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