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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe Soundtrack

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The soundtrack features original score from acclaimed composer Harry Gregson-Williams, plus end title single and inspired by tracks from some of the today's leading pop and alternative artists. Disney. 2005.

Not to be confused with the collection Songs Inspired by the Chronicles of Narnia, this album is Harry Gregson-Williams's instrumental score for the movie. Marking the composer's third collaboration with director Andrew Adamson (after both Shrek flicks), this score also is one of the more mature offerings from Gregson-Williams, best known for his work on family films. The music is lush and assured, if a bit predictable. Indeed, it fits squarely in the current style popular for big epics--even using (on a few tracks) the vocals of Lisbeth Scott, which fall halfway between those of Enya and the Cocteau Twins' Liz Fraser (both of whom, uncoincidentally, appeared on the Lords of the Rings soundtracks). The CD concludes with four songs, with Gregson-Williams cowriting Scott's "Where." On "Can't Take It In," Imogen Heap's vocal acrobatics eerily recall those of the Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan, while Alanis Morissette's "Wunderkind" is an inspirational, almost girl-powerish track written from the point of view of the movie's Lucy. But the best of these songs is "Winter Light" by Tim Finn, four minutes of understated, piano-driven melancholia. Look for it tucked near the very end of the CD. Note that the soundtrack comes also as a two-CD special edition . The second disc is a DVD that includes galleries of film stills and concept art, a featurette about the recordings of the score and a making-of featurette. There's also a segment in which the (mostly) Christian bands involved in the Songs Inspired by... album talk about their involvement in that project. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. The Blitz, 1940 (Score)Harry Gregson-Williams 2:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. Evacuating London (Score)Harry Gregson-Williams 3:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. The Wardrobe (Score)Harry Gregson-Williams 2:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. Lucy Meets Mr. Tumnus (Score)Harry Gregson-Williams 4:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. A Narnia Lullaby (Score)Harry Gregson-Williams 1:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. The White Witch (Score)Harry Gregson-Williams 5:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. From Western Woods to Beaversdam (Score)Harry Gregson-Williams 3:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. Father Christmas (Score)Harry Gregson-Williams 3:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. To Aslan's Camp (Score)Harry Gregson-Williams 3:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. Knighting Peter (Score)Harry Gregson-Williams 3:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. The Stone Table (Score)Harry Gregson-Williams 8:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. The BattleHarry Gregson-Williams 7:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
13. Only The Beginning of The AdventureHarry Gregson-Williams 5:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
14. Can't Take It In (Soundtrack)Imogen Heap 4:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
15. Wunderkind (Soundtrack)Alanis Morissette 5:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
16. Winter Light (Soundtrack)Tim Finn 4:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
17. Where (Soundtrack Version)Lisbeth Scott 1:54$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Composer: Harry Gregson-Williams
  • Audio CD (December 13, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Walt Disney Records
  • Run Time: 143 minutes
  • ASIN: B000BCE8QY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,320 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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128 of 136 people found the following review helpful By kaduzy VINE VOICE on December 13, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The MAIN reason it's only 4.5 stars is that the music doesn't stand as well on its own as it did alongside the movie. I only buy soundtrack albums that stand on their own, and that's what I thought this would be. I was struck by several moments in the film where the music really stood out and struck me as beautiful. When I buy a soundtrack, I always think it's odd to have the score separated into tracks because a real score should flow as one continuous piece of music that changes, almost like a symphony. But with the Narnia music, I find for the first time that the track separations are appropriate. This music simply doesn't flow perfectly together as one unit, and listening to the CD without the movie playing along makes that very clear.

The best tracks are the parts of the score that caught my attention in the first place: "Evacuating London" (No. 2) features Lisbeth Scott with a beautiful vocal arrangement that played as the children took the train into the countryside, and soars directly into the brightest corners of the imagination, promising adventure and magic; "Lucy Meets Mr. Tumnus" (No. 4) has a plaintive melancholy about it that pierces the heart; "A Narnia Lullaby" (No. 5) is as foreboding and haunting on its own as it was in the film when it played over hypnotic dancing fire-creatures; and "From Western Woods To Beaversdam" (No. 7) combines more vocals and stirring percussion which gererate in the listener the same heady wonder and anticipation we saw in the children as they first embarked upon their great adventures in Narnia. "Only The Beginning of the Adventure" (No. 13) is a great wrap-up to the score portion of this CD -- although it takes a few minutes to really effect you, it lives up to its title and leaves you wanting more.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer VINE VOICE on December 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I loved the movie, and this soundtrack is the next best thing to owning the DVD -- a stirring, beautiful and really unique soundtrack that will bring back its best moments to the listener.

My favorite thing about the soundtrack is the way Gregson-Williams balances a sweet, delicate musicality of the children's wonder at this new world with the deeper, darker, themes conjured up by the White Witch and her dark army. The score is haunting, and there's a lot of beautiful stuff going on underneath the surface, with percussive bell-like instruments which bring to mind both wind chimes (wonder and childhood) and the tinkle of crumbling ice (the forbidding winter world of the White Witch). (This kind of attention to detail also makes the score an especial delight on earphones, where you can really catch the subtlety and uniqueness of his instrumentation choices.) He also uses an electric violin throughout, as well as, hauntingly, a duduk for Mr. Tumnus's eerie pipe lullaby, and the sweet, pure vocals of Lisbeth Scott throughout (especially notable on the lovely track, "Evacuating London" -- managing to evoke a yearning for a new world along with an apprehension for what lies ahead). My favorite tracks also included, "The Wardrobe," "The Battle," "From Western Woods to Beaversdam," "Narnian Lullaby," and especially "Only the Beginning of the Adventure," which wraps up all the themes in a triumphant and uplifting close.

The entire score is really beautiful, and worth a listen. As others have noted, the songs at the end are absolutely wonderful and actually have something to say about the film -- "I Can't Take it In" is a pulse-pounding, stirring anthem to imagination, Alanis's "Wunderkind" is one of her strongest, with superb lyrics that bring to mind Lucy's first steps into Narnia.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Rose on December 31, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I loved The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe for a lot of reasons! There were so many aspects that made it enjoyable and inspiring. One of the things I noticed the very first time I watched it though, was the stunning musical score! I was blown away by its unique approach and its undeniable contribution to the entire feel of the film.

I was, therefore, not surprised at all at how much I enjoyed the soundtrack by itself!

Here is a breakdown of the tracks included:

(spoiler note: I like to clarifying which parts of the movie were covered in the soundtrack so if you read the track summaries and haven't seen the movie you may have things spoiled for you)

1 - The Blitz, 1940 : A perfect beginning to the soundtrack and (rightly enough) the very first sounds you hear when the movie begins. This track covers the entire beginning with the bombers and the Pevensie family's run to the shelter. It is driving, pounding and reminds you instantly of the scene. There is a humming in the background that may well be airplane sound effects, but these do not distract from the music in the least; instead they add a lot to the tension.

2 - Evacuating London : This is (by far) one of my favorite pieces on the soundtrack. It begins with the soft piano theme as Mrs. Pevensie says good-bye to her children and through the entire platform scene where the children board the train and wave good-bye. It's almost mysteriou change to the train song (voiced by Lisbeth Scott) gets you into the mood for a fantasy adventure immediately.
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