Symphonic Fantasies to bring SquareEnix music to life


Are any of you readers out there old enough to remember a time when video game music was just a "blip" or a distorted "squantch" every now and then? Man, what an amazing time we live in where not only can video game music be full-on orchestration, but where there could be so much of it happening all at once!

Coming up this September are three big releases and events celebrating the music of SquareEnix, composer Nobuo Uematsu and Nintendo greats in general.

First up is Symphonic Fantasies, featuring live symphonic medleys of some big franchises and composers, including Yoko Shimomura (Kingdom Hearts,) Hiroki Kikuta (Secret of Mana), Yasunori Mitsuda (Chrono Trigger/Chrono Cross) and of course Nobuo Uematsu (Final Fantasy.) Recorded at a live show in Cologne and edited in Abby Road Studios, this is sure to be a must-have for fans. It'll be available September 17th.

Also coming out September 17th is a new collection of piano tunes by Benyamin Nuss. The title Benyamin Nuss Plays Uematsu should be pretty self-explanatory. This one features music from Lost Odyssey, Blue Dragon, Final Fantasy and more.

Finally, if all this SquareEnix stuff isn't enough, you can get you Nintendo fix at Symphonic Legends. Well, that is you could if it wasn't already sold out. This will be held September 23rd at the Cologne Philharmonic Hall and will hit on series like StarFox, Metroid, Super Mario Bros. and Zelda.

You can check out some video clips from the live Symphonic Fantasies show below.

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