The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

Musical Score By: Harry Gregson-Williams

Music By: Various Artists

Distributed by: Walt Disney Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Itís only been a year since the Pevensie children discovered the gateway to the marvelous world of Narnia as seen in the Walt Disney Pictures movie based on the C.S. Lewis novel, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.  When the children return to Narnia, they discover that time passes very differently in the two worlds.  Whereas only a year has passed for them, over 1300 years have passed in the realm of Narnia.  During that time, the Golden Age of Narnia has passed and Narnia has been conquered.  The world is now under control of the evil and merciless King Miraz.  The children soon come to the aide of a new champion, Prince Caspian, the rightful heir to the throne who has been in exile thanks to Miraz.  Can the Pevensie children help return Narnia to its rightful heir and will Prince Caspian return Narnia to it days of glory?

            Harry Gregson-Williams created The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Soundtrack, and so it would seem fitting that he return to compose the soundtrack for this new Narnia adventure.  British composer Gregson-Williams is one of Hollywoodís most sought after composers, having created a multitude of soundtracks for a vast amount of film genres.  His body of work includes musical scores for the Shrek trilogy, Number 23, The Replacement Killers, Chicken Run, Smillaís Sense of Snow, Antz, Enemy of the State and more.  In addition to the Gregson-Williams musical score, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Soundtrack features original music performed by Regina Spektor, Oren Lavie, Switchfoot and Hanne Hukkelberg.

            The musical score provided by Gregson-Williams is a composition of epic proportions.  Realizing that the storyline in this sequel film required a more action-filled composition with multiple themes, Gregson-Williams brings us a musical score that seeks to describe the beauty of Narnia, the sense of urgency and despair of the citizens of Narnia and the action that heralds the battle for Narnia.  This is all done wonderfully with the assistance of amazing musicians and choirs.  Exotic sounding flutes describe the beauty of the realm.  Horns, strings and crashing cymbals mark the excitement of The Duel.  There is a sense of urgency in the musical score that marks the flight of Prince Caspian in the beginning of the movie.  A majestic sound heralds the Return of the Lion.  Ominous undertones describe King Miraz and his reign in Narnia.

            Following Gregson-Williamsí musical score on the Prince Caspian Soundtrack is The Call, a beautiful love song about a soldier headed off to war, performed by Regina Spektor.  Oren Lavieís A Dance Around the Memory Tree is a rather creepy song which speaks of a better time remembered.  This Is Home by Switchfoot is about a manís love for the place he calls home.  Lucy, performed by Hanne Hukkelberg, is somewhat of a love song.  Lucy does not appear in the film, but was added to this soundtrack.

            In addition to the music, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Soundtrack contains bonus features.  For one thing, the soundtrack contains a nice little booklet with words from Director Andrew Adamson, pictures from the movie and the lyrics to the various songs in the soundtrack.  Also, if you pop this CD into your computer, you will gain access to a photo gallery and the official Prince Caspian movie trailer.

            I found The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Soundtrack to be rather enjoyable.  The music was both beautiful and exciting.  The soundtrack is perfect as a stand alone music CD.  Each track tells a segment of the movieís story and Iím certain that the musical score fits perfect with each scene of the movie it was created for.  With the extra added bonuses found on this CD, the Prince Caspian Soundtrack is worth every penny of its $19.00US price tag.  Check out The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Soundtrack today.  No music aficionado could deny that this is a keeper!


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