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Highlights from the Carnegie Hall Concerts

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/13/1989
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408550522
  • Catalog Number: 85505
  • Sales rank: 266,181

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
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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