61374-7 Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And
The Wardrobe Original Soundtrack
Produced by Harry Gregson-Williams (except tracks 14-16)
Released on December 13, 2005
US CHART POSITION #43
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I was really jazzed when I first heard they would be making a movie version of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe because, like the books of Tolkien, the books of C.S. Lewis had been the source of much childhood speculation. Now, for those of you in the audience who don’t know, Lewis is a Christian author (his fictional works are allegories of Christian doctrine written for children) and the Walt Disney Corporation is working for the other team (sorry to be the bearer of bad news), so I had my doubts from the beginning. The film, ultimately, was a disappointment for me; not because it didn’t carry a Christian message (of course it didn’t) but because it reflected the post-Potter perception of fantasy and had now become an allegory for coming of age. (Most children’s stories are, really, which is why so many children in them are orphaned.) It was also a darker movie than I expected, in keeping with the Potters. The most magical part of the movie may be its soundtrack, composed by Harry Gregson-Williams. Complete with the Celtic overtones you’d expect, this score to Narnia is an epic adventure all by itself. (An AMG critic concluded the score was “a noble yet empty gesture,” which is unduly dismissive in my opinion.) There’s even a supernatural quality to the orchestral sounds, suggesting instruments that are fundamentally familiar yet ultimately alien. At the end of the score are a handful of songs, including one (“Where”) written by Gregson-Williams and Lisbeth Scott that was not featured in the film. I actually picked this soundtrack up just to hear the Tim Finn tune, “Winter Light.” (It’s alright, but you’ll find it on his Imaginary Kingdom too.) The Imogen Heap song, “Can’t Take It In,” is the real winner, a dreamlike and heavily produced song that suggests Cocteau Twins, Kate Bush and faerie folk akin to them. There’s also an Alanis Morissette song on here that features her unique vocals (or a cat being tasered, since I always confuse the two).

TRACK LISTING

  1. THE BLITZ, 1940
  2. EVACUATING LONDON
  3. THE WARDROBE
  4. LUCY MEETS MR. TUMNUS
  5. A NARNIA LULLABY
  6. THE WHITE WITCH
  7. FROM WESTERN WOODS TO BEAVERSDAM
  8. FATHER CHRISTMAS
  9. TO ASLAN'S CAMP
  10. KNIGHTING PETER
  11. THE STONE TABLE
  12. THE BATTLE
  13. ONLY THE BEGINNING OF THE ADVENTURE
  14. CAN'T TAKE IT IN    (Imogen Heap)
  15. WUNDERKIND    (Alanis Morissette)
  16. WINTER LIGHT    (Tim Finn)
  17. WHERE    (Harry Gregson-Williams/Lisbeth Scott)

    All score composed by Harry Gregson-Williams

CREDITS

HARRY GREGSON-WILLIAMS -- conductor
THE LOS ANGELES RECORDING ARTS ORCHESTRA -- orchjestra
The Bach Choir, The Choir of the King's Consort, Sylvia Young Theatre School Choir -- choirs
Chris Bleth, Hugh Marsh, Timo Väänänen -- featured musicians
Tim Finn -- performer, producer (16)
Imogen Heap -- keyboard, programming and everything in between, producer (14)
Alanis Morissette -- performer, producer (15)
Lisbeth Scott -- featured vocalist, performer (17)
Ladd McIntosh, Walter Fowler, Suzette Moriarty, Rick Giovinazzo -- orchestrations
Bruce Fowler -- supervising orchestrator
Stephen Barton, Toby Chu, James McKee-Smith -- music programmers
Mike Elizondo -- producer (15)
Bobby Huff -- producer (16)
Joel Iwataki -- score engineer and mixing
Shawn Murphy, Pete Cobbin -- additional score recording
Adam Hawkins -- engineer (15)
Scott Gordon -- additional engineering (15)
Manny Marroquin -- mixing (15)
Jennifer Hammond -- orchestral arrangement (15)
Meri Gavin, Costa Kostelas -- music technical engineers
Adam Milo Smalley, Bryan Elliott Lawson -- music editors
Sandy DeCrescent and Peter Rotter -- orchestra contractor
Isobel Griffiths -- choir contractor
Andrew Adamson -- executive album producer
Lindsay Fellows -- music supervisor
Monica Zierhut -- music production supervisor
Mitchell Leib -- Executive in Charge of Music and Soundtracks for Walt Disney Pictures and the Buena Vista Music Group
Glen Lajeski -- music creative/marketing for the Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group
Desiree Craig-Ramos -- director of soundtracks for the Buena Vista Music Group
Steve Gerdes -- creative direction
Ron E. Wong -- cover design
Tim Hankins -- album design

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US December 13, 2005 Walt Disney Records CD 61374-7  

 

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