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Pavarotti: The Duets

Audio Samples

>Testa, Fabio : I Hate You Then I Love You, song (after Manuel de Falla)
>John, Elton : Live like horses
>Afansieff, Walter : Hero
>Eno, Brian : Miss Sarajevo
>Clapton, Eric : Holy Mother
>Franck, César : Panis angelicus
>Zucchero : Miserere
>Morante, Manuel Garcia : Notte 'e piscatore
>Richie, Lionel : Magic of Love
>Capua, Eduardo di : O sole mio
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni
>     Là Ci Darem La Mano
>Bongiovi Jr., John Francis : Let it rain
>Lennox, Annie : There must be an angel
>François, Claude : My Way, song

Album Summary

>Testa, Fabio : I Hate You Then I Love You, song (after Manuel de Falla)
>John, Elton : Live like horses
>Afansieff, Walter : Hero
>Eno, Brian : Miss Sarajevo
>Clapton, Eric : Holy Mother
>Franck, César : Panis angelicus
>Zucchero : Miserere
>Morante, Manuel Garcia : Notte 'e piscatore
>Richie, Lionel : Magic of Love
>Capua, Eduardo di : O sole mio
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni
>Bongiovi Jr., John Francis : Let it rain
>Lennox, Annie : There must be an angel
>François, Claude : My Way, song
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Luciano Pavarotti was the rare artist who could easily bridge the divide between classical and popular music. Together with an impressive roster of the best-known names in rock, pop and jazz, Pavarotti entertained millions of people around the world with his "Pavarotti & Friends" concerts. This release is the first time that these tracks have been brought together in one album! Rarely has such a glittering array of singing legends from such varied genres been brought together at one time. A DVD is available as DEC B001225209.

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Corale Voci Bianche, Liberian Children's Choir, The East London Gospel Choir (vocals); Davey Johnstone , John Jorgenson, Rob Mathes (guitar); Walter Afanasieff (acoustic guitar, keyboards, synthesizer, Synclavier, bass instrument, programming); Michael Landau (acoustic guitar); Peter Oxer, Jon Evans Jones, Jonathan Bradbury, Gillian Findlay, James McLeod, Alison Kelly , Mike de Saulles, Paul Willey, Wilfred Gibson, David Nolan , Vaughan Armon, Jonathan Strange, Boguslaw Kostecki, Gavyn Wright (violin); Bill Benham, Philip de Groote, Philip Dukes, Brian Hawkins, John Underwood (viola); Chris Van Kampen, Jonathan Williams , David Daniels , Paul Kegg (cello); Alberto Borsari (harmonica); Guy Babylon , Robbie Kondor (keyboards); Ren Klyce (Synclavier, programming); Pino Palladino, Zev Katz (bass instrument); Chris Laurence (double bass); Bob Birch (bass guitar); Steve Gadd , Charlie Morgan (drums); Gary Cirimelli (programming, computer); Michele Centonze (programming); Christopher Baron, Curtis King, Kate Pringle, Kit Weston, Stephen Trapp, Daren Geraghty, Nicholas Phillips, Michael Renton, Ciaran McGullagh, Steven Geraghty, Jill Dell'Abate, Nicola Jenkin , Karen Kamon, Julia White, John Weston , Alex Baron, Emanuela Cortesi, Adam Harris, Liam O'Kane, Helen Parker , Vaneese Thomas, Gary Francis (background vocals); Eddie Roberts , Howard Ball, Orchestra Sinfonica Italiana, Katie Wilkinson Khoroshunin, Turin Philharmonic Orchestra, Maciej Rakowski, Hugh Seenan, Orchestra da Camera Arcangelo Corelli, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Tony Pleeth, Paul Cullington, Frank Lloyd , Robin McGee, Andrew Parker , John Pigneguy, Bill Miller , Jackie Shave.

Released shortly after Luciano Pavarotti's death, The Duets is a star-studded compilation of previously released material oriented toward the popular music market. Each song finds Pavarotti singing alongside a different pop star, most of them English-speaking Anglo-Americans. Some of this material is familiar from previous compilations, for instance, Pavarotti's duet with Frank Sinatra on "My Way" and his duet with Andrea Bocelli on "Notte 'e Piscatore." Some of it is drawn from one of Pavarotti's charity concert albums, for instance his duet with Elton John on "Live Like Horses" from Pavarotti & Friends for War Child (1996), his duet with Bon Jovi on "Let It Rain" from Pavarotti & Friends for the Children of Liberia (1998), and his duet with Mariah Carey on "Hero" from Pavarotti & Friends for Guatemala and Kosovo (1999). There are also songs on which Pavarotti was a featured guest, for instance his duet with Céline Dion on "I Hate You Then I Love You" from her album Let's Talk About Love (1997) and his duet with U2 on "Miss Sarajevo" from their Passengers album Original Soundtracks 1 (1995). Other duet partners on The Duets include Eric Clapton, Sting, Zucchero, Lionel Richie, Brian Adams, Sheryl Crow, and Eurythmics. There's definitely a lot of star power to behold, and there are more than a few awe-inspiring performance to be heard. Pavarotti fans who favor his latter-day popular music side should find plenty to enjoy here. On the other hand, those who don't care for his popular music side shouldn't bother. There's no question that its greatest asset is the star power on display rather than the performances themselves. Consequently, if you're unimpressed by the guest list, you're left with an uneven compilation whose highlights are better heard elsewhere in a more fitting context. ~ Jason Birchmeier



