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The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Limited Edition, Special Edition, Import, Compilation, Soundtrack
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|1. The Blitz, 1940 Score|
|2. Evacuating London Score|
|3. The Wardrobe Score|
|4. Lucy Meets Mr. Tumnus Score|
|5. A Narnia Lullaby Score|
|6. The White Witch Score|
|7. From Western Woods to Beaversdam Score|
|8. Father Christmas Score|
|9. To Aslanâs Camp Score|
|10. Knighting Peter Score|
|11. The Stone Table Score|
|12. The Battle Score|
|13. Only the Beginning of the Adventure Score|
|14. Wunderkind Performed by Alanis Morissette|
|15. I Canât Take It In Performed by Imogen Heap|
|16. Winter Light Performed by Tim Finn|
|17. Where Performed by Lisbeth Scott (new age artist)|
The soundtrack features original score from acclaimed composer Harry Gregson-Williams, plus end title single and inspired by tracks from some of the today's leading pop and alternative artists. This 2 CD set includes a 40 page collectible souvenir booklet filled with film imagery and liner notes. Disney. 2005.
Not to be confused with the collection Songs Inspired by the Chronicles of Narnia, this album is Harry Gregson-Williams' instrumental score for the movie. Marking the composer's third collaboration with director Andrew Adamson (after both Shrek movies), this score also is one of the more mature offerings from Gregson-Williams, best known for his work on family films. The music is lush and assured, if a bit predictable. Indeed, it fits squarely in the current style popular for big epics--even using (on a few tracks) the vocals of Lisbeth Scott, which fall halfway between those of Enya and the Cocteau Twins' Liz Fraser (both of whom, uncoincidentally, appeared on the Lords of the Rings soundtracks). The CD concludes with four songs, with Gregson-Williams cowriting "Where." On "Can't Take It In," Imogen Heap's vocal acrobatics eerily recall those of the Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan, while Alanis Morissette's "Wunderkind" is an inspirational, almost girl-powerish track written from the point of view of the movie's Lucy. But the best of these songs is "Winter Light" by Tim Finn, four minutes of understated, piano-driven melancholia. Look for it tucked near the very end of the CD. The second disc in this special edition package is a DVD that includes galleries of film stills and concept art, a featurette about the recordings of the score and a making-of featurette. There's also a segment in which the (mostly) Christian bands involved in the Songs Inspired by... album talk about their contributions to that project. --Elisabeth Vincentelli
Top Customer Reviews
The movie's events can almost be traced by the soundtrack events: It opens with the ominous, rough "The Blitz, before switching to the delicate, sad strains of "Evacuating London." From there on, there are all kinds of songs, to match whatever is going on in the movie -- the peace and grandeur of Aslan's camp, the thrill of meeting Father Christmas, the sadness and horror of the sacrifice, the excitement of a coronation, and the beauty and sorrow of a doomed battle.
If it sounds glorious, it is. Gregson-Williams makes the music sound both fantastical and rich, as the movie needs. The most haunting song is only a minute and a quarter long: Tumnus' "Narnia Lullaby," a flute song backed by tribal drums. It starts off soft, but slowly grows more intense and eerie.
Oh, and a note to moviegoers: That exquisite, soaring ballad that you heard as the credits started was NOT Alanis Morrisette. It was electro-pop singer Imogen Heap. "Oh, empty my heart/I've got to make room for this feeling/So much bigger than me," she sings over an increasingly epic trip-hop backdrop. Man, she was robbed.
Not that Morrisette's song is unworthy -- her "Wunderkind" is a solid production, earthier and more rock-y, but still with an otherworldly charm. Her song sounds like an ode to Lucy, "And I am a magnet for all kinds of deeper wonderment/I am a wunderkind/I am a groundbreaker na've enough to believe this/I am a princess on the way to my throne...Read more ›
The Chronicles of Narnia soundtrack (and this is the music that was in the movie, not the music inspired by the movie), is a great collection of classical music. It gives you tingles to hear it. Some of the songs I skip over (The White Witch, Stone Table), but I listen to most of them through. Lucy Meets Mr. Tumnus is a perfect song to show the innocence of Lucy in the world of Narnia for the first time, and the meeting of her and Tumnus. My favourite songs are Battle, and Only the Beginning of an Adventure. Battle has the perfect blend of instruments, and a noble tone to it. The songs make you close your eyes and hum along.
This is one amazing soundtrack, I highly recommend it if you like classical type of music, and loved the movie. The clips provided give a pretty good sense of each song, I recommend listening to them before you buy.
As for the four extra songs at the end of the soundtrack: "Can't Take It In" is a beautiful song sung by an incredible songstress. As for the other three songs, they are easily forgettable.