Piano Collections KINGDOM HEARTS FIELD & BATTLE

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Piano Collections KINGDOM HEARTS FIELD & BATTLE
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Composed by Yoko Shimomura
Arranged by Hiroyuki Nakayama / Natsumi Kameoka / Sachiko Miyano
Published by Square Enix
Catalog number SQEX-10177
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 1 CD - 9 tracks
Release date January 13, 2010
Duration 00:37:06
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Yoko Shimomura has really crafted a lovely franchise of music with Kingdom Hearts and after its successful first piano collections, its now returned with “Field and Battle”, a new collection of nine tracks.

“Scherzo Caprice on a Theme of Never Land” opens the album with a stirring arrangement that is full of flourishes and really complex playing. The song just never sits still, like a classical recital, it’s just brimming with character and panache. “Sinister Sundown” follows on with full on piano at the ready again. The fact that the opening two tracks are battle tracks really sets the tone as one that is absolutely mind blowing. The sheer speed of this track and pianist Hiroyuki Nakayama has to be heard to be believed and I’m sure its some of the hardest playing I’ve heard since someone blitzed “The Castle” from FFVIII’s Piano Collections. These opening two tracks are reason enough to buy the album. Go…Now!

Ok, now you’ve ordered it we have “Wonderland’s Surprises” which has a duality about it. There’s some beautifully intricate higher register pieces with quick freakout bass sections thrown in for good measure at regular intervals. It gives the track its own character. The track reminds me of a buckarooing horse. Great stuff. “Lazy Afternoons” is the first relaxed track on the album and brings your pulse rates down with an endearing warm rendition of the original.

“Night of Fate” returns the knightmare battle tracks with this stunning arrangement. It has a real tense atmosphere as Masanobu Shinoda at first gently taps out the tune very quickly and it grows until the piano is being practically battered to bits! Nail bitingly tense. “A Very Small Wish ~ Monstrous Monstro” follows with a waltzing dance that is both intricate, slightly clumsy but also quite powerful, especially when it hits the half way mark and really stretches its legs in a desperate militant waltz fashion.

“Hollow Bastion” is quite a dark and damp track. It’s constantly in a cycle of mysterious chord patterns and everything swirls around. It sits perfectly between distressed and withdrawn and is the real enigma of the album and possibly my favourite track just because it has a completely different personality to the rest on the album.

“Medley of Conflict” is a hugely clever medley of several battle tracks all moudled effortlessly into one seemless track. This is how a medley should be done and Miwa Sato really chops great piano chops by changes in pace, empathy and raw guts by keeping everything flowing and cohesive. Another standout. The closer is “Musique Pour La Tristesse de Xion” which has a real regal pacing and structure to it. Although its based on the track Xion, I hear bits of Dearly Beloved running through it and so it really feels quite final and very emotive.

Put simply “Kingdom Hearts Piano Collections ~ Field and Battle” is one of the best piano collections I’ve had the pleasure to listen to. Each track is beautifully arranged and performed with power and emotion. The standard is so high on every single track. This CD is absolutely spellbounding and I hope it captivates you as much as it has me.



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01 Scherzo Caprice on a Theme of Never Land
Arrangement: Sachiko Miyano / Piano: Hiroyuki Nakayama
Based on "Neverland's Scherzo" and "Daydream upon Neverland" from Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep

02 Sinister Sundown
Arrangement: Sachiko Miyano / Piano: Hiroyuki Nakayama
Based on "Sinister Sundown" from Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories and "Roxas" from Kingdom Hearts II

03 Wonderland's Surprises
Arrangement: Natsumi Kameoka / Piano: Miwa Sato
Based on "Welcome to Wonderland" and "To Our Surprise" from Kingdom Hearts

04 Lazy Afternoons
Arrangement: Sachiko Miyano / Piano: Takehiko Yamada
Based on "Lazy Afternoons" from Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories

05 Night of Fate
Arrangement: Natsumi Kameoka / Piano: Masanobu Shinoda
Based on "Night of Fate" from Kingdom Hearts

06 A Very Small Wish - Monstrous Monstro
Arrangement & Piano: Hiroyuki Nakayama
Based on "A Very Small Wish" and "Monstrous Monstro" from Kingdom Hearts

07 Hollow Bastion
Arrangement: Sachiko Miyano / Piano: Takehiko Yamada
Based on "Hollow Bastion" from Kingdom Hearts

08 Medley of Conflict
Arrangement: Natsumi Kameoka / Piano: Miwa Sato
Based on "The Encounter", "Tension Rising", and "Sinister Shadows" from Kingdom Hearts II and "The 13th Reflection" from Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix

09 Musique pour la tristesse de Xion
Arrangement: Sachiko Miyano / Piano: Hiroyuki Nakayama
Based on "Musique pour la tristesse de Xion" and "Vector to the Heavens" from Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
Album was composed by Yoko Shimomura and was released on January 13, 2010. Soundtrack consists of 9 tracks tracks with duration over about 40 minutes. Album was released by Square Enix.

CD 1

1
Scherzo Caprice on a Theme of Never Land
03:49
2
Sinister Sundown
03:16
3
Wonderland's Surprises
04:12
4
Lazy Afternoons
04:10
5
Night of Fate
04:03
6
A Very Small Wish - Monstrous Monstro
03:49
7
Hollow Bastion
03:53
8
Medley of Conflict
04:19
9
Musique pour la tristesse de Xion
05:35
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