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