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Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone (AKA Philosopher's Stone) Original Motion Picture
 
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Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone (AKA Philosopher's Stone) Original Motion Picture

30 Oct. 2001 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 30 Oct. 2001
  • Release Date: 30 Oct. 2001
  • Label: Atlantic Records
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  • Total Length: 1:13:27
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  • ASIN: B001LMG7VC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,189 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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Format: Audio CD
The music on this CD is really great, magical, evocative music. And, I would have thought, perfect for the film. After seeing the film, I realise what a genius John Williams is; his music tells the story perfectly, and is perfect for what's happening on screen.
But, there is a LOT of music in the film that isn't on the CD, and is actually a lot better than the music on the CD. And, curiously enough, there's a lot of music on the CD which isn't in the film. Diagon Alley, for instance, has two completely different pieces on the CD and in the film. As does the Great Hall, and, to a certain extent, christmas. The music in the film is a lot better than the music on this CD, but it's still a really great CD to have. One of John Williams' best!
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First off, I have to admit that this score *is* Williams-repetitive, especially when comparing it to the score for Star Wars Episode 1. However, I don't think that this is a bad thing. It is by no means as repetitive as some of James Horner's works, and *does* have some unique elements in it's make up.
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.
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Format: Audio CD
Once more John Williams keeps the Orchestral flag flying for film scores, as only he, Hans Zimmer and a few others really know how to nowadays. Great orchestrartions, the CD almost tells the HP story itself.
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!!
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By A Customer on 13 Nov. 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is a great soundtrack for anyone who has seen the film, read the books or intends to...so I guess that kindof covers the world! Seriously John Williams has done it again, the eerie yet magical 'Prologue' perfectly captures the magic that JK Rowlings created in her HP series. Other tracks like 'Fluffys Harp' and 'Christmas at Hogwarts' capture the mood and atmosphere of the film brilliantly. My favourite piece is actually 'the Chess game' as it captures the excitment and drama of the scene. The bonus second CD with screensaver and trailers for the PC means that you shouldn't think twice about buying this soundtrack.
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The fact that each of John Williams' soundtracks seems to bring something fresh to the genre has always amazed me. In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's stone, John Williams has introduced the celeste to the world of film with virtuosity and panache. In writing the score, Williams seems to have drawn from the soundworlds of many of his previous soundtracks such as E.T. (The Norwegian Ridgeback), The Phantom Menace (The Quidditch Match), Jaws (In the Devil's Snare) and above all Hook (Harry's Wondrous World, Hedwig's Theme, Diagon Alley). The result is an incredibly uplifting score filled with invigorating brass fanfares, soaring emotive string melodies, the innocent sound of the celeste, and fantastical tutti passages. This is certainly a CD not to be missed if you are a fan of John Williams, movie sountracks, or symphonic works in general.
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The HARRY POTTER soundtrack is one of Williams best if not the best one.Williams delievers a magical music adventure throughout the whole CD.The Quidditch Game is one of the best tracks in there but you cannot ignore the Harry's Wondrous Word and Diagon Alley.Hedwig's Theme makes us want to fly away to the magical word of Harry Potter.If the magic was music I think this is how it would sound.Brilliant!!
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By A Customer on 10 Nov. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Oh, wow, I LURVE this CD! It really is very enchanting and magical and I recommend you re-read The Philosopher's Stone, listening to the track that matches best with each chapter as you go. Each track sounds so perfectly accurate, I especially liked 'Leaving Hogwarts' because it nearly made me cry! 'Hedwig's Theme' sends shivers of excitement up your spine, and 'Christmas at Hogwarts' succeeds at making you feel all happy and christmassy!
In my opinion, a piece of classical music is only good if it can stir your emotions in some way, and that's exactly what this album does, so thank-you John Williams for doing Harry's world musical justice! Yeay! (Can't wait for the film!)
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