London Philharmonic chases video game 'high score'

The orchestra takes on famous video game theme songs with "The Greatest Video Game Music." Super Mario, BioShock, Angry Birds, and Call of Duty all get the classical treatment.

The Greatest Video Game Music
I want this in poster size on my wall. X5 Music Group

Parents have a new reason to be concerned about little Johnny spending hours blasting through Super Mario and Call of Duty. It now seems that playing video games is just a gateway to becoming a classical music fan.

The London Philharmonic Orchestra is unleashing "The Greatest Video Game Music" album on November 8 featuring classically reimagined tunes from Grand Theft Auto, World of Warcraft, Tetris, BioShock, Angry Birds, and many others.

Yes, the same orchestra that brought us hit albums such as "Mozart: The Violin Concertos" and "Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 5 and 9," is now tackling Splinter Cell and Legend of Zelda.

I feel like I should put on my ball gown before picking up my Wii remote. Stop snickering. I do actually have a ball gown.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Theme by kwall

Angry Birds composer Ari Pulkkinen weighed in on the venture in a statement. "This is the first orchestral version of one of my compositions and it really comes alive. It has such a great depth and a majestic touch, and it was very emotional for me when I heard it the first time," he says.

There is something epic about a serious symphony taking big bites out of pop culture. It may not entice hordes of teen game fanatics to drop their allowances on symphony season tickets instead of the next Assassin's Creed, but maybe we'll get to see more retirees rocking out to the dulcet tones of Metal Gear Solid.

 

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