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X5 Teams With 80-Piece Choir For New Game-Themed Album

by Jeff Cork on Jan 04, 2016 at 08:00 AM

Several years ago, the London Philharmonic Orchestra released its first album of game-related music, appropriately titled The Greatest Video Game Music. That was followed by another recording. Today, people who enjoy video games and orchestral arrangements of video game music have something new to look forward to. X5, the company that put together that first album is releasing more game music, and they've enlisted the help of an acclaimed 80-piece choral group.

For The Greatest Video Game Music: Choral Edition, the orchestra recorded tracks from games including Final Fantasy X, Minecraft, Portal, Skyrim, and more with the Swedish choir Orphei Drängar. The recording took place in a medieval church, which was presumably one of the few spaces that could accommodate so many people. The orchestra and choir were joined by veteran stage actress and Grammy winner Myrra Malmberg. 

Final Fantasy X's "Hymn of the Fayth" plays a prominent role in the album, appearing in a pair of remixes and also as a leitmotif throughout the recording as a whole. Want a sneak peek listen? You can check out that individual track here.

Here's the complete track listing of the album:

  • Final Fantasy X – "Hymn of the Fayth"
  • World of Warcraft – "Invincible"
  • Skyrim – "Age of Oppression"
  • Final Fantasy X – "Remix 1"
  • Dragon Age Inquisition – "Main Theme"
  • God of War 3 – "Anthem of the Dead"
  • The Last of Us – "The Choice"
  • Skyrim – "Dragonborn"
  • Final Fantasy X – "Remix 2"
  • Portal 2 – "Still Alive"
  • Portal 2 – "Cara Mia Addio"
  • Assassin´s Creed IV – "The Parting Glass"
  • Minecraft Volume Alpha – "Sweden"

The album will be released both digitally and on CD on January 29. If you're interested in picking it up, you can preorder it digitally on iTunes here.