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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The Return of the King – The Complete Recordings on Vinyl and back on CD



THE LORD OF THE RINGS SOUNDTRACKS
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: The Complete Recordings
Limited-Edition Boxed Set Available From Rhino On September 21
PRE-ORDER NOW
On Vinyl: https://www.amazon.com/
On CD/Blu-ray: https://www.amazon.com
The Lord of the Rings trilogy remains one of most successful films in cinematic history. Based on the popular J.R.R. Tolkien novel of the same name, The Lord of the Rings was directed by Peter Jackson with a score composed by Howard Shore and earned a total of 17 Academy Awards®. Three of those awards were for the film’s music which enjoyed wide commercial success and collectively has sold seven million copies. 
To help celebrate International Tolkien Week (September 14-22) and International Hobbit Day (September 22), Rhino will release the third and final soundtrack from the Trilogy on September 21. THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS will be released on vinyl for the first time as a 6-LP boxed set ($134.98). Housed in a collector’s box with a green leather-style spine, the collection is limited to 8,000 individually numbered copies on green vinyl. The soundtrack will also be available as a 4-CD set ($84.98), plus 1 Blu-ray audio disc containing the entire sore in high-resolution 5.1 surround sound, a reactivation of the 2007 box set featuring the entire score from the extended versions of the film. Both versions come with extensive liner notes from author Doug Adams, who analyzes many of the themes and motifs used throughout the score.
The music for all three films was composed, orchestrated and conducted by Howard Shore. The music he wrote for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King was performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra with contributions from the choirs: the London Voices and the London Oratory School Schola boy’s choir. 
The album was certified gold in the U.S. and the U.K. and won two Academy Awards® for Best Original Score and for Best Original Song with “Into the West” performed by Annie Lennox; two Golden Globe Awards® for Best Original Score and Song; and two Grammy Awards® for Best Score Soundtrack Album and Song Written for a Motion Picture.
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS is the third in a series of three releases that also includes The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) which was released on April 6 and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) which was released July 27. 
There’s probably never been as ambitious a film score as Howard Shore’s 10-hour epic for the “Lord of the Rings” series… the music is rich and complex, drawing on a vast range of styles and exotic instruments to evoke J.R.R. Tolkien’s world of elves, hobbits and warlocks… Shore uses an elaborate leitmotif technique (where musical themes are associated with specific characters or ideas, and are developed across the entire series) to hold the sprawling tale together. Lush, beautiful and full of intriguing surprises, it’s no wonder that it’s become one of the most popular film scores ever written. – Stephen Brookes for the Washington Post, May, 2008
PRE-ORDER NOW
On Vinyl: https://www.amazon.com/
On CD/Blu-ray: https://www.amazon.com

