The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King

The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King

by Howard Shore

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Overview

The soundtrack to The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, the third installment in the LOTR saga, is the work of award-winning composer Howard Shore and features an original song by Annie Lennox. Also available is a three-CD limited-edition version which includes the first two soundtracks, and a limited edition CD/DVD that features a bonus DVD including a five-minute trailer encompassing all three movies and a 20-minute documentary, Howard Shore: An Introspective, on the making of the score.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/25/2003
Label: Reprise / Wea
UPC: 0093624852124
catalogNumber: 48521
Rank: 34222

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Howard Shore   Primary Artist,Conductor
Dermot Crehan   Fiddle,Double Violin,Irish Fiddle
John Parricelli   Guitar,12-string Guitar
Annie Lennox   Soloist
Renée Fleming   Soloist
Jan Hendrickse   Low Whistle
Urlich Herkenhoff   Pan Flute/Pan Pipes
Ben Del Maestro   Soloist

Technical Credits

Howard Shore   Producer,Liner Notes,Orchestration
John Kurlander   Engineer
Peter Jackson   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Danny Bramson   Executive Producer
Paul Broucek   Executive Producer
Fran Walsh   Executive Producer,Text
Mitch Rotter   Soundtrack Executive Producer
Mark Willsher   Associate Music Producer

