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Blizzard and Eminence Symphony Orchestra announce 2-disc set

Alex Ziebart
Alex Ziebart|October 27, 2008 5:00 PM
For those of you that enjoy the music of WoW and Blizzard's other games, there's good news from our sister (brother? cousin?) site BigDownload. The Eminence Symphony Orchestra and Blizzard Entertainment have announced a 2-disc album and DVD collection of music from across their franchises. Starcraft II, Diablo III, and Wrath of the Lich King are all accounted for in this 70 minute collection.

In addition to the basic two disc package, they're going to be offering a limited-print Legendary Edition (think Collector's Edition) featuring the Echoes of War DVD which features interviews with the composers and behind-the-scenes footage. The Legendary Edition will also include a 32-page "commemorative tome" with lots of pictures and artwork. It will retail for $49.95 on November 1st, while the basic 2-disc set will not be released until November 22nd, at a price tag of $29.95.

Personally, I'm extremely excited, and the quote Music 4 Games used from their interview with Hiroaki Yura only solidifies that excitement: "We wanted music from Blizzard to be featured as a standalone work as to us, it is probably the most under-estimated game music of all time. Blizzard have an uncanny ability to really mold their music to the game, so much so that players are unaware that music creates such a key role in creating the atmosphere of the game. However, that being said, we wanted to make standalone works of music, works of art in its pure form so we approached Blizzard if we can create a Symphonic arrange album of the music from all the games from Blizzard Entertainment."

Their quote and not mine, for the record!

It's fantastic music in the games themselves, and I'm eager to hear what the Eminence Symphony Orchestra can do with it as standalone pieces. I already listen to a lot of the tracks in mp3 form when I'm relaxing at night. I probably won't be jumping on the Legendary Edition, but you bet I'll be buying the basic set as soon as I get a chance.