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FFVII and Skyrim Climb Into The Classic FM Hall of Fame Top Five This Year

Matt Gardner
Aerith's Theme, Classic FM, Dragonborn, Final Fantasy VII, Jeremy Soule, Nobuo Uematsu, Video Game Music

FFVII and Skyrim Climb Into The Classic FM Hall of Fame Top Five This Year

After storming the barricades last year in a bid to gain more recognition for video game scores when it comes to classical music, this year's Classic FM Hall of Fame has seen three entries place in the top 200, with two in particular reach stratospheric levels.

Two of the entries from last year made sizeable gains: Jeremy Soule's soaring score for Skyrim rose no fewer than 233 places to pip the best of Mozart, Beethoven, and Elgar into fifth place and Nobuo Uematsu's epic arrangement for Final Fantasy 7 climbed 13 places to amazingly reach third.

There was a newcomer too, this year in the form of Grant Kirkhope's work on Viva Pinata, which came in at #174.

Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor took the crown, with Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending coming second.

The high placing of the video games entries is due, in no small part, to the successful campaigning conducted by industry stalwart Mark Robins. Needless to say, it's sparked plenty of debate over on Classic FM's site, which is frankly fantastic.

"I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everybody who supported the campaign to keep video game music in the Classic FM Hall of Fame – the results this year have been incredible," said Robins." Video game music from The Elder Scrolls and Final Fantasy hit numbers 5 & 3 in the annual top 300 chart – coming above both Mozart and Beethoven!

"So thank you to everybody who voted, talked or wrote about the campaign. You’re all my favourites!

"The individual web pages for all are below and the debate that’s going on there over whether the music is “classical” or not is RAGING on! Do join in if you fancy it!"

Go on, get stuck in!

Add a comment3 comments
Breadster  Apr. 2, 2013 at 16:59

Final Fantasy 8 has better music than 7...

MattGardner  Apr. 2, 2013 at 17:15

To be honest, neither of the two pieces that made it to the top 5 would be in my personal top five. For the record, To Zanarkand is probs my favourite FF piece, and I generally prefer Soule's scores from Morrowind and Oblivion over Skyrim (though Dragonborn itself still manages to send shivers down my spine).

Marty O'Donnell's absence was felt so very keenly in Halo 4, and Gregson-Williams has done some damn fine work for Kojima. Then there's Wintory's award-winning score for Journey, Garry Schyman's work on Bioshock.

Tbh I could talk for hours on stunning video game scores :D

Breadster  Apr. 2, 2013 at 17:54

I was going to mention To Zanarkand but I don't really rate the rest of the FFX soundtrack that highly. As a whole, 8 is my favourite. Totally agree on Marty O'Donnell and HGW. I think Jesper Kyd definitely deserves a shout as well. Also the Castlevania games always have great music, not sure who has done those, I'm guessing several different people, even the newest ones still have epic music though.

Last edited by Breadster, Apr. 2, 2013 at 17:56

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