Saturday, 27 February 2016

[Coverage] A New World: Intimate Music From Final Fantasy @ Dewan Filharmonik Petronas

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[Coverage] A New World: Intimate Music From Final Fantasy @ Dewan Filharmonik Petronas



Kuala Lumpur, February 2016 – Still remember my previous post regarding A New World: Intimate Music From Final Fantasy? (Read my previous post here: http://www.wljack.com/2016/02/upcoming-event-new-world-intimate-music.html)

The wonderful event just happened last Sunday and our team from wljack.com was given the great opportunity to do a coverage on the event. It was a very beautiful musical experience.

Chamber Ensembles Presenting the Iconic Music In Well Loved Franchise!
As we all know, Final Fantasy is a game franchise which is not only popular for its great gameplay and spectacular graphics, it’s also well known for its extraordinary themes and songs.

During this wonderful afternoon, all of those beloved pieces including FINAL FANTASY X: ZANARKAND, FINAL FANTASY VII: THOSE WHO FIGHT and FINAL FANTASY VIII: FORCE YOUR WAY and etc were all presented through an intimate ensemble of string quartets, piano, guitar solos, duos, trios and other mixed groups of instrumentalists.

Masterpiece show conducted by ARNIE ROTH!
The classically trained conductor and GRAMMY Award Winning artist Arnie Roth was once again the conductor for the show of A NEW WORLD: INTIMATE MUSIC FROM FINAL FANTASY. He was the conductor for the other exclusive SQUARE ENIX production, Distant Worlds which happened in Malaysia previously.



This time around, apart from conducting, Arnie has also taken part in performing violin alongside pianist Benyamin Nuss during the song of Final Fantasy XIII: The Promise/ Blinded By Light. It was a wonderful performance as the melodic tunes were delivered via such a great combination.

Battle Songs Heated Up The Crowd!
While A New World is a more intimate and personal encounter, the show has also featured many of fans favourite battle themes like Final Fantasy IX: Final Battle, Final Fantasy X: Final Battle and etc.

Kudos to Benyamin Nuss for his impressive skills in delivering those pieces in a fiery, passionate way. I believe all of the fans would feel the heat and heart beating as the battle songs are being played in such an outstanding way!

On the other hand, the Musicians of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra has shown us true professionalism in handling the scores and made the afternoon so a memorable and enjoyable. Many thanks for giving us an exceptional LIVE performance of our favourite themes!

ENCORE! SEPHIROTH!
It would be utterly disappointing if this iconic theme is being dropped out from the Final Fantasy music show. The performing team never let us down as One-Winged Angel was being featured as the encore song for the show!

An interesting experience during this encore was that, Roth has actually asked the crowd to be the vocal for the chorus of the song. Then, he started leading the musicians and the crowd in performing the song. All of the audiences happily joined in and followed his command as we were reaching the chorus and started singing-along with the one word, one very magical word of…”SEPHIROTH!”



The concert was an awesome one. It may not have a large scale like Distant Worlds but the great chamber music experience remarkably leave a memorable impression for the audiences.

I truly enjoyed the concert very much! Million thanks to Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) for giving us the opportunity to attend the show!




Photo credits : Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO)


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