This is an NGADM Round 3 review.
OK this is obviously amazing. It might be a BIT 'generic' in terms of instrumentation and mood and whatnot, but being one of the only music artists left in the competition who makes this kind of cinematic orchestral I believe it still shines over the other tracks in this round at least. I'll get the real instrument out of the way; Stephanie did an excellent job. What a great idea to get someone to play the solo string arrangement (perhaps inspired by MichaelJ and Jeremyamoto, who would've been your opponents if they didn't drop out!). 2:07 is particularly magnificent. You have a sublime texture over there that reminds me of some of Vivaldi's string arrangements. I'd say 2:07 is my favourite part of the whole track actually.
Of course, for the third time in a row, you've got incredible dynamics and mood changes. Just one little stylistic complaint; I would've liked a leitmotif in here, because without it, you make it sound too much like you're trying to create an atmosphere/mood with your instruments and not enough like you're trying to provide a structured melodic experience. That's likely personal preference though. You transition beautifully between all these different dynamics and moods, and I love how huge the dynamic range is. You can barely hear 2:38, and then at the end the song explodes in your face. Just fantastic.
Of course, the production is again, sublime. Apart from some incoherence during the solo string sections and the buildup to the climax, I have no issues with your production. Instrumentation-wise, there is also nothing to comment about which hasn't been said before in my other reviews. The brass's brilliance shines through, the strings are warm and expressive, the woodwinds are bright and exciting, and the drums sound right at home in this track and are mixed wonderfully. I really like the woodwind trills in particular over here, and while I kind of wanted to hear a legato woodwind section, I otherwise think you used your instruments extremely well. It goes without saying that they're also very high-quality samples that, unlike in MichaelJ's Round 2 submission, don't lag behind the solo strings and meld wonderfully with them!
I think the adventurous mood of the first section could've been explored a bit more. I felt like it could've lasted longer or given an encore, and the only thing that comes close is the huge buildup at the end which sounds more 'epic' than it does adventurous, making the first section feel a bit detached from everything else. This is a shame because not only does the adventurous sound fit with the theme you were aiming for, but you did an excellent job with it! In addition, I agree with johnfn that the climax sounds a bit forced into the arrangement. It's essential to end the track on such a high note, but it's mostly just blaringly loud and huge sustained notes (which have become quite a characteristic element in your climaxes haha) with little melodic value. I enjoyed the buildup and still wasn't disappointed with the climax, but something a bit more... I don't know... meaningful, I guess, would have been far more appreciated. Also, 1:02's transition is just barely abrupt.
You really impressed me with this. Shame about the climax, disjointed adventurous section and that transition, but otherwise each track of yours improves over the last. That's a healthy pace right there!