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Classic Album Review: John Williams | Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone

The soundtrack guru is up to his old tricks on his latest blockbuster score.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


For legions of young Potterphiles, this album is undoubtedly destined to be remembered as My First Soundtrack. How fitting, then, that it’s from classical-pop movie music guru John Williams, a man whose work they might as well get familiar with at an early age.

For the most part, Williams is up to his old tricks here, contributing the usual grandly sweeping strings, heroically stirring melodies and boldly bombastic arrangements. Still, he does get suitably playful in spots, and tracks like the tense Quidditch Match and the carole Christmas at Hogwarts are sure to get plenty of play on Their First Sonys. Beware, though — the second CD of movie trailers, wallpaper and videogame commercials is designed for PC only. Apparently even Harry’s powers don’t extend to the Mac.