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  • Audio CD (June 17, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Caroline
  • ASIN: B00JLKHTCW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,460 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 (OSC)

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I loved the soundtrack for the first movie and I love this one just as much.
Sarah
Even if you haven't seen the film, you can tell there is incredible story telling going on in this music.
Melissa Manwill
Definitely Recommended to fans of the movie and anyone who likes to listen to scores.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Z on June 18, 2014
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I actually hate most music scores. I have on several occasions insulted the movie composer at the end of a film in the theatre, only to find a big name like Hans Zimmer appear on the screen (um, whoops?). But John Powell’s How to Train Your Dragon score captivated me when I first sat in the theatres, and as I bought the CD and listened to it dozens and dozens and times, my love for it has only grown. Powell integrates the orchestra’s power with folk instruments and melodies, memorable tunes, creative motivic variations, and the intelligent use of the leitmotif.

The leitmotif, for those who are unfamiliar with the term, was first widely used by Richard Wagner. It is a melody that is used within theatre (and now film) to signify a single specific person, concept, or idea within the story. The music represents an ideological theme from the story, in essence. And while I could talk extraordinarily about many other aspects of the HTTYD 2 score (such as its incredible use of complex midground, the energetic bass parts, and the great tambre combinations used), I want to focus especially on Powell’s use of the leitmotif – the different themes in the HTTYD 2 soundtrack – and why they make this score just as musically strong as the first.

I didn’t know what Powell was going to do for the score of the sequel, but what I wanted was that he not just rehash the same music or cut and paste the first movie music into the second. I wanted something new and fresh, and we got that. I’m going to admit when I first heard the HTTYD 2 score, I didn’t feel that impressed because the music seemed much more generic and less melodically memorable.
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I firmly believe the original How to Train Your Dragon had one of the all-time best soundtracks for an animated movie.

As such, perhaps even more than my concerns about the sequel potentially not meeting the lofty expectations set by the first as a film (I was wrong about that too), I was worried the second movie's soundtrack wouldn't live up to its predecessor. I feared that we'd either only be getting a lazy rehashing of old themes with perhaps one or two new ones thrown in for variety. Or worse, that Powell would succumb to using unwanted electronic sounds.

Instead, we got another masterpiece of film composition, one which I think is actually better than the original, particularly as a standalone album. Everything here feels more refined, from the much grander orchestration, to the to the significantly improved mastering quality, to the beautifully intertwined melodies. Several choir-heavy moments in the album give Howard Shore's Lord of the Rings or John Williams' Star Wars soundtracks a serious run for their money in sheer quality of epicness (seriously, just listen to second third of the third track). Every single one of the new motifs is great in its own right. The main villain's theme is also one of the best "evil themes" I've heard in a long time, different from the usual schmaltz we get in animated movies, and arguably even more interesting than the villain himself. And during the film's most emotional moments, Powell writes what is probably his best work of that type. Even better, Powell manages to add this "adult" quality without losing a sense of fun when appropriate.

That's not to say everything is better.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Schaffer on June 10, 2014
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John Powell, who also wrote the score for the first How to Train Your Dragon, has done a fantastic job yet again. Throughout this sequel score I've noticed many familiar themes from the first movie that have been revised. That said there is still plenty of new and unique melodies ranging from the quite and demure, almost ethereal at times, to the exciting and grand. There is even a duet with Stoick the Vast (voiced by Gerard Butler) and Hiccup's mother Valka (voiced by Cate Blanchett).

At the time of writing this review I've only had the opportunity to listen to this complete score a couple of times, but I can already tell that it was worth every penny.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Fortinj1354 on June 10, 2014
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This soundtrack is amazing. As fantastic as the first soundtrack was, I don't know if I could honestly pick which one I like more, but it certainly lives up to it's predecessor.

Edit 6/16/2014- So I just got my physical copy, and I have to say I'm a bit disappointed. I was expecting a standard plastic jewel case, but the packaging is a cheap cardboard slip case.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark Gordon on June 13, 2014
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Powell managed to somehow outdo himself. You can tell how passionate he is about the series and why this was one of only two movies he has scored this year. Let the music speak for itself. With the inevitable Third film due out in the near future, these scores will surely be Powell's magnum opus!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Narnian on June 20, 2014
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Too often, a composer simply repeats and rehashes his music from the first film when composing a sequel. Not so with John Powell's How To Train Your Dragon 2.

Yes, we hear pretty much every theme and motif from the first film repeated in some way. However, the music is more developed--more mature. Powell himself described the composition of this sequel as a "maturation process," and the thematic development shines through brilliantly.

Main themes for Hiccup, Toothless, and the Vikings of Berk return, as well as the beautiful romantic theme immortalized in the first soundtrack's "Romantic Flight." However, new themes also appear and grow throughout the album. One is a dark, oppressive theme for the dragon-hunter Drago. Another theme, beautiful and agile, is for Valka--the mysterious dragon rider who reveals herself as Hiccup's mother. "Flying With Mother" present's Valka's theme in a quick, lighthearted fashion; while "Losing Toothless" showcases it with a more daunting flair.

The song "For the Dancing and Dreaming" is spectacular, and bits of the melody can be heard throughout the heart-wrenching "Stoick's Ship."

And, just like the first film, Jonsi has provided a song for the end credits--"Where No One Goes," and uplifting melody that also appears early on in the film itself.

John Powell develops his themes subtly and expertly, fashioning what is the perfect sequel score. (A side note: the orchestrations are even better this time around.) I can only imagine how the soundtrack for How To Train Your Dragon 3 will soar!
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2010 mp3 download comes with Pre-Order?
That's weird. I had the same thing as you: Pre-ordered the 2014 CD (How to Train Your Dragon 2) and got a free copy of the MP3 for "How to Train Your Dragon." However, when I contacted Amazon, I was told I got both for the price of one, and I would still be receiving "H.T.T.Y.D.... Read More
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