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  • Audio CD (May 25, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: June 4, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Run Time: 142 minutes
  • ASIN: B00020HEG6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,762 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Lumos! (Hedwig's Theme)
2. Aunt Marge's Waltz
3. The Knight Bus
4. Apparition on the Train
5. Double Trouble
6. Buckbeak's Flight
7. A Window to the Past
8. The Whomping Willow and the Snowball Fight
9. Secrets of the Castle
10. The Portrait Gallery
11. Hagrid the Professor
12. Monster Books and Boggarts!
13. Quidditch, Third Year
14. Lupin's Transformation and Chasing Scabbers
15. The Patronus Light
16. The Werewolf Scene
17. Saving Buckbeak
18. Forward to Time Past
19. The Dementors Converge
20. Finale
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Product Description

Oscar and Grammy Award winning composer John William returns with an enchanted score inspired by the magic of the blockbuster Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban. Always a hit with fans of the enormously successful Harry Potter films, as well as fans of John Williams -- one of the most popular and successful American orchestral composers of the modern age.

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If the commercial constraints of genre and chronic Hollywood sequelitis threaten to musically straitjacket even a legend like John Williams, the veteran playfully rebuffs such cynicism in his rich, mirthful score for this third chapter of the Harry Potter cycle. Whether inspired by a willful desire not to repeat himself, the continued reinvention of his jazz roots that brightened his scores for Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can and The Terminal, or the story's requirement for a handful of fresh themes, Williams informs his work here with an often dizzying range. The warm mysticism of "Hedwig's Theme" and classical farrago of "Aunt Marge's Waltz" can scarcely prepare one for the swinging, off-kilter "Knight Bus," a romp that suggests a head-on collision between the big-band bombast of1941 and the loopy, Cantina Band kitsch of Star Wars. From there Williams skips back a half-millennium or so for inspiration, conjuring the ancient children's chorus "Double Trouble" (its text adapted from no less than MacBeth), a medieval theme that becomes one of the score's inspirational foundations. Those with a taste for the composer's patent orchestral thunder won't be disappointed either, as the Herrmann-influenced percussion/brass bombast of "Buckbeat's Flight" and "The Whomping Willow.." attest with rousing zeal. It's arguably Williams' best Potter score to date, a soundtrack whose inspirations sprawl across six centuries -- and as many disparate musical styles. Enhanced CD features include a photo gallery and exclusive computer wallpaper and screensaver files. -- Jerry McCulley

Customer Reviews

John Williams created his best Harry Potter score ever.
Luis M. Ramos
My favorite songs include Lumos!, Double Trouble, Buckbeak's Flight, WIndow to the Past, Secrets of the Castle, The Werewolf Scene, and Finale.
Queen of Annwen
Highly recommended for fans of musical scores, the movie, the book, or whatever.
Ashley Quinn

