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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
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.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/11/2005
  • Label: Rca Victor
  • UPC: 828767169828
  • Catalog Number: 71698
  • Sales rank: 22,862

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Santorini (6:57)
  2. 2 Keys to Imagination (7:34)
  3. 3 Until the Last Moment (6:37)
  4. 4 The Rain Must Fall (7:24)
  5. 5 Acroyali/Standing in Motion [Medley] (8:50)
  6. 6 One Man's Dream (3:35)
  7. 7 Within Attraction (7:46)
  8. 8 Nostalgia (5:46)
  9. 9 Swept Away (9:21)
  10. 10 Reflections of Passion (5:01)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Santorini
  2. 2 Until the Last Moment
  3. 3 Keys to Imagination
  4. 4 The Rain Must Fall
  5. 5 Felitsa
  6. 6 Within Attraction
  7. 7 One Man's Dream
  8. 8 Marching Season
  9. 9 Nostalgia
  10. 10 Acroyali/Standing in Motion
  11. 11 Aria
  12. 12 Reflections of Passion
  13. 13 Swept Away
  14. 14 The End of August
  15. 15 Backstage Interviews with Yanni and Members of His Band
  16. 16 Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Footage
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Yanni Primary Artist
Shardad Rohani Violin, Conductor
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Karen Briggs Violin
Michael Bruno Percussion
Ric Fierabracci Bass
Julie Homi Keyboards
Bradley Joseph Keyboards
Technical Credits
Shardad Rohani Arranger, Orchestration, Duet
Yanni Composer, Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Karen Briggs Duet
John Dillberto Liner Notes
Andy Rose Engineer
Norman Moore Art Direction
Chris Bellman Mastering
Richard Boukas Arranger
Jeffrey Mark Silverman Orchestration
Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Must Have For Your Collection

    I've been a Yanni fan for many years and did find him for the first time on PBS. His music is unlike any I had ever heard and his Live At The Acropolis is a must have for any Yanni collection. His lead violinist for this concert, and Tribute, is Karen Briggs, an accomplished musician who often steals the spotlight, which Yanni himself applauds. From his official website, easily found thru Google, I noticed an update where he has recently teamed with an Oscar/Grammy award winning record producer to take his music into a whole new realm. After seeing a short video with samples of their new music, I can't wait to see their new projects on the market. But like I said, Live At The Acropolis is a must have for your collection, my favorite of them all. :-"

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