quarta-feira, 4 de maio de 2011

Liberace - Sixteen Great Performances (16 Grandes Sucessos)

  1. Two For The Road
  2. A Man Without Love (Quando M'Innamoro)
  3. The Look Of Love
  4. Spanish Eyes
  5. Easy To Love
  6. Love Is A Many Splendored Thing
  7. People
  8. Love Is Blue
  9. Somewhere My Love
  10. Yesterday
  11. All The Things You Are
  12. A Taste Of Honey
  13. Live For Life
  14. Sunrise, Sunset
  15. It Was A Very Good Year
  16. I'm In The Mood For Love
Great Performances
Você está em Las Vegas no elegante Salão Versailles do Hotel Riviera, ansiosamente esperando que apareça um dos homens de espetáculos mais conhecidos de todo o mundo. As cortinas se abrem. Entra deslizando um enorme bolo enfeitado. Com uma acegante explosão de lantejoulas vermelhas e fumaça o bolo se parte para revelar o único e singularíssimo...LIBERACE!

Um divertimento para os entertainers, Liberace adora planejar shows. Ele acredita em estilo e boa apresentação e já regulou o passo com as espetaculares extravagâncias do rock de hoje. Em suas palavras "Eu me considero um entertainer. Quando me apresento, não toco apenas. Gosto de fazer o público se divertir". E divertimento certamente é o que LIBERACE trouxe a incontáveis milhões de pessoas. Muito antes que fans femininas suspirassem por Elvis Presley já havia as que murmuravam deliciadas com o sorriso famoso de Liberace.

Mas suas apresentações espetaculares, seus ternos de $10.000 dólares com aplicações de diamantes, abotoaduras em forma de piano e sua atraente personalidade não completam uma definição do que é ser Liberace. Na realidade ele é um pianista fenomenal, que toca tudo, desde Chopin até Gershwin, Bacharach e Mancini, com um estilo e graça próprios dos mestres consagrados.

Walter Valentino Liberace fez seu concerto de estréia no Wisconsin em 1930. Ele tinha 11 anos. Encorajado por seu pai, que tocava piston, e por sua mãe que adorava música, Liberace cresceu para tornar-se o primeiro concertista de piano que lotaria o Madison Square Garden em Manhattan. Com um repertório exclusivo e original paradoxalmente combinando clássicos com pop, Liberace trouxe nova expressão e vida à música clássica na América e por todo o mundo. Desde Liszt a "The Birth Of The Blues", da "Polonaise" de Chopin à esfusiante "Beer Barrel Polka", sua música cobre todo o espectro de estilos e gostos.

Aqui, com "16 Grandes Sucessos", encontramos Liberace numa veia romântica: o mestre da interpretação musical usa seu talento criativo excepcional para dar-nos algumas das mais conhecidas melodias românticas. O sucesso de de Bacharach/David - "The Look Of Love", de Lennon & McCartney - "Yesterday", de Cole Porter - "Easy To Love" e de Bert Kaempfert - "Spanish Eyes". Estão também incluídos temas de filmes famosos como "Two For The Road" de Henry Mancini e o ultra-popular tema de Dr. Jivago "Somewhere My Love".

Seja tocando Cole Porter ou os Beatles, sua incrível virtuosidade de interpretação e comunicatividade continua a agradar às audiências por toda a parte. Seus extraordinários talentos musicais, combinados com sua presença no palco, cheia de terno e confiante humorismo, fizeram com que ele ganhasse o título vitalício de Mr. Show-Man. Tendo trazido alegria aos amantes da música por mais de três décadas, Liberace hoje coloca-se entre os mais perfeitos executantes da época.

Eis então aqui, com alguns dos maiores sucessos da música romântica de hoje e de ontem - o maior mestre do mundo dos "Golden 88's" - o próprio LIBERACE!

(Extraído das notas originais do LP)


Liberace (born Wladziu Valentino Liberace) was the most flamboyant, popular easy listening pianist of the '60s and '70s by a wide margin. His campy, theatrical appearance and performances often disguised his prodigious talent.

Liberace was a child prodigy born to a musical family. His father, Salvatore, played French horn in John Philip Sousa's Concert Band, as well as the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Instead of following in his father's footsteps and playing horn, Wladziu Liberace decided to play piano instead. Liberace was exceptionally gifted at piano, earning strong words of praise from Ignace Paderewski, which helped him land a scholarship at the Wisconsin College of Music at the age of seven; he retained his scholarship for 17 years, the longest period of time in the history of the academy. When he was 11, he debuted as a concert soloist. When he was in his teens, he was performing with symphony orchestras.

Instead of following the accepted path of classical recitals and university courses, Liberace chose to be a showman. At encores at his concerts, he began playing novelty songs like "Mairzy Doats." To ensure that he had widespread appeal as an entertainer, he took elocution lessons in order to mask his Polish accent.

During World War II, Liberace performed in a variety of overseas entertainment units. When he came back to America, he began performing in clubs, playing and singing with dance bands. While he was on the club circuit, he began performing under the sole name of Liberace.

In 1940, he moved to New York City, where he became a fixture on the club circuits. However, his stint in New York wasn't particularly successful, as the Musicians Union banned the pianist after he began playing counterpoints to certain records played over the club's sound system. Undaunted, Liberace moved to California. While he was playing at a local hotel, he was spotted by Decca Record executives who offered him a contract. Decca attempted to make Liberace into a big-band leader, but it was unsuccessful. In the late '40s, he signed with Columbia Records and, under the direction of producer Mitch Miller, recorded an over-the-top rendition of "September Song." Along with a live concert album, the single helped bring Liberace to a national audience.

Liberace became a star in the '50s, both through his records and assorted television and film appearances. His appearance and repertoire were becoming increasingly campy, as he dressed himself in rhinestone, gold lame, furs, and sequins while playing everything from Gershwin and show tunes to lounge jazz and light classical pieces, with a candelabra placed on his piano. Liberace's star rose rapidly in the early '50s, as he had his own television show, appropriately titled The Liberace Show. His celebrity reached a peak in the mid-'50s. Not only did he star in the 1955 film Sincerely Yours, a movie about a deaf concert pianist, but he was mentioned in "Mr. Sandman" by the Chordettes and he published his own cookbook. In 1956, Liberace celebrated his 25 years in show business with an extravagant concert at the Hollywood Bowl. That same year, he made some headway in the U.K. market, playing three Royal Command Performances.

Though it was a heady time for the pianist, 1956 was also the year that his star began to dim somewhat. Cassandra, a columnist for the English tabloid The Daily Mirror, inferred that Liberace was homosexual. He sued the paper and won, yet he still made an effort to tone down his appearance. However, the public didn't want a subdued Liberace, and he reverted to his kitschy showmanship in the early '60s.

Liberace didn't have any more pop hits in the '60s,'70s, and '80s, yet he continued to sell out concerts around the world and sell a number of records, even though he never earned the favor of the critics. In 1982, a former chauffeur and bodyguard sued the pianist for palimony; the case was settled out of court. Liberace remained a celebrity and a popular performer until his death in 1987. 

(by Stephen Thomas Erlewine from allmusic.com)


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