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1-CD mit 22-seitigem Booklet, 25 Einzeltitel, Spieldauer 60:03 Minuten. - On the fourth... more

Willy Berking: Tropical Night

1-CD mit 22-seitigem Booklet, 25 Einzeltitel, Spieldauer 60:03 Minuten. -

On the fourth CD,'Tropical Night', the focus is once again on the Willy Berking Orchestra and not so much on the individual performance of the soloists. This could only be limited in the sense that the rhythm section is particularly in demand for the titles on this CD. Berking offers Latin-American rhythms here, and since the 1920s, when, in addition to Foxtrot and Charleston, tango also came to Europe from overseas, it has been impossible to imagine light music without them. 

Samba, Beguine, Bossa Nova, Mambo - until today these terms stand for fascinating dance music. Melodic and harmonic components remain important, but the emphasis is on the unusual rhythmic structure and the ability to implement it in the editing. Arrangements by Willy Berking, Willy Ullrich, Henry Mayer and Arthur Heyme, among others, can be heard on this CD.

MICHAEL STAPPER
Espenfeld in April 1998

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Berking, Willy - Tropical Night CD 1
01 Alaska Song (Erkennungsmelodie) Willy Berking
02 A Banda Willy Berking
03 Perfidia Willy Berking
04 A Media Luz Willy Berking
05 Soul Limbo Willy Berking
06 Desafinado Willy Berking
07 Don Escamillo Willy Berking
08 Sweet Lulu Willy Berking
09 Love In Portofino Willy Berking
10 The Carioca Willy Berking
11 Kiss Of Fire Willy Berking
12 Apagame La Vela Willy Berking
13 Bongo Bolero Willy Berking
14 Teresita La Chunga Willy Berking
15 Matilda Willy Berking
16 Yira...! Yira...! Willy Berking
17 Cachita Willy Berking
18 Ole, O Cangaceiro Willy Berking
19 Adios Willy Berking
20 Al Lado Del Sol Willy Berking
21 Das ist die Liebe im vorübergeh'n Willy Berking
22 Samba De Orfeu Willy Berking
23 Rodriguez Pena Willy Berking
24 Estremadure Willy Berking
25 Samba Fantasie über Brasil (& ANGELINA MONTI) Willy Berking
  Willy Berking "Oh, what is there to report about me? I gave people a little... more
"Willy Berking"

 

Willy Berking

Willy Berking

"Oh, what is there to report about me? I gave people a little pleasure, that's all.

Willy Berking there really nothing more to say about Willy Berking? He himself has at least often enough claimed this and thus modestly eclipsed his musical successes. But the audience remembers him differently: as composers of popular hits like Barbara, Barbara, come with me to Africa or the carriage full of girls; as a cheerful pick-me-up at the'Frankfurter Wecker' and defensive star of the Hessischer Rundfunk football team; as a multi-instrumentalist and finally as the'cosy fat one' who, together with Hans-Joachim Kulenkampff, became the most successful team in German television entertainment in the 1960s.

There are worlds between Berking's self-assessment and his public image. But these are musical worlds that say far more about the composer, arranger and orchestra leader than you might think. The variety and quality of the titles contained in this edition also refute Berking's own judgement of his music and the superficial view that limits his work to the mere, albeit popular accompaniment of entertainment programmes.

When Willy Berking took over the direction of the Hessischer Rundfunk Dance Orchestra in 1946 - at that time still Radio Frankfurt - he had long since become one of the greats in German dance and popular music. His professional commitment to radio was a new beginning, but in musical terms Berking continued the work he had begun more than 15 years earlier in Berlin.

However, the starting signal for his career was not given on the Spree or on the Main, but in Düsseldorf. Berking was born here on 22 June 1910 and his musical career also began here. Instead of taking over his parents' cinematographic institution, the school-leaver decided to go to the conservatory in his home town in 1924. At the end of the 1920s Berking moved to Berlin to continue his studies in harmony, composition and piano playing. Like almost all of his generation who decide to become a musician, a solid'classical' education is a basic requirement. Only in Frankfurt am Main is it possible for a limited number of students to be taught jazz at the Hoch'schen Conservatory. Everyone else has to follow the traditional path or'further education' in dance cafés and on gramophone records.

Unfortunately, it is not known how Berking discovers his penchant for rhythmic dance music. You won't learn anything about it from him. But if you think of the Berlin of the 20s and 30s, there are many reasons why a young musician decides to play light music: Guest performances by international jazz bands, radio broadcasts and sound film music, cabaret, revue, Sportpalast. By 1930 at the latest, Berking also decided to pursue this career!

Although he completed his studies in dry harmony and composition, he had several years of practical training ahead of him. First he changes instruments and now blows the trombone. Berking then joined various dance bands and toured Scandinavia, the Benelux countries and Switzerland with them. Among his fellow musicians during this period are Franz Thon and Adalbert Luczkowski, who, like Berking, will conduct radio orchestras in the post-war period. This part of his life also becomes a success from a personal point of view. During an engagement in Zurich he falls in love with his pensioner's daughter, marries her and Hermione never leaves his side again.

Excerpt from the booklet BCD16265 - Willy Berking A Life Full of Music
Read more at: https://www.bear-family.de/berking-willy-ein-leben-voll-musik.html
Copyright © Bear Family Records

Auszug aus dem Booklet BCD16265 - Willy Berking Ein Leben voll Musik
Read more at: https://www.bear-family.de/berking-willy-ein-leben-voll-musik.html
Copyright © Bear Family Records

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Tracklist
Berking, Willy - Tropical Night CD 1
01 Alaska Song (Erkennungsmelodie)
02 A Banda
03 Perfidia
04 A Media Luz
05 Soul Limbo
06 Desafinado
07 Don Escamillo
08 Sweet Lulu
09 Love In Portofino
10 The Carioca
11 Kiss Of Fire
12 Apagame La Vela
13 Bongo Bolero
14 Teresita La Chunga
15 Matilda
16 Yira...! Yira...!
17 Cachita
18 Ole, O Cangaceiro
19 Adios
20 Al Lado Del Sol
21 Das ist die Liebe im vorübergeh'n
22 Samba De Orfeu
23 Rodriguez Pena
24 Estremadure
25 Samba Fantasie über Brasil (& ANGELINA MONTI)