After Williams's 3 Brilliant imaginative orchestral scores the quality of writing went down, but I never imagined it to go down to this pedantic, paint by numbers, banal pop writing..... I love pop and electronic music, but not for Harry Potter, Come On!!!
THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST SOUNDTRACKS! I FEEL LIKE I’M WATCHING THE PLAY AGAIN!
Been waiting months for this!
Huge Harry Potter fan here! I was lucky enough to see cursed child while it was still in previews here in nyc. Right when I finished watching I wanted to purchase the soundtrack and was so disappointed it wasn’t available yet. Finally I can listen and feel transported back to that wonderful production!
So glad this is finally available!
I saw Parts One and Two in NYC this past June, and the first thing I did was walk into the foyer to ask them if the soundtrack was available. It wasn't at the time, so I've been checking online for it ever since. That said, I am thrilled to see that it's now available - and just in time for the holiday season!
This soundtrack helps me relive the play in my head.
I've been lucky enough to have seen Harry Potter and the Cursed Child both in London and New York. The first time I saw the play, I marvelled at the fantastic set design, the jaw-dropping special effects, the ingenious lighting design and, last, but not least, the incredible sound design. All these production elements combined with the breathtaking master-class that is the acting in this play creates an experience unlike no other.
Now, even with everything I've already mentioned there is still one element missing. The one ingredient that binds them all together: the magical score by Imogen Heap. From the moment the house lights fade away we begin to hear the first bars of Heap's score and with a growing sense of First Year excitement we first hear, then see the Wizarding World come alive. The score is nothing like what we've heard before, either in audiobook form or the films, but, even while being completely different, it still has a sense of familiarity, and that speaks to the genius of Heap's score.
While each suite is lovely in their own right, four "cues" stand out. From Suite One, Platform 9 3/4 is a perfect introduction to the story, and Wand Dance is a lively cue that perfectly encapsulates the wonder of being at Hogwarts for the first time. Albus Severus Potter, also from Suite One and, from Suite Two, Staircase Ballet are bittersweet pieces that highlight the emotional insecurity many of the characters face. From Suite Two, Scoripus Alone creates a sense of terrifying fright and uncertainty, felt throughout the cues of Suite Three, particularly in A World of Darkness and A New Prophecy. In Suite Four, there is one of my favourites: Godric's Hollow. The cue is delightfully mysterious and is a perfect of the end of the story. Lily and James and Burning Bed is a tragically moving cue that highlights the horror of the moment. Finally, A Nice Day is an optimistically beautiful conclusion to a beautiful soundtrack. After listening to this score, it is impossible not to be reminded of a quote from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone:
“Ah, music,” [Dumbledore] said, wiping his eyes. “A magic beyond all we do here!”
Imogen Heap is brilliant
This soundtrack is unbelievable. I’ve loved the other soundtracks but this one is definitely on another level. Powerful and inspiring, it will touch you on so many levels.
Truly immersive score.
This score is so memorable. It’s ingrained in me as a part of the universe and I love being able to relive this show through the music.
I’ve seen the plays and the music was haunting and beautiful! I’m thrilled the “soundtrack” has been released.
By Snow Chills
I love Imogen Heaps music A whole lot. But all she did was take samples of her own original songs and just cut snipped and pasted them into A soundtrack album. Really Imogen? Did you have to be this lazy to not come up with anything original for this soundtrack?