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Greatest Video Game Music, Vol. 2 / London Philharmonic Orchestra

Album Summary

>Balfe, Lorne : Assassin's Creed - Revelations
>Soule, Jeremy : Elder Scrolls - Skyrim
>Nagata, Kenta : Legend of Zelda - The Windwaker
>Uematsu, Nobuo : Final Fantasy VII
>Mansell, Clint : A Mass Effect 3
>Martin O'Donnell / Michae : Halo
>Nakamura, Masato : A Sonic the Hedgehog, A Symphonic Suite
>Mitsuda, Yasunori : Chrono Trigger
>Totaka, Kazumi : Luigi's Mansion
>Shimomura, Yoko : Kingdom Hearts
>Yamamoto, Kenji : Super Metroid, symphonic poem (based on the video game score)
>Brown, Russell : Diablo III
>Arundel, Nick : Batman Arkham City
>McCann, Michael : Deus Ex-Human Revolution
>Vreeland, Rich : Fez
>Coulton, Jonathan : Still Alive (from the video game Portal)
>Pemberton, Daniel : Little Big Planet
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The first album; The Greatest Video Game Music, released in late 2011, featured classical renditions of the most famous and loved video game music, performed by London Philharmonic Orchestra. The album has been a great success, to date selling almost 100.000 units worldwide. This makes it the best selling video game music album of all time. The new album 'The Greatest Video Game Music 2', again recorded by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, features some new, exciting arrangements made by Andrew Skeet of some of the most beloved video game music tunes. The aim is to cater to an ever increasing fan base, and bring the classical audience and the gaming community closer together. In the spirit of this, 3 of the tracks on The Greatest Video Game Music 2 have been chosen by fans in a poll made by Gamer Magazines IGN and Kotaku. The polls got over 80 000 votes, and fans are excited to hear the new arrangements.

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Andrew Skeet (programming).

Recording information: Angel Studios and Air Lyndhurst.

Over the years, video games have evolved from the simple platforming adventures of Mario and Luigi into cinematic experiences that match the big-budget blockbusters of the silver screen. Looking to take this idea one step further, the London Philharmonic Orchestra adapts some of the most recognizable songs from some of gaming's biggest franchises to the grandeur of the orchestra on The Greatest Video Game Music, Vol. 2. With a selection that spans games big and small as well as old and new, the breadth of songs covered here is certainly impressive. Whether it's the main theme of the SNES classic Chrono Trigger, "Never Forget/Peril" from Microsoft's epic Halo, or "Adventure" from the mind-bending and wildly innovative indie platformer Fez, this compilation has a little something for every gamer, no matter what his or her preferred genre might be. While those unfamiliar with the source material will certainly be able to appreciate the care and skill put into the scores for these games, this compilation will definitely find a good home with enthusiasts looking to add a little extra culture to their favorite pastime. ~ Gregory Heaney



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Works Details

>Balfe, Lorne : Assassin's Creed - Revelations :: Main Theme
  • Performers: Simon Little (Double Bass); John Evans (Guitar); Tom Cawley (Piano); Tim Weller (Drums); Sarah Covey; The London Philharmonic Orchestra; Leo Abrahams (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Andrew Skeet
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Soule, Jeremy : Elder Scrolls - Skyrim :: Far Horizons
  • Performers: John Evans (Guitar); Simon Little (Double Bass); Tom Cawley (Piano); Tim Weller (Drums); The London Philharmonic Orchestra; Leo Abrahams (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Andrew Skeet
  • Running Time: 5 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Nagata, Kenta : Legend of Zelda - The Windwaker :: Dragon Roost Island
  • Performers: Simon Little (Double Bass); John Evans (Guitar); Tom Cawley (Piano); Tim Weller (Drums); The London Philharmonic Orchestra; Leo Abrahams (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Andrew Skeet
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Uematsu, Nobuo : Final Fantasy VII :: One-Winged Angel
  • Performers: Simon Little (Double Bass); John Evans (Guitar); Tom Cawley (Piano); Tim Weller (Drums); The London Philharmonic Orchestra; Leo Abrahams (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Andrew Skeet
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Mansell, Clint : A Mass Effect 3 :: A Future for the Krogan / An End Once and For All
  • Performers: Tom Cawley (Piano); Simon Little (Double Bass); John Evans (Guitar); Tim Weller (Drums); Sarah Covey; The London Philharmonic Orchestra; Leo Abrahams (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Andrew Skeet
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Christopher Lennertz, Sam Hulick.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>Martin O'Donnell / Michae : Halo :: Never Forget / Peril
  • Performers: Simon Little (Double Bass); John Evans (Guitar); Tom Cawley (Piano); Tim Weller (Drums); The London Philharmonic Orchestra; Leo Abrahams (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Andrew Skeet
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.

