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Howard Shore’s themes for Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy are often considered as some of the greatest accomplishments in the history of movie soundtracks. By virtue of its operatic length, first: just for this second volume (available here in its entirety), the listener can enjoy this music for more than three hours! But first and foremost, we have to highlight here the extremely rich and inventive artistic performance of the composer of the movies of David Cronenberg, as well as Ed Wood, After Hours and Mrs. Doubtfire. For this second episode released in 2002 (called The Two Towers), the Canadian composer reuses here and there the epic and moving themes from the first volume, by injecting into them more darkness and ambiguity, as proven by the opening track (Glamdring, with Maori choruses), as well as tracks associated to Gollum that skillfully blend shadow and light (My Precious). This soundtrack is also filled with new themes like the one, epic and majestic, devoted to the Rohirrim, the riders of Middle-earth (The Plains of Rohan). But Shore’s score wouldn’t be complete without this Celtic flavor that the composer scatters with subtlety throughout this titanic partition—thus reminding that one of the influences of Tolkien, the author of the novels, was Irish mythology. Dermot Crehan (violin) and the great flutist James Galway (tin and low whistle) are usually responsible for bringing to this score this particular color (Edoras ; Ent-draught). In this regard, it is worth noting the impressive number of soloists inside Shore’s partition, something quite rare for a so-called “symphonic” partition. Naturally, throughout his work, the composer endeavors to respect to the letter the narrative and visual world of Tolkien and Jackson, thus intending it for the fans of the saga. But this rich and subtle original soundtrack proves in a blatant way that Howard Shore also wanted to speak to the heart of every music lover, whether they knew Tolkien’s fantastical world or not. © Nicolas Magenham/Qobuz

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1
Glamdring
00:03:49

Howard Shore, Composer, Conductor, Orchestration, MainArtist

© 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Motion Picture Artwork & Photography C 2002, 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Non-Motion Picture Photography C 2006 New Line Productions Inc. ℗ 2006 New Line Productions Inc.

2
Elven Rope
00:02:18

Howard Shore, Composer, Conductor, Orchestration, MainArtist

© 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Motion Picture Artwork & Photography C 2002, 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Non-Motion Picture Photography C 2006 New Line Productions Inc. ℗ 2006 New Line Productions Inc.

3
Lost in Emyn Muil
00:04:14

Howard Shore, Composer, Conductor, Orchestration, MainArtist

© 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Motion Picture Artwork & Photography C 2002, 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Non-Motion Picture Photography C 2006 New Line Productions Inc. ℗ 2006 New Line Productions Inc.

4
My Precious
00:02:56

Howard Shore, Composer, Conductor, Orchestration, MainArtist

© 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Motion Picture Artwork & Photography C 2002, 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Non-Motion Picture Photography C 2006 New Line Productions Inc. ℗ 2006 New Line Productions Inc.

5
Uglúk's Warriors
00:01:41

Howard Shore, Composer, Conductor, Orchestration, MainArtist

© 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Motion Picture Artwork & Photography C 2002, 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Non-Motion Picture Photography C 2006 New Line Productions Inc. ℗ 2006 New Line Productions Inc.

6
The Three Hunters
00:06:12

Howard Shore, Composer, Conductor, Orchestration, MainArtist

© 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Motion Picture Artwork & Photography C 2002, 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Non-Motion Picture Photography C 2006 New Line Productions Inc. ℗ 2006 New Line Productions Inc.

7
The Banishment of Éomer
00:03:54

Howard Shore, Composer, Conductor, Orchestration, MainArtist

© 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Motion Picture Artwork & Photography C 2002, 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Non-Motion Picture Photography C 2006 New Line Productions Inc. ℗ 2006 New Line Productions Inc.

8
Night Camp
00:02:50

Howard Shore, Composer, Conductor, Orchestration, MainArtist

© 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Motion Picture Artwork & Photography C 2002, 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Non-Motion Picture Photography C 2006 New Line Productions Inc. ℗ 2006 New Line Productions Inc.

9
The Plains of Rohan
00:04:14

Howard Shore, Composer, Conductor, Orchestration, MainArtist

© 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Motion Picture Artwork & Photography C 2002, 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Non-Motion Picture Photography C 2006 New Line Productions Inc. ℗ 2006 New Line Productions Inc.

10
Fangorn
00:05:13

Howard Shore, Composer, Conductor, Orchestration, MainArtist

© 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Motion Picture Artwork & Photography C 2002, 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Non-Motion Picture Photography C 2006 New Line Productions Inc. ℗ 2006 New Line Productions Inc.

