Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Royal Stockholm Philharmonic performs an inspired FFVI soundtrack arrangement

Strange as it might seem, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic orchestra is quite familiar with the music of Final Fantasy.  As the symphonic group featured on the first two Distant Worlds albums, it's even fair to say that Stockholm's own is the premiere group of Final Fantasy musicians in the west.

And the best part is, they're still not done with the music of Nobuo Uematsu.

Earlier this week, the Philharmonic posted a new arrangement of Final Fantasy VI's iconic soundtrack titled "Final Fantasy VI: Born with the Gift of Magic" which features a pretty noticeable lack of poetry.

What it features instead is an amazing tour of the major melodies, leitmotifs, and themes from the sprawling 16-bit RPG from "Kefka's Theme" to the lesser known "Esper World".

And best yet, it all fits into a slender, 18-minute arrangement.

If you want to watch the Stockholm Philharmonic perform the song live, you can do so at their website.

For those curious readers out there, "Born with the Gift of Magic" was preformed as part of the Final Symphony concert series - which has yet to land on North American shores.

With any luck, western (western) fans will get the chance to hear this song, and the many others from the tour, performed live - probably by the National Symphony Orchestra, given the clout that the tour's commanded to date.

But until that chance comes, well... at least we've got the video clip.