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Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets/ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (U.S. Version)
 
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Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets/ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (U.S. Version)

Harry Potter Soundtrack
11 Nov. 2002 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 11 Nov. 2002
  • Release Date: 11 Nov. 2002
  • Label: Atlantic Records
  • Copyright: 2002 Warner Bros.
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  • Total Length: 1:10:09
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  • ASIN: B002B588OM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,655 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "bentavener" on 18 Jan. 2003
Format: Audio CD
In the Philosopher's Stone, John Williams' main objective was to introduce the key themes for the essential characters and ideas of the film - Harry, Hedwig, Quidditch, and, of course, for Voldemort.
John Williams was clearly aware of Warner Brothers' predicted SEVEN film series: this is film two... things have moved on. As with Jurassic Park III, Williams has relinquished ultimate power over the music - in this case, William Ross has taken up the baton and also slightly adapted the music. However, with a new film, new music is required: Fawkes the Phoenix, the Chamber itself, Spiders, The Flying Car, Colin Creevey... John Williams wrote these new pieces himself.
A careful ear will be able to tell that the music, which is being reiterated from the first film, has matured and has often taken on a new 'edge'. This is for three reasons: Harry has matured, he has new dangers to face, and the music is being conducted by someone else. It adds up.
Particular mention should go to five musical ideas: the theme for Fawkes the Phoenix - this piece begins thin and slightly discordant, but develops into a rich, uplifting piece incorporating Williams' favourite tonic/supertonic key superimposion, as occurs in the main Hogwarts theme.
The Flying Car - even if you didn't know what the title was, the style implied has the images of flying sewn throughout - I get the feeling he's avoiding ET completely here (Fluffy's Harp in PS was VERY similar to some of the opening phrases of ET - although, it is his music!!).
The Spiders are light but creepy - the music differs between the small spiders and Aragog - of course!
Voldemort's theme is noticeable when he is either referred to or implied - certainly Tom Riddle's music has many Voldemort chord sequences.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D V Holling on 14 Nov. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Wow, what more can I say? As an avid John Williams fan I am once again 'spellbound' by the maestro's ability to characterise to perfection. I reckon this album is better than the first and just as the book is darker than the Philosopher's Stone, so too is the music. Totally remeniscant of the incidental music to all the 'William's greats' such as E.T, Indiana Jones, Hook, Star Wars (Tuba solo in 'Cakes for Crabbe & Goyle - gormless or what?). With an album like this you only have to read the track listing on the back (which at 20 tracks is great value for money), and you know what the music is going to sound like and your always right! - dark, magical, playful, textured and exciting - GET THOSE HORNS!!
What was a real surprise was the compilation of new themes on the album. When watching the film it is not surprising that many of the characters are represented by themes designed in the first film so naturally one expects this album to be much the same as the first but no! New treatment of old ideas like Voldemort's 3-note motif is much heavier and colourfully scored as Tom Riddle on this album.New characters get new tunes such as the delightfully pathetic Gilderoy Lockheart.
My favourite bit is the final sequence 'Reunion of friends'which appears in both movies (extended in this picture as Hagrid returns as hero) - Brilliantly emotive scoring and fabulous playing from trumpeters Rod Franks and Maurice Murphy (remember that top Bb at the start of Star Wars?) - Mr Williams the genius!!
If you only buy one orchestral recording this year make sure you buy this one!!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "angelinab" on 2 Nov. 2002
Format: Audio CD
I heard this soundtrack on AOL's listening party, and am very impressed. I enjoyed the PS soundtrack and many of the themes reappear in this one. "Hedwig's Theme" is once again apparent throughout, which in my opinion was one of the best pieces on the first album. I have a feeling that those people who criticised Williams for lack of originality will continue to do so this time, if only because the two are quite similar. However, the music IS better - like the film it's a bit darker, a bit scarier and, if possible, sounds even more magical.
The one thing I would say is that, compared with Howard Shore's FOTR soundtrack, this still comes in second best. I don't, though, think it is particularly worthwhile to compare the two as they both have different aims and different audiences. Therefore I think that if you liked the PS soundtrack, or if you weren't sure, then it would be worthwhile buying the COS soundtrack. If you hated the first film's music, then you will almost definitely hate this too.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. P. Trelfer on 17 Nov. 2002
Format: Audio CD
The first Harry Potter score (John Williams) was good fun, although it seemed to mix themes from Hook and Star Wars it still had it's own sound. I was really looking forward the follow up score. John Williams has proven he can write great themes and blend them in to film sequels (Star Wars we get to hear them develop (anakin's theme blends into the imperial march)But this score is a lazy copy, the same themes played louder, none of the new music stands out. This is down to the fact that John Williams was no rehired (for whatever reason) to do the score leaving it in the hands of William Ross (Who I have never heard of)
The score is good, but is too close to the orginal to get anything better than 2 stars.
This effects the film, the quiddich match which which was a strong scene in the first film thanks the music falls flat here in chamber of secrets despite improved effects.
A wasted oppertunity.
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