Live at the Acropolis

Live at the Acropolis

by YanniYanni


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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 make. 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/15/2012
Label: K2 Hd
UPC: 0886979785625
catalogNumber: 7856
Rank: 87117


  1. Santorini
  2. Keys To Imagination
  3. Until the Last Moment
  4. The Rain Must Fall
  5. Acroyali/Standing In Motion
  6. One Man's Dream
  7. Within Attraction
  8. Nostalgia
  9. Swept Away
  10. Reflections of Passion
  11. Aria

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Yanni   Primary Artist
Karen Briggs   Violin,Vocals
Charlie Adams   Drums
Michael Bruno   Percussion
Ric Fierabracci   Bass
Julie Homi   Keyboards
Bradley Joseph   Keyboards
Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Sherdad Rohani   Conductor,Vocals

Technical Credits

Yanni   Composer,Engineer,Liner Notes
Andy Rose   Engineer
Norman Moore   Art Direction
Jeffrey Silverman   Orchestration
Sherdad Rohani   Orchestration
John Rinehimer   Orchestration

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