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<i>Rings</i> tops movie soundtrack poll for second year running


Lord Of The Rings has scored with classical music buffs - by being voted the greatest soundtrack of all time.

Canadian composer Howard Shore's music beat off competition from movies such as Gladiator and Lawrence Of Arabia to top a list of film masterpieces.

More than 44,000 listeners cast their votes in the poll for the radio station Classic FM.

Shore was previously best known for his work with controversial film director David Cronenburg, but his Rings score picked up one of four Oscars for the film last year.

Rings top of soundtrack list for second year in a row

It is the second year running that Lord Of The Rings has topped the Classic FM poll.

Star Wars composer John Williams is the undisputed movie music master, landing seven positions in the top 50, with three in the top ten. Star Wars is his highest at number three, while Schindler's List is at four and Jurassic Park is at 10.

John Barry, best known for a succession of Bond movie scores, has two titles in the top ten - Out Of Africa (5) and Dances With Wolves (8).

The Top 50 is dominated by films from the last two decades, although there are a number of movie classics that have not fallen out of favour, such as Maurice Jarre's Lawrence Of Arabia score at nine.

Max Steiner's soundtrack to Gone With The Wind just misses out on a Top 10 spot at 11.

Other classics in the list include The Magnificent Seven (15), Brief Encounter (18), Chariots Of Fire (23) and The Great Escape (30).

Simon Bates, who counts down the Top 30 greatest soundtracks, said: "Howard Shore is following in the footsteps of composers like Mozart, Rachmaninov and Mahler in bringing new audiences to classical music."

The top ten is as follows:

1. The Lord Of The Rings - Howard Shore

2. Gladiator - Hans Zimmer

3. Star Wars - John Williams

4. Schindler's List - John Williams

5. Out Of Africa - John Barry

6. The Mission - Ennio Morricone

7. Titanic - James Horner

8. Dances With Wolves - John Barry

9. Lawrence Of Arabia - Maurice Jarre

10. Jurassic Park - John Williams


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