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GAMEPLAY: Arnie Roth

Arnie Roth conducts
Arnie Roth conducts the Distant Worlds Philharmonic in a concert of music from Final Fantasy along with video projections of game footage.

Grammy-winning conductor Arnie Roth is one of today’s foremost interpreters of video game music, leading orchestras worldwide in sold-out concerts featuring themes from Final Fantasy and more.

This week on GAMEPLAY, we talk with Roth and share some of the groundbreaking recordings he’s conducted.

Generous support for the music heard on this program comes from the Robert T. and Ruth Haidt Hughes Memorial Acquisitions Fund.

Thanks to Michael Culler for engineering assistance and to Christine Kyprianides and Delia Zaleski for production assistance.

Amanda Sewell is IPR's Music Director, and Keith Brown is GAMEPLAY’s host and executive producer.

Special thanks to Arnie Roth and to Leanne Araya and Laura Adkins at AWR Music for their assistance in facilitating this interview.

Nobuo Uematsu and Arnie Roth stand back-to-back in a black and white photo.
Left to right: Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu and conductor Arnie Roth.

All selections conducted by Arnie Roth

Nobuo Uematsu - Tifa's Theme - Seventh Heaven (FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE) - Shinra Symphony Orchestra

Nobuo Uematsu - Prima Vista Orchestra (FINAL FANTASY IX) - Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

Yoko Shimomura - Fantasy I: Kingdom Hearts (KINGDOM HEARTS Series) - WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln; Benyamin Nuss, piano

Nobuo Uematsu - Dark World (FINAL FANTASY VI) - Distant Worlds Philharmonic; Arnie Roth, violin, Nobuo Uematsu, organ

Nobuo Uematsu - Opera “Maria and Draco” (FINAL FANTASY VI) - Distant Worlds Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus; Laura Strickling, soprano; Kyle van Schoonhoven, tenor; David Govertsen, bass-baritone; Eric Roth, narrator

Hitoshi Sakimoto - The Dalmasca Estersand (FINAL FANTASY XII) - Distant Worlds Philharmonic

Nobuo Uematsu - One-Winged Angel (FINAL FANTASY VII) - Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Allmänna Sången, chorus

Keith Brown was the host of Matinee Classics and the host and producer of GAMEPLAY until 2024.