- Audio CD (26 Oct. 2001)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Soundtrack, Enhanced
- Label: Warner Sunset/Nonesuch/Atlantic
- ASIN: B00005QVJ2
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,849 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone Soundtrack, Enhanced
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CD 1 features John Williams's music from and inspired by the film Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. CD 2 is a special CD-ROM comprising: Electronic Arts Harry Potter video game preview; LEGO video game preview; English-language film trailer; Harry Potter Poster Gallery (three film posters which can be printed out in colour); Wallpaper (image of Harry and Hagrid).
You needn't see the film of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone to appreciate the wonder, magic and fearful chills of JK Rowling's phenomenal bestseller in John Williams' outstanding score. Williams typically avoids the source material for the films he scores, but he reportedly derived great pleasure and inspiration from Rowling's first Harry Potter adventure, and created a perfect motif (fully expressed in "Hedwig's Theme") to dominate his score, first heard as a dreamy celeste waltz and embellished through myriad incarnations and moods, often with a sinister edge befitting the darker tones of Chris Columbus' direction. Fantastical allusions to Saint-Saëns and Tchaikovsky are evident (among others), while Williams' epic track is "Quidditch Match", a breathtaking frenzy to accompany the film's dazzling highlight. And while Williams occasionally flirts with self-plagiarism (with inevitable variants of his Hook and Star Wars themes), this is nevertheless a richly regal score that brilliantly evokes the mystery and magic of Harry Potter's world. --Jeff Shannon
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All the cues are arranged as they are in the film - meaning they haven't taken 2 or more pieces of music that are 20 minutes apart in the film and edited them into a single track - which I personally prefer as it allows you to relive the film's emotion more easily without feeling like you're being jarringly bounced around the story, such as quiet a character moment to the films final climax and back again.
No noticeable technical issues on the disk itself or in the audio's quality.
If you're a fan of the film, harry potter generally, John Williams, or just film scores in general, then buy this because you wont be disappointed.
Most beautiful, and worth the cost of the entire CD on their own, are "Hedwig's Theme" (as everyone recognises from the HP trailer) and "Harry's Wondrous World". Both are magical masterpieces, and represent everything brilliant about Rowling's first book. From then on, you meet various experiments such as the Medieval-style "Diagon Alley" & clinky "Hogwarts Forever!". More surprises follow in the ghostly-vocals singing carols in "Christmas at Hogwarts" and the self-explanatory "Fluffy's Harp". Among all of these is an ongoing list of themes showing Williams at his best.
The CD as a whole is altogether very... "Williams"! It isn't a bad thing! I love this score; it's no jewel, but it's pure gold. Compared to Howard Shore's "Fellowship of the Ring", it sounds very twinkly & fantastical; not as serious or deep, but still exceptionally emotional & of the quality expected of such a wonderful composer. A much treasured album.
There are a couple of bits I didn't like, at times John Willams seems to have mistaken the Magic of Hogwarts for the magic of christmas as the music reminds you of the 'Home Alone' theme tunes now and then (Which JW also composed ofcourse), there are also moments where I am reminded of the 'Otho Gunga' track from 'The Phantom Menace', but this isn't necessarily a bad thing.
All in all however, JW has excelled himself with this soundtrack which combines the grand feeling of such works as Tchaikovsky's 5th Sympohony with the power and dramaticism of a Wagner epic.
Keep writing JW!! The film industry needs you!!
"Hogwarts Forever" and "Hedwig's Theme" are lovely and melodic, while "The Face of Voldemort" is violent and scary. If you enjoyed the film, this CD will bring it all back to you.This is a must-have CD for all Harry Potter Fans.
Don't get me wrong, what is on the disc is good, and well up to Williams's usual high standard, but it misses out what is, in my opinion, some of the best music in the film. For example, there's a track for Diagon Alley, but it's not the same music as I heard in the film. Why?
So, in summary, nice music, shame it's not all there.