The Musical Soundtrack that accompanies the BBC radio full-cast dramatisation of JRR Tolkien's classic Lord of the Rings trilogy.
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The main theme sets the mood nicely; its mysterious introductory bars and the stirring tune they lead into immediately promise adventure. Some of the compositions are instrumental, others are songs, all of which use Tolkien's lyrics from the book (and "Bilbo's Last Song", published separately from and much later than "The Lord of the Rings" but incorporated into the dramatisation), in both English and Elvish, and the music is ideally crafted to each; a particular favourite of mine is the eagle's song of Sauron's defeat, sung by a countertenor.
My only complaint is that it would have been nice to have some of the songs performed by the actors in character as in the programme - the Lay of Gil-galad and "In western lands beneath the Sun" by Bill Nighy as Sam and the Ent songs by Stephen Thorne as Treebeard - though on the other hand we get John le Mesurier singing part of Bilbo's Last Song, which he merely spoke one verse of in the programme (another was sung by an non-character singer). But that does little to diminish the quality of this excellent soundtrack. (Posted on 26 April 2013)
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