Kakkossemin ekan biisin soittaa Metropole-orkesteri, joka on Alankomaiden yleisradion kevyen musiikin orkesteri. Sitä johti tässä orkesterin silloinen ylikapellimestari Dick Bakker, joka on tuttu Euroviisuistakin Alankomaiden vuoden 1975 viisuvoittajan Ding-a-dong
säveltäjänä sekä maan viisukapellimestarina vuosina 1996, 1997 ja 1998 (kolme viimeistä vuotta, jolloin orkesteri oli vielä käytössä viisuissa). Bakkerin elämänkerta
viisukapellimestareihin erikoistuneella sivustolla jopa mainitsee tästä Ateenassa pidetystä konsertista!
andtheconductoris.eu kirjoitti:In September 1995, Bakker and the orchestra travelled to Athens, giving a breathtaking concert of film music and works of Mikis Theodorakis in the Odeion of Herodes Atticus at the foot of the Acropolis.
“Those were two marvellous projects”, Bakker revels. “Those Paradiso concerts were considered a bridge too far by some of the musicians in my orchestra, but we went for it and received praise from the young acts we were accompanying. The concert in Athens was preceded by a tour on the island of Crete in 1994 with a programme of Demis Roussos’ songs. People there reacted enthusiastically, telling us we should try doing a show in Athens. That is how it all started. Preparing the show in Athens in ’95 cost me lots of blood, sweat, and tears. Shortly before the concert, it turned out there were budgetary problems and we nearly had to cancel the whole thing as a result. Luckily, a solution was found. Theodorakis’ music, with its complicated rhythms and changing metres, proved a tough nut to crack, but we were rewarded by a sell-out crowd and a fantastic concert with two bouzouki players and Greece’s top vocalist George Dalaras – everything in the presence of the maestro Mikis Theodorakis himself. For me, this was an unforgettable experience and probably my favourite Metropole Orchestra gig.”