Review on the Orchestra “The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddess” in Dublin

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddess - Photo Credit Twitter @ZeldaSymphony
The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddess - Photo Credit Twitter @ZeldaSymphony

The Legend of Zelda is one of the best known video game franchises in the world. Everyone who has played at least one of the games just love them and the epic adventure of the little boy rescuing the world of Hyrule. And everyone who played at least once loves the music.

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddess - Photo Credit Twitter @ZeldaSymphony
The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddess – Photo Credit Twitter @ZeldaSymphony

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddess is an Orchestra traveling the world for 4 years now and giving fans of the franchise the opportunity to listen to some of the best music ever made for video games. As I’m a big fan of the franchise myself I went to the Orchestra in the Convention Centre Dublin on Sunday 22th of November 2015 and here is my review of it:

First of all one thing you will always see at anything that has to do with video games are people who cosplay. They’re dressing up as one character of the game and posing around all the time in front of each camera. Some may say it is a bit nerdy but it still has it glamour when done right.

Link and Zelda Cosplayer - Photo Credit Philipp Langheinrich
Link and Zelda Cosplayer – Photo Credit Philipp Langheinrich

But in this review it is all about the orchestra. As I mentioned before I’m a great fan of Link and his adventures around Hyrule. I’ve played nearly every single game, just missed one or two on the Nintendo DS. Any moment now or then one of the melodies of the games just comes to my mind and I have to hum it all day. I can’t help myself and I don’t want to, because this music gives me a good feeling and remembers me of epic adventures and battles alongside with my dad in front of the Nintendo 64, Super Nintendo or even the NES.

The orchestra starts with a short introduction and medley of the game music. Behind the orchestra was a big screen with videos from the current game of which the melody is played from. The overture gave a short overview what is coming this evening. After this the producer of the show Jason Michael Paul, whom I talked to before the event, welcomes everyone and starts the show with a video message from Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of The Legend of Zelda. Not later than this point everyone was so excited in the auditorium but to make this evening even more unique there were technical issues and the video stopped. But it made the crowd just laugh joyfully since it made the event even more to identify with it. Problems can happen.

After the issues were solved the video played on and Miyamoto wished us all the best and a nice evening. And then it started. The violins and the flutes, the choir and the drum and every other instrument. They all played their part so lovely under the conduction of  Amy Andersson. It was simply amazing. They started with the Garudo Valley and a medley of Boss fights all over the franchise. I have to admit I fought back tears since every single memory kicked in at that moment. I love my childhood.

You are lead over to the creation of Hyrule (the worlds name in the games) and to the best known games of the franchise Ocarina of Time and The Wind Waker. After this the first act was completed and a short intermission was given. The second Act started with the melody of the Great Fairy Fountains and kicked it off with Twilight Princess and Time of the Falling Rain (part of the Link to the Past game). The grand finale was again a wonderful medley.

The Program

~ACT I~

  • Overture

    ~INTERLUDES~

    • Gerudo Valley
    • Boss Battle Medley
    • Suite from Majora’s Mask
    • A Link Between Worlds

    ~THE SYMPHONY~

    • Prelude ~ The Creation of Hyrule
    • Movement I ~ Ocarina of Time
    • Movement II ~ The Wind Waker

~ACT II~

  • Intermezzo ~ Great Fairy’s Fountain

    • Movement III ~ Twilight Princess
    • Movement IV ~ Time of the Falling Rain
    • Finale

 

It is hard to explain it with words what I felt during the orchestra. Every single melody gave me chills. But they gave me also a warm feeling inside. I’ve felt secure in all this memories. And to adapt this to an orchestra is a really challenging part. But Jason Michael Paul and his production team were fully capable of this and did a great job. The orchestra and Amy Andersson worked in a wonderful synergy and did a great job on performing. The standing ovations afterwards were well-deserved. Minutes were passed by until the last clap was heard. It was just brilliant.

As I mentioned earlier I had the chance to talk to Jason Michael Paul before the show and I have to say I’ve rarely seen a man working with such passion and joy. He told me he gets often letters from fathers saying they had tears in their eyes during the orchestra and still after 4 years of touring with Symphony of the Goddess every single mail gives him a good feeling. It is because of the unique body of every event. In every city is a different audience and this makes the show individual because of their response. But nearly every single time they get the same response: applause and joyful faces. Jason played the games himself, he said, and therefore knows what everyone in the audience feels like. I ask him, what would be next after the world tour. He just promised there is more to come from him and Nintendo.

Me and Jason Michael Paul - Photo Credit Philipp Langheinrich
Me and Jason Michael Paul – Photo Credit Philipp Langheinrich

In the end I want to give you a short sample of what you can experience during such an orchestra of your favorite video game. (It is not the best quality – sorry – but good enough to get a feeling)