GAMEPLAY: Final Fantasy

May 30, 2020

Concept art by Tetsuya Nomura for the character Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII

This week on GAMEPLAY: a tour of music from one of the most beloved, influential, and commercially successful videogame series of all time: FINAL FANTASY. 

These games are so revered by fans not only because of their complex storytelling and relationships, but because they have been jam-packed with emotional, dramatic, immersive music for over 30 years.

We’re going to enjoy some iconic themes by Nobuo Uematsu and Masashi Hamauzu from Final Fantasy 7, 8, 10 and many more!

Join us for an adventure on Classical IPR Saturday at 1 p.m.  This week’s episode and playlist are available below.

Generous support for the music heard on this program comes from the Robert T. and Ruth Haidt Hughes Memorial Acquisitions Fund. Special thanks to Michael Culler for engineering assistance.  Keith Brown is GAMEPLAY’s host and executive producer.

 

 


 

Episode tracklist:

  1. Nobuo Uematsu - Prelude (Final Fantasy series) - Arnie Roth/ Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Elmhurst College Concert Choir, Laura Stephenson, harp

  2. Nobuo Uematsu - Opening - Bombing Mission (Final Fantasy VII) - Arnie Roth/ Royal Stockholm Philharmonic

  3. Nobuo Uematsu - Battle With The Four Fiends (Final Fantasy IV) - Arnie Roth/ Distant Worlds Philharmonic

  4. Nobuo Uematsu - Fisherman’s Horizon (Final Fantasy VIII) - Arnie Roth/ Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Allmänna Sången

  5. Nobuo Uematsu - Liberi Fatali (Final Fantasy VIII) - Arnie Roth/ Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Allmänna Sången

  6. Nobuo Uematsu - Zanarkand (Final Fantasy X) - Arnie Roth/ Royal Stockholm Philharmonic

  7. Masashi Hamauzu - Blinded By Light (Final Fantasy XIII) - Arnie Roth/ Distant Worlds Philharmonic

  8. Nobuo Uematsu - Aerith’s Theme (Final Fantasy VII) - Arnie Roth/ Royal Stockholm Philharmonic

  9. Nobuo Uematsu - Dear Friends (Final Fantasy V) - Arnie Roth/ Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Per Skareng, guitar

  10.  Nobuo Uematsu - One-Winged Angel (Final Fantasy VII) - Arnie Roth/ Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Allmänna Sången

  11.  Nobuo Uematsu - Balance Is Restored (Final Fantasy VI) - Arnie Roth/ Distant Worlds Philharmonic