Live at El Morro, Puerto Rico

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Live at El Morro, Puerto Rico
Cover of "Yanni-Live at El Morro Puerto Rico (CD DVD Digipack)".jpg
Live album & Concert film by Yanni
Released April 17, 2012
Genre Contemporary instrumental
Easy listening
Adult contemporary
Length 49:59 (CD)
61:07 (DVD)
Label Yanni/Wake Entertainment under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment
Producer Yanni
Ric Wake
Yanni chronology
Truth of Touch
(2011)Truth of Touch2011
Live at El Morro, Puerto Rico
(2012)
Playlist: The Very Best of Yanni
(2013)Playlist: The Very Best of Yanni2013
Live at El Morro, Puerto Rico
Special concert by Yanni
Venue Castillo San Felipe del Morro
Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
Date(s) December 16 & 17, 2011
No. of shows 2
Attendance 7,500 per show
15,000 total
Box office $1.5 million
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

Live at El Morro, Puerto Rico is the sixth live album by Yanni, released on the Yanni/Wake label in 2012. The two concerts were performed outdoors on the grounds of El Morro castle in San Juan, Puerto Rico in December 2011.

The CD peaked at #1 on Billboard's New Age Album list in both 2012 and 2013.

Background[edit]

Live at El Morro, Puerto Rico was recorded and filmed during two sold-out concerts performed outdoors on December 16 and 17, 2011, on the grounds of the Castillo San Felipe del Morro ("El Morro"), a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Old San Juan.[2][3] Yanni had reportedly planned for twenty years to perform at the historic site.[2]

Yanni explained that two concerts were planned, for Friday and Saturday night, with the ensuing Sunday being a contingent rain day.[4] It reportedly rained for 25 days in a row preceding the first night's concert on Friday,[4] and the first concert itself was interrupted and eventually cut short three-quarters of the way through, by rain and wind causing danger for the outdoor performance.[2][5]

The evening of the second show, Saturday, the weather was better and the show was completed as planned.[2][5] Yanni said that 35 cameras, and three live camera operators, were able to capture the show.[4] Departing the island on Sunday, the planned rain day, Yanni noted that it was raining and he could not have carried out a make-up concert then.[4]

Yanni later remarked that "the weather became part of the show,"[2] but that it was the first time in his thirty-year career that a concert had been stopped.[4] To individuals affected by the Friday evening concert that was cut short, the concert's production, José Dueño Entertainment, offered rain checks on tickets towards the next Yanni concert in Puerto Rico or any other José Dueño Entertainment production, and a certificate valid towards receiving the concert DVD.[6]

The concerts involved sale of over 10,000 tickets, and cost $3 million to put on.[7]

The concerts were the subject of special broadcasts on PBS beginning in March 2012,[8] the video having been recorded in high definition.[2] The production was Yanni's tenth collaboration with PBS.[2]

The Live at El Morro, Puerto Rico CD peaked as Billboard's #1 New Age Album (2012 and 2013),[9] at #109 on the Billboard 200 (2012),[9] and debuted at #52 on the Canadian Albums Chart.[10]

Album track listing[edit]

CD:[11][12]

No. Title Length
1. "Truth of Touch" 4:23
2. "Vertigo" 4:21
3. "The End of August" 5:07
4. "The Rain Must Fall" 8:11
5. "Felitsa" 4:43
6. "Voyage" 4:13
7. "Nightingale" (includes vocal by Lauren Jelencovich) 5:17
8. "Ode to Humanity" (includes vocals by Lauren Jelencovich and Lisa Lavie) 4:05
9. "Niki Nana" (includes vocals by Lisa Lavie and Lauren Jelencovich) 7:49
10. "One Man's Dream" 3:09

DVD track listing[edit]

Video DVD:[11][12]

No. Title Length
1. "Truth of Touch" 4:31
2. "Vertigo" 5:33
3. "The End of August" 5:13
4. "The Rain Must Fall" 8:34
5. "Felitsa" 4:45
6. "Voyage" 4:52
7. "Nightingale" (includes vocal by Lauren Jelencovich) 5:51
8. "Harp Solo" (harpist: Victor Espinola) 2:40
9. "Ode to Humanity" (includes vocals by Lauren Jelencovich and Lisa Lavie) 4:33
10. "Niki Nana" (includes vocals by Lisa Lavie and Lauren Jelencovich) 8:50
11. "One Man's Dream" 3:23

DVD Extras:

  • Yanni in Puerto Rico
  • Making of the Show

Musicians and vocalists[edit]

The grounds of El Morro, looking north. Yanni's concerts took place on a temporarily erected stage and grandstands, erected the month after this photo was taken, on the grass area overlooking the western cliffs on the left. The main structure of the fort is atop the hill.

Musicians: (alphabetically)[12]

Vocalists: (alphabetically)[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ AllMusic
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Yanni: Live At El Morro" (WebCite archive), KPBS, June 4, 2012.
  3. ^ "Yanni to play at CMAC in June" (WebCite archive), Finger Lakes Times, December 12, 2011.
  4. ^ a b c d e Moser, John L. (interviewer), "Yanni speaks: World music icon talks about influences, the foibles of fame, and his future" (WebCite archive), The Morning Call's "Lehigh Valley Music," June 22, 2012.
  5. ^ a b Scully, Alan, "New Age artist has surprises in store" (WebCite archive), The Virginian-Pilot on HamptonRoads.com, June 5, 2012.
  6. ^ "Nueva oportunidad para ver a Yanni" (New opportunity to see Yanni) (WebCite archive), El Nuevo Día, January 25, 2012.
  7. ^ "Ventas millonarias para conciertos de Yanni en El Morro" (Million-selling Yanni concert at El Morro) (WebCite archive), PrimeraHora, December 16, 2011.
  8. ^ "PBS Specials | Yanni: Live at El Morro | Preview" (WebCite archive), "Airing March 2012," pbs.org. ● Kaczmarczyk, Jeffrey, "Yanni, well-traveled New Age artist, ...'" (WebCite archive), MLive (Michigan), Booth Newspapers, May 1, 2012.
  9. ^ a b "Yanni / Live at El Morro, Puerto Rico", Allmusic "awards" tab (WebCite archives of 2012-06-20 and 2013-05-19).
  10. ^ Nielsen SoundScan Charts / ALBUMS : Top 100 / for the week ending 27 June 2012" (WebCite archive of 2012-06-28), Nielsen SoundScan on canoe.ca.
  11. ^ a b "Yanni: Live in el Morro Puerto Rico (CD/DVD)", Allmusic "overview" tab, (WebCite archive).
  12. ^ a b c d CD/DVD digipack liner credits, SKU 886919528527. ● Also "Yanni Live at El Morro, Puerto Rico | Credits" (WebCite archive), Allmusic, AMG PopID R2422046, release date March 27, 2012.

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