A Night in Rivendell - A Review of the Tolkien Ensemble's Second CD

The Tolkien Ensemble
One thing that makes Tolkien’s works stand out above and beyond his rivals was his command of the English language. One way this command shines through is his inclusion of songs and poetry in his prose. His poetry spans the range from a silly bath ditty to the epic poems that are found in the Histories of Middle-earth.

Over the years Tolkien has inspired many different people who are musically talented. In the past we have reviewed several different artists who have created music inspired by Tolkien’s works and the world he created. The range of music that Tolkien inspires also varies as much as Tolkien’s poetry.

The Tolkien Ensemble’s music has to be the most beautiful presentation of the poems from Lord of the Rings. When I received the CD of “A Night in Rivendell” and opening the insert and started to read it I knew what I held in my hands was going to be a piece of quality. The first thing that struck me is that the illustrations for the cover of the CD is drawn my Her Majesty Queen Margrethe 2 of Denmark. I was actually shocked by this because the artwork captured the feel and essence of the artwork Tolkien himself drew. Also it turns out the Queen shares our enthusiasm for the professor’s world and work.

I then read the history of the Tolkien Ensemble and was further impressed. This group consists of professional musicians from Denmark, most of whom were educated at the Royal Danish Academy of Music.

My expectations were high and I popped the CD into the machine and hit the play button. My first impressions of the CD were ones of quality and talent. There is no doubt that these performers get Tolkien and his works. They have done a marvellous job translating what was written as poetry and prose into music. These songs are not just simple themes played against one another; these artists have done a beautiful job extending the world of J.R.R. Tolkien. Now when I read the Lament for Boromir I don’t just read it I soar with the refrains I have heard on this CD.

I must admit before I carry on any further that this music is the perfect music that would appeal to me. I am a big fan of vocal arrangements. The greatest strength of the Tolkien Ensemble is the talent of their vocal performs. Strengthening the performance is that a different performer sings each character.

This CD should be purchased and enjoyed by Tolkien Fans everywhere. It is something unlike many pieces of music, I have purchased in the past. It does not grow old, and neither does it subtract or take away from the original source material.

The CD consists of 12 tracks

1. A Rhyme of Lore
2. Gandalf’s Song of Lorien
3. Lament of the Rohurrim
4. Frodo’s Lament for Gandalf
5. Bilbo’s Song
6. Gollum’s Song/Riddle
7. Lament for Boromir
8. Song in the woods
9. The Fall of Gil-Galad
10. Lament for Theoden
11. Song of the Mounds of Mundburg
12. Elven Hymn to Elbereth Gilthoniel, A Elbereth…

If you wish to pickup a copy you can head on over to the link below which is the Tolkien Ensemble's webpage, or head on over to Amazon and get your copy today. I have taken the liberty of making one MP3 of one of my favorite tracks from this CD to convince you that this is good music. Click Here to get the MP3 and see if you agree with me in my enthusiasm for this project.

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