>Nakamura, Masato : A Sonic the Hedgehog, A Symphonic Suite
  • Performers: Simon Little (Double Bass); John Evans (Guitar); Tom Cawley (Piano); Tim Weller (Drums); The London Philharmonic Orchestra; Leo Abrahams (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Andrew Skeet
  • Running Time: 6 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Mitsuda, Yasunori : Chrono Trigger :: Main Theme
  • Performers: Tim Weller (Drums); The London Philharmonic Orchestra; Leo Abrahams (Guitar); John Evans (Guitar); Tom Cawley (Piano); Simon Little (Double Bass)
  • Conductor: Andrew Skeet
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Totaka, Kazumi : Luigi's Mansion :: Main Theme
  • Performers: Simon Little (Double Bass); John Evans (Guitar); Tom Cawley (Piano); Tim Weller (Drums); The London Philharmonic Orchestra; Leo Abrahams (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Andrew Skeet
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Shimomura, Yoko : Kingdom Hearts :: Fate of the Unknown
  • Performers: Tom Cawley (Piano); Tim Weller (Drums); The London Philharmonic Orchestra; Leo Abrahams (Guitar); Simon Little (Double Bass); John Evans (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Andrew Skeet
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Yamamoto, Kenji : Super Metroid, symphonic poem (based on the video game score)
  • Performers: Simon Little (Double Bass); John Evans (Guitar); Tom Cawley (Piano); Tim Weller (Drums); The London Philharmonic Orchestra; Leo Abrahams (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Andrew Skeet
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Minako Hamano.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral

>Brown, Russell : Diablo III :: Overture
  • Performers: Simon Little (Double Bass); John Evans (Guitar); Tom Cawley (Piano); Tim Weller (Drums); The London Philharmonic Orchestra; Leo Abrahams (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Andrew Skeet
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>Arundel, Nick : Batman Arkham City :: Main Theme
  • Performers: Tim Weller (Drums); Simon Little (Double Bass); John Evans (Guitar); Tom Cawley (Piano); The London Philharmonic Orchestra; Leo Abrahams (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Andrew Skeet
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>McCann, Michael : Deus Ex-Human Revolution :: Icarus Main Theme
  • Performers: Simon Little (Double Bass); John Evans (Guitar); Tom Cawley (Piano); Tim Weller (Drums); Sarah Covey; The London Philharmonic Orchestra; Leo Abrahams (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Andrew Skeet
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Vreeland, Rich : Fez :: Adventure
  • Performers: Simon Little (Double Bass); John Evans (Guitar); Tom Cawley (Piano); Tim Weller (Drums); The London Philharmonic Orchestra; Leo Abrahams (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Andrew Skeet
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>Coulton, Jonathan : Still Alive (from the video game Portal)
  • Performers: Simon Little (Double Bass); John Evans (Guitar); Tom Cawley (Piano); Tim Weller (Drums); The London Philharmonic Orchestra; Leo Abrahams (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Andrew Skeet
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Pemberton, Daniel : Little Big Planet :: Orb Of Dreamers (The Cosmic Imagisphere)
  • Performers: Tim Weller (Drums); Tom Cawley (Piano); Simon Little (Double Bass); John Evans (Guitar); The London Philharmonic Orchestra; Leo Abrahams (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Andrew Skeet
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008