Good day to you ladies and gentlemen, time for a review I wanted to get up yesterday but didn’t have the time to sort out. After attending the London Film and Comic Con on Sunday I went to another event at the Barbican, a concert entitled Symphonic Legends London Featuring music from The Legend of Zelda™ series. After experiencing the epicness that was the Symphony of the Goddesses last May, I went to this concert super excited to hear some orchestrated Zelda music again. So how was this concert? Well read on and find out.
So for those not in the know, this was basically a concert in which the London Symphony Orchestra performed orchestrated versions of music of The Legend of Zelda series. After the beginning introduction, the concert was broken into a three main acts; one segment for Skyward Sword, Wind Waker and a Zelda Symphonic Poem. All in it was an incredible, nostalgic and different kind of experience.
The concert was full-on classical music and it was a very different take on the Zelda music when you compare it to what was done with the Symphony of the Goddesses concert. SotG was more of an orchestrated version of the game music that sounded just like the songs you knew but in a classical music kind of way, but in this concert the musical arrangements and choice of instruments pretty much changed the style of songs completely. The first main act with the music from Skyward Sword was amazing and incredibly bold, powerful and adventurous. The version of the “Ballad of the Goddesses” was SO good, “Skyfield” was GORGEOUS and the “Girahnim’s Theme” and “Girahnim’s First Battle” was INCREDIBLE, it was so sinister, creepy and dangerous. The Skyward Sword part of the concert was lovely and to hear these new arrangements of the songs from the game was such a heartwarming experience. Next up was the Wind Waker segment and that had an additional set of musicians playing some of the music with violins and pianos used in ways I never would have expected. What we then got was “Title Theme“, “Outset Island” and some other specific songs here and there that sounded so pretty. That being said I was gutted that some of my favourite music was omitted like “Dragon Roost Island” or “Windfall Island” among many others.
After that the final major act had music that felt many improvised with a few Zelda songs thrown in from Ocarina of Time and A Link To The Past (well at least those were the ones that I picked up). The hearing the music “Fairy Flying“, “Gerudo Valley” and “Kokiri Forest” brought back some crazy nostalgia and was instantly recognizable, but I think the best part of this act was the orchestrated version of “Dark World“, that was SO good. It was incredible how beastly, badass and film-like the song sounded. It was moments like that along with the choir and choice of instruments that made the music sound like it belonged in a film and at points it sounded like something that John Williams would have come up with. Yeah, this music sounded THAT good.
The different take on the Zelda music was interesting and in some cases changed the perspective on those songs completely thanks to the arrangements done by the orchestra. Some it was really impressive and really cool, but at some points the songs were completely unrecognizable and I felt like unless you had a very good ear, some of these songs you wouldn’t know about. I also felt like a lot of the songs were improvised and I’m all for change and reinterpretation, but some of the songs were bit too long and strayed a little too far from what I know from the video games.
In conclusion Symphonic Legends London Featuring music from The Legend of Zelda™ series concert was an awesome experience. The Zelda series has a great library of songs and soundtracks and the orchestrated arrangements of these classic pieces of music was totally mind-blowing, emotional and cinematic too. While I do not believe this concert to be as amazing as the Symphony of the Goddesses concert, it’s different take on the Zelda music was really incredible and makes me believe that everything sounds better orchestrated.
So if you attended the Symphonic Legends London Featuring music from The Legend of Zelda™ series what did you think of it? Also if you haven’t attended an event like this would you consider it in the future? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them below yo and I’ll see ya on the next review. 😀