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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe [Extra tracks, Limited Edition, Soundtrack, Special Edition]

Harry Gregson-Williams Audio CD
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  • Performer: Harry Gregson-Williams
  • Audio CD (December 13, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Extra tracks, Limited Edition, Soundtrack, Special Edition
  • Label: Walt Disney Records
  • Run Time: 143 minutes
  • ASIN: B000BCE8RI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,325 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Blitz, 1940 Score
2. Evacuating London Score
3. The Wardrobe Score
4. Lucy Meets Mr. Tumnus Score
5. A Narnia Lullaby Score
6. The White Witch Score
7. From Western Woods to Beaversdam Score
8. Father Christmas Score
9. To Aslan’s Camp Score
10. Knighting Peter Score
11. The Stone Table Score
12. The Battle Score
13. Only the Beginning of the Adventure Score
14. Wunderkind Performed by Alanis Morissette
15. I Can’t Take It In Performed by Imogen Heap
16. Winter Light Performed by Tim Finn
17. Where Performed by Lisbeth Scott (new age artist)

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Product Description

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. This 2 CD set includes a 40 page collectible souvenir booklet filled with film imagery and liner notes. Disney. 2005.

Not to be confused with the collection Songs Inspired by the Chronicles of Narnia, this album is Harry Gregson-Williams' instrumental score for the movie. Marking the composer's third collaboration with director Andrew Adamson (after both Shrek movies), 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 "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. The second disc in this special edition package 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 contributions to that project. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

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125 of 133 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really 4.5 stars; I'm rounding up 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
5.0 out of 5 stars A Musical Trip into the Magic of Narnia 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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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soar To Another World December 31, 2005
By Rose
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars But it IS a good soundtrack, too
Mainly bought this for one song: Wunderkind. But it IS a good soundtrack, too.
Published 2 months ago by Michelle M. Draughon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 3 months ago by biggie
5.0 out of 5 stars Hardly seamless, but still some very fine sountrack scoring
I bought this soundtrack some years ago, but have hesitated to review it. Why? Not because I can’t find diplomatic things to say about it, oh no indeed. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kathy-W
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
The tracks with lyrics are hauntingly beautiful, and the scores are absolutely majestic. I would recommend this album to anyone who enjoys listening to scores.
Published 3 months ago by Abba's Girl
4.0 out of 5 stars Music for The Chronicles of Narnia
I purchased the music for our local teen production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Will work well for us.
Published 6 months ago by Tammy M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Sound Track Ever
Who couldn't love this soundtrack? It is incredible. I bought it to study by and drown out all the noises around me. It works and I love it!
Published 6 months ago by A. Hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice
When purchasing any media, I pay extra attention to the packaging and presentation of the product itself.

This edition of the soundtrack is packaged quite nicely. Read more
Published 7 months ago by William Wong
5.0 out of 5 stars Same Music
This CD contains the same exact music as the background music as in the movie "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe." I really liked the movie. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Caleb Hawn
5.0 out of 5 stars I thought it was great
It was great. The music takes you back into the movie and reminds you how you felt when you watched it. The movie was great.
Published 11 months ago by David Potts
5.0 out of 5 stars AWSOME!
I love the music!I got this because I wanted the song {cant take it in}but now I listend to all of them and it was all amazing to me!
Published 12 months ago by Jacquelyn
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