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Old 06-19-2014, 12:11 PM
 
Location: southern california
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an excellent pianist
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Old 06-19-2014, 12:16 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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Liberace was a schooled and accomplished pianist. ***** as a $3 bill, but very talented and knowledgeable about music.

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Old 06-19-2014, 08:39 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Darn good piano player. I remember as a kid I would go watch him on TV when I hear about him coming on.
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Old 06-24-2014, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Local Group, Virgo SC
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He was actually a very talented pianist...child prodigy even.
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Old 06-25-2014, 04:18 PM
 
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Liberace Polonaise in A-flat major Chopin.wmv - YouTube

I had to do a bit of research on him after this thread. Found this and really enjoyed his rendition of Chopin's Polonaise. I absolutely love Chopin! If I had just two choices of music on a desert isle, it would be Chopin and Bach. A bit flamboyant but I'm sure Chopin would be proud of this performance. Frankly, I enjoyed listening to this more than some of the other renditions I've heard from other great artists. And my gosh, he is adorable introducing the piece. I can see why women swooned over him during his prime.

It's funny listening to some of the great piano artists, especially Horowitz. A musical genius but he made tons of mistakes on some recordings I've heard. The passion and soul come through though and that is what makes them so unique. I'm no musical expert but Liberace seems to have that special gift for music. Perhaps not the number one Chopin interpreter but he demonstrates his skills quite nicely and brought classical pieces, albeit a bit embellished, to the masses.

Very interesting thread. Going to have to read up more on him and try to forget what I saw in Behind the Candelabra!

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Old 06-27-2014, 08:39 PM
 
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Default he was great

I think he was amazing, just watch him play some of those classical pieces, it was effortless I am always amazed when people say he was all show or he was a third rate keyboard player.I think people who like classical music want their performers very reserved.
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Old 06-27-2014, 09:02 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Too bad Liberace wasn't a rock star.
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Old 06-27-2014, 09:04 PM
 
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Interesting subject.

Liberace movie Behind the Candelabra: Was he a good pianist? (VIDEO)
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Old 06-28-2014, 12:36 PM
 
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I think he was amazing, just watch him play some of those classical pieces, it was effortless I am always amazed when people say he was all show or he was a third rate keyboard player.I think people who like classical music want their performers very reserved.
I agree with you. I've found some, not all, classical music audiences very snobby and anything out of the norm is met with distain and criticism. I personally love opera but wow, were some of the audience members plain old nasty and cranky. I find the whole classical music elite crowd silly at times. Sadly, classical music needs a boost in the arm and greatly in need of younger fans. If Liberace inspired young musicians to take up the piano, even better. Where is our modern Liberace?

I think the path of a concert classical pianist would be very grueling. Many hours a day of practicing and true dedication. From Suburban Guy posted, it seems that he had the potential to be one of the greats. But would this suit his personality? I'm sure that any flamboyance or lack of reserve playing some of the great composers would shock more traditional audiences. Seems like he more wanted to entertain and probably had more fun than some of the great classical pianists taking the path he did.

The article also mentioned Paderewski and his showmanship (Liberace's idol). As a young pianist, I had such fun with some of his pieces. Very loud, flamboyant and fun to play!! Piano should be fun.
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Old 06-28-2014, 03:13 PM
 
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For years scores of mothers watched Liberace in performance either in person or on television and said they hoped their sons would grow up like him. An equal number of fathers prayed they would not. *LOL*

Take Liberace and say Van Cliburn. Contemporaries and both gay men their careers were vastly different. Liberace was a very good to excellent pianist but chose to use his talents towards what made him money, being Mr. Showmanship.

Mr. Cliburn was an artist in a more classical sense and probably like other more serious pianists looked down upon if not despised some of Liberace's antics as not being in tune with serious art.

However when it comes down to it who does the general public at large remember more? Probably Liberace even if is piano skills or "art" wasn't up to concert hall/classical art standards always. The man certainly made bank which is more than can be said for many pure artists.
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