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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 Philosopher's Stone + Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
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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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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.


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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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The best soundtrack i'v ever heard July 3 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is my favorite C.D. The prologue is better than the sorcerers stone prologue it is mostly where Ron comes with a flying car 4\5
Fawkes the phoinex is great because it is a nice and calm but it does have some loud music 4\5
The chamber of secrets is very loud and it is one of my favorites 5\5
Gilderoy Lochart has the fame thing going on and it is not that great 3\5
The Flying car is awsome it is one of my favorites 5\5
Knockturn ally is a wierd creepy song and i don't like it 3\5
Introducing Golin is O.K. it is mostly when malfoy calls Hermionie a mudblood 3\5
The deling club does have some tence moments but then it dies down 4\5
I love Dobby The House Elf it realy reminds you of dobby 5\5
I'm all over the spiders and it is one of my favorite songs and I bet it will be yours too 5\5
Moaning Myrtle is spooky it reminds you of all of the ghosts in Hogwarts 3\5
Meeting Aragog is good but the spiders is better 4\5
Fawkes Is Reborn is one of my favorite songs 5\5
Meeting Tom Riddle is boring in the beggining but good in the end 4\5
Cornish pixies is pretty action packed 4\5
Polyjuice Potion starts out in Borgin And Burkes then it is the Polyjuice Potion 4\5
Cakes for crabbe and goyle starts out with cakes for crabbe and goyle and than it is when justin and nick get petrified 4\5
Dueling the basilisk is the best song on the whole C.D. it has action packed written all over it 5\5
Renunion of friends is a very good song it is a longer version of leaving Hogwarts 5\5
Harr's Woundrous World is awsome it is from the sorcerers stone exept with a better ending 5\5
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lot better than the Sorcerer's Stone! June 12 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I love this soundtrack! And I thought it was a lot better than Sorcerer's Stone. The best songs on the c.d. are "The Prologue, Fawkes the Phoenix, The Chamber of Secrets, The Flying Car, Dobby the House elf, The Spiders, Dueling the Basilisk, and Harry's Wonderous World."

"The Prologue" is kind of like a mix of a lot of songs off of Sorcerer's Stone put together.
"Fawkes the Phoenix" is easily the most beautiful song off the soundtrack. It starts out really soft and then builds and builds.
"The Chamber of Secrets" is the darkest song. It seems to let you know that this movie is a lot darker. And I liked how they did this spooky part on the organ, it was great.
"The Flying Car" is most fun to listen too. I love this song!
"Dobby the House Elf" sounds very Dobby-ish. And like "Fawkes and the Phoenix," this song starts out soft and then builds as it goes on.
"The Spiders" is so cool! You can really imagine spiders crawling along when you listen to this song.
"Dueling the Basilisk" is my favorite out of the whole soundtrack. It's really action packed and it's really fun to listen to.
"Harry's Wonderous World" is also on the first soundtrack, but this song is kind of different on the second soundtrack. It sounds better.
Overall... this is a great soundtrack and you should buy it!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Could Be Better
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. Read more
Published on June 22 2004 by Kristina D. Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Out of Order
The music is pretty good, but the tracks go out of order when compared to the movie, which bugs me so much that I never listen to this.
Published on June 14 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Great new themes!, everything else is (deja vu)
I really liked the additional 20 minutes written for this movie along with the new themes but that's about it. Read more
Published on May 24 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING AGAIN!!!
In my opinion, this score is better than the previous from the Scorer's Stone. Mainly because the orchestration is mmore intense and colorful. Read more
Published on Dec 7 2003 by P. Hui
4.0 out of 5 stars Harry Potter
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. Read more
Published on Oct. 17 2003 by Yasmin
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than "Sorcerer's Stone"
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... Read more
Published on July 30 2003 by Lam Lai Shun
5.0 out of 5 stars A great CD! John Williams is Wonderful!
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... Read more
Published on July 29 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the Sorcerer's Stone
No one can review themes and past melodies like John Williams. He can rearrange a theme five different ways, keep the magic, but have you believing that you're hearing a different... Read more
Published on May 28 2003 by Michael J. Tuccio
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for anyone but Williams
There are some marvelous moments in this music: among them the solemn walk onto the stairs to Dumbledore's office, the humorous ditties for Myrtle the ghost and the vain Prof. Read more
Published on May 27 2003 by Brian M. Donohue
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