GAMEPLAY: New Release Spotlight
This week on Gameplay, we’ll enjoy some exciting new 2020 recordings from two classically-trained ensembles that specialize in performing the music of videogames!
We’ll hear themes from games like Super Mario Sunshine, Chrono Cross, and Final Fantasy 7 arranged for brass ensemble, string quartet, woodwinds, steel drums, and much more.
We’ll hear selections from The Game Brass, a brass quintet who collaborated with many of their musician friends on their summer-themed July release, BRASSINO ISLES Tropical Cruise, and from The Videri String Quartet, whose album Bits and Bytes pairs classical masterworks like those of Dvorak, Haydn, and Shostakovich with videogame masterpieces, letting them exist side by side and meaningfully connecting these musical worlds.
Join us for this adventure on Classical IPR Saturday at 1 p.m. The full episode will be posted online later the same day.
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.
Koji Kondo, arr. Thomas Kresge - “Delfino Plaza” (Super Mario Sunshine) - The Game Brass
Yasunori Mitsuda, arr. David Peacock - “Wings” (Xenogears) - Videri String Quartet
David Wise, arr. Thomas Kresge - “Surf City” (Battletoads) - The Game Brass; Banjo Guy Ollie, banjo/mandolin/bouzouki
Gareth Coker, arr. David Peacock - “Ori and Naru” (Ori and the Blind Forest) - Videri String Quartet
Grant Kirkhope, arr. Thomas Kresge - “DK Island” (Donkey Kong 64) - The Game Brass;Dan DeSimone, flute; Kristin Naigus, oboe; Soundole, clarinet; Bassonify, bassoon; Felipe Fournier, bongos
Nobuo Uematsu, arr. Dashiel Reed - “One Winged Angel” (Final Fantasy VII) - Videri String Quartet
Masashi Hamauzu, arr. Thomas Kresge - “Besaid” (Final Fantasy X) - The Game Brass; PurpleSchala, piano
Austin Wintory, arr. Eli Bishop - “Nascence and the Road of Trials” (Journey) - Videri String Quartet
Koji Kondo, arr. Thomas Kresge - “Yoshi’s Island” (Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island) - The Game Brass, Francis Mundangepfupfu (of steeldrumbands), steel pan/percussion, steel pan arrangement
Kenta Nagata, arr. David Peacock - “Dragon Roost Island” (The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker) - Videri String Quartet
Yasunori Mitsuda, arr. Thomas Kresge - “Home Guldove” (Chrono Cross) - The Game Brass, Videri String Quartet