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The Essential Harry Potter Film Music Collection

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
This is not the first album Silva Screen Records has devoted to music from the Harry Potter film series, and it probably won't be the last. The label, which employs the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra to re-record film scores and then recycles the results on various compilations, has already chronicled the boy wizard on, for example, the 2006 album Music from the Harry Potter Films, all of which seems to be contained again here, along with additional material, notably compositions by Nicholas Hooper from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which opened in July 2007. As of the November 12, 2007, release date of this album, the last two Harry Potter novels, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
This is not the first album Silva Screen Records has devoted to music from the Harry Potter film series, and it probably won't be the last. The label, which employs the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra to re-record film scores and then recycles the results on various compilations, has already chronicled the boy wizard on, for example, the 2006 album Music from the Harry Potter Films, all of which seems to be contained again here, along with additional material, notably compositions by Nicholas Hooper from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which opened in July 2007. As of the November 12, 2007, release date of this album, the last two Harry Potter novels, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, had been published but not yet filmed, so this must be considered another interim assemblage of the music from the series. It includes the typically adventurous and appropriate scoring provided by John Williams for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (or Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, as it was known in the U.S.), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, as well as Patrick Doyle's inevitably derivative music from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Newly recorded are the five cues from Hooper's Phoenix score, which again are reminiscent of what has gone before, if a bit more melodramatic in places (the first part of "Sirius Deception/Dumbledore's Army"), in keeping with the increasingly dark tone of the series. Purists will, of course, prefer the actual original soundtrack albums, but this album provides a good summary of the music of the first five Harry films, with more to go.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/16/2008
  • Label: Silva America
  • UPC: 738572125127
  • Catalog Number: 1251

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Prague Philharmonic Orchestra Primary Artist
Nic Raine Conductor
Peter Twitchin Choir Master, Choir Conductor
City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Mid Herts Youth Chorus Children's Chorus
Technical Credits
John Williams [composer] Arranger, Orchestration
Nic Raine Arranger, Orchestration
Gareth Williams Mastering, Vocal Recording
David Wishart Liner Notes
Nicholas Hooper Composer
James Fitzpatrick Producer, Audio Production
Jan Holzner Engineer
Damien Doherty Artwork
Christopher Tin Arranger, Orchestration
Reynold da Silva Executive Producer
Adam Saunders Arranger, Orchestration
Matt Hohensee Arranger, Orchestration
Dominic Nunns Arranger, Orchestration
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    was good but not great

    This CD had most of the same tracks from the other Harry Potter soundtracks but, I was dissapointed that only one verse of certain tracks were used instead of all verses. It would have been better with the whole song not half.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    If you love Harry Potter, this CD is for you!

    Harry Potter's essential music for the Harry Potter lover. So good!

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