The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (soundtrack)

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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Film score by Howard Shore
Released November 25, 2003 (2003-11-25)
Genre Soundtrack
Length 72:05
Label Reprise
Producer Howard Shore
Middle Earth film series soundtrack chronology
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
(2002)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
(2003)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
(2012)

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King was released on November 25, 2003. It was composed, orchestrated, and conducted by Howard Shore, and performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Voices, and the London Oratory School Schola.[1] The limited edition contains a bonus DVD with the track "Use Well the Days" by Annie Lennox, song texts, photo gallery, and the LOTR trilogy supertrailer.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
Filmtracks 4/5 stars[3]
Movie Music UK 5/5 stars[4]
Soundtrack.Net 5/5 stars[5]
Tracksounds 10/10 stars[6]

The Return of the King won the Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Best Original Song ("Into the West" by Annie Lennox), the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score, and the Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album.

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Howard Shore, except track 19.

No. Title Length
1. "A Storm Is Coming"   2:52
2. "Hope and Memory"   1:45
3. "Minas Tirith" (featuring Ben del Maestro) 3:37
4. "The White Tree"   3:25
5. "The Steward of Gondor" (featuring Billy Boyd) 3:53
6. "Minas Morgul"   1:58
7. "The Ride of the Rohirrim"   2:08
8. "Twilight and Shadow" (featuring Renée Fleming) 3:30
9. "Cirith Ungol"   1:44
10. "Andúril"   2:35
11. "Shelob's Lair"   4:07
12. "Ash and Smoke"   3:25
13. "The Fields of the Pelennor"   3:26
14. "Hope Fails"   2:20
15. "The Black Gate Opens" (featuring Sir James Galway) 4:01
16. "The End of All Things" (featuring Renée Fleming) 5:12
17. "The Return of the King" (featuring Sir James Galway, Viggo Mortensen and Renée Fleming) 10:14
18. "The Grey Havens" (featuring Sir James Galway) 5:59
19. "Into the West" (words and music by Fran Walsh, Howard Shore and Annie Lennox; performed by Annie Lennox) 5:47
Total length:
72:05
Limited edition bonus DVD
No. Title Length
1. "Use Well the Days" (performed by Annie Lennox) 3:10

Charts and certifications[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (CD liner notes). Howard Shore. Reprise Records. 2003. 
  2. ^ Monger, James Christopher. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King [Original Soundtrack] at AllMusic. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  3. ^ Clemmensen, Christian (23 November 2003). "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: (Howard Shore)". Filmtracks. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Broxton, Jonathan (19 December 2003). "THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING – Howard Shore". Movie Music UK. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Barry, Matt (21 June 2004). "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - Limited Edition". Soundtrack.Net. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  6. ^ Townsley, Steve. "Score of the Rings: Part III". Tracksounds. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
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  22. ^ "2004-1-24 Top 40 UK Albums Archive". Official Charts Company.
  23. ^ "Howard Shore Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Howard Shore.
  24. ^ "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King [Original Soundtrack] - Howard Shore – Chart History". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 
  25. ^ "British album certifications – Original Soundtrack – The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers - OST". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved December 21, 2012.  Enter The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers - OST in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  26. ^ "American album certifications – Soundtrack – The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved December 21, 2012.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH