As we reported earlier, fans of Nintendo music had the unique opportunity to watch their favorite compositions come to life in a live broadcast from the Cologne Philharmonic Hall yesterday. If you missed the live broadcast, have no fear! A YouTube user KajunW has kindly uploaded most of the concert to their account. Some tracks are still missing, but they’ll probably turn up sooner or later. Thankfully, the complete Zelda Suite has been made available. Due to its length, the suite is in five parts, the first you can see above.
The concert has been well received, which comes as no surprise. This has to be one of the most ambitious undertaking in the field of orchestral video game music in recent years. The music has been beautifully arranged and performed. Much of the credit goes to the arrangers who have taken quite a few liberties with the source material, combining unexpected melodies and creating several “wow” moments throughout the program.
Many familiar tunes have seen such remarkable reworking that they’ll surely lead you to rediscover the music in ways you never thought possible. We can only hope that the good people who made this event possible will also see to it that the entire concert becomes available on CD soon. There’s a good chance too as both of the previous concerts have seen a CD release.
To listen to the concert head over to the YouTube channel.