JOHAN DE MEIJ (b.1953): Symphonies No. 1 "The Lord of the Rings", No. 2 "The Big Apple" and No. 3 "Planet Earth".
Catalogue Number: 07P086
Description: At the time this Dutch composer wrote his 42-minute Lord of the Rings symphony (1984-87), only Ralph Bakshi's animated film had been made so De Meij was able to rely entirely on his own reading of the books to produce the impressions he created in his five-movement work. Gandalf, Lothlorien, Gollum, Journey in the Dark and Hobbits are the titles so we have three impressions of characters and two of place (Journey is the trip through Moria). Wide-screen colorful and recorded here in the original wind-band version. The Big Apple (1991-93) depicts the massive physical structure of New York City in its first movement and the brutal, chaotic and cacophonic aspects of daily life there in its second and Planet Earth (2006) adds electronic effects to its rather large brief of encompassing the entire earth in three movements: Lonely Planet, Planet Earth and Mother Earth. 2 CDs. The Peabody Conservatory Wind Ensemble; Harlan D. Parker.