11
The Dead Marshes
00:05:08

Howard Shore, Composer, Conductor, Orchestration, MainArtist

© 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Motion Picture Artwork & Photography C 2002, 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Non-Motion Picture Photography C 2006 New Line Productions Inc. ℗ 2006 New Line Productions Inc.

12
Wraiths on Wings
00:02:07

Howard Shore, Composer, Conductor, Orchestration, MainArtist

© 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Motion Picture Artwork & Photography C 2002, 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Non-Motion Picture Photography C 2006 New Line Productions Inc. ℗ 2006 New Line Productions Inc.

13
Gandalf the White
00:06:47

Howard Shore, Composer, Conductor, Orchestration, MainArtist

© 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Motion Picture Artwork & Photography C 2002, 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Non-Motion Picture Photography C 2006 New Line Productions Inc. ℗ 2006 New Line Productions Inc.

14
The Dreams of Trees
00:01:54

Howard Shore, Composer, Conductor, Orchestration, MainArtist

© 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Motion Picture Artwork & Photography C 2002, 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Non-Motion Picture Photography C 2006 New Line Productions Inc. ℗ 2006 New Line Productions Inc.

15
The Heir of Númenor
00:06:50

Howard Shore, Composer, Conductor, Orchestration, MainArtist

© 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Motion Picture Artwork & Photography C 2002, 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Non-Motion Picture Photography C 2006 New Line Productions Inc. ℗ 2006 New Line Productions Inc.

16
Ent-draught
00:02:55

Howard Shore, Composer, Conductor, Orchestration, MainArtist

© 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Motion Picture Artwork & Photography C 2002, 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Non-Motion Picture Photography C 2006 New Line Productions Inc. ℗ 2006 New Line Productions Inc.

DISC 2

1
Edoras
00:04:33

Howard Shore, Composer, Conductor, Orchestration, MainArtist

© 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Motion Picture Artwork & Photography C 2002, 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Non-Motion Picture Photography C 2006 New Line Productions Inc. ℗ 2006 New Line Productions Inc.

2
The Court of Meduseld
00:03:10

Howard Shore, Composer, Conductor, Orchestration, MainArtist

© 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Motion Picture Artwork & Photography C 2002, 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Non-Motion Picture Photography C 2006 New Line Productions Inc. ℗ 2006 New Line Productions Inc.

3
Théoden King / "The Funeral of Théodred" (feat. Miranda Otto)
00:06:11

Howard Shore, Composer, Conductor, Orchestration, MainArtist - Miranda Otto, Performance, FeaturedArtist

© 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Motion Picture Artwork & Photography C 2002, 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Non-Motion Picture Photography C 2006 New Line Productions Inc. ℗ 2006 New Line Productions Inc.

4
The King's Decision
00:02:07

Howard Shore, Composer, Conductor, Orchestration, MainArtist

© 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Motion Picture Artwork & Photography C 2002, 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Non-Motion Picture Photography C 2006 New Line Productions Inc. ℗ 2006 New Line Productions Inc.

5
Exodus From Edoras
00:05:42

Howard Shore, Composer, Conductor, Orchestration, MainArtist

© 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Motion Picture Artwork & Photography C 2002, 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Non-Motion Picture Photography C 2006 New Line Productions Inc. ℗ 2006 New Line Productions Inc.

6
The Forests of Ithilien
00:06:37

Howard Shore, Composer, Conductor, Orchestration, MainArtist

© 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Motion Picture Artwork & Photography C 2002, 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Non-Motion Picture Photography C 2006 New Line Productions Inc. ℗ 2006 New Line Productions Inc.

7
One of the Dúnedain / "Evenstar" (feat. Isabel Bayrakdarian)
00:07:13

Howard Shore, Composer, Conductor, Orchestration, MainArtist - Isabel Bayrakdarian, Performance, FeaturedArtist

© 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Motion Picture Artwork & Photography C 2002, 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Non-Motion Picture Photography C 2006 New Line Productions Inc. ℗ 2006 New Line Productions Inc.

8
The Wolves of Isengard
00:04:22

Howard Shore, Composer, Conductor, Orchestration, MainArtist

© 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Motion Picture Artwork & Photography C 2002, 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Non-Motion Picture Photography C 2006 New Line Productions Inc. ℗ 2006 New Line Productions Inc.

9
Refuge at Helm's Deep
00:04:00

Howard Shore, Composer, Conductor, Orchestration, MainArtist

© 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Motion Picture Artwork & Photography C 2002, 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Non-Motion Picture Photography C 2006 New Line Productions Inc. ℗ 2006 New Line Productions Inc.

