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Pavarotti & Friends for the Children of Liberia

Album Summary

>Bongiovi Jr., John Francis : Let it rain
>Girls, Spice : Stop
>Warren, Diane : How do I live without you
>Falla, Manuel de : I hate you then I love you
>Wonder, Stevie : Higher Ground
>Cannio, Enrico : O surdato 'nnammurato
>Ramazzotti, Eros : Se bastasse una canzone
>Babyface : Betcha never
>Girls, Spice : Viva forever
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Nabucco
>Daniele, Pino : Napule è
>Benzi, Erick : Une place pour moi
>Curtis, Ernesto de : Non ti scordar di me
>Bernstein, Leonard : West Side Story
>Nicks, Stevie : Dreams
>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
>Wonder, Stevie : Peace wanted just to be free
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers
Notes & Reviews:

A video of this program, directed by Spike Lee and including additional songs, is available as London 074 208.

A portion of the proceeds from this recording will be donated to War Child for the construction of a children's village in Liberia.

In June 1998 Luciano Pavarotti and some of his "Friends" put on an all-star gala concert in his home town of Modena, Italy, for his War Child charity, specifically to benefit orphans of the civil war-ravaged African nation of Liberia. The resulting CD, also available on a video directed by Spike Lee, presents an international cast of pop stars joining the great kerchief-waver in a series of high-octane duets and ensembles.

It is all good fun and if, at times, a little campy, it is equally often quite exhilarating just to hear all that energy flowing on stage and through the house. It is also interesting to hear American singers like Vanessa Williams and Stevie Wonder get into some real European-style pop numbers, which have a heightened, almost operatic sense of melodrama. Rather than revealing an opera star out of his element, Pavarotti and his Friends show that there is some common ground between them after all.



