Yanni
Live At The Acropolis


5.0
classic

Review

by Pistol Pete USER (28 Reviews)
April 14th, 2012 | 41 replies | 4,088 views


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: That rare moment in history where a live performance outdoes anything recorded in the studio and transcends the boundaries of simply being a collection of songs, becoming an emotional experience.

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

For anyone familiar with Yanni, it goes without question that his music has always suited the live sound as opposed to remaining in the confinements of a studio. Looking back, the Acropolis seems almost too perfect a setting for Yanni to have showcased his skill. The audience is seated in an amphitheatre outside where the sounds and melodies are allowed to echo, amplifying the musical experience. It was also the first time Yanni had played in his homeland of Greece, a heartwarming reunion with his fellow citizens. He is a legendary composer and has a gift of writing timeless progressive songs that utilize a wide array of instruments. That’s what always been impressive about this man, the variety of instruments he involves.

While it resembles the looks and sounds of a conventional orchestra, Yanni thrives on his urge to experiment and incorporate things like bass guitar grooves (see “The Rain Must Fall”) or bongo drums (see “Keys to the Imagination”). His most powerful musical weapon though, the piano, he reserves for himself. He positions his seat at the centre of everything, watching over his talented orchestra of musicians, each adept at the instrument they play. It creates an exciting atmosphere where anything within the realms of music seems possible. “Swept Away” is a song written for the sole purpose of giving each instrument its own moment, a triumphant celebration.

Most of the success of this live performance hinges on the creator himself. When you watch the actual performance, much of the time is spent zeroing in on Yanni, capturing the passion he has for his own music. You can truly tell how immersed he is, how much he feels the music as it plays along. It’s important to note that he is a self-taught composer. This music is his child, his creation. He is closer to his music than the vast majority of us could even imagine being.

To decide which moment in the album is truly the best would be impossible. Could it be the soft piano ballad in “Santorini”? Maybe when the violin goes on a complete tangent in “The Rain Must Fall” and ferociously plays into the final moments of the song? The steady progression of “Nostalgia” into a full-blown storm of trumpets is so powerful that half the crowd jumps to its feet at the ending climax for a standing ovation. Finally, the opening moments of “One Man’s Dream” are surreal. The entire orchestra and audience fall silent as Yanni delivers, quite honestly, one of the most beautiful and heartfelt piano ballads in recent musical memory. It’s absolutely gut wrenching to watch him play that piece, like he was destined to be there at that moment his whole life. It was a wonderful concert to watch, and a key moment in the man’s life and career. It’s also something I’ll never forget. Experience it too if you’d like.



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PistolPete
April 13th 2012



3460 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Sidenote...Yanni reminds me of an 80s/90s porn star. Consensus?

This album is one-of-a-kind, I absolutely love it. It was something my dad used to play for me as a kid and now it's evolved into a deep respect for him.

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Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
April 13th 2012



17328 Comments


um pos

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PistolPete
April 13th 2012



3460 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

You've heard of Yanni Hyperion? I feel like most of our parents would know him, that concert was a huge PBS event when we were younger lol

WashboardSuds
April 13th 2012



4884 Comments


I've heard a song or two by him, rather pleasant from what I remember. Nice work, btw. pos'd

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Sirob
April 13th 2012



2653 Comments


hmm yanni, my 7th grade english teacher played this every fucking day. but yeah he must be an 80's pornstar.

CaptainDooRight
April 13th 2012



26351 Comments


Nostalgia is the best song here. I've had that on my I-pod for about 6 years now and it's never coming off.

My version is the live version which is prelude and nostalgia though

good stuff

some of his older stuff is bland and kindA boring but here and there he has some really good stuff

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CaptainDooRight
April 13th 2012



26351 Comments


"Sidenote...Yanni reminds me of an 80s/90s porn star. Consensus?"

agreed he's like a skinnier version of Ron Jeremy

PistolPete
April 14th 2012



3460 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

"??? 4.6"

That's what happens when the select few ppl who have listened to it are also huge fans of him. Anyone who would consider this under that rating wouldn't prolly bother listening to it anyways. My hope is that this album gets more exposure though, it deserves it.

Thanks for the pos's btw!

EyesWideShut
April 14th 2012



3027 Comments


grew up with this on tape as a youngin' and yea Nostalgia owns too hard.

PistolPete
April 14th 2012



3460 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

"Nostalgia" is what I would like to say is my favorite song of his. But that intro to "One Man's Dream" is just...iunno gets me every time. I just youtubed that song in this performance and watching him is even more intense. Haven't watched it in ages. Those two songs change ranking all the time.

Here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBKxe81-Z3s

EyesWideShut
April 14th 2012



3027 Comments


oh yea when i saw him live around 05 or something dude was EPIC..

PistolPete
April 14th 2012



3460 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I had the pleasure of seeing him live too, he's fantastic. Was years ago though, prolly before 2000.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
April 14th 2012



7008 Comments


Yanni rules hard.

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EyesWideShut
April 14th 2012



3027 Comments


dude i swear when the heavy parts of Nostalgia kicked in everyone was "air conducting"

PistolPete
April 14th 2012



3460 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

This guy and Steven Wilson have forever changed my opinion about the piano.

lol at "air conducting"

FadedSun
April 14th 2012



1142 Comments


My brother used to have the videotape of this. We watched it so many times. Incredible performances throughout.



mastille
April 14th 2012



532 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm not in the mood for Yanni too often nowadays, gotten corrupted by all this metal stuff I'm discovering... but this album is quite surreal when I pay attention to it. Loved Keys to Imagination, One Man's Dream, that violin in The Rain Must Fall, and am liking Nostalgia more than before - I think there's a version other than this live one I preferred though.

Very well written, pos!

CaptainDooRight
April 14th 2012



26351 Comments


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uemgMa5wFzE&feature=related

can't post one man's dream without nostalgia, which came first, the dream or nostalgia, so in subsequential order i present you^

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 14th 2012



5610 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Correct rating.

This is really awesome, every musician playing in this orchestra slays.

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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
April 14th 2012



3155 Comments


Great review. Pos. I saw an excerpt of this on Youtube, I must get it, it's amazing.

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