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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Composer Nicholas Hooper infused the sixth film in the Harry Potter series with much of the same utilitarian weight and whimsy that drove his work on 2007's Order of the Phoenix. As the third composer to be brought in to the world of Hogwarts, Hooper deftly balanced John Williams' original themes with those of his own creation, a track he continued to stroll down for 2009's Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Unlike its predecessor, the Half Blood Prince score is nearly bereft of any of Williams' or Patrick Doyle's themes. Hooper treats the transitory story to a rather transitory score, opting for atmosphere over memorable melodies, but while it may not be ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Composer Nicholas Hooper infused the sixth film in the Harry Potter series with much of the same utilitarian weight and whimsy that drove his work on 2007's Order of the Phoenix. As the third composer to be brought in to the world of Hogwarts, Hooper deftly balanced John Williams' original themes with those of his own creation, a track he continued to stroll down for 2009's Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Unlike its predecessor, the Half Blood Prince score is nearly bereft of any of Williams' or Patrick Doyle's themes. Hooper treats the transitory story to a rather transitory score, opting for atmosphere over memorable melodies, but while it may not be the most glamorous of Potter scores that would belong to 2003's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, like the story itself, it certainly gets the job done.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/14/2009
  • Label: Watertower Music
  • UPC: 794043915222
  • Catalog Number: 39152
  • Sales rank: 16,775

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Opening (2:54)
  2. 2 In Noctem (2:01)
  3. 3 The Story Begins (2:05)
  4. 4 Ginny (1:31)
  5. 5 Snape & the Unbreakable Vow (2:51)
  6. 6 Wizard Wheezes (1:43)
  7. 7 Dumbledore's Speech (1:32)
  8. 8 Living Death (1:55)
  9. 9 Into the Pensieve (1:46)
  10. 10 The Book (1:45)
  11. 11 Ron's Victory (1:45)
  12. 12 Harry & Hermoine (2:53)
  13. 13 School! (1:05)
  14. 14 Malfoy's Mission (2:54)
  15. 15 The Slug Party (2:11)
  16. 16 Into the Rushes (2:33)
  17. 17 Farewell Aragog (2:08)
  18. 18 Dumbledore's Foreboding (1:19)
  19. 19 Of Love & War (1:18)
  20. 20 When Ginny Kissed Harry (2:38)
  21. 21 Slughorn's Confession (3:33)
  22. 22 Journey To the Cave (3:08)
  23. 23 The Drink of Despair (2:45)
  24. 24 Inferi In the Firestorm (1:53)
  25. 25 The Killing of Dumbledore (3:35)
  26. 26 Dumbledore's Farewell (2:22)
  27. 27 The Friends (2:01)
  28. 28 The Weasley Stomp (2:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nicholas Hooper Primary Artist, Conductor
London Chamber Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Ensemble
RSVP Voices Choir, Chorus
School Choir of Queen's College, Oxford Choir, Chorus
Alastair King Conductor
Choir of Queen's College, Oxford Choir, Chorus
School Choir of Queen's College Ensemble
Allastair King Conductor
Technical Credits
John Williams [composer] Composer
David Barron Executive Producer
Peter Cobbin Engineering
David Yates Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Geoffrey Alexander Arranger, Orchestration
Jeff Atmajian Orchestration
Marcia Crayford Orchestra Leader
David Heyman Executive Producer
Nicole Wilson Assistant Music Supervisor
Nicholas Hooper Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Lisa Margolis Business Consultant
Keith Zajic Business Consultant
Jason Linn Audio Production
Sandeep Sriram Art Direction
Debi Streeter Music Administrator
Simon Whiteside Arranger, Orchestration
Daryl Griffith Arranger, Orchestration
Darrell Alexander Score Producer
Steve Kloves Composer, Lyricist, Text
Jamie Wolpert Text Translation
Alastair King Orchestration
Ian Livingstone MIDI Programming
Jeff Armajiam Arranger
Ian Livingston Programming
Doug Frank Audio Production
David Yates Audio Production
David Heyman Audio Production
Allastair King Arranger
David Barron Audio Production
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Takes you back to the movie

    Absolutely love the music. It is so exciting!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Excellent

    This is honestly one of the best soundtracks for HP I've heard....really excellent!


