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Shore: The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey

Shore,Howard (Bril)
Release Date: 12/11/2012 
Label:  Watertower Music   Catalog #: 39372  
Composer:  Howard Shore
Conductor:  Howard Shore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Howard Shore again supplies the musical complement to Peter Jackson's film work in this soundtrack for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. As with The Lord of the Rings films, the music is lush and richly orchestral -- with the occasional choir -- utilizing similarly pastoral themes for the hobbits and rhythmic, suspenseful ones for the threatening creatures and characters. Undoubtedly, some of these motifs will be heard in the soundtracks for the other two films in Jackson's Hobbit trilogy. The overall scope of Shore's music isn't quite as sweeping and epic as that for The Lord of the Rings, perhaps a natural reflection of the smaller scale of Bilbo's adventures with the ring when compared to its fuller story as laid out in Lord of the Read more Rings. Yet, it still has some grandeur and hits all the right emotional notes, lest you forget that this is an adventure story about the eternal struggle between the forces of dark and light. The requisite end credits song is by Neil Finn of New Zealand's Crowded House.

-- All Music Guide
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Works on This Recording

1. The Lord of the Rings: The Hobbit by Howard Shore
Conductor:  Howard Shore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra

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