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Works Details

>Bongiovi Jr., John Francis : Let it rain
  • Performers: Jon Bon Jovi (Voice); Jill Dell'Abate (Voice); Steve Gadd (Drums); Karen Kamon (Voice); Curtis King (Voice); Robbie Kondor (Keyboards); Rob Mathes (Guitar); Pino Palladino (Electric Double Bass); Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor); Vaneese Thomas (Voice)
  • Conductor: Marco Boemi
  • Ensemble: Turin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Arranged: Rob Mathes
  • Running Time: 4 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Girls, Spice : Stop
  • Performers: Spice Girls (Voice); Milton McDonald (Synthesizer)
  • Ensemble: Spice Girls
  • Notes: This selection was written in collaboration with the Spice Girls and Watkins.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Warren, Diane : How do I live without you
  • Performers: Steve Gadd (Drums); Curtis King (Voice); Robbie Kondor (Keyboards); Rob Mathes (Guitar); Pino Palladino (Electric Double Bass); Trisha Yearwood (Voice)
  • Conductor: Jose Molina
  • Ensemble: Turin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Arranged: Ron Huff
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Falla, Manuel de : I hate you then I love you
  • Performers: Celine Dion (Voice); Steve Gadd (Drums); Robbie Kondor (Keyboards); Rob Mathes (Guitar); Pino Palladino (Electric Double Bass); Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marco Boemi
  • Ensemble: Turin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Arranged: William Ross
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Wonder, Stevie : Higher Ground
  • Performers: Jill Dell'Abate (Voice); Steve Gadd (Drums); Karen Kamon (Voice); Robbie Kondor (Keyboards); Rob Mathes (Guitar); Pino Palladino (Electric Double Bass); Stevie Wonder (Voice)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Cannio, Enrico : O surdato 'nnammurato
  • Performers: The Corrs (Tenor); Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marco Boemi
  • Ensemble: Turin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Arranged: Giancarlo Chiaramello
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Ramazzotti, Eros : Se bastasse una canzone
  • Performers: Emanuela Cortese (Voice); Emanuela Cortesi (Voice); Stefano De Maco (Voice); Steve Gadd (Drums); Claudio Guidetti (Guitar); Robbie Kondor (Keyboards); Monica Magnani (Voice); Rob Mathes (Guitar); Pino Palladino (Electric Double Bass); Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor); Eros Ramazzotti (Voice); Luca Scarpa (Keyboards); Paul Warren (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Marco Boemi
  • Ensemble: Turin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Arranged: Celso Valli
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Babyface : Betcha never
  • Performers: Jill Dell'Abate (Voice); Steve Gadd (Drums); Karen Kamon (Voice); Curtis King (Voice); Robbie Kondor (Keyboards); Rob Mathes (Guitar); Pino Palladino (Electric Double Bass); Vaneese Thomas (Voice); Vanessa Williams (Voice)
  • Conductor: Jose Molina
  • Ensemble: Turin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Arranged: Rob Mathes
  • Running Time: 4 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Girls, Spice : Viva forever
  • Performers: Jill Dell'Abate (Voice); Steve Gadd (Drums); Spice Girls (Voice); Karen Kamon (Voice); Curtis King (Voice); Robbie Kondor (Keyboards); Rob Mathes (Guitar); Pino Palladino (Electric Double Bass); Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor); John Themis (Guitar); Vaneese Thomas (Voice); Zucchero (Vocals)
  • Conductor: Marco Boemi
  • Ensemble: Turin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Arranged: Adelmo Fornaciari, Luciano Luisi, and Giancarlo Chiaramello
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Nabucco :: Va, pensiero
  • Performers: Pino Daniele (Guitar); Jill Dell'Abate (Voice); Steve Gadd (Drums); Karen Kamon (Voice); Robbie Kondor (Keyboards); Pino Palladino (Electric Double Bass); Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor); Hossam Ramzy (Percussion); Zucchero (Vocals)
  • Conductor: Marco Boemi
  • Ensemble: Turin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Arranged: Michele Centonze
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1842
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Daniele, Pino : Napule è
  • Performers: Pino Daniele (Guitar); Jill Dell'Abate (Voice); Steve Gadd (Drums); Karen Kamon (Voice); Curtis King (Voice); Robbie Kondor (Keyboards); Rob Mathes (Guitar); Florent Pagny (Voice); Pino Palladino (Electric Double Bass); Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor); Hossam Ramzy (Percussion); Vaneese Thomas (Voice)
  • Conductor: Marco Boemi
  • Ensemble: The Corrs
  • Notes: Arranged: Erick Benzi
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Benzi, Erick : Une place pour moi
  • Performers: Jill Dell'Abate (Voice); Steve Gadd (Drums); Karen Kamon (Voice); Robbie Kondor (Keyboards); Florent Pagny (Voice); Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor); Vanessa Williams (Voice)
  • Conductor: Marco Boemi
  • Ensemble: Turin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Arranged: Giancarlo Ciaramello and Rob Mathes
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Curtis, Ernesto de : Non ti scordar di me
  • Performers: Natalie Cole (Voice); Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor); Vanessa Williams (Voice)
  • Conductor: Marco Boemi
  • Ensemble: Turin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Arranged: Rob Mathes
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1935
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Bernstein, Leonard : West Side Story
  • Performers: Natalie Cole (Voice); Steve Gadd (Drums); Robbie Kondor (Keyboards); Oliver Leiber (Guitar); Rob Mathes (Guitar); Pino Palladino (Electric Double Bass); Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marco Boemi
  • Ensemble: The Corrs
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1957
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Nicks, Stevie : Dreams
  • Performers: The Corrs (Keyboards); Steve Gadd (Drums); Robbie Kondor (Keyboards); Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor); Trisha Yearwood (Voice)
  • Conductor: Marco Boemi
  • Ensemble: Turin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Arranged: Giancarlo Chiaramello and Rob Mathes
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
  • Performers: Jill Dell'Abate (Voice); Steve Gadd (Drums); Karen Kamon (Voice); Curtis King (Voice); Robbie Kondor (Keyboards); Rob Mathes (Guitar); Pino Palladino (Electric Double Bass); Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor); Vaneese Thomas (Voice); Stevie Wonder (Voice); Trisha Yearwood (Voice)
  • Conductor: Marco Boemi
  • Ensemble: Turin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Arranged: Michele Centonze
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1751
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Wonder, Stevie : Peace wanted just to be free
  • Performers: Jill Dell'Abate (Voice); Steve Gadd (Drums); Karen Kamon (Voice); Robbie Kondor (Keyboards); Rob Mathes (Guitar); Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor); Matt Rowe (Keyboards); John Themis (Guitar); Stevie Wonder (Voice)
  • Conductor: Marco Boemi
  • Ensemble: Spice Girls
  • Notes: This work was written collaboration with the Spice Girls and Matt Rowe.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Live