Yanni: Live at El Morro, Puerto Rico Import
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Digipak. Deluxe CD/DVD edition includes bonus DVD. Live at El Morro, Puerto Rico was recorded and filmed during Yanni's two concerts there in December 2011. The first artist to ever perform at this UNESCO Heritage Site, Yanni fulfillea 20 year dream to play at the beautiful and historic 16th -century Castillo San Felipe Del Morro in San Juan-a spectacular setting for this live concert. For two sold-out audiences,Yanni and his world-renowned orchestra performed an inspired set of favorites from throughout his career including "Felista," "Voyage," "Nightingale," "The End of August," and more.
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le DVD je me voyais au premier rang à El Morro(c'était un rêve) mais j'y croyais.
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Yanni-Live at El Morro, Puerto Rico turned out to be an intensely glorious concert event for fans of the international concert artist Yanni, and his sensational orchestra, who are unquestionably, a quality group of the best artists worldwide. If you have ever had an opportunity to attend a live Yanni concert firsthand, or have watched a televised live PBS concert, then you know each and every concert performance is special, regardless of the venue or historical significance. For over 30 years, Yanni has made his presence known as a leading international concert artist with around one billion admirers. A single concert event, Yanni Live at the Acropolis is the top fundraising program for PBS, which had an astounding 500 million television viewers from 65 countries. The Taj Mahal in India and The Forbidden City in China concert are more examples where PBS viewership reached a television audience of 250 million people.
One might consider Yanni a professional music entertainer, which is true, but only half of the story. There is intensity about Yanni that is profound. One can sense his genuine love of music, and the passion in which he brings inspiration to an audience every time. There is no doubt Yanni and his orchestra love to provide the concert of a lifetime for an audience, regardless of the concert location, or a venue's historical significance.
Solos by the best artists worldwide are a central attraction during the Yanni-Live at El Morro concert, and every concert performance. It is hard to find the right words to express the quality with each vocalist, and the orchestra. Using adjectives like sensational and spectacular only partly define the superior excellence of the entire orchestra. Every member in Yanni's world-class orchestra give a performance that can only be described as stunning!
Yanni-Live at El Morro concert opens with two songs from Yanni's newest album, Truth Of Touch (title song), then a boldly intense song from Truth Of Touch called Vertigo, with duel improvisational solos by Yanni and keyboardist Ming Freeman. Next song on the concert set list is The End Of August, a fan favorite piano and violin piece featuring Samvel Yervinyan and complete orchestral back up. The beautiful violin solo by Samvel Yervinyan is deeply moving, like the touching song that seems to hold new meaning, The Rain Must Fall. Yanni's wonderful piano performance precedes a dynamic bass guitar solo by Gabriel Vivas, and breathtaking violin solo by Mary Simpson.
Felitsa is the song Yanni composed, and dedicated to his Mother Felitsa Chryssomallis. By design in composition, Felitsa is a poignant song with verses of piano and violin duet backed by full orchestra. It is a wonderful arrangement many recognize within the first few notes. The bold refrains of Voyage mark the return of another song from Truth Of Touch, which has stayed in the Top 10 Billboard Chart since released in 2011. Composed for the Hidden City concert in China, vocalist Lauren Jelencovich gives a stunning performance in Nightingale, in time with impromptu solos from orchestra members. Backed by keyboardist Ming Freeman, along with percussionists Yoel Del Sol and Charles Adams, harpist Victor Espinola gives the instrument with origins dating back to 500 BC, a contemporary makeover by his fiery playing technique during Harp Solo.
Vocalists Lisa Lavie and Lauren Jelencovich amaze the audience with their duet and solo talents in Ode to Humanity, and during up-tempo, contemporary song Niki Nana, featuring brass specialists Dana Teboe on trombone and Jason Carder on trumpet. After a standing ovation, Yanni addresses the audience with a heartfelt narrative of the ongoing challenges facing humanity prior to the concluding, full orchestral song, One Man's Dream.
