Jonathan Peters | Symphony No.1 "Journey of the Ring"

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Symphony No.1 "Journey of the Ring"

by Jonathan Peters

Music inspired by the Lord of the Rings novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. Termed the "unofficial sound track to the book" by Tolkien fans.
Genre: Classical: Orchestral
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Concerning Hobbits
3:09 $0.99
2. Rivendell
5:32 $0.99
3. A Journey in the Dark - The Bridge of Khazd-Dûm
6:02 $0.99
4. Lothlórien
5:36 $0.99
5. The Taming of Sméagol
3:33 $0.99
6. The Riders of Rohan - The King of the Golden Hall
4:23 $0.99
7. Helm's Deep
7:17 $0.99
8. Minas Tirath - The Siege of Gondor - The Battle of the Pelennor
6:23 $0.99
9. Shelob's Lair - The Choices of Master Samwise
5:52 $0.99
10. The Black Gate Opens - Mount Doom
5:33 $0.99
11. The Grey Havens
3:41 $0.99
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Album Notes
Travel with Frodo on his Journey from the Shire to Mount Doom and back! This massive hour long orchestral work by award-winning composer Jonathan Peters takes you through the entire novel depicting all of the major chapters, events and peoples. An amazing cross between a movie sound track and a classical symphony. It has been called the "unofficial sound track to the book" by Tolkein fans. Read the reviews below...they speak for themselves!



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Carlos Jimenez

Wonderful sound storybook
The music is wonderfully arranged and takes you through the story as though you were reading, almost pinpointing various stages of the story.

John Bolin

The Best Lord of the Rings Cd Ever.
I realy like this Lord of The Rings, the Music reflects nicely on the book.

William Wilson

Hear the story of the hobbits come to life!
Journey of the Ring is not just another soundtrack for The Lord of the Rings. It's more like a musical telling of the story. After the hobbits lose Gandalf and travel into Lothlorien, you hear it. The grief they are feeling, the awe they must feel at this mystical forest, it's all in there. Having recently read the books I was delighted to experience it again through Jonathan Peters Journey of the Ring. It's a must for any Lord of the Rings fan or any lover of Fantasy.

Dale Foster

...the music spoke truth about the emotions one feels
Jonathan Peters: Symphony No. 1 "Journey of the Ring" is a beautiful remembrance of the magic J.R. Tolken shares within his books, and why I enjoyed them in the first place. The composition of the music spoke truth about the emotions one feels during these pinnacle parts of the story. I am very pleased with this CD and would gladly recommend it to anyone that is a lover of this story.

Madeleine Lessard

This was great! All the emotions are so accessible, but so deep and true to the story also. Even my ten year old brother could tell what part of the story we were at by listening to a little bit.

Racel Shunk

Excellent composition
This CD really captured the whimsey and drama of the books, but you don't have to be a Tokien fan to love this music.


Could be a movie soundtrack on its own.
An excellent rendering of the feelings evoked by the Tolkien work. The music is very good and the orchestration very well done. A minor drawback is the volume levels: some of the quiet passages could be louder and some of the louder ones could be toned down. Could very well be used as a soundtrack for parts of the movie.

Anne Marie - FrodoandSam-aholic

Great music!
Very good version of the story, great classical music, sounds like an movie soundtrack. Best of the music I've heard out there inspired by this masterpiece of a story. Thank you, Mr. Peters! God bless.

Hedwig Valkiers Editor Lothelanor

Symphony No.1 "Journey of the Ring"
Apart from these previous reviews I want to share my appreciation with you
of `Journey of the Ring' symphony nr.1, composed by Jonathan Peters. My
judgement has certainly been influenced by the film music of Howard Shore,
but first of all I have listened to this music without reading other
people’s opinions.

Part One: `Concerning Hobbits', here it sounds just like you hear, as in
the film music, the musical version of the Hobbits nature and I was
therefore already very satisfied with this beginning. `Rivendell', a
harbour of healing, where the music feels like a sunbath of symphonic
sounds and strengthens you because `A Journey in The Dark - The bridge or
Khazad Dûm' comes closer. This place of evil filled with demons charges
out of your sound system and presses you deep in your seat, where you hope
to be safe from all this dark violence. And `Lothlorien' brings you back
to Zen.

