Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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Give it time to sink in...
Many Potter-lovers have noted that Doyle's score is a departure from William's inspired efforts for the first three films. Yet isn't Goblet in itself a "parting of the ways" from the previous storylines? With a sinister and more prodding touch, Doyle has captured the essence of Goblet - fearful anxiety and unwelcome change. It is in the fourth movie that Harry's storied past veers off course into unchartered territory, and Doyle employs a multitude of fresh motifs and lush passages to communicate this divergence. Admittedly, the rock/pop offerings (though not of Doyle's creation) don't stand up on their own musically, but on-screen appearances from Radiohead mates Johnny Greenwood and Phil Selway can't hurt the film's pop culture appeal. Ultimately, Doyle's sparse nods to William's celebrated themes (e.g. Hedwig) represent a quick glance to Harry's past, but for the most part this soundtrack propels us into Potter's inevitable future.
Nice...but doesn't match John Williams
This is a good album but it doesn't even come close to the masterpiece of the first three films done by John Williams. I was dissappointed that "Hedwig's Theme" was only heard briefly in two of the songs. It seems to me a bit selfish that this new composer Patrick Doyle didn't incorporate the theme more throughout the score (considering it is Harry Potter's trademark theme). Other than that, I think the music is pretty good. I especially liked "Harry In Winter", "Potter Waltz", "Death of Cedric", "Quidditch World Cup", and "Underwater Secrets". I highly recommend those songs.
This is a great soundtrack, highly recommended.
I just went and saw 'Goblet of Fire,' and the music really brings out the movie, which is why I bought this. I love listening to this because it is so mysterious, beautiful, and creepy all at the same time. 'Harry In Winter' followed by 'Potter Waltz' are a fantastic combination and makes me want to become a conductor or something. Patrick Doyle does a fantastic job, and I hope he continues with the next movie.
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