CD Duration: 56.44 / Year: 2015
2015 release at the new Yamaha Clavinova CVP-609 and Yamaha EL-700, with Gareth Thompson on drums. The arrangements on this CD are largely taken from a show Michael co-produced called "Liberace Live from Las Vegas" where he recreated the arrangements of flamboyant showman Liberace’s famous recordings.
A Mexican Fiesta Medley: Espana / Spanish Eyes / La Paloma / The Mexican Hat Dance
Change Partners *
The Beer Barrel Polka
Classical Favourites: Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 / Autumn Concerto / Fantaisie Impromptu / Laura / The Dream of Olwen / The Warsaw Concerto
The Way We Were *
The Genius of Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue / Embraceable You / Swanee / The Man I Love / Liza / Fascinating Rhythm / I Got Rhythm / Rhapsody in Blue
Mr. Sandman *
Piano Magic featuring Michael Wooldridge playing the fabulous new Yamaha Clavinova CVP-609 Digital Piano accompanied by his Yamaha Electone EL-700 Digital Orchestral Organ and Gareth Thompson on drums. Many items are from the tour Michael Co-Produced with That's Entertainment Productions of Liberace Live from Las Vegas! featuring the UKs number one piano entertainer Bobby Crush in the lead role. Other tracks are popular favourites from Michael's concert programmes.
This CD was recorded in two stages, the first being for Michael and Gareth to record the orchestral backings using the EL-700 and drums. Then Michael played the piano features over the top of these backings. Michael recorded four selected tracks solo on the CVP-609* only, played using the Clavinova's rhythmic accompaniment styles to provide the backings, just as he does when playing this instrument live in concert. The final result of all tracks combined is a thrilling mix of piano magic!