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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone [Original Soundtrack]


  • 1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, film score: Prologue
    2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, film score: Harry's Wondrous World
    3. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, film score: Arrival of Baby Harry
    4. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, film score: Visit to the Zoo/Letters from Hogwarts
    5. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, film score: Diagon Alley/The Gringotts Vault
    6. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, film score: Platform Nine-And-Three-Quarters/The Journey to Hogwarts
    7. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, film score: Entry into the Great Hall/The Banquet
    8. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, film score: Mr. Longbottom Flies
    9. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, film score: Hogwarts Forever!/The Moving Stairs
    10. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, film score: Norwegian Ridgeback/A Change of Season
    11. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, film score: Quidditch Match
    12. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, film score: Christmas at Hogwarts
    13. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, film score: Invisibility Cloak/The Library Scene
    14. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, film score: Fluffy's Harp
    15. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, film score: In the Devil's Snare/The Flying Keys
    16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, film score: Chess Games
    17. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, film score: Face of Voldemort
    18. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, film score: Leaving Hogwarts
    19. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, film score: Hedwig's Theme
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 83491

  • Credits
    ProducerJohn Williams; John Williams
    EngineerSimon Rhodes

    Music composed by John Williams.
    Recorded at Air Lyndhurst and Abbey Road Studios, London, England. Includes liner notes by Chris Columbus.
    HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE was nominated for the 2003 Grammy Awards for Best Score Soundtrack Album For A Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media. "Hedwig's Theme" was nominated for the 2003 Grammy Awards for Best Instrumental Composition.
    Personnel: London Voices (vocals); Randy Kerber (celesta).
    Audio Mixer: Simon Rhodes .
    Liner Note Author: Chris Columbus.
    Recording information: Air Lyndhurst Studios; Air Lyndlhurst Studios; EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England.
    When Chris Columbus was tapped to direct the eagerly awaited film adaptation of J.K. Rowling's best-selling multi-generational children's book, he made it clear that the legendary John Williams was the only choice to compose music for this magical yarn. Having conjured up mystical moods for timeless tales ranging from STAR WARS to SUPERMAN, it's no wonder Columbus was eager to hand this challenging assignment off to the master.
    With the world of HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE revolving around a boarding school for warlocks-in-training, the Long Island native uses a full range of symphonic splendor to make this one of his most memorable scores. The use of the delicate music box-like sounds of a celeste in the sweeping intro "Prologue" takes on a different meaning when this fairy-like sound is used with a darker edge on the closing "Hedwig's Theme." Key scenes get infused with Williams' crisp arrangements. "The Quidditch Match" benefits from a bellowing fanfare, abbreviated militaristic cadence and frantic strings, while the sinister aura cloaking "The Face of Voldemort" is defined by a perfect marriage of lower-end orchestration and forceful brass passages. John Williams pulls yet another compositional masterpiece out of his hat.

  • Critic Reviews
    Entertainment Weekly (12/14/01, p.87) - "...This is middling-to-fine Williams, withthe maestro going relatively easy onthe pomp..." - Rating: B
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