Left to right: A smiling Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio

To Feel You Close Once More!

We made it through the first weekend of summer and arrived at Memorial Day! I make it a point of never going anywhere on this weekend but, this year, I decided I needed a break. I’ve been working on the book for two months and now it’s coming to an end so, I decided to run away!
Why I chose to go to the Jersey shore is beyond me. I have never been there on Memorial Day but, my friends were there so, I said, why not! If you live on the east coast of the United States, you know the weekend was rained out. It’s Sunday night and the rain is finally stopping.

Susan De Bartoli sitting on a bench near the beach

So, what did I do all weekend? I watched Il Volo interviews and concerts on YouTube. Always fun! This weekend gave me a lot of time to reminisce over guys last 12 years. As we’re preparing for the big event on Saturday, a “Tribute to Ennio Morricone,” I thought about where the guys came from and where they are heading.

Left to right: A smiling Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio

My mind wondered off to 2018. That moment when the guys were crossing over, making some very interesting moves and beginning to come into their own They were very successful and, they were very comfortable in their performances. All was so right! The albums keep coming! The success keeps coming, the tours in North and South America keep selling out and the boys have grown into fine attractive young men. And now they’re ready for a new experience. The music evolves and they are ready to crossover.
In 2018 they released one of the most exciting Latin albums to come out in years. I would go so far as to say Amame is the most exciting Latin album that was ever produced. It’s opera, it’s rock, it’s classical, it’s pop and it never stops giving. The rhythm in songs like “Noche Sin Dia” is amazing. You have to move with the music. You can’t sit still.

Cover of the IL VOLO AMAME CD

I love this album. With this album, the guys spread their wings! It is a departure from their usual style. They have shown their skill with Spanish music and with this album, they leave you wishing for more.
A song like “Maldito Amor” is a phenomenal experience for your ears. The delivery is smooth. It pulls away from the traditional Latin music and it delivers a sound that is very intense. Different! Very Different! The sound is pure and clean and, their voices are spot on! It’s one of those songs that stays with you forever.

Gloria Estefan and the guys really nailed it with Ay Ay Ay Amor! It screams for your attention! And it certainly keeps it!

Left to right: Ignazio with Emilio and Gloria Estefan, Gianluca and Piero

If you like modern Latin music and Il Volo, then you will like this album.  When I thought about this album, I thought about how I would write about it. All I can say is these three amazing guys absolutely floored me. They are multitalented. They can sing every genre. To be able to take opera, rock, classical, pop and Latin and create an album like this is amazing. The beat is so intense and, they are spot on. I think they knocked it out of the box with “Noche Sin Dia.” With Latin music you don’t just sing it, you feel it, and if you don’t feel it, you don’t cut it. This album cuts it! Good move!
As if that wasn’t enough, they follow up with Musica! This is the album that proved that great can get greater. This album is representative of where these young men are now. It’s beautiful, it’s sensitive, it’s romantic. It’s about love. It’s about them being ready for love. It comes from deep within them. All the sweetness and humility of these guys is in this album. It moves your senses. What I am saying is they have evolved and, their voices have evolved.


By 2018, they had grown into their voices. Their voices are mature and have expanded in such an amazing way. There’s an intriguing balance in their voices. To experience this amazing evolution in voice and song you need go no further than “Be My Love.” Gianluca’s voice vibrates and expands to realms I’ve never heard before. Ignazio makes your heart stop as you journey along his notes which lead to absolute ecstasy. Piero fills all your sense and brings you to such passion and heights that you have to stop and breathe. This is Musica che resta!

This was definitely the album fans were waiting for. Their talent and skills brought an amazing balance of melody, harmony and rhythm to the music. It’s all the joy of bel canto along with the passion and intrigue that they bring to the music!  Musica is an enjoyable mix of old familiar songs and new exciting songs that offer something for everyone.
With this outstanding album, the guys come at you full force, on top of their game with a selection of love songs that go straight to the heart. “Be My Love” and “People” are just beautiful and “Meravigliosa Creatura” (Wonderful Creature) is an absolute treasure.
Click the photo below to hear Meravigliosa Creatura.

