The first project Vangelis worked on when he signed with record label Sony was a reworking of his 1993 concert Mythodia (the Greek spelling leaves some room for interpretation in English spelling), this time enhanced to use a full blown symphonic orchestra, in addition to the harpists, giant choir, timpanists and 2 sopranos. So now, even before the album has been released Greece has seen been shaken by this historic event. Initial local hesitations over the high budget and use of an archaeological site where quickly forgotten when both audience and press hailed the concert as an artistic masterpiece as well as a wonderful promotion of Greece to the outside world.
The Mythodea DVD (and VHS) release was the first time a Vangelis live event was made into a consumer release. The concert is beautifully filmed, and the concert is interesting, both as reminder of the event and as an experience on its own. Sadly, the sound of the concert (which in reality was almost entirely an authentic live performance) was replaced by the studio recording that we know from the CD, probably because Sony intended the TV broadcasts as promotion to sell the album. The only exception is the "Chariots Of Fire" performance at the end, which indeed uses the sound as recorded on the event. "The Conquest of Paradise" and the reprise of Mythodea's last two movements were omitted. The concert begins with a short introduction by NASA's Scott Bolton. The DVD's extra's involve the video clip for Mythodea's "Special Edit" and a "Making Of featurette" which includes interview snippets and behind the scenes footage.
During Vangelis' stay in the US he unexpectedly gave a concert at the Royce Hall on Los Angeles' University campus. He set up his synths so he could single-handedly play live versions (in new improvised versions) of his famous works and improvise some new material. Sometimes the sound was a bit dry compared to his albums, because of the solo nature of his performance, but it certainly gave a special feeling to the proceedings. Vangelis' talent to variate on his melodies in unexpected fashion was displayed here in full glory. 2b1af7f3a8