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Pavarotti & Friends for the Children of Liberia

Audio Samples

>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
>     Va, pensiero
>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

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