I've been very interested in this performance ever since someone mentioned it in another post, mostly because I'm hoping that Howard Shore will choose Hayley to sing for the upcoming Hobbit movies.
So, yesterday, I searched on google to find out anything I could about the LOTR symphony. Unfortunately, there's no live footage, but I found this comment in response to the O Mio Babbino Caro video on MetaCafe. Here's what they say:
"The Dallas Symphony Orchestra did a "Lord of the Rings" night, where they played the film trilogy's entire score. Westenra was there and did the soprano vocals for all the Elvish lines in the music. She was phenomonal."
I was glad to find this, because I was very interested in the details of the concert. I was hoping she had performed the song Edward Ross sang for the Breaking of the Fellowship, because she'd sound beautiful singing it. But to me, this just confirms that she should sing in "elvish" scenes in the new Hobbit movies, and maybe appear as one of the elves who sings in the story.
Now, here's someone's comment on a guestbook for Hayley on Decca's website (it's obviously old, though):
"When I saw you in the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in Texas, I thought that you had the most beautiful voice I've ever heard. I couldn't believe that I was close up to the stage too! I'm so lucky to have seen you sing live! P.S. Do you like horses?" I guess she does if she sang for the Horses in Harmony that I just now read about! www.deccaclassics.com/external_guestbooks/view.asp
Good Lord Hobbits and horns at The Lord of the Rings Symphony A A A Comments (0) By Sam Machkovech Thursday, Oct 7 2004 Nerds take a lot of flak in modern society, but if there's one thing they deserve credit for, it's dedication. Nerd love is some pretty severe stuff, particularly in the worlds of sci-fi and fantasy, where devotees re-create episodes of Star Trek better than hicks can re-create Civil War battles and 12-sided die commonly rattle in pockets alongside Chewbacca key chains.
J.R.R. TolkienDallas Symphony OrchestraHayley WestenraConcerts and Tour DatesOrchestral MusicOf the many revered series in Nerdsville, perhaps none offers more to love than The Lord of the Rings. J.R.R. Tolkien's massive novels spent decades in relative obscurity, but they gradually picked up legions of die-hard fans thanks to a well-crafted universe filled with enough critters, beasts and battles to make the legends of King Arthur read like If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Of course, the cult favorites grew into world-dominating legends with a box-office transformation, and profitable tie-ins such as special-edition DVDs and video games have proven in the past few years just how much loot Lord fans will snatch. That very devotion has allowed the Tolkien cash cow to branch out even further, most unexpectedly in the form of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra's latest performance, The Lord of the Rings Symphony, which bows Thursday and Friday night. But while the show may reek of an attempt to cash in, concertgoers should know that they're in for an aural experience that's pretty loyal to the series. The concert consists of a broad selection of pieces from the trilogy's lengthy score, which means songs will range from quieter romps through Hobbiton Village to massive, blasting battle anthems. "Massive" and "blasting" should fit the live performance, as we're assuming the 200-piece orchestra will pack enough instrumental wallop to do the score justice. The Dallas Symphony Chorus and Children's Chorus of Greater Dallas will also be on hand to re-create the vocal portions of the movies' scores, as will Hayley Westenra, a 17-year-old New Zealander who is enough of a vocal phenom in her home country to garner many questionably intrusive Web sites run by fans. If you must know, she owns a cockatiel named Zac.
Fans will likely enjoy the presentation as the DSO will perform behind a screen that plays storyboards, production art and sketches by creators of the movie trilogy. The art stills, which rotate during the performance to represent each song's scene in the movie, are completely spoiler-free, which should ease the worries of the two people in the crowd who bothered to attend a LOTR concert without seeing the films first. In fact, from the sound of things, fans have been delighting in LOTR live performances like this all around the country. Though the symphonies and choruses have varied in cities like Houston, Albuquerque and Hartford, the nerd reaction has been unanimously positive, as Internet fan sites have praised the power of the live performances. In fact, many of the nerds have been reduced to tears at the concerts. Of course, when you take that much flak from people, you can always use a good cry.
It was in relation to the photos of the 2CD pack on E Bay. (shown below)
I didn't cop the date 2004, I'm not fond of reading the fine print. So I thought it was a more recent recording, I thought it had been made in the last few months perhaps.
Howard Shore's music is being performed here in the National Concert Hall and I heard bits of an interview between Marty Whelan and someone involved in the performance of the music on the radio a few days before Taylor's pictures of the cds appeared here on HWI, which led me to believe it was NEW.
With regards to your letters to the writers and composers, Have faith, the seed has been planted in the sub-conscious minds of those who have received the letters, let it germinate.
was it one of our members who got this 2cd set in 2012 ?
It would appear one of these 2cd recordings was put on E bay on Jan 31 2018 and it had no bids, It was re-listed on Feb 11th 2018 and it had no bids. It was re-listed yet again on Feb 22. The seller had the spelling of Hayley wrong which may explain why none of us found it or came across it or had a notification from ebay letting us know it was for sale