The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers


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Drawing from J.R.R. Tolkien's own texts as well as other pre-medieval sources, Academy Award–winning composer Howard Shore presents a masterful evocation of the magical, mythical world of elves, hobbits, and other mystical creatures -- a work of art as sweeping and impressive as The Lord of the Rings itself. Shore, who has created the musical backdrops for some 50 films over the past 20 years, including his noted collaborations with director David Cronenberg (Scanners, The Fly, M. Butterfly) as well as for other classics such as Philadelphia, The Silence of the Lambs, and Seven, faces perhaps the biggest challenge of his career with his scores for Peter Jackson's multipart film series. The second installment keeps up the high standard set by the Grammy-winning The Fellowship of the Ring. His darkly seductive score for The Two Towers features the London Philharmonic plus a host of arcane instruments including the cimbalon and dulruba, as well as guest vocals by the otherworldly Elizabeth Fraser, famous for her work with '80s dream-pop band Cocteau Twins, and "Gollum's Song," sung by Icelandic ingénue Emiliana Torrini. As a bonus, this enhanced disc includes the theatrical trailer, a link to two exclusive digital online trading cards, music video for the score, behind-the-scenes footage of the score's creation, multimedia, and more.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/10/2002
Label: Reprise / Wea
UPC: 0093624837923
catalogNumber: 48379
Rank: 38188

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sheila Chandra   Vocals,Soloist
Elizabeth Fraser   Vocals,Soloist
Greg Knowles   Cimbalom
London Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
Howard Shore   Conductor
Sonia Slany   Monochord
Dermot Crehan   Fiddle,Soloist
London Voices   Choir, Chorus,Track Performer
Emiliana Torrini   Vocals,Soloist
Sylvia Hallett   Sarangui
Jan Hendrickse   Soloist
Isabel Bayrakdarian   Vocals,Soloist
London Oratory School Schola   Choir, Chorus
Ben Del Maestro   Soloist
Ben Del Maestro   Vocals
Edward Cervenka   Cimbalom
Michael McCarthy   Choir Master
Terry Edwards   Choir Master

Technical Credits

Andy Bradfield   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
David Gleeson   Associate Music Producer
John Kurlander   Engineer
Howard Shore   Producer
Danny Bramson   Executive Producer
Jim Rhodes   Score Reader
Pete Lewis   Vocal Engineer
Steven R. Gilmore   Art Direction,Cover Design
Paul Broucek   Liner Notes,Executive Producer,Vocal Producer
Alex Swift   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Karen Elliot   Scoring Coordinator
Bill Foley   Producer
Lori Silfen   Music Business Affairs
Mitch Rotter   Soundtrack Executive Producer
James Bellamy   Auricle Programming
Jan Hendrickse   Contributor
Chris Cozens   Auricle Programming
Fran Walsh   Executive Producer,Text
Tim Stritmater   Producer
John F.X. Walsh   Music Business Affairs
Greg Laporta   Producer
J.R.R. Tolkien   Text
Matt Rocker   Producer
Philippa Boyens   Text
Jim Bruening   Producer
David Salo   translation
Jason Poss   Producer
James Rhodes   Score Reader
Charles Portney   Scoring Coordinator
Karen Elliott   Scoring Coordinator
Peter Jackson   Director,Liner Notes,Executive Producer

