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Christmas with Pavarotti: Holy Mother with Eric Clapton

26 Nov

One of the best things about Christmas is to spend time with family and friends. And there’s no Christmas without our friend Pavarotti!

And speaking of friends: In a previous Christmas post I said that Pavarotti performed many songs that are Christmas songs or could be associated with Christmas on his many Pavarotti & Friends concerts.

One song that wasn’t included in that post was “Holy Mother”, a duet Pavarotti sang with Eric Clapton. I believe that many will associate the lyrics of this song to Christmas or to be in line with the spirit of Christmas.

Pavarotti and Clapton sang this song on the Pavarotti and Friends concert in 1996 (for War Child) and reprised it on the 2003 concert (Sos Iraq). Below are videos from both concerts.

Both concerts were broadcasted on TV, but to this day only the 1996 concert has been issued on CD and DVD (on Decca). However, many clips from the 2003 concert is out there on YouTube.

Hope that I have contributed to the Christmas spirit! I wish you all a very merry Christmas! Thank you all for visiting Odd Pavarotti Blog! :)

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This post was originally published 26-11-2013. Last revision 26-11-2013.

Lou Reed and Pavarotti

28 Oct

Lou Reed is dead. The American rock musician and songwriter died October 27, 2013. Lewis Allan “Lou” Reed was born on March 2, 1942 and was guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter in The Velvet Underground before he went solo.

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Lou Reed sang together with Luciano Pavarotti at one of his Pavarotti & Friends concerts in Modena, Italy. Pavarotti joined Lou Reed when he sang his song Perfect day at the Pavarotti & Friends for Angola concert on May 28, 2002.

The 2002 Pavarotti & Friends concert was broadcasted on TV, but has not to this day been issued on CD or DVD. However, many clips from that concert is out there on YouTube.

Lou Reed RIP

This post was originally published 28-10-2013. Last revision 28-10-2013.

Luciano Pavarotti, Honorary Citizen of the City of Sarajevo

11 Jul

Today it’s 18 years since the Srebrenica massacre during the Bosnian war started. In July 1995 more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslims, mainly men and boys, in and around the town of Srebrenica in Bosnia-Herzegovina were killed by units of the Bosnian Serbs army under the command of General Ratko Mladić.

The Srebrenica massacre was the worst crime on European soil since the Second World War.

The horrors of the Bosnian war have many names: Srebrenica, Mostar, Sarajevo, and many more. All names of war-torn towns and cities in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

In 2006 Pavarotti was appointed Honorary Citizen of the City of Sarajevo for his friendship to Sarajevo and Bosnia-Herzegovina during the Bosnian war. The 1995 concert Pavarotti & friends together for the children of Bosnia was mentioned in particular.

Pavarotti was to receive his honorary citizenship in a ceremony before a his concert in Sarajevo on April 8, 2006. Sadly, Pavarotti had to cancel the ceremony and the concert due to his illness.

One song from the 1995 Pavarotti & friends concert was the beautiful “Miss Sarajevo”, a song about the war in Bosnia-Hercegovina and in the capital of Sarajevo in particular. This is one of the best anti-war songs ever! Below is the official video of this song.

Never forget.

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This post was first published 11-07-2013. Last revision 11-07-2014.

Lionel Richie from Motown visits Pavarotti in Operatown

4 Apr

Out of the many Pavarotti & friends concerts came many surprising Pavarotti duets. These concerts, which were held in Pavarotti’s home town Modena in Italy, were (and still are) very popular, especially among the young Pavarotti fans.

These concerts gave us Pavarotti singing duets with many international and Italian popular singers. As a lover of soul music I really love Pavarotti’s duets with two soul music giants, the great soul singers Barry White and James Brown.

The legendary US record company Motown has since the early 1960’s been the label for some of the greatest soul music ever. Motown has given us so many wonderful songs and artists that will live forever! :)

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One of the great male Motown singers is Lionel Richie. Pavarotti sang together with Richie on two Pavarotti & friends concerts: In 1999 for Guatemala and Kosovo, and in 2003 for Sos Iraq. The 1999 concert is available on Decca CD, download and streaming, as well as on DVD. The 2003 concert is yet to be released. All Pavarotti & friends concerts were broadcast on TV.

On both concerts Pavarotti and Richie sang the duet “The magic of love”. In addition, Richie sang solo “All night long” (in 1999) and “Easy” (in 2003). At the end of the 1999 concert all artists sang together “We are the world” written by Mr. Richie and the great Michael Jackson.

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The 1999 Pavarotti-Richie duet of “The magic of love” is also available on the compilation album “The Duets”, which is available on Decca CD, download and streaming, as well as on DVD.

Enjoy the videos! More on Pavarotti and Motown (!!!) in later post! Yes! I’ve got more in store for you! :)

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This post was originally published 04-04-2013. Last revision 04-04-2013.

Thanks to Hayden from Australia for the idea for this blog post!

Hayden has forever the copyright on the wonderful word “Operatown”! :)

Mamma mia! Happy Mother’s Day with the help of Pavarotti!

10 Feb

Happy Mother’s Day! Mamma mia! Is it Mother’s Day already?, you might ask. Yes, in fact it is! In time of writing it’s Mother’s Day here in Norway. The second Sunday of February is when we in Norway celebrate Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day of course celebrates mothers and motherhood, but it’s celebrated on various days depending on country. Anyway, wherever you are in the world and when ever you read this, let’s celebrate mothers and motherhood with a little help of Pavarotti!

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As you might know the Italian word for “mummy” is “mamma”, so of course the Pavarotti song of the day is the Italian popular song Mamma by the Italian composer Cesare Andrea Bixio. This song has over the years been sung by many Italian and international singers.

