Ladies and Gentlemen: I welcome you to the second year in Hogwarts. Things are getting darker and much more mysterious and frightening. New adventures and threatens arise from the horizon and our only hope is Harry. However, we do have our own private saviour and it’s not Mr. Potter itself. John Williams once again brings magical brightness and spectacular glitter to our ears. Of course William Ross deserves some credit as well for an incredible adaptation of John’s compositions, that feels nothing but a seamless job that we don’t quite understand or sense where did Mr. Ross play the part and where did Williams commenced.
I feel no surprise at all to find out yet another magnificent score well executed and orchestrated from A to Z by John Williams. Of course, there were marvellous moments that just seemed to transport me to some other dimension. Mentioning amongst them pieces just like the outstanding “Harry’ Wondrous World” for the end credits or the sensitive and fancy-stringed “Fawkes the Phoenix” that could have brought that peculiar creature back to life again and again.
When we think of who might be the one to composed memorable themes for the first time we think no other than John Williams. He can arrange an enormous-picturesque bouquet of notes that can only be enjoy through music. With an OST of over 70 minutes many tracks can be highlight. We already mentioned “Harry Wondrous World” showing a typical sherzo-sounding march with bouncy strings, woodwinds, brass and unforgettable timbales. Also, “The Chamber of Secrets” is strong and brass-connected theme that suits excellently along with themes like “The Spiders” and “Meeting Tom Riddle”. Last but not least, “Reunion with Friends” also shows the classical touch of low strings, muted brass and a gentle touch of woodwinds.
Overall, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is an excellent score, greatly played, very coherent and constant with shinny and vivid passages that fits everybody’s needs on both CD and film.