There are basically two ways to look at a accompanying soundtrack to a series or film: does it work in context with the video it accompanies, and does it stand alone?
The Record of Lodoss War soundtrack passes both tests.
In fact I just sat and listened to it on its own again, and I usually have it playing on itunes when writing up the twenty days posts.
I only have the first volume of the soundtrack which appropriately opens with the orchestral Prologue to the Legend.
It always strikes me as somewhat odd that the next track is a full length version of the ending credits Fantasia of the Wind. This is then followed by an instrumental version of the opening Adesso e Fortuna (Flame & Enternity).
This is matched by wrapping up the CD with the full length vocal for Adesso e Fortuna followed by an instrumental version of Fantasia of the Wind
This works well enough at any time but it is less jarring when you haven’t seen the series in a while. Overall I quite like the approach. sherry’s (NB: not a typo, that’s how her name is on the CD jacket) vocals on both are just fabuous, and the instrumentals give you a chance to appreciate the arrangements that support the vocals.
The bulk of the remaining tracks are leitmotifs for the major characters, and this is a nice touch whilst watching the series. The appearance of Karla’s Theme, or the Fire Dragon theme is generally not a good sign.
Overall the style of the soundtrack is classical and is superbly performed by the Kaze no Orchestra. I think the name translates literally, and slightly misleadlingly, as “Orchestra of the Wind”. There is a somewhat heavier usage of the wind instruments in the soundtrack than normal, but the strings still get a heavy workout.
That alone is a sign of the strength of the Lodoss War soundtrack: it helped to expand my taste in music.
I think I’ll leave it at that, and return to the episodes from tomorrow.
Day 1 – Prologue to the Legend
Day 2 – Blazing Departure
Day 3 – The Gender of Lodoss War
Day 4 – The Black Knight
Day 5 – The Grey Witch
Day 6 – Dub vs Sub?
Day 7 – The Desert King
Day 8 – The Sword of the Dark Emperor
Day 9 – The War of Heroes
Day 10 – Requiem for Warriors
Day 11 – Nice job breaking it hero
Day 12 – The Look of Lodoss
Day 13 – The Scepter of Domination
Day 14 – The Demon Dragon of Fire Dragon Mountain
Day 15 – The Sound of Lodoss
Day 16 – The Wizard’s Ambition
Day 17 – Final Battle! Marmo, the Dark Island
Day 18 –
Day 19 – Lodoss, The Burning Continent
Day 20 –