Highlights from the Carnegie Hall Concerts

Highlights from the Carnegie Hall Concerts

by Liza MinnelliLiza Minnelli


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Having set a record by selling out 11 concerts at Carnegie Hall in 1979, Liza Minnelli bettered her own mark when she spent three weeks at the prestigious venue in 1987. Though Minnelli was successful on Broadway and in the movies (and even recorded the occasional album), the core of her career was always her stage act, written for her by Fred Ebb and continually updated. By 1987, the 41-year-old singer had committed several versions of her one-woman show to record already, but this one turned out to be nearly definitive. Performing before a full orchestra, she mixed vintage standards with theater songs of her own era including, of course, the songwriting team that penned so many of her signature songs, John Kander and Ebb. And she even found places for such contemporary pop tunes as "I Can See Clearly Now" and "Somewhere out There." The best part of the show was the extended medley of Kander and Ebb songs that came at the end and ran nearly 29 minutes, including the Cabaret songs "Money, Money," "Mein Herr," "Maybe This Time," and the title song, and concluding inevitably with the theme from the film New York, New York. The result was a concert -- and a recording -- that summed up Minnelli's career brilliantly. Telarc's all-digital 83-minute recording of the complete show was planned more for the LP era than the emerging CD one, coming in at just over the maximum length of a single CD. So, the label also issued this single "highlights" disc that trimmed the show by 18 minutes, deleting nine songs in the process and re-sequencing the remaining ones. The result was a somewhat more cut-and-dried recording and one that was even more dominated by the Kander and Ebb medley, which now took up nearly half the running time.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/13/1989
Label: Telarc
UPC: 0089408550522
catalogNumber: 85505
Rank: 118447

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Liza Minnelli   Primary Artist,Vocals
Dave Stahl   Trumpet
Dave Carey   Percussion
Robert Fuchs   Violin
Dennis Anderson   Reeds
Abe Appleman   Violin
Danny Cahn   Trumpet
Glenn Drewes   Trumpet
Lawrence Feldman   Reeds
Gerald Tarack   Violin,Concert Master
Fred Griffen   Horn
Cecilia Hobbs   Violin
Karen Karlsrud   Violin
Russ Kassoff   Piano
Robert Lawrence   Violin
Gerry Niewood   Reeds
Susan Poliacik   Cello
Danny Seidenberg   Viola
Clinton Sharman   Trombone
Richard Spencer   Viola
Jeffrey Szabo   Cello
Ed Xiques   Reeds
Michael Comins   Violin
Frank Perowsky   Reeds
Barbara Randall   Violin
Rose Tillotson   Viola
Narcisco Figueroa   Violin
Patmore Lewis   Violin
Farhad Behroozi   Violin
Browning Cramer   Violin
Ellen Zoe Hassman   Cello
Bob Livingood   Trumpet
Lutz Rath   Cello
Max Tarr   Violin
David Tobey   Violin
Jennie Hansen   Viola
Peter Gordon   Horn
Alice Poulson   Violin
Richard Sarpola   Bass
Sally Foster   Harp
Bill Hayes   Percussion

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Stephen Sondheim   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Ralph Burns   Orchestration
Barry Mann   Composer
Marvin Hamlisch   Arranger,Orchestration
Jerry Herman   Composer
James Horner   Composer
John Kander   Composer
Michael Abene   Orchestration
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Dick Hazard   Orchestration
Bill Lavorgna   Music Direction
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Walter Levinsky   Orchestration
Larry Marks   Producer
Johnny Nash   Composer
Jack Renner   Engineer
Jule Styne   Composer
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Robert Woods   Producer,Executive Producer
Torrie Zito   Orchestration
Harvey Schmidt   Composer
Martha Swope   Cover Photo
Ray Kirschensteiner   Art Direction
Fred Ebb   Composer,Writer,Liner Notes
Fred Werner   Orchestration
Kathleen Turner   Liner Notes
Allen Cohen   Liner Notes

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