Audio Mixers: Gareth Williams; Rick Clark .
Recording information: Barrandov Studios - Smecky Soundstage, Prague.
The first thing that potential consumers should know about The Complete Harry Potter Film Music Collection is that all of the pieces are performed by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, and not collected from the official film soundtracks, which were recorded under the watchful eyes and ears of composers John Williams, Patrick Doyle, Nicholas Hooper, and Alexandre Desplat. That said, the collection hits on all of the most important beats from each of the eight films, including multiple iterations of Williams' iconic "Hedwig's Theme" and the ambitious Prisoner of Azkaban highlight "Double Trouble," resulting in a listening experience that may not be entirely authentic, but satisfies nonetheless. ~ James Christopher Monger