Vinyl In Motion

Friday, June 15, 2018

... And Back Again

The Two Towers – The Complete Recordings on Vinyl and back on CD


THE LORD OF THE RINGS SOUNDTRACKS
The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers: The Complete Recordings
Limited-Edition Boxed Sets Available From Rhino Starting On July 27
PRE-ORDER NOW
On Vinyl: https://www.amazon.com/
On CD/Blu-ray: https://www.amazon.com
LOS ANGELES – The Lord of the Rings is one of most successful trilogies in film history. Directed by Peter Jackson and based on the popular J.R.R. Tolkien novel of the same name, The Lord of the Rings earned a total of 17 Academy Awards®. Three of those awards were for the music that was featured in the films, which enjoyed wide commercial success and collectively has sold seven million copies. 
Rhino will once again return to Middle-earth on July 27 with the second soundtrack from the Trilogy. THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS – THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS will be released on vinyl for the first time as a 5-LP boxed set ($119.98). Housed in a collector’s box with a blue leather-style spine, the collection is limited to 8,000 individually numbered copies on blue vinyl. The soundtrack will also be available as a 3-CD disc set ($79.98), plus 1 Blu-ray audio disc containing high-resolution 5.1 and stereo mixes of the entire score, a reactivation of the 2006 box set featuring the entire score from the extended versions of the film. Both versions come with extensive liner notes from author Doug Adams, who analyzes many of the themes and motifs used throughout the score.
The music for all three films was composed, orchestrated and conducted by Howard Shore. The music he wrote for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers was performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra with contributions from the choirs: the London Voices and the London Oratory School Schola boy’s choir. The album was certified gold in the U.S., the U.K. and Canada and won the Grammy Award® for Best Score Soundtrack Album.
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS – THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS is the second of in a series of three releases that includes The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King(2003) on color vinyl for the first time. More information on the final release in the series will be available at a later date.
There’s probably never been as ambitious a film score as Howard Shore’s 10-hour epic for the “Lord of the Rings” series… the music is rich and complex, drawing on a vast range of styles and exotic instruments to evoke J.R.R. Tolkien’s world of elves, hobbits and warlocks. But it’s more than just background music: Shore uses an elaborate leitmotif technique (where musical themes are associated with specific characters or ideas, and are developed across the entire series) to hold the sprawling tale together. Lush, beautiful and full of intriguing surprises, it’s no wonder that it’s become one of the most popular film scores ever written.
– Stephen Brookes for the Washington Post, May, 2008
PRE-ORDER NOW
On Vinyl: https://www.amazon.com/
On CD/Blu-ray: https://www.amazon.com

TORN Chat!

Return of the Symphony


Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

June 14, 15 & 16, 2018
Featuring the ESO and 150 voices from the Kokopelli Choirs, The Lord of the Rings Symphony takes you on a musical journey across Middle-earth. Academy and Grammy Award-winning Canadian Composer, Howard Shore’s masterpiece echoes the influence of Strauss, Liszt, Smetana and Sibelius.
Alex Prior, conductor
Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
Kaitlyn Lusk, soprano
Members of the Kokopelli Choirs

Monday, March 26, 2018

The Fellowship of the Ring – The Complete Recordings on VINYL and Back on CD


THE LORD OF THE RINGS SOUNDTRACKS
The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring: The Complete Recordings
Limited-Edition Boxed Sets Available From Rhino Starting On April 6
LOS ANGELES – The Lord of the Rings is one of most successful trilogies in film history earning 17 Academy Awards® including three for its music. Beyond critical acclaim, the music from the films also enjoyed wide commercial success, collectively selling 7 million copies. Directed by Peter Jackson, The Lord of the Rings films are based on the popular J.R.R. Tolkien novel of the same name.
Rhino is returning to Middle-earth on April 6 with the first soundtrack from the Trilogy, THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS, available on vinyl for the first time as a 5-LP boxed set. Housed in a collector’s box with red leather-style spine, the collection is limited to 5,000 individually numbered copies on red vinyl. The soundtrack will also be available as a 3-CD disc set plus 1 Blu-ray audio disc containing high-resolution 5.1 and Stereo mixes of the entire score, a reactivation of the 2005 box set featuring the entire score from the extended versions of the film. Both versions come with extensive liner notes from author Doug Adams who analyzes many of the themes and motifs used throughout the score.
PRE-ORDER NOW
On Vinyl: https://www.amazon.com/
On CD/Blu-ray: https://www.amazon.com
The music for all three films was composed, orchestrated and conducted by Howard Shore. The music he wrote for The Fellowship of the Ring was performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, with contributions by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the London Voices and the London Oratory School Schola. The soundtrack also highlights two original songs written and performed by Enya: “May It Be” and “Aníron (Theme for Aragorn and Arwen).” The soundtrack was certified platinum in the U.S. alone, and sold extremely well around the world. It won the Academy Award® for Best Original Score, as well as the Grammy® for Best Score Soundtrack Album.
THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS is the first of in a series of three releases that will also feature The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) on color vinyl for the first time. More information on the series of releases will be available at a later date.
The Complete Recordings is last year’s most important archival soundtrack release, expanding and preserving one of the finest and most significant recent scores in all of film music. Shore’s Lord Of The Rings trilogy is an operatic symphony that is among the finest musical accomplishments of the last half-century. The plethora of unreleased material on this beautifully packaged edition is mouth-watering at the least, and the sonic dynamic achieved on the surround sound DVD of the entire 180-minute score is simply astonishing.
– Randall Larson from Music From the Movies, 2005
There’s probably never been as ambitious a film score as Howard Shore’s 10-hour epic for the “Lord of the Rings” series… the music is rich and complex, drawing on a vast range of styles and exotic instruments to evoke J.R.R. Tolkien’s world of elves, hobbits and warlocks. But it’s more than just background music: Shore uses an elaborate leitmotif technique (where musical themes are associated with specific characters or ideas, and are developed across the entire series) to hold the sprawling tale together. Lush, beautiful and full of intriguing surprises, it’s no wonder that it’s become one of the most popular film scores ever written.
– Stephen Brookes for the Washington Post, May, 2008
The Lord of the Rings No. 1 Best Movie Score of the 21st Century.
– IndieWire, February, 2018
THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS
Track Listing:
LP 1
SIDE A
1. Prologue: One Ring to Rule Them All
2. The Shire
3. Bag End
4. Very Old Friends
5. Flaming Red hair
SIDE B
1. Farewell Dear Bilbo
2. Keep It Secret, Keep It Safe
3. A Conspiracy Unmasked
4. Three Is Company
LP 2
SIDE C
1. The Passing Of The Elves
2. Saruman the White
3. A Shortcut to Mushrooms
4. Strider
5. The Nazgûl
SIDE D
1. Weathertop
2. The Caverns of Isengard
3. Give Up the Halfling
4. Orthanc
5. Rivendell
6. The Sword That Was Broken
LP 3
Side E
1. The Council of Elrond Assembles Featuring “Aníron (Theme for Aragorn and Arwen)” Composed & performed by Enya
2. The Great Eye
3. Gilraen’s Memorial
4. The Pass of Caradhras
Side F
1. The Doors of Durin
2. Moria
3. Gollum
4. Balin’s Tomb
LP 4
Side G
1. Khazad-dûm
2. Caras Galadhon Featuring “Lament for Gandalf” performed by Elizabeth Fraser
Side H
1. The Mirror of Galadriel
2. The Fighting Uruk-hai
LP 5
Side I
1. Parth Galen
2. The Departure of Boromir
Side J
1. The Road Goes Ever On… Pt. 1
2. May It Be Composed & performed by Enya
3. The Road Goes Ever On… Pt. 2 Featuring “In Dreams” performed by Edward Ross
PRE-ORDER NOW
On Vinyl: https://www.amazon.com/
On CD/Blu-ray: https://www.amazon.com

Sunday, September 17, 2017

The Music of Howard Shore: October 7 at Salle Pleyel



October offers a stunning assortment of Howard Shore's classic scores (including music from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit!) live in concert in Paris, France. Click HERE for more information. 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Chicago Symphony at Ravinia

Tap, tap, tap ... is this thing on?

Howard Shore's Lord of the Rings scores are coming to Ravinia on August 18, 19, and 20. I'll be there each night signing The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films in the gift shop. Come on by, if you please!


https://csosoundsandstories.org/one-orchestra-to-lead-them-all-the-cso-takes-on-lotr-trilogy/

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Pittsburgh Symphony: The Film Music of Howard Shore



The Film Music of Howard Shore Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra World Premiere: 
THE HOBBIT FOUR MOVEMENTS FOR SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
June 24, 2016 – June 26, 2016 at Heinz Hall Special Guest Howard Shore 

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concludes another spectacular Pops season with a one of a kind evening: an audience with the Academy Award-winning composer Howard Shore. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra celebrates the outstanding career and achievements of a true icon, with performances of his best known scores and live interviews by acclaimed film music writer Jon Burlingame, with the composer from the stage. Audiences will thrill to the music from his legendary scores to The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the world premiere of music from The Hobbit with scores from his films: The Aviator, Mrs. Doubtfire, The Silence of the Lambs, Hugo, and many more.

