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Wonderful Soundtrack & Extras!! (except for Macs - Boo!),
This review is from: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Audio CD)
Once again, John Williams has come through with a wonderful, magic-filled soundtrack for Harry Potter. The Chamber of Secrets score is even more expressive and noteworthy (pun not intended); if you've seen the movie (or even if you haven't), you can almost pick out the scenes from the movie by listening to the music. I especially love the "Fawkes the Phoenix" theme. "The Dueling Club" always gives me chills--mostly because of the ending part (I remember Harry's Parseltongue in the movie--it still creeps me out!) The only "nitpick" I can lodge, as far as the arrangement of the CD, is the songs are not in actual sequence, but that's okay.
There is a cool extra available with the CD, for those who play piano: the sheet music for Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets is available NOW for download. You can actually print out sheet music from this movie to play, and if you have the Music Notes player utility (you need to download it from the site in order to print the music, anyway), you can use the CD to "play" the sheet music on your computer. That is, when you have the sheet music on the screen and the CD in your computer, the selected piece will play and light up the notes on the screen in sequence. It's neat and helpful to hear and see it this way, as a musician. Otherwise, if you "play" the sheet music on the screen without the CD, the player does an adequate job of playing the piano version for you. However, it only plays it "mathematically" correct; it doesn't accent the notes or notation parts correctly, but at least you get the gist of what the piece is supposed to sound like on the piano. Another note: when you play the music with the CD, the notes will sometimes stop in the middle of the song (example: the "Chamber of Secrets" score does this). On PC/Windows computers, don't worry too much about this; it only means that that part of the score wasn't written for piano. The notes will start up again.
As of my last viewing of the site, The Music Notes utility now lets Macintosh users view and print sheet music from the site, but they still don't have the actual player available yet. The company FAQs section for Macintosh assures us that they are currently working on the issue, but a compatible program is not expected to be released until 2004. (Say WHA-A-T?!)
In summary, WONDERFUL CD, WONDERFUL and SURPRISING extras.(Get the CD, anyway. Hogwarts Forever!)