    ~Oh Snap It's Potter~

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Intense and Beautiful

    This is one of the best scores i have heard in recent years and was worth every cent. I thoroughly enjoyed the intense emotion and soaring notes in every piece.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    An amazingly personal and fitting score.

    Although I loved William's and Doyle's work, they were often much too epic for a series that is only "semi-epic". In terms of complimenting or augmenting what happens on screen, this is the best since the first movie, which was all about the discovery and wonder of magic. The most personal movie, HP6, has the most personal music. Great job.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good score

    Great, moving score that definitely captures the emotion in the 6th part of the series. I only wish the tracks were longer. Hooper doesn't borrow much of John Williams' themes from the earlier scores, but he definitely makes his mark with his motifs during the darker portions of the movie.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince Soundtrack

    I absolutely adore this soundtrack. The music shapes the movie scenes and with every song I feel as if I am watching the scene happening. I ask, what would Harry Potter be without it's own soundtrack.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Loved this

    I might have just liked this cd because i love the harry potter books and the movies, well at times, but i loved the music on this CD i recomemded it to my other obbsessed friends and they loved it too... =)

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Love this soundtrack

    Bought the soundtrack before seeing movie. Didn't listen to it until I seen movie. After watching the movie I couldn't wait to hear the soundtrack.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Awesome

    All the Harry Potter soundtracks are great. If you are a huge Potter fan like myself this is a must have for your collection.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Not as Original a Score as for all the other movies

    I think that for such a good movie they got pretty lazy in creating a new score. A lot of the score is from the previouse movie witch is fine but I was expecting a more original score.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Love it!

    I have enjoyed all of the Harry Potter movie scores and this one is no exception. It evokes the feeling of the movie every time I hear it!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A few words on Nicholas Hooper's score: "Harry Potter and The Half-blood Prince"

    For movies as the ones of the Harry Potter saga the music is of the most important elements, since it is what gives the adequate atmosphere to a movie. In the case of this Nicholas Hooper´s score the music not only creates an atmosphere but, makes you feel it. The sonorous an soulful music of the score is dark enough, but at the same time beautifull as the world of Harry Potter. One example of this contrast are the themes of "Harry and Hermione", which is absolutely beatiful, peaceful and even passionate, making us feel the love of hermione towards Ron and the mutual sad felling of Harry and Hermione, in contrast with "Malfoy´s Mission" that makes you feel all the fear in Draco´s soul. In few words this is until now the best of the scores in the Harry potter movie-saga for its sonority and its soulfulness, along with John williams's score "Harry Potter and The Prisioner of Azkaban"

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Surprsingly, GOOD!

    THe songs are catchy, sad, and emotional. I thought it would be wizard rock. The price is amazing for 28 amazing songs.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great soundtrack

    As Harry matures, so does the music. Nicholas Hooper has yet again captured the emotion of Harry Potter. Patrick Doyle and John Williams did well, but I believe Nicholas Hooper did fantastic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nicholas Hooper has done it again:

    When I saw the movie and heard the score of Mr. N. Hooper, I thought that the score was spot on. Me, being an Irish-Scotsman at heart, thought that the snippet of "Farwell Aragog" was wonderfully haunting and did strike a cord. Nicholas Hooper, in my opinion, is perfect to create the score for Harry Potter

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Half Blood Prince Achieves New Heights of Awesome.

    I have been a part of the harry Potter fandom for over a decade. Not since the third installment, the Prisoner of Azkaban, have I ever a greater Score. Listening to the clips alone caused me to let out a tiny squeal. Every song I heard matched perfectly to the scene I have been playing in my head. My favorite Song was track 2, In Noctem. This song is exactly what I have been looking forward to hearing in the last few Harry Potter movies. It has the quality of being both ethereal and haunting. Overall a spot on soundtrack and I look forward to being able to listen to it over and over again.

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    Posted July 9, 2009

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