Happy Queen’s Birthday to my fellow Aussies! This week’s song is actually a two-in-one medley created for the Distant Worlds orchestral concert, with both parts taken from a game I haven’t played, MMORPG Final Fantasy XI. I personally prefer the first half, a sweeping choral piece (“Memoro de la Stono”), as I find the lyrics in the second half (“Distant Worlds”) a little cheesy. However, the song remains excellent and well worth listening to. Enjoy!
The song was performed by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, with the vocals for the second half (“Distant Worlds”) being performed by Susan Calloway. The conductor was Arnie Roth, and the composer was Nobuo Uematsu.