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21 March 2006 @ 08:54 pm
And it's not even my birthday...  
Ah, there is nothing like a good book and good music. I just got for myself Pretender, the latest C.J. Cherryh 'Foreigner' novel, and The Complete Recordings of The Fellowship of the Ring score. Because I am a spoiled girl, yes, indeed.

Pretender: No spoilers, for anyone reading the series, but it's very much in line with the previous. me, I love the series to death. It punches all my buttons. I've read them all at least twice, and Foreigner probably six over the last however many years since it came out. The new one reminds me a bit of "24" in some ways, because a lot happens in the course of about two days. Poor Bren goes years with not a hell of a lot happening to him, but when it comes down, boy does it come down. Bren still makes me want to slap him occasionally, but he's adorably Dad-like with the heir. It gives his relationship with Jago a touch of sorrow, since it makes it even more clear how cut-off Bren is from the rest of humans and any possibility of kids of his own. There is no human who understands him half so well as she does. Is it terribly wrong of me to want more detail in their more intimate scenes? :)

The CD's are brilliant. I have the LotR scores, by the way, and I've gone to see the Symphony. Actually, I saw the try-out for the Symphony, when it was only Fellowship, too. so it's not as if I don't know the music very well. But the complete score is, well, it's complete (for the Extended Version). Both the soundtrack album and the Symphony are only about a third of the total music written for the film. This is just Fellowship on 3 CD's and a fourth DVD with the entirety in surround sound. I was pretty sure that the entirety of the prologue was on the original album, but no, half of it was cut. Occasionally it's odd, when the music is tied to a particular action, but the score mostly stands quite well on its own.

Ah, the first appearance of the Minas Tirith theme. Hee, I can't watch the Council of Elrond anymore without wanting the camera to pan down to Sean Bean's script which is supposedly sitting right on his lap during his whole "it would be folly" speech.

It must be the surround sound mix (even though I have the DVD set to stereo), because even in tracks that should be the same (like the arrival in Rivendell), I'm hearing bells and other instruments far more clearly. I'm listening to the DVD on my computer with phones on, and it's fabulous. But I wish our t.v. had surround sound speakers, because that would be even better. I ordered the box only Sunday and it came today. Of course, little did I realize when I ordered, that they were actually coming from about thirty miles away. And they were half-price, how cool is that?

It's odd how personal interests tend to overlap in coincidental ways -- the song of the elves in the Shire is quite reminiscent of the BSG title theme!
Rosierosiethehobbit on March 23rd, 2006 06:46 pm (UTC)
Ah, the complete recording of FOTR. Howard Shore is amazing. :) And yes, it does sound incredible on surround sound speakers.
lizardbethlizardbeth_j on March 24th, 2006 05:11 am (UTC)
I'm so jealous of your surround sound. :)

But yes the scores are awesome. I played the RotK soundtrack endlessly while I was pregnant, and perhaps not surprisingly, "Into the West" was for awhile the only thing that would soothe the baby back to sleep!