We have watched these three very talented young men evolve and the difference in ten years is the polish they bring to the performance. Their voices have evolved, and their vocal technique has expanded, they have become more intense in their delivery and more romantic. They are truly amazing!
Hands down they are the best Classical Pop singers on earth. They can sing anything. Their whole world is music and it’s obvious in their music. Their voices form a symphony that changes lives.
In 2019, they recorded The Best of Ten Years!  The songs they chose are beautifully rendered. Their voices are a gift from God that they share with us. The three voices blend beautifully! Their choice of songs is quite eclectic and shows off the range and the beauty of their voices. Individually they are wonderful, put them together, they are magic!
The Best of Ten Years is a compilation of songs released over the ten years they have been together. It is the Best of Il Volo’s repertoire, from “O Sole Mio” to “Grande Amore.”

Gold CD for the IL VOLO Best of 10 Years CD

Just this past week Sony attested that “The Best of Ten Years” has attained a Gold CD! As Daniela said in her recent article, “It is a nice milestone, as real sales are now extremely difficult, and the awards are now counted on the streamed listeners and not just on the actual sales made.” Congratulations guys a phenomenal CD! You deserve the acclaim! You did it again!
Reliving the past Twelve years was exciting!
So, here we are in 2021, at the end of a pandemic and, bringing back the live concerts. Who better than Il Volo to start it up again!
We had the pleasure of hearing “Your Love” at Sanremo 2021 and we anxiously await the event of the year, a “Tribute to Ennio Morricone” and the new album by the same name. We know Morricone’s music and, we can’t wait to hear what the guys have done with it.
On Sunday, the rehearsals started and, they continue throughout the week. The guys took a short break today to sing the “Mameli Anthem” for Italian Republic Day.

Left to right: Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero standing in the Arena tunnel

In a few days the magic will begin! They will step out on the stage of the ancient Arena of Verona and steal our hearts all over again! And we will remember how it is ~To Feel You Close Once More!
Join me next week as I go back Through the Fields of My Mind and open the door to a new adventure!
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21 thoughts on “To Feel You Close Once More!”

  1. Musica is my #2 favorite CD. The songs and their voices so carefully decided upon. I am fortunate to have every CD and DVD that is available here in the USA. So I can rotate them in my car or take and share with friends. Their presentations are always at the highest level, each voice placed to give the best effect. When the 3 voices come together it is magic. I find so much joy in listening.

    1. Do you mind sharing which one is your favorite? Musica is either my favorite, or second favorite. Can’t decide. 🙂

      1. It’s hard to pick a favorite! I love Musica, Il Volo Sanremo Grand Amore, and the first Spanish CD Il Volo edicion en Espanol. Then there’s Notte Magica! and L’Amore Si Muove! I really can’t pick a fovorite–they are all favorites!

  2. Susan, thank you, thank you, thank you ..beautiful like always, I have the cd and I’m all day listening to the music I just can’t get enough. Again thank you

  3. I would like to know when this concert will play on PBS in the US. I just can’t find anything. THANK you so much!

      1. Cindy, this is Pat. I help with the posts here. I don’t know why but sometimes that happens to people’s names. It must be something going on with WordPress. It is fixed now. Have a great day!

  4. Dear Susan, you always find the words to convey the feelings of so many. I find it so hard to put their impact into words. When I first heard them in 2016 I honestly felt like a new person! And Piero is my Prince Charming, he woke me with a song instead of a kiss. His singing, ay ay ay :). I agree, Amame is one of my favorite CDs. The songs you mention are excellent plus Hoy Vine (hot) and I would love to bachata to Cada Minuto Prohibido with Prince Charming LOL. I’m glad it rained here this past weekend because your story is a keeper. All good wishes, Karen

  5. Once again, Susan, thank you for your heartfelt description of our guys’ latest events & Latin CD. I think I shall buy a copy after all. Also, that’s a lovely photo of you😊. Can’t wait until June 5!💕🇭🇺🇺🇸

