Final Fantasy Composer Nobuo Uematsu Partners With London Symphony Orchestra To Record New Album For Final Symphony Concert Series

By Steve Buja , Updated Dec 16, 2014 08:36 AM EST
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The quality of Final Fantasy games has waxed and waned over the years. Some are good, some are great, and some aren’t worth talking about. The one constant throughout the decades-long lifespan of the series, however, has been the music. It is always fantastic. Whether it’s the thrumming chords of One Winged Angel from VII or the ethereal opening music from X or VI, there is always something you can hum along to with Final Fantasy.

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Which is why it is exciting news when it is announced that legendary Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu will be recording alongside the famed London Symphony Orchestra for the new album Final Symphony due out in 2015. The album will be a fully remastered and orchestrated version of the Final Symphony concert series which has been selling out shows in Europe since it began in 2013.

Uematsu will join Final Symphony conductor Eckehard Stier and solo pianist Katharina Treutler in recording the album at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London.

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“It is always an honour to hear my work being performed live on stage, 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,” said Uematsu. “To work with the London Symphony Orchestra in a studio that has played host to many of my own personal, musical heroes will be a very special experience.”

Final Symphony features highlights from three of the best loved games in the series, VI, VII and X with exclusive arrangements penned by Masashi Hamauzu, Jonne Valtonen and Roger Wanamo.

Video game music has officially arrived when the LSO is performing it. Final Symphony joins Video Games Live and the forthcoming Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses series as one of the many ways you can experience the music from some of the world’s most timeless games in a place where a black tie is strongly encouraged.

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