Unfortunately, I had a horribly extended airport pick-up yesterday, so I had to cut my Skyward time short, but it did give me time to listen to the 25th Anniversary dealio at ear-bleeding volumes. Brief impressions: Pretty damned good! I enjoyed the full experience even more than the clips on the Nintendo Channel (which makes me think that the live show would have been even better).
I generally liked how the themes were cut up and arranged and medley-fied. That kept the music from being too repetitive, like it occasionally got in the actual games. It was also neat to hear similar elements and progressions evolve over the course of the series. Most of the choices were smart and/or interesting. The Wind Waker medley, in particular, was godly. Hearing the music independent of the games gave me a bit more appreciation for it. It held up surprisingly well as pop-classical music (next up, the Liverpool Oratorio!). I'm not sure how much modern, orchestral-type game music would, to be honest. Usually, those Youtube clips bore me a bit. But it's possible that nostalgia played a factor, since a lot of the familiar themes reflexively brought a big grin to my face. Ah, the dangerously enticing pleasure of reminiscing of past days. Better days.
As for cons, I wish it were a bit longer. And in 5.1 surround sound. And I also wish that the already-orchestrated Twilight Princess trailer music was included.
I just listened to the entire thing again, this time with concentration and a calm mind. In my first listen I was too hyped because I had just gotten the game to pay the appropriate attention.
I love it. Love it love it love it. The WW and TP symphonies are amazing, and Gerudo Valley is truly something else. Kakariko Village is cool too, but what was truly unexpectedly awesome is the closing track (the Encore! Get it?), the Ballad of the Goddess. The opening with the harp is very soothing and appropriate (if you're playing the game you know why), and then it explodes into a great arrangement of the track.
Ha! Thanks for saving me the trouble of bumping this, GE, I was just about to.
I wasn't feeling the CD that much the first few times I listened to it at work. But I've had it on repeat for a couple hours almost every day because I didn't have really any other instrumental music to listen to. And it's definitely grown on me.