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John Williams, when working within the realms of science fiction or fantasy, somehow manages to convey the same level of magic and whimsy inherent in Tchaikovsky's Dance of th...Read more
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I LOVE THE CD, ITS GREAT TO LISTEN TO WHILE I'M DOING THE HOUSEWORK, ITS GOT ALL THE MAGIC OF THE FILM BUT YOU DONT HAVE TO WATCH TV. IF YOU LOVE THE HARRY POTTER FILMS AND BO...Read more

John Williams - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] (Original Soundtrack/Film Score, 2004)

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Number of CDs:1
Producer:John Williams
Recording Type:Studio
EAN:0075678371158

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John Williams, when working within the realms of science fiction or fantasy, somehow manages to convey the same level of magic and whimsy inherent in Tchaikovsky's Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. For the first two Harry Potter films he employed an instantly memorable theme augmented by a series of elegant yet uninspired action motifs that while effortless were, like the films themselves, merely adequate. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban finds the Oscar-winning composer swelled with a creative giddiness that hasn't been present for some time, resulting in a piece of work that's both fully realized and endlessly unpredictable. Beginning with the familiar celesta cue that launches each installment, Williams seems poised to deliver a solid reworking of the previous scores, but that sentiment is abruptly quelled by the jazzy, big-band one-two punch of "Aunt Margie's Waltz" and "The Knight Bus" -- the latter borrows liberally from his outstanding Mancini-esque work on Catch Me If You Can. What follows is an intoxicating fusion of medieval-meets-Rossini-meets-Arvo Pärt mayhem that recalls his Close Encounters of the Third Kind heyday. Director Alfonso Cuaron's youthful enthusiasm has had an effect on Williams, and nowhere is that more apparent than on "Double Trouble," a devious choral piece cleverly built around the prose of Shakespeare's Macbeth and devilishly sung by the London Oratory School Schola Children's Choir. It's this melody, culled from bits and pieces of "Hedwig's Theme" from The Sorcerer's Stone, that permeates the entire score. Williams has a deep understanding of the orchestra, and his love of woodwinds is on glorious display throughout the work's entirety, but they never overplay -- as was often the case in the previous two films -- even the thunderous Kodo-style tympanis that introduce the Hypogriff "Buckbeak" are merely exclamation points announcing the arrival of one of the composer's most beautiful melodies. The Prisoner of Azkaban is thought by many to be the finest book in the series, and it would seem that both the director and the composer agree. Like Cuaron and Rowling, Williams meets his characters -- children especially -- on common ground, allowing them to laugh, suffer, fail, and succeed on their own terms. He may be the author and director's emotional conduit, but he's a master storyteller as well. ~ James Christopher Monger

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Best Harry Potter Score?

Created: 03/10/09
I love this soundtrack. I think John Williams is brilliant. I recently bought the Half-Blood Prince soundtrack, composed by Nicholas Hooper. It's alright but nowhere near as good as this one. I think Williams really captures the emotion of each scene. His music has energy, passion, excitement and drama. The tone and tempo of the score fit perfectly with the action in the movie; the humour of the Knight Bus scene, the soaring exhilaration when Harry is flying on Buckbeak and the gentleness of Harry's quieter, more reflective moments. It's an absolute joy to listen to this with my eyes closed and see the bits of the movie playing in my mind.
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HARRY POTTER CD

Created: 27/06/06
I LOVE THE CD, ITS GREAT TO LISTEN TO WHILE I'M DOING THE HOUSEWORK, ITS GOT ALL THE MAGIC OF THE FILM BUT YOU DONT HAVE TO WATCH TV. IF YOU LOVE THE HARRY POTTER FILMS AND BOOKS YOU WILL LOVE THE MUSIC CD'S.
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John Williams-Harry Potter And The Prisoner of Azkaban

Created: 11/10/08
I am a great fan of John Williams and find this CD to be one of his finest. My favourite track is Window to the Past. This really does come highly recommended.
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