Featuring music from all four Harry Potter films
so far released - Philosopher's Stone, Chamber Of Secrets,
Prisoner Of Azkaban and Goblet Of Fire - this compilation
is performed by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra...
From the Harry Potter Films is another collection of highlights
from a popular movie franchise - other collections from Silva
Screen include Star
of the Rings,
and the Carry
I've said in the past when reviewing similar collections,
this is really only going to be purchased by those who have
only a passing interest in movie soundtracks. Anyone who is
a John Williams fan will have already purchased the full soundtracks.
What this collection does is introduce some of each film's
score to a wider audience. Maybe you loved all of the music
to the Potter films, but can't afford to purchase all
of the soundtracks - especially when you suspect that in essence
they will all be fairly similar because of the subject content
(you can pretty much guess that more than one track per album
will be a variation of the main theme). To 99% of the population
this is a valid point and for that reason alone I'd advise
purchasing this collection if you just want to hear a sample
of some of the best tracks in the Potter movies.
being such a John Williams fan (his music has been a part
of my life since I first bought the Raiders of the Lost
Ark album in the early '80s), this album would have only
whetted my appetite for the full albums (if I didn't already
loved Patrick Doyle's score for Carlito's Way and was
surprised when I first learned that he was going to be scoring
one of the Harry Potter movies (Goblet of Fire)
- I'd originally thought that John Williams would score them
all. In total, seven of the fifteen tracks reproduced here
are from Goblet of Fire. This is a shame because Doyle's
music, as beautiful as it is, is just not a patch on Williams's
work. It would have been much better if a fair representation
of all the movies had been reproduced here.
tracks to the first two Harry Potter movies I know
inside out. Because of this I could spot the odd out of tune
instrument here and there and slightly different timings.
And, like I mentioned in my review of The Indiana Jones
Trilogy, because the mix is obviously different you hear
other sections of the orchestra louder than in the versions
released on the original film soundtracks. This is interesting
as you can appreciate some of the other instruments that you
had not really heard on the original mixes.
compilations go, this album is well above average. This is
a great introduction to the Harry Potter soundtracks
and, if you don't already own the originals, this is a great
place to get started.
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