It's clear the Yanni team demonstrate once again they are prepared to "take the world by storm" and be victorious. Leave the firework display up to concert attendees who enthusiastically brightened up the nighttime sky by showing their admiration for music celebrity Yanni, and his select team of music professionals. The extraordinary live concert show at El Morro that almost never was to exist is soon to be available on CD and DVD for 2012. Review from NewAgeMusicWorld.com.
Struggling with the unknown elements of the weather, which is clearly evident via the DVD presentation, Yanni begins the show boldly by presenting his audience with the gorgeous title track from his last studio album Truth Of Touch. He then double dares himself by jumping right into the more aggressive "Vertigo" also from his brand new album. Talking charge on the keyboards, Yanni does not hesitate to allow fellow keyboard player Ming Freeman to spotlight later into the song, supplemented by the pounding drums of Adams.
While there are only ten tracks on the cd live performance, Yanni chooses wisely by also sharing two live renditions of older songs for the first time. The first obvious one is "Nightingale" taken from the Tribute album with a simply sublime vocal performance from Lauren Jelencovich. She continues her magnificent vocal performance courtesy of "Ode To Humanity" (previously titled "Aria" that received significant exposure on the British Airways advertisement). This time around Lauren is given some vocal assistance from Lisa Lavie, as well as allowing the horn section the opportunity to warm up. Then we are introduced to the first committed to tape live rendition of "Niki Nana (We're One)" from the album of the same title, by which time Yanni and the band are for the lack of a better phrase a unified jam band. With Yanni being the bandleader, the horn section comes close to something that you would expect from Chicago. Meanwhile, the soulful wailing vocal rendition from Lisa Lavie is a blast as is Freeman's solo on the organ. If you want to fully enjoy this performance check out the visual rendition on the DVD as the energy level is nothing short of full throttle leaning more towards an R&B band. While speaking of the DVD, check out the "Harp Solo" from Victor Espinola or perhaps we should just call him harp extraordinaire as he plays his harp like a guitar. You have to see it to believe it.
In between the live recordings from Yanni's brand new album and the older classics being committed to tape for the first time, he still wisely revisits his cornerstone songs such as "The Rain Must Fall", "Felitsa" and "The End Of August". And while Yanni does not hesitate to surround himself with a first class band, it is still the mesmerizing melodies of Yanni's music that is the focal point. Clearly his recent studio explorations have translated to amped up live performances making Live At El Morro, Puerto Rico very clear and compelling evidence that actually seeing Yanni live should be on your very short list.
The picture and sound are amazing on this release. We put this on often. I have been wanting to hear the newest songs done live and this release does not dissapoint. If you enjoy Yanni's music, you will enjoy this show.
The audio mix is as good as any I have heard before, even the LIVE blu-ray. But isn't that sound quality a little TOO good? It sounds a lot like a 'studio' recording to me. The rarity of shots of musician's finger action on their instruments, combined with the out-of-sync A-V shots that WERE visible, makes the sound mix rather suspect. The clincher is the vocal chorus(!) on Ode to Humanity; was that the audience singing along?? I don't think so! Taped? Overdubbed? Punch-ins? I hope not, but I don't have any other explaination that fits.
Only 11 selections from the concert are on this DVD. Perhaps that's all they were able to get on tape due to the poor weather and the resulting single interrupted performance.
I wish that Yanni would draw from his many, many past compositions and produce concert disks with only "not-on-concert-disc-before" selections. Although this DVD has less repeats than usual, there are still a few that are already on previous concert discs.
The Puerto Rico "Special" is really a travel promo. It isn't too bad, at least it is short and heartfelt. He's been coming there for leisure for 25 years!? But there are just too many glamour shots of El Morro and golf courses, and not enough of the island's other attractions. (does he play golf??)
These are mostly minor quibbles. This DVD is highly recommended above the other Yanni DVDs except the blu-ray version of Yanni-Live (Las Vegas). And it looks like you will soon (Nov. 2012) be able to get this DVD in blu-ray too.