Tolkien Collector's Guide
Tolkien-inspired Symphonic or Art Music Recordings
By Ulmo

Tolkien-inspired Symphonic or Art Music Recordings

Sep 8

Donald Swann
The Road Goes Ever On (1967)
Bilbo’s Last Song (1978)
Lúthien Tinúviel (1993)

Leonard Rosenman
The Lord of the Rings Film Score (1977)

Stephen Oliver
The Lord of the Rings Radio Drama Score (1981)

Johan de Meij
The Lord of the Rings Symphony (1988)

Howard Shore
six film scores and a symphonic suite - too lazy to look up exact dates but they’re not exactly obscure

Got any others you like or any info to add?
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Sep 9
The Tolkien Ensemble Caspar Reiff & Peter Hall recordings of all the poems in The Lord or the Rings set to music: CDs
An Evening in Rivendell 1997
A Night in Rivendell 2000
At Dawn in Rivendell 2002
Leaving Rivendell 2005

David Cain's music for BBC radio Hobbit part released on LP 1971

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Sep 9
Have you perused the Tolkien Music website?

It is rather impressive in the level of detail collected there.
Sep 9
Thanks Gawain. I’ll check those out.

Urulöké, thanks; that’s insanely exhaustive, though. I was more curious what people liked in this genre.

I’ve made a stab at reordering the Shore LotR OSTs according to the chronology of the novels. I’ll post it if anyone’s interested. It’s still not very Tolkienish to my ear, though.
Sep 12
The radio drama soundtrack by Stephen Oliver was also included on CD with the 2002 release of Return of the King, remastered and with a bonus track.
Sep 17
Here are a few Tolkien related pieces I listen to repeatedly:

1 The Music of Glenn Buhr Winter Poems 2000
ASIN: B00000IOBH Has A Beren & Luthien suite. The Winter Poems have some M-e flavor too.

2 Bo Hanson The Lord of the Rings 1970 a classic

3 Gli Anelli Myrddin 2003 ITALIAN but still works.
GNV Recordings ‎– GNV 0498 on DISCOGS

4 ad dios A Journey through Middle-Earth 2009 instrumental & mellow
ASIN: B002CLKP96

Bruce
Sep 18
More, quite varied Tolkien inspired music:

5 Kevin Henry, Bilbo's Great Adventure 1999 Musical tale of The Hobbit country/folk style. Very well done, with some good hooks, warm music, quite enjoyable, not background music to deep think Tolkien. A repeat request from my Grandsons.

6 Jan Hrubý and Kukulín, Stredozem (Middle-earth) 1998, instrumental & 1 song in French, great stuff, to my bad ear, Eastern European Celtic.

7 Kim Skovbye, The Ring vol I 2002, vol II 2003. Harp music. Mellowwww

8 Kim Skovbye, There and Back Again 1997. Harp music.

9 Jim Čert Písnê Stredozemê (The Songs of Middle-earth) 1998. In Czech, Cert & his accordion. Some Tolkien lyrics. I think of it as a Breeman who’s heard many songs and tales at the Pony and he’s got an accordion.

10 Thusian, Silmarillion 1994. Instrumental, enjoyable for me. I think classified as space music.

11 Sally Oldfield, Water Bearer 1978. Classic for the “Songs of the Quendi” but most of the tracks reminded me of M-e, lyrics and/or music seemed applicable, even “Child of Allah”.

12 Broceliande, The Starlit Jewel 2000 Very good. Lyrics for 7 of 13 tracks by MZ Bradley, and 6 tracks by K Klover & M Davis.

13 Pär Lindh and Björn Johansson, Bilbo 1996. English lyrics, rather eclectic musical style with many instruments/synthesizers.

14 Craig Russell, Music of Craig Russell, with his Middle Earth 2000. Symphonic suite.

15 Ted Nasmith, The Hidden Door 2007. Some lyrics by Tolkien, mellow folk music style.

16 ABSOLUTE BEST Galadriel's Song of Eldamar, Ai! Laurië Lantar from the The Tolkien Ensemble, An Evening in Rivendell, 1997. Elvish pop.

16 Best de Meij LR Symphony: Ensemble Vents et Percussion de Quebec, with other non- Tolkien pieces.

17 Only for the Brave: John Sangster, A Musical Interpretation of The Lord of the Rings 2002. Some of this is ruthless jazz, ruthless. Contains classics like Sam the Man, Glad'riel, & Ents and Entwives plus Three Cheers for Smeagol.
Sep 18
18 Criminny, missed The Hobbitons, Songs of Middle-earth 1996. Channels a pub of rowdy Hobbits. Git beer & crank it up.
Sep 18
Thanks for the info!
Sep 20
I’m thinking of recording a The Fall of Gondolin audiobook for fun and for friends. Any suggestions of appropriate selections for title music and underscoring? Not necessarily anything Tolkien-inspired. Perhaps a cello concerto — something by turns muscular and melancholy?
Sep 20
As a cellist myself, I think your suggestion is certainly a good one! There are plenty of concertos both muscular and melancholy, particularly those of the Romantic era. Elgar is an obvious choice, especially since it's English. Schumann is a particular favorite of mine. Dvorak, Herbert, Lalo, Saint-Saens...
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