This is an epic evening filled with amazing music and the composer’s own insights. A unique experience not to be missed!

June 24 at 8:00 pm
June 25 at 8:00 pm
June 26 at 2:30 pm

Buy Tickets: 412-392-4900

http://www.pittsburghsymphony.org/Shore

Saturday, April 16, 2016

FOTR in Moscow



20 April Wednesday - 19:00 

For the first time on the stage of the State Kremlin Palace - Lord of the Rings. Concert. 250 people on the stage, symphonic orchestra and 2 choirs! The famous composer and conductor Howard Shore together with the director Peter Jackson have created a truly unique show – Lord of the Rings Concert, based on the Lord of the Rings trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien. The soundtrack to the movie brought the composer three Oscars, four Grammies and three Gold Globes.

The Tales of the Middle-earth is a chronicle of the Great war for the Ring, the war that lasted for thousands of years. The one who owned the Ring, received the power over all live creatures, but was obliged to serve the evil. The quiet village where hobbits live. The wizard Gandalf, having come to the 111th birthday of his old friend Bilbo Baggins, starts conversation about a ring that Bilbo found many years ago. This ring belonged once to the dark master of the Middle-earth Sauron, and it gives great power to its owner. Now Sauron wants to return the power over the Middle-earth. Bilbo gives the found ring to his nephew Frodo who tries to learn to cope with that terrible power, which the ring gives …

Every action is followed by music! The charming, loud, quiet, nervous, intense melody accompanies every character. The large-scale show with all the unexpected turns is developing on the stage and the main character is music. It takes the spectator on the tracks of the mysterious world, it reveals secrets, it acquaints us with characters of the trilogy. Thanks to virtuosity of the composer, the listener will plunge into another world, the world of adventures, friendship, danger and even of darkness and evil. 250 people on the stage – the Symphonic orchestra and 2 choirs help to immerse into the world of fantastic travel and to wander the footpaths of other worlds.

The show participants: Symphonic orchestra of Moscow "Russkaya Philormoniya", the Mixed choir of the Academy of choral art of V. S. Popov, the State chorus of the Moscow regional philharmonic hall, Chorus of boys of the choral school of A.V. Sveshnikov.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

FOTR in Istanbul



2 April, 2016 - 3 April, 2016

Main Theatre / Classical


THE LORD OF THE RINGS: FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING

Composer Howard Shore brings J.R.R. Tolkien's literary imagination to vivid life with his Academy®- and Grammy® Award-winning score to The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Shore's music expresses Peter Jackson's film as an immense symphonic work—a uniquely developed vision drawn from centuries of stylistic tendencies.

The music of The Lord of the Rings is counted among film music's most complex and comprehensive works. This unique performance sets the score to the film, but allows the music to bear the narrative weight, creating a wholly new and dramatic live concert experience.

Shore's score not only captures Fellowship's sweeping emotion, thrilling vistas and grand journeys, but also echoes the very construction of Tolkien's Middle-earth. Styles, instruments and performers collected from around the world provide each of Tolkien's cultures with a unique musical imprint. The rural and simple hobbits are rooted in a dulcet weave of Celtic tones. The mystical Elves merit ethereal Eastern colors. The Dwarves, Tolkien's abrasive stonecutters, receive columns of parallel harmonies and a rough, guttural male chorus. The industrialized hordes of Orcs claim Shore's most violent and percussive sounds, including Japanese taiko drums, metal bell plates and chains beaten upon piano wires, while the world of Men, flawed yet noble heirs of Middle-earth, is introduced with stern and searching brass figures. In operatic fashion, these musical worlds commingle, sometimes combining forces for a culminated power, other times violently clashing…and always bending to the will of the One Ring and its own ominous family of themes.

