I am so glad I get to cover this theme! When I saw that professional pianist Laurence Manning was featuring A Link to the Past (my favorite game in the series) in her new music video, I just knew I had to choose this for this week’s Melodies.
This one is a truly delightful audiovisual experience that will transport you to every corner of the vast and beautiful land of Hyrule. First, the music is a brilliant execution of what I consider to be a perfect medley: It has a proper introduction and closure, the correct choice of the most important themes from the soundtrack, the right amount of time for each one, and smooth and seamless transitions between each melody. It features an astonishing display of technique and mastery, especially of such a complex and versatile instrument like the piano. The emotion and intensity put into each part of the medley are breathtaking.
Visually, it is produced professionally. Not only because of the video quality, but also because of the scenery and camera angles. It was mostly recorded inside the Christ Church Cathedral of Montreal, which not only provided a visually enchanting background with all the ornaments and the stained glass windows (I have always loved the architecture and decoration of churches), but also churches provide amazing acoustics due to their structure. The rest of the scenes were filmed in forest or garden areas which give off that sense of peace and exploration, which are very fitting for a Zelda medley and also provide some really beautiful nature shots.
What I like the most about the visuals are the different angles in which the performer is recorded. They allow us to see the hands, technique, posture, and expression of Laurence; who may I add, appears in the whole video wearing a beautifully crafted Zelda cosplay, faithful to the smallest detail to her A Link to the Past incarnation — which I must say is, of course, my favorite.
Simply beautiful and brilliant, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did and check out the rest of her Zelda (and other game) covers. And as for Laurence, thank you so much for sharing your work with us. I hope to see more like this in the future!