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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets [Soundtrack]

John Williams Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets + Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban + Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
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1. Prologue: Book II And The Escape From The Dursleys
2. Fawkes The Phoenix
3. The Chamber Of Secrets
4. Gilderoy Lockhart
5. The Flying Car
6. Knockturn Alley
7. Introducing Colin
8. The Dueling Club
9. Dobby The House Elf
10. The Spiders
11. Moaning Myrtle
12. Meeting Aragog
13. Fawkes Is Reborn
14. Meeting Tom Riddle
15. Cornish Pixies
16. Polyjuice Potion
17. Cakes For Crabbe And Goyle
18. Dueling The Basilisk
19. Reunion Of Friends
20. Harry's Wondrous World

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Another multi-gazillion-dollar Hollywood franchise, another chapter in the remarkable career of John Williams. Though he's already been responsible for scoring some of the most overwhelmingly successful film series of all time, in tackling the second installment of the Harry Potter saga, Williams once again proves why his name is held in such high regard in scoring circles. While he utilizes the themes he established in Sorcerer's Stone, Williams's restless inventiveness still manages to cast this chapter in a fresh new musical light. Since many of the cues here are action or atmospheric-oriented, and thus lacking in need for strong melodic hooks, the veteran composer's mastery of orchestral color--and no small amount of stylistic reinvention--infuses the proceedings with a sense of wholeness and a surprising maturity that's a key element in conjuring up the film's crucial suspension of disbelief. Harry Potter may be but a fictional wizard, but John Williams proves yet again he's the real thing. --Jerry McCulley

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Warner Sunset/Nonesuch/Atlantic Records is proud to present ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS, the follow-up to last year's RIAA gold certified ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE. Legendary film composer John Williams (Jaws, Star Wars, E.T.) received an Academy Award nomination for the first film's extraordinary score, and the new soundtrack sees him expanding upon the original themes to create even more powerful and evocative musical backgrounds. In addition, orchestrator/conductor William Ross will be adapting a number of Williams' themes for what is certain to be among the year's biggest motion picture releases. ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS will be available with five collectible covers. All editions will feature a Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets poster.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Could Be Better June 22 2004
Format:Audio CD
I didn't think that this was all this great. The songs sound the same after a while. The sound too similar to the first and there movie.
I do like it though. The music is nice and creative. But only to a point.
I would personally just stick with the first sound track.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great new themes!, everything else is (deja vu) May 24 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I really liked the additional 20 minutes written for this movie along with the new themes but that's about it. Everything else was material from the first movie rehashed by William Ross, thank god John actually wrote the 3rd movie's score because the end result is a fresh new score and it's way better then this one!, I've just finished listening to it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING AGAIN!!! Dec 8 2003
By P. Hui
Format:Audio CD
In my opinion, this score is better than the previous from the Scorer's Stone. Mainly because the orchestration is mmore intense and colorful. After hearing the Chamber, and then go back to The Stone, you'll feel that the first one lacked some developmental elements, and orchestral emptiness. William Ross has really taken Williams' score to the next level. I'm interested to see when Ross will have his own score.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Harry Potter Oct. 17 2003
By Yasmin
Format:Audio CD
I really enjoyed it.The songs were so dreamy, i felt like sleeping.The main song, i felt, so full of magic, and mystery and wonder. I felt adventrous,and full of excitement. I wanted to be part of Harry Potter and it got me thinking hard about Hogwarts and danger. The songs seemed so secretive,ad if you've come in from a long day's work i would recommend this to you. Thumbs up, beatifully composed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fawkes the Phoenix: A Triumph! Aug. 26 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I imagine that the art of scoring a film is quite different than writing for a symphony orchestra with its hall audience: the musical movements must fit the story, and for film, must be resolve rather quickly as each scene of the film passes by quickly (especially in Harry Potter). Williams, aside from near plagiaristic sequences of music similar to Holst and, should I say it, his own Star Wars soundtracks, has nonetheless produced a second soundtrack that is better than the original. Fawkes the Phoenix is a hopeful, gradually intensifying piece of melody that is one of the most briliant pieces of music I have ever heard. It is woven throughout the soundtrack through other familiar themes and sequences that appear in the first Harry Potter soundtrack, but is unique and different from them. I really like Williams' use of his strings, and this soundtrack puts them to the test a bit more than average a la Stravinsky. I recommend this soundtrack for its many moods and ability to make sense as a coherent whole. Kudos to Williams again. I wonder if I'll recognize any sequences in any other pieces of music. Will I? I hope not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than "Sorcerer's Stone" July 30 2003
Format:Audio CD
It's a very good thing John Williams kept melodies in the first movie and improved it. "Fawkes The Phoenix", "The Chamber of Secrets" and "Gilderoy Lockhart" was especially good. They really got the gist of the feeling. "The Flying Car" was also catchy. This is even better than the last HP soundtrack!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great CD! John Williams is Wonderful! July 29 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I bought Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets soundtrack and it is great! My favourite pieces are "Prologue: Book II and Escape from the Dursleys", "Fawkes the Phoenix" and "Harry's Wondrous world". This is a great cd for any Harry Potter fan! John Williams (the composer) did a wonderful job capturing Harry in music. It includes all of the pieces featured in the movie. The music expresses the excitement of the flying car and the darkness of the Chamber of Secrets. It has the happiness of everyone being together again at the end of the movie and the the magic of Fawkes the Phoenix. If you love the Harry Potter movie then you'll love the soundtrack!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unique meets Unifying July 19 2003
By Amanda
Format:Audio CD
I was at first hesistant to purchase this soundtrack because I expected it to be much like the soundtrack to the "Sorceror's Stone." However, I happened to hear the song "Fawkes the Phoenix" and decided to splurge.
Much to my delight, I found that, while some themes and melodies are re-visited in this second Harry Potter soundtrack, this album is very capable of standing on its own. There are plenty of original songs from the strong and soaring aforementioned "Fawkes the Phoenix" to the lighthearted and fun "Gilderoy Lockhart." There is also just the right sprinkling of melodies from the first soundtrack to create a pleasing unity between the two soundtracks.
My only complaint, I must admit, is a petty one. The songs on this album are out of chronological order and I find it distracting. At one point, the song order goes from "Meeting Tom Riddle" to "Cornish Pixies" to "Polyjuice Potion." One minute you're in the chamber saving Ginny and the next, you're back in Lockhart's classroom saving Neville. It simply doesn't flow. Despite this minor flaw, "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" is well worth your time and money whether you're a Harry Potter fan, a John Williams fan, or just a fan of good instrumental music.
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