  6. Dear Susa…. Always, always you have the heartfelt words to describe our young men and every emotion we feel for them. They are phenominal in everything they do. Watching them grow up into the wonderful men they are has been a gift. I am eagerly awaiting to hear and see the Tribute to Maestro Morricone. When the CD and DVD are available, I’ll be thrilled to buy it. I just don’t
    have any more adequate words to express my love and respect for them. Thank you for yet another great message, I look forward to reading more when you share with us. My best, Harriett (Nonna) from Illinois,,,near Chicago. ♥♥♥

  7. Susan – once again thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and memories with us. So well written! Whenever reading your stories my craving for experiencing the guys live is growing immensely – I cannot stand the waiting time much longer. Looking forward to read your coming stories.
    All the best – Kirsten in Denmark🇩🇰

  8. After reading your comments, Susan, I’m getting on to Amazon to buy the two CDs I still don’t have — Amame and Musica. Can’t understand how our boys have such an enormous repertoire and can remember the words and melodies to each one. Boggles the mind!!!

  9. I just got an email from WNED Buffalo Which is the PBS station in my area of southern Ontario. They said they have no plans to “air that program” at the present time.” Since I thought they would keep it for their big fundraising drive at the end of December I am not too surprised. Disappointed, yes! But not surprised. I guess we will have to rely on someone posting it on youtube. Or maybe Ra1 will have it in their archives and we could get it online from them a few days after the concert.

  10. Lovely article. Thank you. 🙂
    The Amame album amazed me! It’s so good. Amame and Hoy Vine are my favorites, but the whole album is my go to when I need to be energized. (Or wake up).
    Musica is so perfect. I never thought it got the attention it deserved. I could not pick just one favorite.
    I can’t decide if Musica or L’amore si Muove is my favorite album, but luckily I don’t have to choose.
    Thanks for another enlightening article. ❤️✈️✈️✈️

  11. Muchas gracias por toda law información acerca de nuestros príncipes, tiene razón acerca del álbum de Ámame me encanta! Pero yo quiero pedirle un favor, si me puede decir a qué hora va a ser transmitido el Homenaje a Morriconi el 5 de junio? Se Que es por PBS y por favor si sabe las fechas del tour 2022 sólo sé que Marzo en NY y estoy desesperada yo vivo en la costa de Oregon y necesito saber cuando vienen a L A Ca.
    Un abrazo 🤗
    Y gracias otra vez 😊

    1. PBS will not carry the program until later this year. Probably as a fundraiser. Rai1 will broadcast at 9:15 PM Italy time on Saturday. I have Cibor TV so I will be watching it in NY at 3:15 PM. The US tour begins on March 18th in NY but no full schedule yet.

  12. Great article Susan. You whet the appetite for our Il Volo men. Picking a favorite album/cd is like asking a mother to pick a favorite child. It depends on the type of day I am having and the mood I am in. Sometimes nostalgic, sometimes romantic. I LOVE Amame. Music to dance to around the house 😊. I do have a favorite song though, Requerdame. Those high notes by Ignazio just blow me away every time. I’m looking forward to the next article by you and the next translation by Daniela. Grazie mille.

  13. Susan
    I loved reading this article and I loved the first picture of you on the beach
    And the one with Gloria Estevan the article was amazing as usual

  14. Brava Susan! I didn’t see this one immediately but it deserves top honors along with each adventure that comes from your heart and “pen”! I can’t wait for the next one! ❤️ My love for these young men grows even when I think if it does my heart will explode! 😍 They are truly a gift to us.

  15. I love Amame too, tho not at first. My favorites are the title cut and Haste Donde. I crank up the volume when I need to clean the kitchen.

    I’m thinking that this weeks current pictures on Instagram, show the guys looking refreshed and excited, really good as usual. Especially Ignazio’s countenance is happy, serene and peaceful.

    Thanks for including the beach picture of you. Always good to have a face to a name, and in this case, your writing.

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