Pavarotti sang this song and many other songs by Bixio on record and in concert. Pavarotti recorded the song for his 1984 studio album entitled Mamma. This classic Pavarotti album was originally issued on Decca LP and is now available on Decca CD, download and streaming.

The first video below is the studio recording of “Mamma” taken from the 1984 album (audio only). The second video is a live performance from Madison Square Garden in New York in 1987. The last video is a duet with Ricky Martin from the Pavarotti & Friends concert in Modena in 1999.

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Are you thinking of your mother? Or the mother of your children? Or maybe your motherly self? My plan exactly! Happy Mother’s Day! :)

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This post was originally published 10-02-2013 (Mother’s Day in Norway). Last revision 10-202-2013.

President Obama, Juan Diego Flórez, The Three Tenors and Beyoncé (who did a Pavarotti)

23 Jan

The second inauguration of US president Barack Obama took place in the White House on Sunday, January 20, 2013.

As part of the celebrations a gala was held the same day at The Kennedy Center in Washington D. C. called Latino Inaugural 2013 where many Latin-American artists celebrated the re-election victory of president Obama.

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One of these artist was Juan Diego Flórez, a well-established tenor from Peru, by many labelled as Pavarotti’s heir. Anyway, his tenor qualities makes him one of the new tenors to watch, at least in the Italian repertoire. At this gala Flórez sang the wonderful Spanish song Amapola.

You know where I’m heading with this, right? Of course The Three Tenors sang “Amapola” in their concerts as well! They sang this song for the first time at their Rome concert in 1990.

Then and later this song was performed as part of one of their great medley of songs. So here are The Three Tenors again singing “Amapola” from their concert in Munich in 1996.

Well, back to the second inauguration of US president Barack Obama. On Monday, January 21, 2013 a public ceremony took place at the Capitol building to mark the occasion.

At that ceremony the great US pop star Beyoncé sang the national anthem. Well, at the last-minute she decided to lip-sync to a pre-recorded version, or didn’t she? The debate goes on!

In a comment Norman Lebrecht wrote on his blogOh, no! Beyonce did a Pavarotti for the Prez Double LOL! :)

Read and learn from the Maestro himself: Of course, “to do a Pavarotti” refers to when Pavarotti was lip-syncing his first Pavarotti & friends concert in 1992 and his last performance at the Torino (Turin) winter Olympics in 2006.

Ready to do a Pavarotti? Now is your moment! :)

This post was originally published 23-01-2013. Last revision 23-01-2013.

Christmas with Pavarotti: Making Christmas with friends

14 Dec

Christmas is just around the corner and there’s still no Christmas without Pavarotti! On many of the Pavarotti & Friends concerts Pavarotti performed songs that are Christmas songs or could be associated with Christmas.

So here is Pavarotti making Christmas with friends!

  • Panis angelicus (with Sting, 1992)
  • Ave Maria (with Dolores O’Riordan, 1995)
  • Gesù bambino (with Joan Osborne, 1996)
  • Ave Maria (with Kelly Family, 1996)
  • Adeste fideles (with Trisha Yearwood, 1998)
  • Agnus dei (with Monica Naranjo, 2000)
  • Ave Maria (with Bono, 2003)

Do you now have the Christmas spirit? I guess you have! I wish you all a very merry Christmas! Thank you for visiting Odd Pavarotti Blog!

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This post was originally published 14-12-2012. Last revision 14-12-2012. Thanks to Annette for the idea for this blog post!

Pavarotti sings to the moon

3 Oct

In Italian and other languages the word “luna” means “moon”. Here is Pavarotti singing four songs about the moon.

Pavarotti performed and recorded all these songs, but the ones presented here are not necessarily the ones that are available on record. The last song is from the Pavarotti & friends concert in 2000.

Don’t know what you will be doing today. I’ll be looking at the moon. But I’ll be seeing you. Please visit Odd Pavarotti Blog again!

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Pavarotti sings duets with two of his most soulful friends

24 Sep

The Pavarotti & friends concerts were held in Pavarotti’s home town Modena in Italy. These concerts gave us many surprising Pavarotti duets.

Here is Pavarotti singing together with two of his most soulful friends: Barry White (from the 2001 concert for Afghanistan) and James Brown (from the 2002 concert for Angola).

My impression is that these two duets is very popular especially among young people, as they are often posted on Twitter and on other social media.

Was it Barry White that was Black Pavarotti, or should this title go to James Brown? You decide!

Only the Afghanistan concert has been issued on CD, and only as a covermount CD in Italy. It’s quite rare to find now, so if you do find it someday, just buy it! Both concerts were broadcasted on TV, but no DVDs of the concerts have been issued so far.

Remembering the great Pavarotti: Luciano’s Friends

4 Sep

The fifth anniversary of Pavarotti’s death is on September 6th, 2012. On this day there will be held a very special Pavarotti tribute concert in his birth town of Modena, Italy, called “Luciano’s Friends”. As this concert also will present new singing talents the concert has a very poignant subtitle: “The talent goes on”.

In addition to new talents there will be performances from many established Italian and international artists from the world of opera and pop:

The list of performers has changed since this concert was first announced in early July. See this Italian news article for some of the artists we have missed! I think I’ve read somewhere that the Italian soprano Renata Scotto was to perform as well, but that might be a summer dream as no source is to be found!

Check the official page of the Luciano Pavarotti Foundation for further details, including how to view this concert live on the web for free. The website is in English and Italian. Check out also Pavarotti related stuff from the concert’s sponsors Nutella and Vanity Fair!

What a night to remember Pavarotti! Remember to tune in to Luciano’s Friends: The talent goes on!

Ti adoro, Luciano! Ti ricordo bene! Grazie! Grazie mille!

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