Final Fantasy XII Piano Collections, music by Hitoshi Sakimoto, arranged by Casey Ormond, played by Richard Yang.
The Skycity of Bhujerba is supposedly the most beautiful piece in this album, yet it is still really strange (for me anyway). It’s got a beautiful but short melodic line that reappears, but with all those weird chords in between.
Final Fantasy XII Piano Collections is not going to be everybody’s cup of tea; it’s not mine anyway. I recorded this just to complete my collection not because I particularly enjoyed these. When I did my Final Fantasy recording marathon back in December of 2020, I skipped this album for the same reason, it’s just too difficult to listen to. However, if you listened to the in-game music with the orchestral arrangement, you would appreciate that the piano arrangement is actually brilliant, which would be objectively true.
The biggest problem I have is that many correct notes sound like wrong notes, and many chords sound out of place. Funny thing is that many pieces have very great openings, like “To Be a Sky Pirate”, or “The Archadian Empire”, to trick you into playing them. But soon after the beginning things start to get really weird. Regardless, if you like FFXII, you should enjoy my performances.
Click here to go to the master index page for the Final Fantasy Piano Collections.