Final Fantasy 7 Remake Orchestra World Tour Review – Player Feature
A reader looks back at the Distant Worlds spin-off and describes what it was like for someone who hasn’t played Final Fantasy 7 Remake.
Last Sunday saw the return of Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy at the Royal Albert Hall. However, I should approach this iteration with its official title of Final Fantasy 7 Remake Orchestra World Tour, as it acts as a spin-off of the original, with the same lead producer (Arnie Roth) and using the same orchestra and the same choir as on previous occasions (the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and Maida Vale Singers, respectively).
Originally scheduled for October 2020, then postponed to June of this year, before being further delayed for another three months, it had been a long wait for video game music fans like me to finally come together and soak up of nostalgia. In fact, demand had grown so high that a 2 p.m. matinee performance was added to avoid disappointment.
Of course, it was a great performance and well worth attending, although you can only afford the cheaper seats with restricted viewing. The highlights of the evening for me would have been hearing the powerful vocal talent during Hollow’s performance (Ricardo Afonso, as seen on The Voice UK eight years ago and has had a successful stage career since) and heard a collective sigh during the theme encore performance of Aerith, followed by cheers as the expected One Winged Angel followed. .
Honorable mention should also be given to the meticulous quality of the cosplay on display, from part of the audience after the event. However, there was one thing that tormented my mind long before the event, and it was more because of myself.
I had played the original Final Fantasy 7 shortly after its original launch and was invested enough in its universe to purchase the soundtrack (later realizing it was a very compelling Taiwan bootleg). But college came, then college and I worked to become a real Hojo teacher (still in school). My gaming experience over the past decade has drastically diminished to become occasional mobile apps whenever I have the time, and so Remake is too far out of my reach and I know next to nothing about it. Was there something I was going to miss in this gig that is clearly obvious to everyone?
The majority of the music played was similar to what I had experienced before, except for the weird flourish here and the lack of a bell there (used prominently in the original). But it was when Tightrope and Words Left Unheard were played that I experienced the unknown, my instinct being to focus and select the finest details in the music to find meaning. That’s when I felt more involved, encouraged to seek out and find out more about what else I’m missing with the expanded storyline.
Previously, I complained that Distant Worlds was getting too familiar and that more obscure pieces of Final Fantasy 7 were needed to flesh out the game’s universe. Hearing Jessie’s theme for the first time, it struck me: it was that dark room. The Aerith vs. Tifa argument is a common discussion among fans, but there was just a whole new angle that extended to someone who was a bit of a part of the original game. The orchestral arrangement accompanied by specific cut scenes displayed on the screen enlightened me to envision a third female protagonist that I really felt right now – a third option in my mind as to who I should date, when visiting. of the party at the Gold Saucer (I know…).
In conclusion, I hope you agree with me that this pandemic over the past 18 months has closed our horizons, forcing us to stick to restrictions and routine. As the world gradually opens up, I think we need to be reminded once again that we need to embrace the unknown and take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves. Distant Worlds came back to London at the right time and I hope that when the sequel to the Remake Orchestra World Tour arrives, I will be fully confident to step back into the unknown.
With that, I thought it would be considerate to remind those who enjoy live performance of video game music at the Royal Albert Hall that the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be playing video games in concert on June 2nd of next year, as part of their 75th anniversary. season. With them on board, I don’t see that it will be long before I see anything in the BBC Proms.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake Orchestra World Tour Sets List
The Prelude – Reunion (Crystal Theme)
Midgar, Mako Town (opening) / bombing mission
Mako Reactor 1
Flowers blooming in the church
The theme of the Turks
Tifa Theme – Seventh Heaven
Let the Battles Begin – A Mercenary’s Work (Those Who Fight, followed by Victory Fanfare)
Anxiety (Anxious Heart)
Descendant of Shinobi (Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade promotion)
Those chosen by the planet
Arbiter of Fate – Singularity
Hollow (feat. Ricardo Afonso)
Credits (Staff Roll)
Again: the Aerith theme
Again: a winged angel
(thanks to u / Profaning on Reddit and Final Fantasy Wiki for filling in the knowledge gaps)
By GGEuDraco reader (Steam ID / Pokémon Go: 5678-1979-9408)
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