Stockholm Phil breaks into UK games music scene

Stockholm Phil breaks into UK games music scene


norman lebrecht

October 14, 2014

Recording music for video games is what keeps Abbey Road open and British orchestras in spare change since the collapse of the classical record industry. The Brits have owned this business for a decade.

But others are now muscling in on the act.  Munich and Prague are cheap and popular recording venues for film music.

And here comes Stockholm.

Stockholm? The most rigid, least entrepreneurial of music systems? Yes, the Swedish model.

The Royal Stockholm Phil are on video with Final Fantasy VI. Watch them in full fig  here. Or just shut your eyes and listen below.

The conductor is Andreas Hanson.


  • Klara says:

    At – Iedereen Klassiek – a free event from Klara (Flemisch Classical Radio) Frascati Symphonic played live while a een gamer was playing Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag’
    Composer Benjamien Lycke made an adaptation from the originale soundtrack. : from 1:36

  • Tommy says:

    This is the Stockholm Phil performing music from Final Fantasy in a concert – just as many other orchestras have done all over the world. How is that “breaking into the UK games music scene”? You are suggesting, by mentioning Munich and Prague and Abbey Rd that the Stockholm Phil are recording games music, for the games.
    But are they?


    • Charles L. says:

      Tommy’s right on this. Final Fantasy VI is an “old” game. Final Fantasy XV will be released soon!

      That being said, though, I’d love to know if any publishers make parts available for this suite. Does anybody know? I’ve heard that SquareSoft has been very accommodating with orchestras and musicians who want to do their own arrangements and performance of the Final Fantasy music.

      • Tommy says:

        Actually that wasn’t my point. New or old game music, it doesn’t matter. I’m asking if the Stockholm Phil has actually recorded the soundtrack to the actual game, as opposed to simply performing some music in concert. And the answer appears to be no. Which is in exact contradiction to the blog post.