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4.3 out of 5 stars
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4.3 out of 5 stars
Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone
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on 17 October 2017
Good album bit pricey
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on 20 October 2017
perfect
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on 16 December 2015
The product is fine but the product did not arrive the next day
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on 25 December 2001
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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on 31 October 2001
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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on 5 June 2017
A beautiful score filled with emotion, wonder and excitement - pretty much a given for John Williams' music.
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.
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on 30 October 2001
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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TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 21 February 2003
John Williams' Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Soundtrack is similar in many ways to some of his other famous soundtracks. It has some of the beautiful strains that are familiar from ET and Star Wars; however, the lovely themes here are instantly recognizable and are sure to put a smile on your face.
"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.
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on 29 November 2005
If you like the music of John Williams, then you'll be quite happy with this disc. If, however, you buy it because you liked the music in the film, then prepare to be ever so slightly disappointed.
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.
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on 13 November 2001
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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