Yanni - Live at the Acropolis

Performers Yanni

Private Music | October 4, 2005 | Compact Disc

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It's no surprise that Yanni is most identified with this amazingly powerful experience (also presented as one of PBS' most popular concerts ever), because it seems like the musical project he was most destined to perform. After making millions stateside, he returns to the historic, ancient Acropolis of his Greek homeland to share his sweeping music with his countrymen. One of the most impressive aspects of Yanni in this live setting is the way his beautiful piano passages blend with the occasional boom of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by Shardad Rohani). Whereas it's easy to complain that his studio recordings are overly reliant on synthesized strings, here it's the real deal. "Santorini" epitomizes the musical balance, opening with several minutes of percussive string fanfare, then allowing Yanni to be simply expressive on the acoustic piano as the orchestra tones down and provides a caress of accompaniment. "Until the Last Moment" flows along tenderly with the same effect. Even songs like "Keys to the Imagination," which are played on synth, are taken to more emotional levels with the dramatic swells of the orchestra. The concert features its share of familiar tunes ("Swept Away," "Reflections of Passion"), but surprises in spots with more drawn out, thoughtful dishes of exotica like "Acroval/Standing in Motion," which begins with atmosphere and chime effects, then evolves into an adventurous orchestral and synth explosion more ambitious than anything Yanni has attempted on his studio recordings. The sticker on the original disc release also informs listeners that it's recorded in 48-track digital sound. The same sticker calls it the event of a lifetime. It's an amazing concert, but more the core event of Yanni's life and career than anyone listening to this recording. [This CD/DVD edition features interviews, behind the scenes footage and four bonus tracks on the DVD side.] ~ Jonathan Widran

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: October 4, 2005

Genre: Keyboard/Synthesizer

Style: New Age

Number of Discs: 2

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Live

Originally Released: 1994

Label Name: Private Music

UPC: 828767169828

Found in: Synthesizer

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Yanni - Live at the Acropolis

Yanni - Live at the Acropolis

Performers Yanni
Guest Artist(s) Karen Briggs, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Producer Yanni
Engineer Andy Rose

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: October 4, 2005

Genre: Keyboard/Synthesizer

Style: New Age

Number of Discs: 2

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Live

Originally Released: 1994

Label Name: Private Music

UPC: 828767169828


Title Track Time
1.Santorini --
2.Keys To Imagination --
3.Until The Last Moment --
4.Rain Must Fall, The --
5.Acroyali / Standing In Motion --
6.One Man's Dream --
7.Within Attraction --
8.Nostalgia --
9.Swept Away --
10.Reflections Of Passion --

Editorial Notes

It's no surprise that Yanni is most identified with this amazingly powerful experience (also presented as one of PBS' most popular concerts ever), because it seems like the musical project he was most destined to perform. After making millions stateside, he returns to the historic, ancient Acropolis of his Greek homeland to share his sweeping music with his countrymen. One of the most impressive aspects of Yanni in this live setting is the way his beautiful piano passages blend with the occasional boom of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by Shardad Rohani). Whereas it's easy to complain that his studio recordings are overly reliant on synthesized strings, here it's the real deal. "Santorini" epitomizes the musical balance, opening with several minutes of percussive string fanfare, then allowing Yanni to be simply expressive on the acoustic piano as the orchestra tones down and provides a caress of accompaniment. "Until the Last Moment" flows along tenderly with the same effect. Even songs like "Keys to the Imagination," which are played on synth, are taken to more emotional levels with the dramatic swells of the orchestra. The concert features its share of familiar tunes ("Swept Away," "Reflections of Passion"), but surprises in spots with more drawn out, thoughtful dishes of exotica like "Acroval/Standing in Motion," which begins with atmosphere and chime effects, then evolves into an adventurous orchestral and synth explosion more ambitious than anything Yanni has attempted on his studio recordings. The sticker on the original disc release also informs listeners that it's recorded in 48-track digital sound. The same sticker calls it the event of a lifetime. It's an amazing concert, but more the core event of Yanni's life and career than anyone listening to this recording. [This CD/DVD edition features interviews, behind the scenes footage and four bonus tracks on the DVD side.] ~ Jonathan Widran
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