Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Velez
Who better than composer John Williams, who scored Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone, to wave his magical baton and conjure the mystery and excitement engendered by Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets, the second film adaptation in J. K. Rowling's beloved series? After all, Williams has been nominated for an unprecedented 471 Academy Awards, for music that includes the scores for such enchanting films as Star Wars, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The excitement begins right off the bat with "Prologue: Book II and the Escape from the Dursleys," an invitation into the enchanted world that commences with a delicate theme ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Andrew Velez
Who better than composer John Williams, who scored Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone, to wave his magical baton and conjure the mystery and excitement engendered by Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets, the second film adaptation in J. K. Rowling's beloved series? After all, Williams has been nominated for an unprecedented 471 Academy Awards, for music that includes the scores for such enchanting films as Star Wars, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The excitement begins right off the bat with "Prologue: Book II and the Escape from the Dursleys," an invitation into the enchanted world that commences with a delicate theme stated by chimes, which are soon joined by a swirl of violins punctuated by escalating brass. Recurring chimes, in fact, prove their charm throughout the disc, even as the accelerating tempo of violins and brass signal something bigger is afoot, serving as a kind of magical parentheses to the proceedings. A cheery melody carried by strings makes for a soaring passage in "Fawkes the Phoenix," again sprinkled with chimes. The score is all top-drawer Williams, from "Gilderoy Lockhart," a witty section in which the violins and oboes engage in playful counterpoint, to "The Spiders," in which flitting masses of violins and percussion conjure masses of arachnids on the loose. By the finale, "Harry's Wonderful World," which draws on the majesty of a full orchestra, this richly orchestrated score proves again that for conjuring spooky, adventurous fun with a childlike sense of wonder, there's no one quite like the magical Mr. Williams.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/12/2002
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678357428
  • Catalog Number: 83574
  • Sales rank: 2,104

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Prologue: Book II and the Escape from the Dursleys - William Ross (3:31)
  2. 2 Fawkes The Phoenix - William Ross (3:45)
  3. 3 The Chamber of Secrets - William Ross (3:49)
  4. 4 Gilderoy Lockhart - William Ross (2:05)
  5. 5 The Flying Car - William Ross (4:08)
  6. 6 Knockturn Alley - William Ross (1:47)
  7. 7 Introducing Colin - William Ross (1:49)
  8. 8 The Dueling Club - William Ross (4:08)
  9. 9 Dobby the House Elf - William Ross (3:27)
  10. 10 The Spiders - William Ross (4:32)
  11. 11 Moaning Myrtle - William Ross (2:05)
  12. 12 Meeting the Aragog - William Ross (3:18)
  13. 13 Fawkes is Reborn - William Ross (3:19)
  14. 14 Meeting Tom Riddle - William Ross (3:38)
  15. 15 Cornish Pixies - William Ross (2:13)
  16. 16 Polyjuice Potion - William Ross (3:52)
  17. 17 Cakes for Crabbe and Goyle - William Ross (3:30)
  18. 18 Dueling the Basilisk - William Ross (5:02)
  19. 19 Reunion of Friends - William Ross (5:08)
  20. 20 Harry's Wonderful World - William Ross (5:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Williams [composer] Primary Artist
London Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Randy Kerber Celeste, Soloist
London Voices Choir, Chorus
William Ross Conductor
Terry Edwards Choir Director
Technical Credits
John Williams [composer] Producer
Shawn Murphy Mastering
John Williams Producer
Simon Rhodes Engineer, Engineering
William Ross Adaptation
Pat Sullivan Mastering
Patricia Sullivan Fourstar Mastering
Lisa Margolis Album Administrator
Keith Zajic Album Administrator
Debi Streeter Music Administrator
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Love this CD

    I have all the Harry Potter soundtracks they're relaxing and help me sleep.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brilliant, builds on the first score's themes with new ones

    Easily one of John Williams's best film franchises, he continues his Harry Potter repertoire in the score from the second film. It's obvious Williams knows exactly what he's doing when writing for sequels, it swells and decrescendos at all the right spots, stays interesting and enchanting, and contains some of the most haunting and stunning score pieces in recent film history. The Chamber of Secrets track is dramatic and intense, illustrating the themes presented in the film's climax, Dobby the House Elf is a brilliant piece of musical complexity, and Fawkes the Phoenix is perhaps the most stunningly beautiful piece in the entire Harry Potter score saga. If you haven't already, purchase this CD. It's a brilliant addition to any Harry Potter or John Williams fan. You will not be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Haunting Enchanting Fawkes the Phoenix

    This is a wonderful cd, with more tracks on it than the first one. The most beautiful track is of course Fawkes the Phoenix. John Williams' music is truly magical