10
The Voice of Saruman
00:01:10

Howard Shore, Composer, Conductor, Orchestration, MainArtist

© 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Motion Picture Artwork & Photography C 2002, 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Non-Motion Picture Photography C 2006 New Line Productions Inc. ℗ 2006 Reprise Records for the U.S. and WEA International for the world outside of the U.S.; 2006 New Line Productions Inc.

11
Arwen's Fate / "The Grace of the Valar" (feat. Sheila Chandra)
00:03:58

Howard Shore, Composer, Conductor, Orchestration, MainArtist - Sheila Chandra, Performance, FeaturedArtist

© 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Motion Picture Artwork & Photography C 2002, 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Non-Motion Picture Photography C 2006 New Line Productions Inc. ℗ 2006 Reprise Records for the U.S. and WEA International for the world outside of the U.S.; 2006 New Line Productions Inc.

12
The Story Foretold
00:03:38

Howard Shore, Composer, Conductor, Orchestration, MainArtist

© 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Motion Picture Artwork & Photography C 2002, 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Non-Motion Picture Photography C 2006 New Line Productions Inc. ℗ 2006 Reprise Records for the U.S. and WEA International for the world outside of the U.S.; 2006 New Line Productions Inc.

13
Sons of the Steward
00:06:03

Howard Shore, Composer, Conductor, Orchestration, MainArtist

© 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Motion Picture Artwork & Photography C 2002, 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Non-Motion Picture Photography C 2006 New Line Productions Inc. ℗ 2006 Reprise Records for the U.S. and WEA International for the world outside of the U.S.; 2006 New Line Productions Inc.

14
Rock and Pool
00:02:54

Howard Shore, Composer, Conductor, Orchestration, MainArtist

© 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Motion Picture Artwork & Photography C 2002, 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Non-Motion Picture Photography C 2006 New Line Productions Inc. ℗ 2006 Reprise Records for the U.S. and WEA International for the world outside of the U.S.; 2006 New Line Productions Inc.

15
Faramir's Good Council
00:02:26

Howard Shore, Composer, Conductor, Orchestration, MainArtist

© 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Motion Picture Artwork & Photography C 2002, 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Non-Motion Picture Photography C 2006 New Line Productions Inc. ℗ 2006 Reprise Records for the U.S. and WEA International for the world outside of the U.S.; 2006 New Line Productions Inc.

DISC 3

1
Aragorn's Return
00:02:10

Howard Shore, Composer, Conductor, Orchestration, MainArtist

© 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Motion Picture Artwork & Photography C 2002, 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Non-Motion Picture Photography C 2006 New Line Productions Inc. ℗ 2006 Reprise Records for the U.S. and WEA International for the world outside of the U.S.; 2006 New Line Productions Inc.

2
War Is Upon Us
00:03:35

Howard Shore, Composer, Conductor, Orchestration, MainArtist

© 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Motion Picture Artwork & Photography C 2002, 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Non-Motion Picture Photography C 2006 New Line Productions Inc. ℗ 2006 Reprise Records for the U.S. and WEA International for the world outside of the U.S.; 2006 New Line Productions Inc.

3
Where Is the Horse and the Rider?
00:06:15

Howard Shore, Composer, Conductor, Orchestration, MainArtist

© 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Motion Picture Artwork & Photography C 2002, 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Non-Motion Picture Photography C 2006 New Line Productions Inc. ℗ 2006 Reprise Records for the U.S. and WEA International for the world outside of the U.S.; 2006 New Line Productions Inc.

4
The Host of the Eldar
00:02:50

Howard Shore, Composer, Conductor, Orchestration, MainArtist

© 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Motion Picture Artwork & Photography C 2002, 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Non-Motion Picture Photography C 2006 New Line Productions Inc. ℗ 2006 Reprise Records for the U.S. and WEA International for the world outside of the U.S.; 2006 New Line Productions Inc.

5
The Battle of the Hornburg
00:02:52

Howard Shore, Composer, Conductor, Orchestration, MainArtist

© 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Motion Picture Artwork & Photography C 2002, 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Non-Motion Picture Photography C 2006 New Line Productions Inc. ℗ 2006 Reprise Records for the U.S. and WEA International for the world outside of the U.S.; 2006 New Line Productions Inc.

6
The Breach of the Deeping Wall
00:03:03

Howard Shore, Composer, Conductor, Orchestration, MainArtist

© 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Motion Picture Artwork & Photography C 2002, 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Non-Motion Picture Photography C 2006 New Line Productions Inc. ℗ 2006 Reprise Records for the U.S. and WEA International for the world outside of the U.S.; 2006 New Line Productions Inc.

