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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
(2005)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Bruce Fowler
Ladd McIntosh
Walter Fowler
Suzette Moriarty
Rick Giovinazzo

Vocals by:
Lisbeth Scott
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Walt Disney Records
(December 13th, 2005)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Several different releases exist. A song compilation was released a month before two simultaneous score releases. The regular score CD and the 'Limited Edition' contain the same 17 tracks of music. For a few extra dollars, the 'Limited Edition' album includes several extras (read more about them below).
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AWARDS
The song "Wunderkind" and the score were nominated for Golden Globes. The song "Can't Take It In" and the score were nominated for Grammy Awards.
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Buy it... if you have a very open mind to Harry Gregson-Williams' significantly modern and genre-bending interpretation of a classic religious allegory.

Avoid it... if Howard Shore's straight-laced epic scores for the J.R.R. Tolkien universe shaped your expectations for C.S. Lewis' largely similar universe.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #257
WRITTEN 12/23/05
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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: (Harry Gregson-Williams) The author of the Chronicles of Narnia books, C.S. Lewis, said very publicly in 1959 that he did not want his books to ever be made into films, because the talking animals would "turn into buffoonery or nightmare." Hollywood has since changed all that, of course, and in light of the recent overwhelming success of Peter Jackson's realization of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings stories, an adaptation of The Chronicles of Narnia was shortly inevitable. The first entry of the series on screen, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is brought to life by Shrek director Andrew Adamson, and while the production values of this C.S. Lewis adaptation clearly had The Lord of the Rings in its sights, it's achieved only a lower step of (still financially huge) success. Like Tolkien's tales, The Chronicles of Narnia are religious allegories, and the similarities between their universes, and the friendship between the two authors themselves, begs for a comparison between the two eventual adaptations to the big screen. Lewis and Tolkien taught at Oxford together, frequented the same pub, and exchanged their serious thoughts on Christianity... all while smoking pipes and debating each other's fictional universes. The setting of one was Middle Earth and the other was Britain during the Second World War, but the overarching ideas for the stories, as well as their fantasy environments, were remarkably the same. This sharing of inspiration would make the job for Adamson even more difficult, because Jackson had very obviously hit the nail right on the head with the Tolkien films. The same would apply to composer Harry Gregson-Williams, whose work for the genre would compete with Howard Shore's highly acclaimed efforts for The Lord of the Rings as well. Add to this pressure the usual pop-culture injections by Disney, and you get a dangerously untenable position for Adamson and Gregson-Williams to negotiate. Unfortunately, the haphazard result of all these disjointed ideas is a score that would make the proper C.S. Lewis cringe.

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Average: 3.28 Stars
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Brendan Cochran - March 23, 2015, at 12:27 a.m.
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Not exactly a masterpiece, but still a great effort from the composer
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3 star is to low for this awesome scores
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the Battle track is freaking amazing!
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
All Score Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 74:27
• 1. The Blitz, 1940 (2:32)
• 2. Evacuating London (3:38)
• 3. The Wardrobe (2:54)
• 4. Lucy Meets Mr. Tumnus (4:10)
• 5. A Narnia Lullaby (1:12)
• 6. The White Witch (5:30)
• 7. From Western Woods to Beaversdam (3:34)
• 8. Father Christmas (3:20)
• 9. To Aslan's Camp (3:12)
• 10. Knighting Peter (3:48)
• 11. The Stone Table (8:06)
• 12. The Battle (7:08)
• 13. Only the Beginning of the Adventure (5:32)
• 14. Can't Take It In - performed by Imogen Heap (4:42)
• 15. Wunderkind - performed by Alanis Morissette (5:19)
• 16. Winter Light - performed by Tim Finn (4:13)
• 17. Where* - performed by Lisbeth Scott (1:56)
* bonus song not featured in film

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The regular album's insert includes no extra information about the score or film. The 'Limited Edition' product includes a 40-page collectible souvenir booklet with film imagery and liner notes by director Andrew Adamson, as well as a 45-minute DVD with a 'Making of the Score' feature including an interview with Gregson-Williams, interviews with song performers, photo gallery from the production, and the film's original trailer.
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