Symphonic performances of famous video game music are nothing new, but every concert still feels special. The latest musical event comes to us from the United Kingdom where the Symphonic Legends concert series recently performed several suites based on recent releases in the Legend of Zelda series. Wind Waker, Skyward Sword, and Ocarina of Time are just some of the games represented.
For Symphonic Legends, the Finnish composers Jonne Valtonen and Roger Wanamo will be working on new and existing arrangements of popular melodies from A Link to the Past, Ocarina of Time, The Wind Waker, Twilight Princess and other Zelda titles. Another highlight will be the world premiere of an overture of music from Skyward Sword. More than 200 musicians will gather on stage to present the soundtracks of the Legend of Zelda game series.
It's a stirring performance that reminds me a lot of the Nintendo-backed Symphony of the Goddesses traveling Zelda concert from several years ago. I'd love to see more of this kind of thing; Video Games Live has the rock angle covered and Square-Enix seems to have cornered the market on the orchestral front, so whenever a symphony performs something iconic like Zelda, I take definite notice. So many other beloved game franchises would transition into symphonic concerts if given the chance. I vote for Kirby, Castlevania, and Uncharted to make the leap.
There are no official album releases of this performance currently announced, so if you want to hear it, you'll have to take to YouTube where audience bootlegs thrive.