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« on: September 12, 2007, 10:42:41 PM »
According to Comingsoon.net the complete soundtrack for Return of the King will be on sale on November 6.

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Composed for symphony orchestra, adult and children's choir, and soloists, "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - The Complete Recordings" was performed by London Philharmonic Orchestra, The London Voices, The London Oratory School Schola featuring vocal performances by Annie Lennox, Renée Fleming, Sissel, Ben Del Maestro and cast members Billy Boyd, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, and Dominic Monaghan. The score also features solos performed by renowned flautist Sir James Galway.

Means we might finally get a 'clean' version of Arwen's song. :D  

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« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2007, 05:01:33 AM »
Cool! I already want it.

Thanks for the info Mata :D  
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« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2007, 10:09:09 AM »
Ooh yes I've been waiting for this for ages, thank you!  

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« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2007, 05:30:25 PM »
Wow! That's really good news. I've always been looking forward to the "real" version of Arwen's Song.
Thanks so much for the news, mata! :)

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« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2007, 03:13:11 PM »
Wow that's great :P  

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« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2007, 09:19:33 AM »
From the annotated soundtrack:


11 – THE HOUSES OF HEALING
Featuring Liv Tyler

Pippin searches through the battle’s debris and finds a cloak adorned with an Elvish brooch—Merry’s cloak. Éomer discovers Éowyn, badly wounded, collapsed upon the figure of her perished uncle. Aragorn and Gandalf survey the carnage. Now is the time for healing.
Under Aragorn’s care, Éowyn recovers in the Houses of Healing. “Arwen’s Song” acts here as an Elvish blessing—an ethereal prayer for the suffering. Arwen, too, is somewhere in Middle-earth, just as lovelorn. “And the trees are now turning from green to gold/And the sun is now fading…” And yet, there is still hope. Faramir has also recovered in the Houses of Healing. He smiles at Éowyn. “Arwen’s Song” continues, “I wish I could hold you closer.”
The whistle continues in the same tender vein. Late at night, Pippin has found Merry on the quiet battlefield. Stepwise passages
recall the Shire theme, but more mature and worldly.

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« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2007, 09:21:15 AM »
4 – THE FELLOWSHIP REUNITED
Featuring Sir James Galway, Viggo Mortensen, and Renée Fleming

Aragorn turns to Legolas, who stands with a group of Elves, including… Arwen. Aragorn’s love steps out from behind a white Gondorian pennant. Renée Fleming sings Arwen Revealed, the same melodic strain that first brought her into the story back in The Fellowship of the Ring. Mixed chorus joins Fleming’s solo voice as Arwen approaches. This is Elvish music, yet the addition of men’s voices indicates something has changed. Arwen is shy, reluctant even. She has given up her immortality for this man, but does he still love her? Aragorn takes her chin in his hand and, as the strings reenter, kisses her passionately. She is to become his Queen.




ARWEN’S SONG
Text by Fran Walsh

With a sigh you turn away
With a deepening heart no more words to say
You will find that the world has changed forever
And the trees are now turning from green to gold
And the sun is now fading
I wish I could hold you closer
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« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2007, 09:23:01 AM »
12 – THE GRACE OF UNDÓMIEL
Featuring Renée Fleming
The procession of the Elves of Rivendell winds its way through the forests as the former caretakers of Middle-earth travel to the Grey Havens. Reluctantly, Arwen Undómiel has joined her kin. But on her journey the noble woman of the Elves experiences a vision—a potential future spelled out before her eyes. Though she was led to imagine her future on Middle-earth as fraught with death and isolation, she learns that that same future was to hold a son, Eldarion, for her and Aragorn. The beautiful voice of Renée Fleming introduces Shore’s new maturation of the Evenstar theme, the melody that once spoke to the gulf between the two lovers now come to represent the distance between disparate futures.

Fleming’s appearance in The Return of the King is indicative
of the subtly modulating vocal sound of Middle-earth. The music of The Fellowship of the Ring embraced the pure, almost folk-like tones of vocalists such as Enya and Isabel Fraser. The palette in The Two Towers became
more varied and exotic. Vocal performances from Emilana Torrini, Sheila Chandra and Isabel Bayrakdarian
underscored the emphasis on Northern European, Eastern Asian and Eastern European tones. The Return of the King represents the peak of this progression—The Lord of the Rings’ vocal music at its most developed and resplendent. Renée Fleming’s voice is that of a coloratura soprano, one of the most revered and complex tones in music. Says Shore, “She has such an amazing voice, but I couldn’t have used her in Fellowship. I couldn’t start there—I had to get there as the story became more complex.”
Arwen, stunned by her vision, turns Asfaloth back towards Rivendell, back towards her father. Strings absorb the Evenstar melody, weaving beneath it the Rivendell Arpeggios. Arwen accuses her father of denying her the full truth. Elrond concedes, “Nothing is certain.” Tender woodwinds elaborate the end of Evenstar as Arwen begs Elrond to help mankind in the only way he can. The orchestra again stirs with the Rivendell Arpeggios. Elrond turns away and Arwen collapses. He comes to her, only to find her hands cold, her Elvish immortality having been surrendered. Fleming’s voice returns with an even gentler, more sober reading of Evenstar as Elrond is shocked, but moved. His daughter’s gesture can only be honored if he is to act.

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« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2007, 07:25:01 PM »
Thanks for all the info, mata! I didn't know that there was even an annotated soundtrack. That's really cool! :)

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« Reply #9 on: November 19, 2007, 07:55:39 AM »
Awww...that will make a nice little Christmas pressie for me or Dirk...or both of us  :wub:  
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« Reply #10 on: November 20, 2007, 05:43:51 AM »
Right-Click here for crystal clear Arwen's Song - thanks to "anonymous" :D
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« Reply #11 on: November 20, 2007, 09:19:44 AM »
Awesome  :wub:  

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« Reply #12 on: November 21, 2007, 05:16:00 PM »
This is awesome. I wanna go find it now.  

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