Hear The London Philharmonic Play The Theme from Modern Warfare 2

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This is pretty cool. The London Philharmonic Orchestra is preparing to launch an album of video game music—the tracklist is a good combination of classic tunes (Zelda) and unexpected hits (Angry Birds).


The project's overseers, the X5 Music Group, are currently streaming the Philharmonic's version of Hans Zimmer's theme from Modern Warfare 2, which you can listen to in the embedded track below. I've listened to a bunch of the rest of the album, the MW2 track is actually one of the weaker ones, in my opinion. (Though I think I'm on the record as not having loved that game's soundtrack). On the whole, the album is very good—great music played by one of the world's great performing ensembles. What's not to like?

The complete album list is below, and it's available for pre-order at Amazon.

Full Track List:

1. Advent Rising: Muse (Composed by Tommy Tallarico, Emmanuel Fratianni, and Laurie Robinson)
2. Legend of Zelda: Suite (Composed by Koji Kondo)
3. Call of Duty - Modern Warfare 2: Theme (Composed by Hans Zimmer)
4. Angry Birds: Main Theme (Composed by Ari Pulkkinen)
5. Final Fantasy VIII: Liberi Fatali (Composed by Nobuo Uematsu)
6. Super Mario Bros Theme (Composed by Mahito Yokota and Koji Kondo)
7. Uncharted - Drake's Fortune: Nate's Theme (Composed by Greg Edmonson)
8. Grand Theft Auto IV: Soviet Connection (Composed by Michael Hunter)
9. World of Warcraft: Seasons of War (Composed by Jason Hayes)
10. Metal Gear Solid: Sons of Liberty Theme (Composed by Harry Gregson-Williams)
11. Tetris: Theme (Composed by Alexey Pajitnov)
12. Battlefield 2: Theme (Composed by Joel Eriksson)
13. Elder Scrolls: Oblivion (Composed by Jeremy Soule)
14. Call of Duty 4 - Modern Warfare: Main Menu Theme (Composed by Stephen Barton and Harry Gregson-Williams)
15. Mass Effect: Suicide Mission (Composed by Jack Wall and Sam Hulick)
16. Splinter Cell: Conviction (Composed by Michael Nielsen, Kaveh Cohen, and Amon Tobin)
17. Final Fantasy: Main Theme (Composed by Nobuo Uematsu)
18. Bioshock: The Ocean on his Shoulders (Composed by Garry Schyman)
19. Halo 3: One Final Effort (Composed by Martin O'Donnell and Michael Salvatori)
20. Fallout 3: Theme (Composed by Inon Zur)
21. Super Mario Bros: Gusty Garden Galaxy (Composed by Koji Kondo)

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I did like the main theme of MW2 and few other tracks... well parts of them. I kinda dislike these "quiet" and "ambient" parts of soundtracks. They usualy bring nothing to me. I'm always waiting for those good melodic parts to start again.