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Wind Ensemble Dragon Quest Part.I

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Catalog Number: KICC-6337
Released On: July 21, 2010
Composed By: Koichi Sugiyama
Arranged By: Toshio Mashima
Published By: King Records
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 1 CD
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Tracklist:

01 - Overture
02 - Chàteau Ladutorm
03 - Finale
04 - Distant Journey ~ Unknown World ~ Endless World
05 - Frightening Dungeon ~ Devil's Tower
06 - Holy Shrine
07 - Our Journey
08 - Visiting Places Around the World (Street ~ Jipangu ~ Pyramid ~ Village)
09 - Adventurous Journey
10 - Across the Sea
11 - Fly to the Heavens
12 - Battle Theme ~ With Alefgard ~ Hero's Challenge
13 - And Into the Legend
14 - Dragon Quest Concert - Selection: Overture ~ Travel to a Far Away Place ~ Journey to the Plains ~ The End of Eternity ~ With Alefgard ~ Hero's Challenge ~ And Into the Legend...
Total Time:
60'59"

In case you didn't notice, Koichi Sugiyama loves to work with all manner of different musical ensembles, re-arranging and re-recording the music from the Dragon Quest series. I think there are more ways to arrange DQ music than there are to cook an egg.

The new "Wind Ensemble" series is non-string arrangements. In other words, think of high school band. You have woodwind, brass, and percussion. But no string section, and obviously no choir. Part I of this new series only has music from the Roto trilogy (I through III).

The quality of the arrangements, and the recording? Excellent, as is to be expected. The value of this album to a collector who already has multiple prints of the symphonic suites? Pretty low, of course. You're just dropping one layer of the symphonic orchestra and forcing other sections to pick up the slack.

One exception: the final track. This 9 minute piece is an incredible medley, applying different arrangements than what I'm used to hearing, and incorporating melodies that are often forgotten. It's a very impressive recording.

I look forward to Part II, which I assume will be the Tenku (Zenithia) trilogy. But I'm not chomping at the bit to have it, because, extending the food metaphor, I've already eaten an omelet for breakfast and egg salad for lunch. I can only handle so many variations of the same music in my life!

"The incredible audible DQ" indeed.

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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