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By W. Jamison VINE VOICE on June 27, 2004
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This is the most interesting of the Harry Potter scores so far as far as I am concerned. It would not be as significant if I was not also a fan of the first two scores as well as the books and movies, but considering that what we have here is a seven part series that is still in the making, those of us curious where this narrative is going must be interested in all the signs. The scores progressively continue elements (Hedwig's theme) and add new ones. How Wagnerian! Again we can tell precisely where in the movie the music fits. I especially like the sudden change as the magic bus waits for the old lady crossing the street. The musical themes tell the story and Williams has a wonderful way of using the music to stimulate precisely the emotion necessary to accentuate the course of the narrative. This is all very interesting since cinema strikes me as the art form of our age. It uses all of the elements feasible to accomplish the catharsis so important to community. With Prisoner the score reflects the older score elements with new directions and the intrigue builds. Since the book offers so much more depth than the movie, the music is what keeps the movie from being just a pitiful reminder of the book. The music makes up for much that is missing in the movie by communicating the right emotion at the right time. I look forward to four more scores on these themes.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Bouwmeester on May 31, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I love Williams, and this is a fantastic score, hinting wondrously at the original Potter score, and his own classics:
1. Lumos! (Hedwig's Theme)
Unfortunately, this is a rather disappointing rehash of the very first Harry Potter track ever heard, and I don't think it has a true place in this score. At least in The Chamber of Secrets, the conclusion to the theme was varied.
2. Aunt Marge's Waltz
This neo-Viennese waltz glides and soars and changes character as fast as someone struggling to dance properly. Humorous, dramatic, lively, a real delight...
3. The Knight Bus
This is an oustanding piece, even though I don't like it as much as most people. It cleverly introduces various upcoming new themes, including the "Something Wicked This Way Comes" (From the "Double Trouble" cue) repeated motive in the brass, and the haunting dementors' underscore. A welcome addition, Williams returns to his Cantina Band roots as he did less skitzophrenically in Catch Me If You Can.
4. Apparition on the Train
Again, a meld of Williams' earlier style a la Indiana Jones, and upcoming leitmotivic material, particularly "Double Trouble" and some of the climactic "marches" later on. Interesting underscore for John Williams fans, but perhaps meaningless to non-JW Harry Potter fans.
5. Double Trouble
The dark counterpart to the Christmas carol from Home Alone, "Carol of the Bells" with the requisite medieval instruments (recorder and tambourine etc) to suit the setting. The first major highlight of the album.
6. Buckbeak's Flight
This is "Flying" from E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial all over again.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 6, 2004
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This is probably the best of the 3 soundtracks to the Harry Potter films. Being a fan of the books, the movie throughly disappointed me... but the music never ceases to amaze. I love every track especially #5 (Double Trouble) and #6 (Buckbeak's Flight). Track #5 uses a great verse from Shakespeare's "Macbeth" and gives the film an air of mystery and dark magic... and this installment is one of the darkest in the series (well book 5 is darker, but we're not talking about book 5). Track #6 just lifts my heart and gives me chills and goose bumps.... the same feeling hit me both times I saw the movie. The piece just captures the raw emotion, joy, and freedom of Harry at that moment.
I enjoy the use of what seems to be tin flutes and the almost medieval quality of some of the pieces. It's just a wonderful score, probably one of William's best works.
I definately recommend anyone to purchase this... even if you don't like Harry Potter, you will love the enchanting themes found in this score.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 20, 2004
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I was completely blown away by this soundtrack. For the movie "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban", John Williams wrote some new music that will be remembered for years to come. He truly deserves another Oscar for this one.

Here are my reviews for each track.

1. Lumos (*****/*****) Nothing new but still unforgettable.

2. Aunt Marge's Waltz (*****) Playful; doesn't sound like it was made to accompany a movie scene at all.

3. The Knight Bus (*****) Jazzy piece; perfect for the KB scene

4. Apparition on the Train (****) Dark and atmospheric

5. Double Trouble (*****)Perfect welcoming song for Hogwarts students.

6. Buckbeak's Fight (**********/*****)As beautiful as the Flying theme from E.T. This song is worth the price of the whole CD. A classic

7. A Window to the Past (*****) The second most moving piece in the CD. Another classic

8. a.The Whomping Willow (*****) Timpani,timpani,timpani

b.The Snowball fight (****) Listenable but not as great as the old Christmas theme.

9.Secrets of the Castle (*****) Soft but powerful.

10.The Portrait Gallery (***) Worst song in the soundtrack.

11.Hagrid the Professor (*****)Medieval music; instrumental version of Double Trouble.

12. Monster Books and Boggarts (****) Similar to The Knight Bus theme but faster.

13. Quidditch, Third year (*****) The best action cue in the soundtrack

14. a.Lupin's Transformation (****) Listenable.

b. Chasing Scabbers (***) Forgettable

15. The Patronous Light(*****) Beautiful music; very peaceful.

16. Werewolf Scene (*****) Almost the same as Track 14.a only better

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