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