The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a really successful fantasy movie released in 2005 and based on the amazing novel of C. S. Lewis.
It was co-produced by Walden Media and Walt Disney, and told us the story about four British children that evacuated during the Blitz of the Second World War to the countryside. Inside the home they were taken to, while they were playing hide and seek, they discovered a magic wardrobe: this was the portal for the incredible world of Narnia. Great adventures will happen to them.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was the first of three adaptations of the series by C. S. Lewis, and it was followed by Prince Caspian and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
But, what about the soundtracks of these awesome movies? I want to write about it because there are beautiful melodies and songs you hear while watching the film, and each film has its own musical history and great artists; so I decided to make a brief music history and info of each film.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Harry Gregson-Williams, a British composer, orchestrator and music producer, made the soundtrack of this first film. He had already collaborated with the director Andrew Adamson on the soundtrack of other two successful movies, Shrek and Shrek 2, but now they worked together on a very different story.
During the recording process of the soundtracks of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, he employed the famous Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra but also the amazing choir from Abbey Road, London, composed by 140 singers.
But also amazing solo musicians collaborated, as electric violinist Hugh Marsh and vocalist Lisbeth Scott. Gregson-Williams also added instruments used in ancient folk music.
Other artists that made the soundtrack unique was Imogen Heap and Alanis Morissette. In particular, Morissette’s song Wunderkind received a Golden Globe as “Best Original Song”.
This album was a great success all over the world, selling 20.000 copies just during the first week of release!
The competent Harry Gregson-Williams made the soundtracks also for the second movie of The Chronicles of Narnia. This time with the help of other amazing musicians, as Regina Spektor, Switchfoot, Oren Lavie and Hanne Hukkelberg.
The soundtrack now is darker, but many themes from the previous film was reused.
One of my favorite songs of this album is without doubt The Call, by Regina Spektor. Stunning lyrics, melody, voice. Everything is perfect of this song, so if you don’t have listened to it, I highly recommend it to you.
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
David G. Arnold, already known for composing the music of James Bond and other successful films, made the soundtrack of the last of the three movies from The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. The most famous song of this album is the beautiful There’s a Place for Us, by Carrie Underwood.
But Arnold worked also with orchestra and choir to record the score for the film.
The soundtrack received a Golden Globe Award for “Best Original Song” thanks to Underwood’s song.
As you can see, there’s great stories and work behind every soundtrack and just with the cooperation of all these amazing artists, we have the magic music, that complete the movies we’re watching, and let us enter into the story the movie wants to tell us.