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Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
awesome from the very begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GandalfTheWhite More than 1 year ago
awesome from begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
DarthTyranus More than 1 year ago
awesome from begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I haven't heard this yet but i know it will be great. Howard Shore does a fantastic job of displaying the powerful mood and environs of Middle-Earth
Guest More than 1 year ago
This musical score is amazing....thanks to Howard shore and his ablility to capture the emotional heart of the story we have loved his music since the eariler years and now we are all at an end. This is where we all must say goodbye and thank those who have brought to life J.R.R. Tolkien's vision. The music is great and will live on in my heart for all time. Many thanks for giving me the chance to share these words.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've had this soundtrack for a long time. Even after 3 months of listening to it, I have yet to tire of it. The ethereal music, seemingly plucked straight out of Middle-earth, is gorgeous in its own right and adds another dimension of depth to an already astounding film. There are not enough words to describe Howard Shore's monumental achievements in The Lord of the Rings. It fully deserves its Academy Award! As for criticisms directed towards "Into the West," Annie Lennox's swan song for LOTR, I can only say that I used to hate it too. It seemed to mar the essence of the film and the soundtrack. But as I listened to it more and more, I have come to peel away the initial emotion of distate and shock to something more along the lines of poetic ecstasy. No, it's not Keats or Shakespeare, but Lennox's rendition is heartbreaking in its beauty and sincerity. Billy Boyd was a revelation in "The Steward of Gondor," and Viggo Mortensen's own composition of the tune to Aragorn's hymn was hauntingly vivid. Ben del Maestro closed his LOTR career with a bang, Sir James Galway played with such sincerity, and Renee Fleming was an incredible addition to an already wonderful group of singers. Truly an achievement in cinematic scores!
Guest More than 1 year ago
WOW! I just purchased the soundtrack and all I can say is that it is AMAZING! I was worried before that it wouldn't have as many good moments and streams of emotion like the fellowship's score, with its loving shire theme. I was really frightened after the Two Towers score which was good, but I felt was lacking of as many moving themes and moments as the fellowship. Good moments, I felt, were often cut short in the ttt score. Well the Return of the King soundtrack makes up for all of that. This is a cd with brilliance in every track. Regular themes like the elvish, rohan, and shire strands are done and hinted again, but are even better, altered brilliantly with different instruments. Gondor's theme, another theme I thought would not be any good next to “shire’s”, is heart moving. Its altered in several points perfectly creating suspense, emotion, wonder. I have to promise myself that I will stop listening to this before the 17th. Its too good, it creates feelings that can only spoil the movie. Shelob's lair, for one, (a track I thought I would normally skip over b/c I expected it to be too harsh, with the high horns used in the previous Rings score, somewhat cut down in this soundtrack, thankfully) well it was amazingly done, tense and tight. If i had to chose a favorite track, it would be the Return of the King track, which brings out the solitary shire theme, with a single instrument solo, and then many, and is remincint of the amazing Concerning Hobbits track of the first soundtrack (BUT EVEN BETTER!). The "Into the West Song" I felt was unnecessary, but all the other tracks, with sweet new sounds and vocals, and the old themes you can only love, makes well more up for it. A CD I can finally listen through entirely, and not skip around tracks, its the best soundtrack I have ever bought. I more then highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Some part's were wonderful. Some were just down. But when you hear again the sounds of Rohan and Gondor, maybe even just a little of hobbiton is makes your heart glow. The thing I felt was not needed was the wood flutes for the "Steward Of Gondor". Also "Into The West" is a true ending song. The Lyrics are just like the real leaving of the elves. :) Howard Shore is the best of the best! Howard shore deserves an oscar as other people have said. What can YOU see on the horizon?
Guest More than 1 year ago
After much anticipation, I finally purchased the soundtrack for "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King". Not only do I think it was worth every penny, I feel like I bought something priceless. Howard Shore's incredibly emotional and powerful score for the final installment of the epic trilogy matches the energy, anxiety and the urgency of the Two Towers soundtrack and the heart-filled and glorious sound of the Fellowship of the Ring soundtrack, while adding new unforgettable melodies like the Gondor theme. My favorites were "The Steward of Gondor", "Anduril", "The Return of the King", and "Twilight and Shadow". Please consider adding this wonderful and intensely exciting disc to your soundtrack collection, and cheer Howard Shore on at the Oscars!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to say that I did miss the Lothlorien theme, but oh well. The Return of the King soundtrack is the best of them all. The movie wouldn't have been as emotional if it didn't have Howard Shore's phenomenal music. I also think Billy Boyd's singing was pretty good. "Into the West" was exhilerating. My favorite track is the Fields of the Pelennor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This soundtrack is one of the best I've ever heard. So many themes and emotions run through it, that you can just feel what it's trying to say. There is such a range of music in this work that has been recorded, giving the listener a look into the world it describes. It's beautiful, it's haunting, it's epic, it's dark, it's majestic, it's everything you could want in a soundtrack and more. The choir and London Philharmonic Orchestra were incredible, and I highly recommend this cd to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was initially a bit disappointed with the ROTK score the first day I bought it, but since then I have listened to it many times, and have grown to appreciate the beauty in the themes and choral arrangements used by Howard Shore in this final soundtrack. It truly presents a fascinating end to the best movie trilogy ever made. I cannot wait for the movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What can I say, we all are very worried, afarid and looking forward to the score all at the same time, in the end I am certain that Howard Shore, who has taken us through middle-earth alone with his music, will once again come back with a beautiful music score that will without a doubt blow all else out from the water. Peter Jackson and Howard Shore both have taken me and countless others to the brink of honor and fear to the bottomless coals of Mordor to the higest point on a mountain top. The Return Of The King will be the best score of all time, I say that without thinking twice, all lord of the ring fans hold on it's going to be a bumpy and wild ride this December. This CD will start it all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Howard Shore is a genius for translating Peter's work into music. Peter is a genius for translating as best he could (we miss you, Bombadil!) Tolkien's incredible work. Tolkien was just a genius. So, in the end, they are all geniuses, and if you give them their due respect, you may not be a genius but you're still smart! :D
Guest More than 1 year ago
I won't say too much, I know that most of what I'd like the say has already been covered. I love the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The feeling that Howard Shore brings through his music, which is subtle, so as to prevent it from taking over (for example John Williams, whom I also love dearly, sadly does not do so well in this respect) is phenomenal. It is undoubtedly an asset to whatever collection you may have. I am aware that many wonder if the music actually varies all that much between the movies and indeed this proves the magnitude of Shore's genius because, while he plays off some of his previous scores, it is more powerful, greater, and in everyway a perfect end to a beautiful series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hey everybody... this is a great CD! If you don't have it please think about buying it. This music is great for listening while doing homework (you high school and college students out there!), or great for driving in the car. Some of the music may be a little haunting, but it is well worth your time and money to buy it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is really a beautiful soundtrack. Howard Shore is a musical genius. In my opinion, part of the beauty of the score is the way the vocals blend so well with the instrumental aspects. Renee Fleming's voice is ethereal. My favorite piece, however, is Annie Lennox's Into the West. It is truly incredible. (Try picking up the LOTR ROTK sheet music. It'll further add to the experience!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Though I do admit a slight bias when it comes to these films, both the musician and cynic in me were completely awed by the soundtrack to this final installment of the Tolkien/Jackson epic. The vision of Howard Shore has defined the trilogy so far, and this soundtrack ties all three films together so seamlessly and so perfectly that it leaves me wondering if the films would have had quite so en emotional impact on me if they had been scored even slightly differently. To me, this soundtrack’s greatest strength lies in the fact that all major themes from the trilogy are present; it’s in this soundtrack, as in the work itself, that all themes are brought to fulfillment. For example, we were introduced to those scrappy Rohirrim by way of Norwegian lute in Two Towers, the first real introduction to the world of Men in the films. This simple melody drew the perfect picture of the proud, fierce peasant-warriors. Now, if you listen to this familiar theme by the last half of the ROTK soundtrack, the music of our beloved horse lords has blossomed into a majestic and noble melody, rich with the sorrow and power and courage that defined the Rohirrim’s progress throughout the movies. The soundtrack is filled with such developments, all swelling to an emotional release in “The End of All Things” and “The Return of the King”. And just in case you haven’t been put through the ringer quite enough, Shore offers “The Grey Havens”, a haunting song that presents the perfect bittersweet ending to the most bittersweet of all endings. Now, I really like Annie Lenox’s “Into the West”, though admittedly more for the lyrics than her rendering of the Grey Havens theme. If you’ve seen the film, then there’s a 90% chance you were at least a tad choked-up by the time you heard this. Personally, I wept like a small child. Which perfectly describes the sheer emotional pull that this score, coupled with Jackson’s vision and Tolkien’s genius, offers to us mortals.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this CD a few weeks ago, and have now memorized the words to when people sing/say something! I espescially like the last song, INTO THE WEST, performed by Annie Lennox!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked the "Steward of Gondor" song. I also really like "Into the West" because I can sing it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Howard Shore has done it again. This is an awesome soundtrack, capturing the emotions of Middle-earth perfectly. The same recurring themes as in the other two will be recognize, but also includes some new ones. The only thing I found disappointing was Annie Lennox's "Into the West". This was, in my opinion, too folk-sounding, and Lennox's voice sounds out of place in the otherwise extraordinary score. Overall, however, I found Return of the King's soundtrack to be just as fantastic as December's movie is sure to be.