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  • Release Date

    11 July 2019

  • Length

    6 tracks

After 30 years, composer Johan de Meij revisits Middle-Earth, the enchanting mythological world of J.R.R. Tolkien, with his Symphony No. 5 Return to Middle Earth. Although there are some thematic reminiscences to his monumental first symphony The Lord of the Rings from 1988, De Meij is putting a completely different musical vibe into this new symphony. There is an important role for a solo soprano and a mixed choir: they sing in Ilkorin, one of the Elvish languages ​​of Middle-Earth. The Orcs and other thugs also take the stage, but they only use raw screams in their own language, also known as 'black speech'.

The 5th symphony consists of six movements:

I) Miri na Fëanor (Jewels of Fëanor)
II) Tinúviel (Nightingale)
III) Ancalagon i-môr (Ancalagon, the Black)
IV) Arwen Undómiel (Evenstar)
V) Dagor Delothrin (The War of Wrath)
VI) Thuringwethil (Woman of Secret Shadow)

Soloist on this recording is Dutch soprano Claudia Couwenbergh, the choir part is performed by Brabant Koor.
The Harmonie St. Michaël van Thorn is conducted by Ivan Meylemans.

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