This is Rick playing the piano (no synths), along with a small orchestra, and a smattering of "oos" and "ahs" from a choir. Though an interesting concept, and it has Rick's utterly perfect skill on every track, it does lack a lot of oomph at important points. The "Battle" section of "Journey" suffers markedly. It's so slight that I can't possibly see a battle taking place. The orchestra should have picked up and delivered some crashes; some percussion. Nope. Just limp.
I'm all for re-imaginings of familiar works - his "Yes Piano Variations" is probably my favorite Wakeman album of all time; but that knocked the tunes around into (as the title states) variations, and went into deconstructions and studies of the tunes. This "Live With Symphony Orchestra" album merely attempts the songs as they are, but leaves out the thunder that they've always had. If he'd brought along Tony Fernandez for some drumming, things might have been better.
If you're a big Wakeman fan, then this is a must, as it's a very different live album (and I am not regretting my purchase in the least!), but don't expect the power and punch that you expect to find in the songs listed.