Nintendo spent most of 2011 celebrating the 25th anniversary of the release of the first Legend of Zelda game, and apparently they've got no plans to stop.
As part of the festivities, music producer and Zelda fanatic Jeron Moore helped arrange 25 years of melodic history into one 45-minute compact disc that was released inside the special edition of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. The album is called, appropriately, "The Legend of Zelda: 25th Anniversary Symphony", and it's one of the finest orchestral interpretations of video game music we've ever heard.
Samples from these arrangements were performed as part of a surprise concert at Nintendo's 2011 E3 press conference and at a series of concerts last Fall in Tokyo, LA and London. But The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses is really "meant to carry the banner going forward," Moore said.
With Symphony of the Goddesses, Moore and his cohorts at Jason Michael Paul Productions, including Chad Seiter (who Moore insisted poured just as much love into the Symphony as he did), have brought those arrangements and much more to live audiences across the country. They'll be working their magic again at Los Angeles's Greek Theatre on June 6, the Wednesday of the gaming mega-convention E3.
As hardcore Zelda fans ourselves, it was a very special treat to catch up with Moore and chat in detail about exactly what went into the symphony, and what each section means to him.