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A New World is probably my favorite iteration of the Final Fantasy orchestral music series. I love the chamber orchestra sound—it's lush and detailed and it translates to record better than a full orchestra. Furthermore, the choice of songs to work with is fantastic and the choices on the first volume were inspired and Vol. 2 doesn't disappoint. "Tower of Magi," "A Place to Call Home," and "Selbina" are special standouts.
Favorite track: Tower of the Magi (FINAL FANTASY II).
Recorded in the historic Dvorak Hall at the Rudolfinum in Prague, Arnie and Eric Roth, Benyamin Nuss and the New World Players return with a rich collection of their inimitable arrangements and incredible performances of music from throughout the FINAL FANTASY SERIES, including the most recent games.
Produced by Arnie and Eric Roth of AWR Music Productions, A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY - Volume II is an exclusive, officially licensed production with renowned game developer SQUARE ENIX.
released May 7, 2019
Music Director, Executive Producer, and Conductor: Arnie Roth
Music Director, Producer, and Conductor: Eric Roth
Piano Soloist: Benyamin Nuss
Guitar Soloist: Jaroslav Novák
Flute & Piccolo: Robert Heger
B-flat & Bass Clarinet: Jan Mach
Trumpet: Marek Vajo
Percussion: Miroslav Kejmar
Violins: Jakub Marek and Eva Nykrýnová
Viola: Jan Nykrýn
Violoncello: Richard Žemlička
Contrabass: Michal Novák
Original music composed by Nobuo Uematsu, Masashi Hamauzu, Naoshi Mizuta, Hitoshi Sakimoto, Tetsuya Shibata, and Masayoshi Soken
Arrangements by Arnie and Eric Roth, Tsutomu Narita, and Shiro Hamaguchi
Produced by Arnie and Eric Roth
Edited, mixed, and mastered by Mathew Prock at AWR Music Studio
Recorded at The Dvořák Hall, Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic
Engineer: Oldřich Slezák
Assistant Engineers: Čeněk Kotzmann and Ivan Zbíral
Recording Manager and Contractor: Petr Pýcha
Piano soloist on Tracks 4, 9, and 16 is Benyamin Nuss.
Additional recording for these tracks by Georg Bongartz at Riverside Studios, Cologne, Germany.
Soloists on Track 7 are Arnie Roth, violin, and Benyamin Nuss, piano. Musicans on Track 1 are Eliza Bangert, flute & piccolo; Leslie Grimm, clarinet; Arnie Roth, violin; Clara Takarabe, viola; Steven Houser, violoncello.
Additional recording for these tracks by Mathew Prock at AWR Music Studio.
Special thanks to SQUARE ENIX and Seitaro Tanaka, to our great friend and colleague Nobuo Uematsu, to Hiroki Ogawa and Dog Ear Records, to Petr Pýcha, to the AWR Music Productions staff – Laura Adkins, Leanne Araya, Eliza Bangert, Sally Hausken, Fritz Hocking, Marcy Roth, and to the entire community of FINAL FANTASY music lovers: you are THE BEST. You make it so rewarding and joyful, thank YOU so much!
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The Man With the Machine Gun is my favorite track but JENOVA Zanarkand & the Prelude are fantastic too! I went twice to the concert of Distant Worlds in the past 3 years it was a real pleasure. I'm going to go back as soon as they come again close to me! Thank you Nobuo Uematsu & Arnie Roth. Clad Marti