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Dragon Quest V ~Bride of the Heavens~ in Brass

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Catalog Number: APCG-4029 (reprint OTA-0005)
Released On: March 5, 1993 (reprint August 5, 2003)
Composed By: Koichi Sugiyama
Arranged By: Kosuke Onozaki
Published By: Apollon (reprint Oto)
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 1 CD
Tracklist:

01 - Overture
02 - Castle Trumpeter
03 - Melody in An Ancient Town ~ Toward the Horizon ~ Casino ~ Lively Town
04 - Magic Carpet ~ The Ocean
05 - Melody of Love
06 - Monsters in the Dungeon ~ Tower of Death ~ Dark World ~ Monsters in the Dungeon
07 - Violent Enemies ~ Almighty Boss Devil is Challenged
08 - Noble Requiem ~ Saint
09 - Satan
10 - Heaven
11 - Bridal Waltz
Total Time:
49'44"

In 2003, a limited reprint for the first three Dragon Quest in Brass albums were made. This is the cover for volume 3, which is a direct reprint of Dragon Quest V in Brass.

The third "in Brass" album for Dragon Quest, and the last one to get reprinted (as DQVI's Brass album was printed by Sony, and Sony didn't give permission to reprint), Dragon Quest V in Brass follows the pattern of those before it. Using a Wind Orchestra (full symphony orchestra minus the string section), these arrangements force the winds and brass to compensate for parts that would previously have been covered by the string section.

Generally, I tend to consider these albums obsolete in the face of multiple recordings of the excellent Symphonic Suites. However, there were a few arrangements on DQV that really suited this arrange style. The Overture was really strong, with the brass coming in full force and the winds compensating for the lack of strings. And I have to say that after hearing this version of "Monsters in the Dungeon," I am convinced that it is the best DQ dungeon theme ever. It comes out well on every arranged album known to man, but on this album it was especially remarkable.

If you can find either print of this album, I think it may be worth having in addition to one of the Symphonic Suite recordings. I would not say the same for I~III or IV in Brass, but this one really does show strong. Do consider adding it to your Dragon Quest collection!

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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