From soundtrack.net: Last year, we were treated with a monumental soundtrack release – The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – The Complete Recordings. This four-disc box set included nearly every note of music from the Oscar-winning film score by Howard Shore, and now – nearly one year later – we are finally able to look at the next release in the series: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – The Complete Recordings.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, the middle film in the trilogy, has the narrowest scope of the three, given the journey of the ring in Fellowship of the Ring and the epic battles of Return of the King. Focusing on two elements – the Ring’s journey toward Mordor and the battle for Rohan – The Two Towers also has a very focused score, tonally and thematically. A large number of minor themes and motifs permeate the score and the trilogy, but the major theme featured in this film is for Rohan. One of my favorite cues from this film is the opening cue, here heard in “Glamdring”, which tells the story of Galdalf’s battle with the Balrog. It sets a dark, grim tone that is a far cry from the bouncy Shire theme that opened The Fellowship of the Ring. Building into an epic cue with a pulsing male choir that ends the cue solo, it sets up the darker elements of the film perfectly. [More]