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    EXCELLENT

    I was really excited when this movie came out. I had read the books and seen The Sorcerers Stone. I loved the music for the first one, but I think the music for the second one is even better! I was really pleased with this soundtrack and I hope that you are too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Harry Potter's cruddy score

    What most people don't know about the music in this movie is that John Williams didn't put the score to the movie: he only composed the film's theme. Williams Ross actually scored the film which makes me mad. John Williams should've composed a new theme for the Chamber of Secrets and then transposed into the first theme of Hedwig. I also think the movie was a complete waste of film and would've rather watched the Lizzie McGuire movie than watch this piece of you-know- what again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An awesome soundtrack

    I got my soundtrack on my birthday and I loved it! It is so much better than sorcerer's stone and more emotional especially 'reunion of friends.' My favorites so far are 'reunion of friends, the flying car, and fawkes: the phoenix' I hope you get your copy of the soundtrack too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Go Harry Potter

    I have herd the first Harry Potter CD. That one was very good. This one is really good. When I herd it it made me feel like I was there. Hope you like it to. P.S And I know you will:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic music to listen to

    As with the book and the movie, the second album expands on the first, with a twist. It includes many of the songs from the first movie, but the twist adds more flavor with more crescendos and decrescendos. There are also plenty of new songs to add to the flavor of Harry. It was well worth waiting for and is a good listen. I listen to both CDs everyday while doing anything around the house.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I can't stop listening to it!

    I love this soundtrack! John Williams is the best! The orchestra and choir are amazing and some songs always give me goosebumps because the music is so great. I love every song and can't help but listen to them over and over! The songs make me relive seeing the movie every time I hear them. If you loved Chamber or Secrets or just want to hear amazing music, I definitely recommend this soundtrack!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Check This CD Out!

    This Harry Potter CD plays elaborate music that takes after the first Cd. You can listen to it over and over again and still not be sick of it. Great Music for Waking up or Putting you to Sleep!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BLOODY BRILLIANT!!!

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE SOUNDTRACK TO HP AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS!!! I especially love Fawkes the Phoenix. The song of the Phoenix is supposed to be a beautiful song, a song that stirrs courage in pure hearts. This does it and so much more!!! I loved the 1st HP soundtrack, and I love this one as well!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely Wonderful

    I really liked this CD. Everyone tells me that all the songs on here, and the soundtrack to Sorcerer's Stone (which I own also), are just remixed versions of Hedwig's Theme. But they're not! They're all adequately unique and I THOROUGHLY enjoyed listening to them. For example, the track that went with the Dueling Scene, you could feel the energy bouncing back and forth between Harry and Malfoy as they stood menacingly upon the platform ready to strike.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My fav. Soundtrack

    I listened to this on the-leaky-cauldron.org It was super cool! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AMAZING

    Pure magic itself. John Williams does it again! The movie was excelent with the soundtrack. It had so much effect.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    John Williams, you make me cry!

    The soundtrack and the movie were so much better than the first. Everytime I listen to Fawkes the Pheniox, I almost break out in tears cause it is so sad.... Im sure when you hear the soundtrack or buy it this year, it will make you almost cry!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Williams works his magic once more.

    When I first heard that Williams collaborated with William Ross on the soundtrack to COS, I was skeptical at first. I wasn't sure if the music would be as top shelf as the first movie (which was magnificent, especially Hedwig's Theme) and I was especially skeptical of how Mr. Ross would perform. Well, I listened to this soundtrack and I have to say that William Ross is amazing. The music flowed perfectly, hitting all the right emotions and moments. I couldn't tell where Williams left off and Ross took over. It was that good. A definate must for any Williams fan, any Potter fan, or any fan of fine orchestral music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Better than the music of Sorcerer's Stone

    I've listened to the soundtrack and loved it!! The music has definitely matured since the first movie, and I can't wait to see it in theaters!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I heard it and loved it!!

    Thanks to the people at the-leaky- cauldron.com I'm one of the first people to hear the new soundtrack. And it was great! Although, it sounds like the first soundtrack, John Williams manages to surprise me, and i can't wait for it to come out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another Great Soundtrack By John Williams

    I have just listened to the entire soundtrack on AOL's CD Listening Party, and I msut say that this the best soundtrack yet for the Harry Potter movies. You will hear some fimiliar themes from the old movie and some great new themes including the Burrow, and the Escape from the Dursley's. This soundtrack is the best so far. It really realates to the movie really well. I can't wait till the soundtrack comes out so I can buy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful!!!

    It was extraordinary music! It captured the music from the Sorceror's Stone, but with a new touch to it. John Williams outdid himself yet again.

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