The music's vast scope calls for symphony orchestra, mixed chorus, boys chorus and instrumental and vocal soloists singing in the Tolkien-crafted languages Quenya, Sindarin, Khuzdul, Adûnaic, Black Speech, as well as English. Original folk songs stand alongside diatonic hymns, knots of polyphony, complex tone clusters and seething, dissonant aleatoric passages. It is purposeful, knowing writing, as contained in execution as it is far-reaching in influence; for within this broad framework resides a remarkably concise musical vision. Shore's writing assumes an earthy, grounded tone built on sturdy orchestral structures and a sense of line that is at once fluid yet stripped of frivolous ornamentation. 

Orchestra: Filarmonia İstanbul 
Conductor: Ludwig Wicki 
Soprano: Kaitlyn Lusk
Boys Choir: İstanbul Senfoni Çocuk Korosu 
Boys Choir Masters: Gökçen Koray & Seval Irmak
Adult Choir: Rezonans Senfonik Koro
Adult Choir Master: Burak Onur Erdem

Click HERE for info and tickets.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Locarno



Howard Shore
The composer of images

From the soundworlds that shaped almost every one of David Cronenberg’s films to the fantasy thundering of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, ranging through the musical punctuation of thrillers like The Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme) and Seven (David Fincher), the pursuit of sparks of rock music in High Fidelity (Steven Frears) or the accompaniment to the hypnoses and bizarre hiccups of Ed Wood (Tim Burton), without forgetting all those incursions into genres that arose out of the collaboration with Martin Scorsese, from the mechanical tick-tock of black comedy (After Hours) to the epic score of The Aviator to the fantastical sighs of Hugo… These are just some of the greatest examples – among the many available – of how a soundtrack can never be reduced to a secondary filmic element, to a side dish, when it has been scored with the creative touch of a composer like Howard Shore. He has the rare gift of being able to insert the music directly into that process of world-building that lies at the base of a film. And it is because of this gift, put to the service of a long series of great directors, that the Festival del film Locarno is paying tribute to the great Canadian composer and conductor. 

This is the latest continuation of a journey that Locarno is dedicating to those figures who have shaped the history of cinema with their insight and skill. After the tributes to the special effects of Douglas Trumbull (2013), Mr Steadicam® Garrett Brown (2014) and sound designer and editor Walter Murch, the upcoming 69th edition will turn the spotlight on Howard Shore. Born in Toronto in 1946, his musical career has not been limited to the movies, though it is at the cinema that it has found its maximum resonance. This is clear not just from the welcome recognition represented by a total of three Oscars (Best Original Score in 2002 for Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and in 2004 for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, when he also won the award for Best Original Song for Into the West, performed by Annie Lennox). What should be noted most of all is the significance and impact his compositions have had on the invention of the most diverse auteurial universes, with that versatility that can move musical horizons in order to combine them with the image in a way that is always stimulating and never unambiguous. And if there was ever need of more examples, we can go back to where we started from: the substantial filmography of David Cronenberg, with whom Shore began working back in 1979, with the science-fiction horror The Brood. The dystopian future ruled by television violence in Videodrome (1983) would never have found its anguished density without the sinister and metallic reverberations that infect its soundtrack. The same can be said for the horror-like suspense that musically accompanies the bodily transformations of a scientist into an insect in The Fly (1986). Cinematographic voyages that merge with Ornette Coleman’s saxophone as they delve into the hallucinated mental explorations of Naked Lunch (1991), or veer towards the disturbing electric cords of a guitar that creates the sound landscape of the erotic collisions between cars and bodies in Crash (1996). And so on, up to the more noir and dramatic styles of Cronenberg’s most recent productions (Eastern Promises, Cosmopolis, Maps to the Stars), also characterized by Shore’s music, because the ear can also lead us to the edges of other types of mental abyss. As always for Shore, he discards any kind of didactic shortcut, instead setting himself the task of sculpting, note by note, the invisible heart of the world in which everything takes place. 

Lorenzo Buccella
 
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