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Echoes of War: The Music of Blizzard

Game music veterans of the Eminence Symphony Orchestra have joined forces with Blizzard Entertainment to release Echoes of War: The Music of Blizzard Entertainment.

The Eminence Symphony Orchestra, established in 2003 by renowned violin virtuoso Hiroaki Yura, and well known for its annual “A Night in Fantasia” event as well as its recordings for film, games and anime, has collaborated with Blizzard Entertainment to produce Echoes of War: Music of Blizzard Entertainment, a two-disc album and DVD package featuring a stirring collection of orchestral themes from across the Blizzard Entertainment universes, including Diablo, Starcraft and Warcraft.

The Echoes of War Standard Edition

Eminence has been performing music from popular games and anime titles for five years, thrilling audiences around the globe with their performances and unique takes on classic melodies. In teaming up with Blizzard Entertainment, Eminence hopes to bring this style of musical presentation to even more listeners throughout the world.

Created specifically for active listening outside of the gaming experience, Eminence says that Echoes of War promises to breathe new life into the classical music world for a new generation, while highlighting the beauty and importance of music in games.

Sales will commence with a pre-release of both a limited edition “Legendary” CD/DVD compilation and a standard edition CD product, with pre-sales having started on October 27 and a full-scale launch on November 1, 2008.

The Echoes of War package will feature 15 unique arrangements from Blizzard Entertainment’s catalogue, with several pieces coming from yet-to-be-released titles including World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, StarCraft II, and the recently announced Diablo III. 70 minutes of music will be featured in all, with bonus tracks arranged by special guests including the critically-acclaimed composer Kow Otani (Shadow of the Colossus).

The ”Legendary Edition” will be available only on a limited, first-print basis. In addition to the music CD, it will also include an Echoes of War DVD, featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the recording sessions held at Sydney’s FOX Studios EQ: Trackdown Scoring Stage, as well as interviews with the composers and a comprehensive 32-page commemorative tome filled with additional photos, artwork, and additional information.

With over one hundred performers - including a number of international musicians, Echoes of War looks to be a fitting tribute to the universes of Blizzard.

Sample tracks are available at the official website

Breakdown of the Echoes of War products:
The Legendary Edition of Echoes of War (first print only) contains:
• Double-disc album – featuring 15 tracks
• ‘Inside the Echoes of War’ DVD
• Comprehensive, 32-page wide-format booklet
• The Legendary Edition will include nine ‘artcards’ featuring Diablo III, StarCraft II and World of Warcraft: Wrath the Lich King.

Release Date, Legendary Edition: November 1, 2008
Release Date, Standard Edition: November 22, 2008
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