The Legend of Zelda -Ocarina of Time- Hyrule Symphony

The Legend of Zelda -Ocarina of Time- Hyrule Symphony Album Title:
The Legend of Zelda -Ocarina of Time- Hyrule Symphony
Record Label:
Media Factory
Catalog No.:
ZMCX-102
Release Date:
January 27, 1999
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Overview

Looking for Zelda music performed by an orchestra? Well, look no further! This arranged album of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is your ticket to orchestrated Zelda music… sort of. The “orchestra” is mostly a string ensemble, which is not bad by any means, but just not full enough to be an orchestra. There are a couple of additional instruments every so often in some tracks such as a guitar, an ocarina (duh!), and a piano, but overall, the orchestra is a rather small ensemble.

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All that said, The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Hyrule Symphony isn’t bad at all for what it is. All the musical arrangements are excellent, and they remain faithful to the original compositions. I was pleasantly surprised with all the tracks, due not only to how identical they sounded to the originals, but to how fluently they were performed. The vocal performance on “Lon Lon Ranch” is beautiful (and it sure beats listening to the synthesized voice on the original game soundtrack). I wasn’t so sure at first about “Zora’s Domain”, “Gerudo Valley”, and “Goron City” all being performed by an orchestra (these pieces were never intended for a symphony orchestra), but they pulled it off well. A very nice surprise.

Out of the thirteen tracks on this album, two are medleys of various themes. “Ocarina Medley” features all 12 of the Ocarina songs (yes, even the duet performances with Sheik, such as “Minuet Of Forest” and so on). They are all arranged brilliantly and beautifully flow with one another for each transition. I didn’t think this would be possible (the Ocarina songs are more like brief fanfares than songs), but the track works out well.

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