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