So sorry everyone, this is old news by now, but was trying to get through the concert tickets, etc.! Also, Daniela, please forgive me that I don’t have all the beautiful pictures you sent with this, but I am just exhausted right now and at least wanted to get this post up there!
The new Il Volo CD was presented with a nice press conference in Rome.
Too bad it wasn’t possible to follow her in streaming or there isn’t a video of the entire interview.
Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca welcomed the numerous journalists in the Forum Studios where usually Morricone loved to work with the orchestra.
A press conference event where journalists took the place of the orchestra listening on headphones, to some pieces performed live by Ignazio, Gianluca e Piero .
“Il Volo sings Morricone” will be out worldwide on Friday 5th November.
Many articles published on this event, the boys were very helpful with the press.
Among the many I wanted to translate this, published by THE WALK OF FAME for the beautiful words that Andrea Morricone, who was present at the press conference , said referring to the voices of Il Volo.
In the magical atmosphere of the “Forum Studios” in Rome, under a red and white light, in front of a small stage, dozens of journalists sit in front of their lectern and with their headphones, just like the Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra during the recording session some month ago. So Il Volo presents the new album: “Il Volo sings Morricone”, out on Friday 5th November all over the world. “Because the world is the territory of Il Volo” – explains Riccardo Vitanza, head of communication – “Their international dimension is now clear and set in stone: every album and tour involves all corners of the planet”.
“Il Volo sings Morricone” is a project by Michele Torpedine: a disc composed of 14 songs, pieces that retrace the legendary melodies of the Maestro, imprinted in everyone’s memory. The repertoire includes several tracks already presented exclusively to the Rai public, in the live “Il VOLO – Tributo a Ennio Morricone” in June 2021, in the first concert “in presence” at the Verona Arena. The concert, which in the live broadcast had totaled a record audience – almost 5 million viewers -, will be broadcast again in prime time on Rai 1 on 10 November, precisely on the anniversary of the Maestro’s birth.
In addition to the exciting reinterpretations, it contains the unpublished “The colors of love”, written for the trio by Andrea Morricone, a song that talks about loneliness at the time of Covid, the constant noise of ambulances “a distant sound serves to live” the difficulty in reacting while looking at the world from a window astonished and finally the feeling of freedom when everything is over and you can embrace your love again.
The album of the three young talents (two tenors and a baritone) is the first recording project linked to Ennio Morricone that receives the support of the Morricone family. It also contains a new version of the masterpiece “The Ecstasy of Gold” taken from “The good, the ugly, the bad” for the first time accompanied by a text, also written by Andrea Morricone, son of the Maestro and composer himself.
What can words add to compositions that have already made history thanks to the universal language made up of only notes and harmonies? Andrea Morricone replies:
“Words can give a lot and must be right with respect to the performers who choose the pieces. Today I can only speak of the trio which is now totally dominant on the world stage for their uniqueness of expressing a concept of vocality through three individualities.
Thus the very meaning of the text unfolds through this constant dialogue between the three artists. Allow me to underline how important this is to make the structure of the lyrics themselves: the fact that one of the three, aspects that the second enters while the third is singing obviously involves an alternation and also becomes part of the same musical fabric, when speaking then of polyphony. That’s why I feel the seventeenth century a lot in the experience proposed by Il Volo: this establishes their uniqueness. As for the text, I have standardized these qualities where the technical means produce the inspiration. “
“Ennio Morricone’s repertoire is immense and transversal:” – declares the tenor Piero Barone – “as a diagonal crosses music, history, pop, opera, cinema. So we needed a compass and in this project Andrea Morricone was our guideline ”.
The goal of the concerts will be to make everyone relive their past and interpret the songs individually, but also to introduce the new generations to Morricone, the images of Clint Eastwood and the music that have been part of our past but are very present. The singers of “Il Volo” affirm: “We would like to explain the title better: Il Volo sings Morricone does not mean Il Volo celebrates the melodies of a man because Morricone is a genre in itself. We have been working on this project for over a year and every day we discover something new. It’s like it’s a buried city every time you dig deeper, new treasures emerge. We will still have a lot to discover and rediscover: this is our goal. “
Gianluca Ginoble, Ignazio Boschetto and Piero Barone will perform in over 100 concerts around the world in 2022, starting March 18 at the Radio City Music Hall in New York and then also arriving in Italy. During the press conference, surprising even for the artists, the programming of a third date at the Verona Arena was announced.
As part of this celebration of one of the greatest Italian excellences, “Il Volo” participated with Vittorio Storaro at the 78th Venice International Film Festival with a short film made inside the Frasassi Caves, on the occasion of the 50 Anniversary of the first descent of the three young speleologists who discovered the caves. “The descent of the three” says Storaro “had to be something symbolic: like the planting of seeds in mother earth which, with the art of music, can give life to something that has stood still for too long. It is a sort of Pirandello regeneration of the type “One (the single tenor), None (the emptiness of the caves) One Hundred (Il Volo that fills everything around itself with the voice)
It will be possible to preorder / pre-save the album in digital and physical version at the following link: https://ILVOLO.lnk.to/IlVoloSingsMorricone. The album will be available for purchase from 5 November in the following formats: standard CD, Deluxe Version CD, double colored vinyl, double black vinyl.
