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.
Finally, the final, ending theme - this time called Reunion of Friends - has a new cheerful beginning - leading into last year's end theme - but then in a cunning twist, the ending is improved - and extended. Quite frankly, the music is the best bit about the ending... how soppy is the ending in the film!!!
You have to buy this CD - not just if you'd to compare it to the first musically, but it has its own charm - you're definitely not buying the first CD for the second time. But if you didn't enjoy the first, it's unlikely you'll enjoy this one - you mad people.
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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