Part Two: `The Taming or Smeagol' gives away the murderous, cunning and
tormented character of Gollem and we sympathise with Frodo which alter-ego
he met. When then `The Riders or Rohan' come, its like you feel the wind
in the high grass and then the Third Marshal of the Ridder-Mark jumps out
your speaker. `The King of the Golden Hall' changes from a crippled hermit
into a tall powerful King who rides ahead and leads us to `Helm’s Deep'
where without question we see the Ents march in.

Part Three: `Minas Tirith - The Siege of Gondor and The Battle of The
Pelennor Fields' makes you jump out of your seat, because this is a battle
you do not want to miss. `Shelob’s lair - The Choices of master Samwise'
where both the spider and the toughest choice Sam has to make crawl over
your skin, pushing you back in your seat where you want to disappear
because you know what comes next. `The black Gate Opens' and `Mount Doom'
barges into your living room. Fortunately we can all get our rest in `The
Grey Havens'.

In my enthusiasm I might have exaggerated a bit with my description of
this musical interpretation of a Tolkien masterpiece. I haven’t made any
comparisons on which instrument correctly brings the Hobbits to life or
how different the Elves in Rivendell and Lothlorien are. I have listened
with the ears which `Peer Gynt' by Grieg have listened to on a vinyl plate
without ever seeing the complete piece. I could imagine the whole story
in the music of Jonathan Peters and if you hadn’t read the books of
J.R.R.Tolkien, nor seen the screen version of it by P.Jackson, this
symphony is worth buying and is not at all inferior to the film music of
Howard Shore.

Hedwig Valkiers
Editor Lothelanor

The Tolkien Music List

Quality Work
This is not the first symphony to have been based on _The Lord of the Rings_; nor, I’m sure, will it be the last. _Journey of the Ring_’s distinction lies rather in its being the first orchestral score to emerge in the shadow of Howard Shore. The ubiquity of Shore’s film score makes it inevitable that a listener of Tolkien-inspired music in its wake – irrespective of a composer’s intent – will draw comparisons between the two works. In the case of Jonathan Peters, a perceptive listener may also ask to what degree his new symphony is engaged in a dialogue with (or counterpoint to) Shore’s opus. There are moments in _Journey_ that sound unmistakably “Shorean.”

I’m not alleging imitation here; but the structure of Peters’ symphony seems to betray some influence of the films. For example, his tripartite division of the movements follows Peter Jackson’s sequence rather than Tolkien’s. A more apt comparison is Bill Brown and Jamie Christopherson’s orchestral score for the EA video game, _The Battle for Middle-earth_, which takes a few recognizable Shorean motifs and then weaves them into its own, independent composition.

As orchestral Tolkienian works go, _Journey_ is much closer in spirit to Craig Russell’s Middle Earth suite than to de Meij, in that it presents a series of sound portraits rather than a traditional, four-part, symphonic progression. However, unlike Russell, who is almost exclusively character-centered, Peters opts for an event or scene-based narrative, following the well-trodden _cursus_ of the books from the Shire to the Grey Havens.

Peters recorded his symphony without the luxury of live musicians, making judicious use instead of orchestral samples from the Vienna Symphonic Library. The result is generally quite pleasant. Sampling tends to sound more artificial the louder its source. Peters manages to overcome this handicap by and large, especially in his avoidance of bombastic overkill (a temptation Shore does not always resist). The result is a full, warm sound with depth and texture. You still have to suspend disbelief at times, but hey, that’s what fantasy is all about folks!

It is difficult to gage whether a _Lord of the Rings_ virgin would be able to fully appreciate the development of each scene, since making sense of some of the tempo changes and shifts requires some knowledge of the books (or the movies). I myself preferred Peters’ more thematic pieces – like Lothlórien – which allow the listener more time to enjoy the moment than some of the action sequences. During the latter, I often found myself trying to keep up with the plot. Much more work for the listener, but a tribute to Peters’ musical storytelling. The Battle of the Pelennor Fields is articularly intricate in structure, capturing each moment of that prolonged combat, the fair and the foul.

Overall, _Journey_ is worth a listen; or more likely several listens. says check it out.

Reviewer: Chris Seeman
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