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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: Rob Mathes (Guitar); Robbie Kondor (Keyboards); Karen Kamon (Voice); Jon Bon Jovi (Voice); Vaneese Thomas (Voice); Jill Dell'Abate (Voice); Curtis King (Voice); Pino Palladino (Electric Double Bass); Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor); Steve Gadd (Drums)
  • 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); Rob Mathes (Guitar); Pino Palladino (Electric Double Bass); Robbie Kondor (Keyboards); 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: Robbie Kondor (Keyboards); Rob Mathes (Guitar); Pino Palladino (Electric Double Bass); Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor); Steve Gadd (Drums); Celine Dion (Voice)
  • 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: Rob Mathes (Guitar); Pino Palladino (Electric Double Bass); Stevie Wonder (Voice); Steve Gadd (Drums); Karen Kamon (Voice); Jill Dell'Abate (Voice); Robbie Kondor (Keyboards)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Cannio, Enrico : O surdato 'nnammurato
  • Performers: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor); The Corrs (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: Stefano De Maco (Voice); Robbie Kondor (Keyboards); Steve Gadd (Drums); Emanuela Cortese (Voice); Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor); Eros Ramazzotti (Voice); Claudio Guidetti (Guitar); Rob Mathes (Guitar); Paul Warren (Guitar); Luca Scarpa (Keyboards); Emanuela Cortesi (Voice); Pino Palladino (Electric Double Bass); Monica Magnani (Voice)
  • 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: Rob Mathes (Guitar); Vanessa Williams (Voice); Curtis King (Voice); Pino Palladino (Electric Double Bass); Robbie Kondor (Keyboards); Vaneese Thomas (Voice); Steve Gadd (Drums); Karen Kamon (Voice); Jill Dell'Abate (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: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor); Spice Girls (Voice); Karen Kamon (Voice); Zucchero (Vocals); Pino Palladino (Electric Double Bass); John Themis (Guitar); Rob Mathes (Guitar); Steve Gadd (Drums); Curtis King (Voice); Vaneese Thomas (Voice); Jill Dell'Abate (Voice); Robbie Kondor (Keyboards)
  • 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: Karen Kamon (Voice); Jill Dell'Abate (Voice); Hossam Ramzy (Percussion); Pino Daniele (Guitar); Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor); Pino Palladino (Electric Double Bass); Steve Gadd (Drums); Zucchero (Vocals); Robbie Kondor (Keyboards)
  • 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 Palladino (Electric Double Bass); Steve Gadd (Drums); Pino Daniele (Guitar); Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor); Florent Pagny (Voice); Rob Mathes (Guitar); Jill Dell'Abate (Voice); Hossam Ramzy (Percussion); Karen Kamon (Voice); Robbie Kondor (Keyboards); Curtis King (Voice); 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: Vanessa Williams (Voice); Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor); Robbie Kondor (Keyboards); Florent Pagny (Voice); Jill Dell'Abate (Voice); Karen Kamon (Voice); Steve Gadd (Drums)
  • 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: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor); Vanessa Williams (Voice); Natalie Cole (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: Steve Gadd (Drums); Natalie Cole (Voice); Pino Palladino (Electric Double Bass); Rob Mathes (Guitar); Robbie Kondor (Keyboards); Oliver Leiber (Guitar); 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: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor); Trisha Yearwood (Voice); Robbie Kondor (Keyboards); Steve Gadd (Drums); The Corrs (Keyboards)
  • 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: Steve Gadd (Drums); Robbie Kondor (Keyboards); Vaneese Thomas (Voice); Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor); Trisha Yearwood (Voice); Curtis King (Voice); Jill Dell'Abate (Voice); Rob Mathes (Guitar); Karen Kamon (Voice); Stevie Wonder (Voice); Pino Palladino (Electric Double Bass)
  • 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: Rob Mathes (Guitar); Stevie Wonder (Voice); Robbie Kondor (Keyboards); Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor); Karen Kamon (Voice); John Themis (Guitar); Jill Dell'Abate (Voice); Matt Rowe (Keyboards); Steve Gadd (Drums)
  • 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