Friday, May 8, 2009

Kansas City Review

An epic cycle of films calls for epic music, and Howard Shore’s impressive score for the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy certainly fits the bill.

Two hundred performers filled the stage of the Music Hall Thursday night when the Kansas City Symphony, joined by multiple soloists and choruses, performed the “Lord of the Rings Symphony.”

While Thursday’s performance was admirable, a few technical glitches marred the first half.

The composition is Shore’s own reworking of many hours of film music into six movements that last a bit more than 2 hours. A certain musical hierarchy infused the work — music with a Celtic flair represented the Hobbits, and passages tinged with eastern music referred to the Elves.

Whether or not an audience member followed the plot of the Tolkien books or subsequent films, they could certainly appreciate the lush orchestral themes.

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