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Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 60 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of those film scores - and they don't come very often - when you feel like, oh I don't know, jumping up and beheading an Orc! Only kiddin'. In truth, Howard Shore goes 'The Fellowship of the Ring' score one better by delving deeper into the multi-textured realms of Middle-earth. "The Riders of Rohan" and "The King of the Golden Hall" have a very elegaic, Norse feel to them, thanks in part to the masterful use of the violin. "The Uruk-Hai" is a reprise of the 'Fellowship Heroes' theme, as well as the themes for Isengard and Mordor. "Evenstar" and "Breath of Life" have just such an all-round breathtaking feel to them; the singers' voices are enchanting. "The Hornburg" is an excellent use of percussion and builds up the tension to the start of the battle for the survival of Rohan at Helm's Deep. "Forth Eorlingas" and "Isengard Unleashed" have some beautiful vocal parts. And the final track - "Gollum's Song" - is a haunting song performed by Emiliana Torrini that'll reverberate inside your head for weeks on end. This is masterclass.
GandalfTheWhite More than 1 year ago
i loved the music on this cd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
DarthTyranus More than 1 year ago
awesome movie soundtrack!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Could one be more pleased with the outcome of Howard Shore's score for 'The Two Towers'? No. It is one of the most astonishing, and compelling music scores of all time. The Two Towers is brought to life with the power of Shores music talent. In a way no other composer could have done. Not only is is dark, rich, compelling, and truthful, but faithful to the text of Tolkien's written word. Shore is both a genius, and a master of what he likes to do best. Turn stories into nothing but music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This soundtrack is the best representation of the movie's's dark, somewhat creepy but above all magical, just like the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Howard Shore may have defined his legacy with all of the Lord of Rings Scores. The Two Towers picked right up where Fellowship left off. This is my interpretation of Howard Shores masterpiece so far..Fellowship is about about magic, lifes change, and a hard decisions..Towers is mans struggles to fend of the past and inner demons that travel with the past..King is the "end of all things"..."the journeys end". Have said that The Two Towers doesn't relinquish any of its steam by accepting only the middle childs left overs. It possess you with its beginning tracks adn then defines itself with "The Riders of Rohan". Exposes the regal nature of characters in "The King of the Golden Hall"..Galdalfs impossible journey to find the Horse Lords is told to our senses through "The White Rider"..Of course the Two Towers is about the Battles namely the Battle of Helms Deep which is captured strongly in the "Helms Deep" track. You truley feel that 10,000 Orcs are about to attack you as you listen. Also a character that is starting to become very endearing to the fans is Gollum.All of Gollum's fans are rewarded with a moving piece called Gollum's song. Those of you who long to know more about Gollum are given this treat that paints Gollum as more of a tragic hero than a addicted ring-obsessed wretch. The Two Towers CD is a masterful sequel to an already legendary scoring by Howard Shore.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it's the greatest track i've listened.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having absolutely loved the soundtrack to "fellowship of the ring", i was afraid that "the two towers" wouldn't measure up. It rose to the occasion magnificently and exceeded my expectations. The clear, soaring melodies and orchestrations mingle with dark, sorrowful, and sometimes foreboding undertones to create a musical masterpiece that far surpasses its predecessor. I especially enjoyed the gorgeous voilin melody in Track 6, King of the Golden Hall.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The music created by Howard Shore is adored by many fans. The many orchestras and soloists and choirs were magnificently beautiful in helping to create the path. Its like the journey never ended. You can always look back onto a particular time by listening to a piece of this music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This score is awsome!! I highly recomend it. While not as grand and majestic as the first it's not supposed to be. It certainly is darker. I espescially like "Foundation of Stone", "Helm's Deep", and "The White Rider". "Gollum's Song" is disturbingly haunting. the singer even manages to mimic gollum's voice. All i have to say is good job.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this soundtrack still held all the great qualities of the first, and expanded with more themes for Rohan and the Riddermark. The music seems more drawn out and darker, but this is fitting for the middle, darker movie that The Two Towers really is. The slower, more subtle at times music fits just with the feeling of the middle 'cliffhanger' movie, just as Empire Strikes Back. The best parts were actually from the main Fellowship theme, but this is still as good as the first. 5 stars for Shore and making the movies come to life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really give this piece of work so much honor and appreciation, because they are so talented and they make the music touch your heart. It also goes with the movies right. It brought me to tears a couple times while watching the movie, and while just listening to it on cd. I LOVE this thanks very much indeed!!#1 fan of LOTR films and sountrack
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved it, it made me feel like I was watching the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This sound-track is a great! I loved the beautiful music in The King Of The Golden Hall. It is a very beautiful piece of art. I think all should get this!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
My 5 star review is anticipatory, I guess, but if this soundtrack is anything like its predecessor, it gets full marks! I loved the Fellowship soundtrack, and I've heard Two Towers is just as good, but's much darker and more freaky.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once again Howard Shore takes us to Middle Earth where Hobbits, Men, Elves, Dwarves and other live. Rich and powerful he paints a picture of a world on the edge of war through the use of "exotic" instruments and various sounds. The use of the Hardinger fiddle and deep brass to portray Rohan provides the backdrop for a proud race of people. Darker than "The Fellowship of the Ring", "The Two Towers" allows the listener to feel deep emotions for the characters. From the turmoil shared by Frodo and Sam in Mordor to the frantic pace in the battle of "Helms Deep", and even the hint of Gollum's treachery in "Samwise the Brave". The score alone takes you into Middle Earth which is only made better by the images it inspires. Being a musician myself it is easy to appreciate the complexities of the score and the uniqueness of unusual instruments. Once again Howard Shore, thank you for the image!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Awsome soundtrack! good as the movie
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Two Towers' score, by Howard Shore, is surprisingly good for a second-movie score. There's just enough new stuff mixed in with the old, familiar themes. I especially liked the Celtic- inspired Rohan theme- fits the Horse-lords perfectly. I'm a bit disappointed that Enya didn't return for Towers, but Emiliana Torrini really did a nice job with Gollum's Song.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love most of the songs on this soundtrack! I have to agree the Norwegian Fiddle is beautiful adds so much to the music. My favorite would have to be Forth Eorlingas. I highly recommend this to everybody who likes The Lord of the Rings Trilogy!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Howard Shore did a magnificent job on this soundtrack. He did a great job creating darker and more emotional music. The music is so beautiful and powerful, that every time you listen to it, you are swept back into middle earth, and you feel the emotion that you felt while watching the movie. You want to listen to the music over and over it is so pretty and well done. Thank you Howard Shore for creating such a wonderful soundtrack!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had really high expectations for this score, having loved the first, but I was a little disappointed. It lacks the epic proportions of the first: the soaring fanfares, the lyric phrasing, the rich sonorous quality, etc. The best parts of the Two Towers score are those that harken back to Fellowship (i.e.: Tracks 5 and 16) One excellent addition to the audio world of Middle Earth, however, is the Norwegian Fiddle (representing men of Rohan) - it really adds character! The music seemed stagnant to me: going nowhere and taking an awful lot of time to get there. "Gollum's Song" is pathetic and almost comical - like Britany Spears in an advanced state of depression. What happened to Enya?