7
The Entmoot Decides
00:02:06

Howard Shore, Composer, Conductor, Orchestration, MainArtist

© 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Motion Picture Artwork & Photography C 2002, 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Non-Motion Picture Photography C 2006 New Line Productions Inc. ℗ 2006 Reprise Records for the U.S. and WEA International for the world outside of the U.S.; 2006 New Line Productions Inc.

8
Retreat / "Haldir's Lament" (feat. Elizabeth Fraser)
00:04:40

Elizabeth Fraser, Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Howard Shore, Composer, Conductor, Orchestration, MainArtist

© 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Motion Picture Artwork & Photography C 2002, 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Non-Motion Picture Photography C 2006 New Line Productions Inc. ℗ 2006 Reprise Records for the U.S. and WEA International for the world outside of the U.S.; 2006 New Line Productions Inc.

9
Master Peregrin's Plan
00:02:31

Howard Shore, Composer, Conductor, Orchestration, MainArtist

© 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Motion Picture Artwork & Photography C 2002, 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Non-Motion Picture Photography C 2006 New Line Productions Inc. ℗ 2006 Reprise Records for the U.S. and WEA International for the world outside of the U.S.; 2006 New Line Productions Inc.

10
The Last March of the Ents
00:02:31

Howard Shore, Composer, Conductor, Orchestration, MainArtist - Ben Del Maestro, Performance, FeaturedArtist

© 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Motion Picture Artwork & Photography C 2002, 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Non-Motion Picture Photography C 2006 New Line Productions Inc. ℗ 2006 Reprise Records for the U.S. and WEA International for the world outside of the U.S.; 2006 New Line Productions Inc.

11
The Nazgûl Attack
00:02:45

Howard Shore, Composer, Conductor, Orchestration, MainArtist

© 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Motion Picture Artwork & Photography C 2002, 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Non-Motion Picture Photography C 2006 New Line Productions Inc. ℗ 2006 New Line Productions Inc.

12
Théoden Rides Forth (feat. Ben Del Maestro)
00:05:48

Howard Shore, Composer, Conductor, Orchestration, MainArtist - Ben Del Maestro, Performance, FeaturedArtist

© 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Motion Picture Artwork & Photography C 2002, 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Non-Motion Picture Photography C 2006 New Line Productions Inc. ℗ 2006 New Line Productions Inc.

13
The Tales That Really Matter
00:12:01

Howard Shore, Composer, Conductor, Orchestration, MainArtist

© 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Motion Picture Artwork & Photography C 2002, 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Non-Motion Picture Photography C 2006 New Line Productions Inc. ℗ 2006 New Line Productions Inc.

14
Long Ways to Go Yet / "Gollum's Song" (feat. Emiliana Torrini)
00:08:04

Emiliana Torrini, Performance, FeaturedArtist - Howard Shore, Composer, Conductor, Orchestration, MainArtist

© 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Motion Picture Artwork & Photography C 2002, 2006 New Line Productions Inc. Non-Motion Picture Photography C 2006 New Line Productions Inc. ℗ 2006 New Line Productions Inc.

Album Description

Howard Shore’s themes for Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy are often considered as some of the greatest accomplishments in the history of movie soundtracks. By virtue of its operatic length, first: just for this second volume (available here in its entirety), the listener can enjoy this music for more than three hours! But first and foremost, we have to highlight here the extremely rich and inventive artistic performance of the composer of the movies of David Cronenberg, as well as Ed Wood, After Hours and Mrs. Doubtfire. For this second episode released in 2002 (called The Two Towers), the Canadian composer reuses here and there the epic and moving themes from the first volume, by injecting into them more darkness and ambiguity, as proven by the opening track (Glamdring, with Maori choruses), as well as tracks associated to Gollum that skillfully blend shadow and light (My Precious). This soundtrack is also filled with new themes like the one, epic and majestic, devoted to the Rohirrim, the riders of Middle-earth (The Plains of Rohan). But Shore’s score wouldn’t be complete without this Celtic flavor that the composer scatters with subtlety throughout this titanic partition—thus reminding that one of the influences of Tolkien, the author of the novels, was Irish mythology. Dermot Crehan (violin) and the great flutist James Galway (tin and low whistle) are usually responsible for bringing to this score this particular color (Edoras ; Ent-draught). In this regard, it is worth noting the impressive number of soloists inside Shore’s partition, something quite rare for a so-called “symphonic” partition. Naturally, throughout his work, the composer endeavors to respect to the letter the narrative and visual world of Tolkien and Jackson, thus intending it for the fans of the saga. But this rich and subtle original soundtrack proves in a blatant way that Howard Shore also wanted to speak to the heart of every music lover, whether they knew Tolkien’s fantastical world or not. © Nicolas Magenham/Qobuz

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