Like you are saying nicely, "To each his own!". However, I must admit that your passion for hating Jonne Valtonen's arrangements is reaching a ridiculous level for me. No matter if VGMDB, YouTube etc., everywhere I am reading your messages full of disgust. In fact, they remind me a bit on the hilarious "review" at ZREO that magically disappeared after a few days after publication.
I don't know what you're talking about. Soundtrackcentral and Youtube (3 months ago) are the only places I've expressed my opinion on Symphonic Legends - I didn't say anything about this on VGMDB or anywhere else and I don't know about this ZREO review you speak of - you clearly have me confused with someone else.
But anyways, this is not hatred; I just failed to be impressed by it. If I don't like it, I don't like it, doesn't mean that I'm hating. And I like Valtonen. I enjoyed many of his Play! arrangements and Symphonic Fantasies but I didn't like this particular work.
I am sure that you do not care, and perhaps it does not matter anyway, but apparently Koji Kondo likes the Symphonic Poem quite a bit.
You're right, it doesn't matter, but I think that's pretty interesting nonetheless. I was wanting to know Kondo's reaction to it. Do you have a link by any chance?
But bashing Jonne Valtonen's work by saying he butchered just everything comes off ill-minded.
Well, I'm sorry you feel insulted and angry. Again, it's not for you to take personally.
Adam Corn wrote:
Well he DID arrange some of Symphonic Legends (the Star Fox and F-Zero suites). I'm a fan of Hamaguchi as well but how many 30 minute or even 20 minute suites have you heard by him?
None. But the point was I think he would've done a much better job for the reasons I gave above.
Adam Corn wrote:
And I do agree that "butchered" is a harsh term to use towards a talented musician who audibly put an immense amount of time and effort into a 36+ minute work arguably more ambitious than any arrangement in VGM to date. Of course if you feel that strongly about it there's nothing wrong with saying so, but it's likely to draw a similarly strong reaction.
I'm fine with people reacting as strongly as they are and I'm okay with being in the minority of opinion! You guys are really passionate about this and I like that.
I went ahead and re-watched the entire second half of the concert and I think the word "butchered" is quite apropos here and and I stand by that description. Of course, I know it took a lot of work to arrange and orchestrate all of that. And, being a huge fan of Zelda and its music, I appreciate that he thought well enough of the series' music to even try this, but in the end, judging purely on the finished product, it just did not come together very well at all. If anyone wants to catch feelings over that then that's on them. But I'm really glad you guys enjoyed it though.
Edit: Expanded and edited for clarity.