This soundtrack holds a special place for me because it is one of the few I've run across that is solely symphonic, orchestrated music. Err... sort of. The orchestral instruments are actually sampled, rather than performed live. Although this is somewhat noticeable at times, it doesn't detract from the experience and overall is an amazing presentation of symphonic-style music.
Numerous Ys tunes are melded into just a few, longer movements, adding to the symphonic theme. The arrangement is excellent; the melodies from the game are easily recognized but are significantly improved upon. The pieces are for the most part serene and tranquil but reach climaxes that - in a word - rock. The end result is an impressively dramatic listening experience.
There's little question Ys has one of the best game soundtracks ever, and this CD does it total justice in symphonic form. Fans of Ys as well as those unfamiliar with the game should definitely experience this rendition of the classic game's music. It is absolutely one of the classic arranged game soundtracks.