'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies'
Music Composed by Howard Shore
Conducted and Orchestrated by: Conrad Pope
The end of the sixalogy of the middle-earth by Peter Jackson has come and of course with it we can hear one last time the music of the man who created one of the most beautiful film scores of the last 15 years ( I mean ROTK), Howard Shore, who returns again just as the composer and passes the batton to the spectacular Conrad Pope. After the Desilution of Smaug I thought that Shore was keeping all his energy for the last one, BUT I was wrong, Tha Battle of the Five Armies is worse than expected, indeed its perhaps the worst of all the six scores of the saga.
First of All, The Score sounds way better in the film than in the album, maybe more clearly in 'Fire and Water' and 'Battle for the Mountain' in which the dramatic moments sound better and more dramatic and the orchestration its better to appreciate. Also the album presents an annoying sense of 'trying to be' like the Abbey Road Studios Sound and the London Philarmonic. Again Peter Cobbin fails in emulate the sound of the British Studio.
Thematically I feel that Shore completely abbandoned the outstanding themes from AUJ, including 'Dreaming of Bag End' that was the best of all, many others argue that Misty Mountains was also forgotten, but I think it was the right choice because it was to childly to the direction that the films were taking. Shore of course reprises Sons of Durin, Bard, Laketown, Elves, Bolg, Azog and Smaug Themes and additionally we have the new theme for Dain Ironfoot that in my opinion is the best of the whole score. The Reprised themes of the original trilogy are used to little and in a very poor orchestration (Lothlorien and The Shire).
Yes, is a Battle film (as the title spoils), but the amount Brass and the too noisy orchestration makes you want the score to end, not as ROTK that was a battle film but you didn't get bored because the prchestration was rich and beautiful. A lot of Ethnic Instruments and a little strings are sometimes very beautiful but in tension moments thsi resourses fail in giving the enough energy to the scene.
Finally, The original song 'The Last Goodbye' is the best song of the newest trilogy, indeed its the best track of the album, although it has a lot in common with 'Into the West' and even the lyrics are alike, the song gives the perfect emotion and sensation of well-ending and satisfaction. The Orchestration its perfect and soft enough to highlight the sweet and warm voice of Billy Boyd.
Clearly not the best of Shore, this album is saved from despair by 'Ironfoot' and 'The Last Goodbye' and has unnecessary tracks as 'Dragon Sickness' and 'Thrain' that make no diference to the quality of the score.
Not as good as you say Doug Addams, a pitty
Recorded at Wellington Town Hall, New Zeland
performed by the New Zeland Symphony Orchestra
Vocal Performance by The London Voices