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On demand: Uematsu: Final Fantasy VIII – Mono no aware

KonserthusetPlayRecorded at Konserthuset Stockholm: Stora Salen, Stockholm, Sweden
Uematsu, Nobuo (b. 1959)Final Fantasy VIII: Mono no aware (arr. Roger Wanamo)

The fairy-tale world of the game Final Fantasy constantly attracts new players – and listeners! Under Giedré Slekyté, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra plays the inspiring and imaginative piece Mono No Aware, which is based on the music of Nobuo Uematsu for Final Fantasy VIII.

Final Fantasy is a fairy-tale world that has been thriving and evolving for nearly thirty years. In Final Fantasy VIII – from which the piece Mono No Aware comes – we meet the main character, quiet and withdrawn Squall Leonhart, a student in the Balamb Garden military academy. After becoming a member of Balamb Garden’s elite force, SeeD, he and his friends are drawn into an international conflict and must prevent the sorceress Edea from destroying the world.

Roger Wanamo is responsible for the arrangement; he also arranged the music for Final Fantasy VI, which is also available here on KonserthusetPlay.

Recording from the concert Final Symphony II in the Stockholm Concert Hall, June 2016.

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