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Return of the King - Enhanced CD
on 25 November 2003
Howard Shore has done it again!
This is a superb soundtrack, with hautingly beautiful music and some incredible singing from Ben del Maestro, Renee Fleming and a stunning finale from Annie Lennox. It also contains some surprises. Billy Boyd and Viggo Mortensen feature as well, and some beautiful flute renditions from Sir James Galway.
I had expected this to be darker, almost depressing, knowing the way the book progresses, but this soundtrack has echoes of the past within it. Familiar themes from both The Fellowship and the Two Towers are interwoven here as well, to leave this listener at least, moved to tears in places. The track entitled 'The Return of the King' in particular weaves a powerful spell with words in Sindarin sung by Aragorn, now Elessar. In this track alone the album would be worth its cost.
Buy it, listen to it, absorb it, as the trilogy reaches its wonderful climax.
Truly, Howard Shore and Peter Jackson have woven a spell worthy of Tolkein.