Music Inspired By Middle Earth Import
It's very hip to refer to Tolkien, given the success of Lord of the Rings on celluloid. But to be fair to David Arkenstone, he's always been inspired by the master fantasy author, so the release of this album just happens to be timely. A collaboration between composer-multi-instrumentalists David and Diane Arkenstone, the disc features many of David's trademarks as it incorporates influences as diverse as Aaron Copland, international sounds, and progressive rock. With both orchestral and ethnic instruments at their disposal, the composers and their Middle Earth Orchestra journey from grand symphonic peaks to delicate valleys, including the grand fanfare of "Field of Cormallen," the mysterious and ethereal atmosphere of "Palantir," and the lively, Renaissance-flavored dance of "Road to Rivendell." While this ode to Middle Earth is nothing groundbreaking within Arkenstone's extensive catalog, it's still an amiable, engaging album that will appeal to longtime listeners and intrigue many fantasy fans. --Bryan Reesman
お気に入りは「2.The Road To Rivendell」ですが、アルバムのラスト「The Grey Havens」では物語のラストシーンを思い起こさせられて、聴くたびに喉元が熱くなってしまいます‥‥。
And I find no fault whatever with the album--I'd own it if it were titled "Music Inspired by Madonna" (well, that's perhaps going a bit TOO far). Nevertheless, no bit of it evokes in my mind Middle Earth, though it might in some other listener's. What does that matter? Beethoven's great 9th symphony was inspired by a poem I've never read and have no desire to; nevertheless the symphony is heart-rendingly beautiful. So it is with this album. Fact is, some music which I've always associated with Middle Earth was never intended to do so ("Ricochet" by Tangerine Dream always evokes images of LOTR, especially the journey from Ithilien to Mordor, in my mind). It matters not what inspires the author, nor what the author's music evokes in his/her listener--that is, and must be, an individual experience. I've heard some say that the Hobbits of the recent movie version do not fit their own mental image of Hobbits, yet I found them nearly perfect. What matters here is that is is a top-drawer album, a "must" for David Arkenstone aficionados. If you like David Arkenstone at all, I can't see you being anything but pleased with this album.
The music takes you there, to Middle Earth, and with each track, you move through the books, seeing Hobbiton and Lorien, batteling with the Riders of Rohan, trudging through Mordor with Frodo and Sam, until at last you celebrate on the Fields of Cormallen and set sail from the Grey Havens.
Moving and inspired, Mr. Arkenstone has done wonders with music. I've played this one over and over since it came from Amazon.com. If you want to go to Middle Earth, let David take you there.
Highly recommend this one!