai, Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli, Gollum, the Elves or the Rohan. Because of this, some of the themes are similar to those of the Fellowship's soundtrack, but I feel that being a trilogy with the same characters throughout, this is to be expected.
Having said that, each theme has come with variations - such as the battle themes at Helm's Deep and 'Forth Eorlingas' (which amazingly seemed to incorporate the themes from the elves, Uruk-hai, Rohan, and Aragorn etc all into one!)
I loved Gollum's Song sung by Emiliana Torrini at the end of the soundtrack and having listened to it at the end of the film (credits) I feel that it ended both the film and the soundtrack on an eerie note of anticipation.
I can't wait for the The Return of the King to come out, and would like to say that Howard Shore has done an excellent job in writing the score for the Two Towers - well done!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Foroyar on 1 Oct. 2004
Format: Audio CD
The strange thing about the Lord Of The Rings soundtracks is that each one has something individually special about it. With The Fellowship, I became entranced in booming beats, roaring choirs and soulful violins. In the Return Of The King, The music is presented in a last-effort way, a closing, last and wonderous chapter of a beautiful trilogy - whose music is simply divine.
With the Two Towers, the highlight for me comes in the form of the intoxicating female solos, in which fair singing maidens haunt each song. It's so georgeous, so positively full of life, it blossoms into an amazing Score.
Buy them all!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Nov. 2003
Format: Audio CD
This CD is very enjoyable. At first I didn't think it was as good as the FOTR CD, but after seeing the Two Towers movie it is clear to see how the music perfectly illustrates the emotions and themes of the film. The 'Evenstar' track is as beautiful and powerful as the Aniron track on the Fellowship CD, and it brings a tear to my eye when I listen to it as it manages to capture the very essence of the sadness felt by Arwen as she envisions Aragorn's funeral and has to leave Rivendell. The 'Leave Taking' track is delightful as it is a short compilation of some of the nicest LOTR songs including 'Many Meetings', 'Lothlorien' and 'Foundations of Stone'. This soundtrack is sensuous and harmonious and is great for relaxing or for setting the scene while reading the LOTR books.
-Elle Driver
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