Angry Metal Guy
Having had the privilege of being at the first Distant Worlds concert in Stockholm, I've followed each of these releases religiously. While this one digs further into the series than I'm familiar with (after FFXII), the arrangements are always fantastic and I am particularly in love with the arrangement of "Searching for Friends" from FFVI and the new version of the Opera (though the Swedish Baritone from DW was better). All-in-all, this is an excellent addition to the Distant Worlds series.
Favorite track: Searching for Friends (FINAL FANTASY VI).
Another amazing album! So special to hear music I adore lovingly recreated . Thank you so much! ....suggestion for the future 'Slam Shuffle' from FFVI
Favorite track: Dark World (FINAL FANTASY VI).
Recorded in March 2019 at the famed Dvořák Hall of the Rudolfinum in Prague (Czech Republic) and at AWR Music Studio in Chicago (USA), the Distant Worlds Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, under the direction of GRAMMY Award-winning conductor Arnie Roth, delivers the precision and richness that are hallmarks of this monumental series of recordings. Distant Worlds V is recorded in high resolution at 88.2khz/24bit.
released May 28, 2019
music composed by Nobuo Uematsu (tracks 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12)
Masashi Hamauzu (track 9)
Yasunori Mitsuda (track 11)
Hitoshi Sakimoto (track 5)
Masayoshi Soken (track 2)
executive producer: Arnie Roth
music director, conductor and producer: Arnie Roth
associate music director and co-producer: Eric Roth
orchestral arrangements by: Shiro Hamaguchi, Yoshihisa Hirano, Yohei Kobayashi, Yoshimi Kudo, Hiroyuki Nakayama, Tsutomu Narita, Toshiyuki Omori, Arnie Roth, Eric Roth, Yoshitaka Suzuki
performed by: Distant Worlds Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus
opera vocal soloists (track 6): Laura Strickling, soprano
Kyle van Schoonhoven, tenor
David Govertsen, bass-baritone
opera narrator (track 6): Eric Roth
HEAVENSWARD soloist (track 2): Laura Strickling, soprano
violin soloist (track 11): Vlastimil Kobrle
violin soloist (track 3): Arnie Roth
organ soloist (track 3): Nobuo Uematsu
additional timpani and percussion recording: Jeff Handley and Robert Everson
recorded at: The Dvořák Hall, Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic
engineer: Oldřich Slezák
assistant engineer: Čenda Kotzmann
recording manager and contractor: Petr Pýcha
additional recording by: Mathew Prock at AWR Music Studio, Chicago, IL
edited, mixed, and mastered: by Mathew Prock at AWR Music Studio, Chicago, IL
photographers: Manaswin Kalmowat and Jiří Skupien
AWR production team: Laura Adkins, Leanne Araya, Eliza Bangert, Sally Hausken, Fritz Hocking, Marcy Roth
special thanks to SQUARE ENIX and Seitaro Tanaka, to our great friend and colleague Nobuo Uematsu, to Hiroki Ogawa and Dog Ear Records, and to the entire community of FINAL FANTASY music lovers: you make this so rewarding and joyful, thank you so much!