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Final Symphony and Symphonic Fantasies Released on CD and Vinyl

Final Symphony and Symphonic Fantasies Released on CD and Vinyl
John Flynn

CD and Vinyl versions of the Final Symphony and Symphonic Fantasies Tokyo concerts will finally be released next month.

Final Symphony will feature the musical arrangements of Final Fantasy VI, VII, and X, which are extremely popular Japanese video games. The orchestral arrangements were performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, as well as world class pianist Kathraina Treutler and conductor Eckehard Stier.

Symphonic Fantasies Tokyo, on the other hand, will feature music from the renowned Japanese video game titles Chrono Chross, Chrono Trigger, Kingdom Hearts, and Secret of Mana. Japan’s Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra has been enlisted to record all of the songs.

Nobuo Uematsu, who has always been a major influence in terms of Final Fantasy’s soundtrack, supervised the production of the Final Symphony concerts as well as the recordings in Abbey Road Studios, London.

“It is always an honor to hear my work being performed live on stage,” said Uematsu. “But in bringing Final Symphony to Abbey Road Studios, I hope that many more people will now be able to enjoy the outstanding arrangements that Merregnon Studios has become famous for.”

“It was an absolute musical privilege to work with the London Symphony Orchestra in the same room as Nobuo Uematsu at Abbey Road Studios,” said Thomas Böcker, the producer of Final Symphony. “This album showcases video game music at its very highest quality.”

Music and gaming have always had a symbiotic relationship that dates back to the times when Mario dominated the console scene. In a lengthy article by gaming specialists PocketFruity entitled More Alchemy than Science: How Sound and Music Influence Online Gaming, Andrew Schartmann, author of The Music of Super Mario Bros. said that, “Writing a catchy tune is only half the battle. The other half is matching the music to both the game environment and the experience of the player.” Music critics assert that it is because of this intricate art in making soundtracks for video games that really sets the celebrated games apart.

Video game titles live on forever in the hearts of fans, which probably explains why tickets to concerts such as Final Symphony sell out so quickly.

The Final Symphony concert version isn’t the first event that produced live orchestral performances for video game music. On the same lengthy article, it was mentioned that there were other orchestral game soundtracks that have been performed live by touring symphonies, one of which was “The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses.”

Final Symphony and Symphonic Fantasies can be ordered from Laced Records. Both albums’ start at around $15 in CD format, while both Vinyl versions start at around $47.