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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Soundtrack

4.6 out of 5 stars 310 customer reviews

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19 songs, 2001

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You needn't see the film of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone to appreciate the wonder, magic, and fearful chills of J.K. Rowling's phenomenal bestseller in John Williams's outstanding score. Williams typically avoids the source material for the films he scores, but he reportedly derived great pleasure and inspiration from Rowling's first Harry Potter adventure, and created a perfect motif (fully expressed in "Hedwig's Theme") to dominate his score. It's first heard as a dreamy celesta waltz and embellished through myriad incarnations and moods, often with a sinister edge befitting the darker tones of Chris Columbus's direction. Evident are fantastical allusions to Saint-Saëns and Tchaikovsky (among others), and Williams's epic track is "Quidditch Match," a breathtaking frenzy to accompany the film's dazzling highlight. And while Williams occasionally flirts with self-plagiarism (with inevitable variants of his Hook and Star Wars themes), this is nevertheless a richly regal score that brilliantly evokes the mystery and magic of Harry Potter's world. --Jeff Shannon
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 30, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: November 16, 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B00005OWIU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (310 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,360 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is extremely well done. John Williams sets the tone for each part of the movie by defining it with its own, independent theme. Harry's theme is the most "magical" sounding and stands apart from the rest of the soundtrack. It's a very soft and mellow tune that's both mysterious and innocent at the same time. The Quidditch scene has the loudest and most rambunctious music. Much like the sport itself, the music is fast-paced. Voldemort's theme is very soft and dark sounding, with very subtle changes. Though it's no "Imperial March", it's one of Williams' most successful villain themes. It's very obvious that Williams has borrowed certain elements from his past scores, but at the same time manages to change it and add enough new material for a completely original sound. At times, there is a choir in the background providing vocals that tends to sound more like the work of James Horner than John Williams. This is not to say, however, tht Williams is unsuccessful. The mix of instrument and voice is superb. Overall, I would say this is one of John Williams' most successful scores, especially in recent years. It's my favorite since Jurassic Park and well worth the price.
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I believe that the power of a truly great composer is that which enables him or her to come up with a simple tune - a hook - that complements itself effectively with every other suite or piece of music that runs through the soundtrack of a work of art. John Williams powerfully proves that he has that skill. So, whether or not you feel Chris Columbus did a good job directing "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone", you cannot surpass his wise choice of having Mr. Williams piece together this truly spellbinding score.
Yes, now and again he indulges in self-plagiarism, but all that is conveniently covered up with the playful running theme that materialises most compellingly in "Hedwig's Theme", and pops in as daintily as it sounds in the rest of the music against appropriately spine-tingling and triumphantly composite compositions. The entire soundtrack - as track-listed here - builds up in a wicked crescendo that easily sweeps one of his feet and transports him back to the magic of Harry's world. From the dark and ominous "Harry's Wondrous World", sprinkled cleverly with a tinge of hope, to the orchestral climax in "The Face of Voldermort", which erupts in musical irony when it sets "Hedwig's Theme" against cold, bombarding strings, John Williams creates his very own original (well, almost) rendition of J. K. Rowling's meticulously imaginative dimension - all embodied in every single likeable piece.
A feature which proves comforting for the listener - especially younger children who could go crazy over everything "Harry" - is that almost every piece is a suitably short, three to four-minute long opus. But even the longer pieces, such as the exhilarating "The Quidditch Match" that spans some eight minutes long, fleet by as enjoyably as the movie does in its unbelievably "short" 2½ hours.
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John Williams score for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone almost immediately draws listeners into a world where magic not only exists, but flourishes. Many of the tracks feature music in the same vein as music Williams composed for Hook, especially the Prologue and Hedwig's theme. The music for the Quidditch match features the brass instruments, and conveys the soaring competition of this popular wizarding sport. "The Face of Voldemort" contains music entirely appropriate for a young boy confronting his greatest fear. All in all, Williams has composed a score that is almost as magical as J. K. Rowling's book. I can't wait for the movie!
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John Williams' Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Soundtrack is similar in many ways to his other more famous soundtracks. It has some of the beautiful strains that are familiar from ET and Star Wars; however, the lovely themes here are instantly recognizable and are sure to put a smile on your face.
"Hogwarts Forever" and "Hedwig's Theme" are lovely and melodic, while "The Face of Voldemort" is violent and scary. This is a must-have CD for all Harry Potter Fans.
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I couldn't wait for this CD to come out, and was thrilled that it was released before the upcoming movie. Like many Harry Potter fans, I would become instantly transfixed whenever the trailer for the film would come on TV. There just was something so magical about the music that instantly hooked me! And I was surprised to find that the composer was none other than John Williams, famed for his compositions of "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones." But it makes a great deal of sense. Williams' musical themes tend to become traditions, as the listener joyously commits his music to memory. This CD is no different! It tugs at your mind and has you humming away before you know it! There are also some scary moods, which reminds you that not everything is Harry's world is merry and bright. But before long, Williams returns you to his sweeping themes, making you feel as if you're flying on Hedwig's wings or on a Nimbus 2000! This is a great CD to add to your library and will simply fuel the fires of you imagination in anticipation for the film!
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