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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

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Howard Shore
Howard Shore: Tsuni/ImageDirect

Like clinging to the neck of a runaway horse. Shore’s score to the second installment of Peter Jackson’s epic Tolkien adaptation, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, is a massive undertaking that weaves offbeat instrumentation (a Norwegian hardanger, a North African rhaita), massed choruses, and Enya-esque soloists into a sonically unrelenting whole. The liner notes call it a ”classical orchestral piece in the European tradition,” but that’s bunk — this is Hollywood, and gloriously so.