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>Testa, Fabio : I Hate You Then I Love You, song (after Manuel de Falla)
  • Performers: Rob Mathes (Guitar); Celine Dion (Voice); Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor); Robbie Kondor (Keyboards); Steve Gadd (Drums)
  • Conductor: Marco Boemi
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Alberto Testa, Tony Renis.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.

>John, Elton : Live like horses
  • Performers: Alison Kelly (Violin); John Underwood (Viola); Ciaran McGullagh; John Jorgensen (Guitar); Jonathan Williams (Cello); Kit Weston; Daren Geraghty (Voice); Julia White (Oboe); Alex Barron (Voice); Stephen Trapp; Nicholas Phillips; Gary Francis; Elton John (Voice); Katie Pringle (Soprano); Boguslav Kostecki (Violin); James McLeod (Violin); Steve Geraghty; Nicola Jenkin; Philip De Groote (Viola); David Daniels (Cello); Wilfred Gibson (Violin); Christopher Laurence (Double Bass); Mike DeSaulles (Violin); Paul Willey (Violin); Guy Babylon (Keyboards); David Nolan (Violin); Christopher Kampen (Cello); Christopher Baron (Bass); Vaughan Armon (Violin); Jonathan Strange (Violin); Charlie Morgan (Drums); Paul Kegg (Cello); Brian Hawkins (Viola); Philip Dukes (Viola); Helen Parker; Liam O'Kane (Boy Soprano); Gavyn Wright (Violin); Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor); Bob Birch; Davey Johnstone (Guitar); Bill Benham (Viola); Jonathan Bradbury (Violin); Adam Harris (Boy Soprano); Jon Jones (Violin); Micheal Renton; John Weston (Soprano); Peter Oxer (Violin); Gillian Findlay (Violin)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Afansieff, Walter : Hero
  • Performers: Michael Landau (Guitars); Mariah Carey (Voice); Gary Cirimelli (Synclavier); Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor); Walter Afanasieff (Keyboards); Walter Afanasieff (Programming); Walter Afanasieff (Synthesizer); Walter Afanasieff (Synclavier); Ren Klyce (Synclavier)
  • Conductor: Jose Molina
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Mariah Carey (1970 - ).
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Eno, Brian : Miss Sarajevo
  • Performers: Bono (Voice); Edge (Guitar); Brian Eno (Guitar); Passengers; Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Ensemble: The Edge
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Clapton, Eric : Holy Mother
  • Performers: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor); Eric Clapton (Voice)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Running Time: 5 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Franck, César : Panis angelicus
  • Performers: Sting (Spoken Vocals); Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Aldo Sisillo
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1872

>Zucchero : Miserere
  • Performers: Zucchero (Vocals); Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Aldo Sisillo
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Morante, Manuel Garcia : Notte 'e piscatore
  • Performers: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor); Andrea Bocelli (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Leone Magiera
  • Running Time: 5 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Richie, Lionel : Magic of Love
  • Performers: Rob Mathes (Guitar); Lionel Richie (Voice); Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Jose Molina
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Capua, Eduardo di : O sole mio
  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Leone Magiera
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: circa 1900

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni :: Là Ci Darem La Mano
  • Performers: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor); Sheryl Crow (Voice)
  • Conductor: Marco Armiliato
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1787

>Bongiovi Jr., John Francis : Let it rain
  • Performers: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor); Vaneese Thomas (Voice); Steve Gadd (Drums); Rob Mathes (Guitar); Jill Dell'Abate (Voice); Jon Bon Jovi (Voice); Karen Kamon (Voice); Robbie Kondor (Keyboards)
  • Conductor: Silvia Rossi
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Lennox, Annie : There must be an angel
  • Performers: Vaneese Thomas (Voice); Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor); Curtis King (Voice); Robbie Kondor (Keyboards); Michele Centonze (Programming); Steve Gadd (Drums); Rob Mathes (Guitar); Eurythmics (Keyboards); Alberto Borsari (Harmonica); Emanuela Cortese (Voice)
  • Conductor: Jose Molina
  • Ensemble: Eurythmics
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>François, Claude : My Way, song
  • Performers: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor); Frank Sinatra (Voice)
  • Conductor: Bill Miller
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Jacques Revaux.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: circa 1967