Howard Shore's Lord of the Rings tops Movie Music Hall of Fame 2014
25 August 2014, 19:55
Howard Shore's soundtrack for the Lord Of The Rings films has topped the Classic FM Movie Music Hall of Fame for the fifth year in a row.
Speaking to Classic FM's John Brunning, Shore described his feelings on learning he'd won for the fifth time: "Oh, I'm delighted! It's wonderful news… The book is so strong that I felt like I inherited the great bones of the story, so what i was writing was a reflection of Tolkien's world."
"Writing to those ideas you create something that does serve the film, but can also have a life beyond that on the concert stage or even just as the recordings, and you can share that with people. It's a wonderful thing."
Listen to Howard Shore's reaction here
Coming in second place was John Williams's score for the Star Wars saga, taking the same position as in the 2013 chart. Williams had another impressive year, with four pieces in the top 10 and ten in the top 50. The rest of the top 10 was filled out by the likes of John Barry's Out Of Africa, Hans Zimmer's Gladiator and Klaus Badelt's Pirates of the Caribbean.
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The highest new entry this year came from British composer Steven Price, whose score for the sci-fi epic Gravity landed at no. 33 in its first year in the chart. Price's acclaimed score also won him the coveted Oscar for Best Soundtrack at this year's awards.
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The other notable new entry was Frozen. The Disney animation went into the chart at number 50, receiving recognition not for the chart-topping pop song 'Let It Go' by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, but for composer Christophe Beck's innovative score.