From midnight on the other hand, the video clip of “The Ecstacy of Gold” will be available on all platforms, which sees the three in an atmosphere that refers to classic westerns.
The TV news reports talked about the press conference, here is a report from RAI TG1.
Il Volo pays homage to Ennio Morricone, the disc dedicated to the music of the great master is released on Friday.
MAN= Il Volo sings the magic of Ennio Morricone, a musical project that starts from the studies where the maestro composed and recorded.
With Il Volo, also his son Andrea Morricone and Vittorio Storaro, to relive those movie atmospheres.
A milestone for Il Volo, to record a tribute to Morricone, in the studios where
Morricone has recorded throughout his life.
PIERO= Ennio Morricone was the founder of his FORUM and our first meeting took place here and today we wanted to involve all of you and make you live and breathe the air in which Morricone was.
MAN = The spirit of discovery restarts around the world.
GIANLUCA = It will also be wonderful to return to Japan, South America, European countries, as well as the United States, also a way to bring the music of the greatest maestro of the 20th century higher and higher.
Man = The hardest thing is to reproduce Morricone’s colors, from pianissimo to triumph.
IGNAZIO = We have tried to keep the versions of the pieces by Maestro Morricone as faithful as possible.
There were also many video interviews, of which I propose this of HOT CORN that I translate for you.
WOMAN = Quentin Tarantino, compared Ennio Morricone to the great composers such as Mozart, Shubert, Beethoven, for you instead, what does Morricone represent?
IGNAZIO = Surely Ennio Morricone, for us, represents the genius. Facing this project, we had to study him a little and get to know him, and certainly he represents the genius who knew how to extrapolate, starting from the image, an emotion through music, because imagining a film, without music is like imagining eating. something without drinking a good wine. Maestro Morricone had this genius of knowing how to bring out a unique emotion through his music, looking at the images of the greatest artists in the world.
PIERO= Ennio Morricone becomes the vehicle of our feelings, makes our feelings tangible.
WOMAN = In a few days your record IL VOLO SINGS MORRICONE will be released all over the world, you feel more pride, or responsible to help bring the music of the master around the world, and maybe make it known to that slice too of the younger audience that follows you.?
GIANLUCA = Exactly, this is exactly what we are trying to convey with this musical project, both pride and great responsibility. Having the support of the Morricone family, we feel safe, and then, above all, try to revive those great emotions of generations who have dreamed of with these films, but above all bring it to the youngest, who may not have discovered this great music yet.
WOMAN= Of the 14 tracks that make up the album, YOUR LOVE and THE ECSTASY OF GOLD, are the ones I absolutely prefer. I was curious to know which one was your favorite and if there is one that has put you in particular difficulty in the recording studio.
PIERO = This is the beautiful thing about this project of the idea of dedicating a tribute to Maestro Morricone. Everyone will have their favorite song that will bring them back to what they lived in the past, when they watched the movie THE MISSION, or NEW CINEMA PARADISO, or ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA, …….. ..the film that left you with the most memories, so you relate that melody to what you experienced.
Each of us has a personal opinion different from the others, personally I prefer NUOVO CINEMA PARADISO, for a particular story, when I sing SE taken from that film, I really feel a feeling, a strong emotion.
WOMAN = For you instead?
IGNAZIO = For me it is HERE’S TO YOU, which tells the poignant story of Sacco and Vanzetti, of injustice. When we sing it it is always touching.
GIANLUCA = And for me it is THE ECSTASY OF GOLD, then in the video we were inspired a little by Sergio Leone (director of many western films with Morricone’s music), it is the melody that excites me the most.
WOMAN = By the way with The Ecstasy of gold, you have something in common with Metallica (rock band) who always open their concerts with ….
GIANLUCA = ….. and we too will open our concerts with The Ecstasy of gold.
WOMAN = Speaking of the graphic concept of the album, from what I understand, even the video directed by YOUNUTS will have a cinematic atmosphere, I would like to know more about this adventure.
PIERO = Younuts, I must tell you that we were surprised by their work, because when we were asked to shoot the video in “film”, the idea was good, but the final result was a long wait.
IGNAZIO = Not being”of the trade” , we didn’t know how it could be.
PIERO = It was difficult to shoot on film, because we didn’t understand the terms, the details of how complicated it was to shoot on film. But the final result, seeing those images that connected us to the films we have seen, because we have to be honest, many films, we, we had not seen them. When we started studying for Morricone’s project, it was also a long course of study for us, we made a commitment to watch every movie, and see our video, and images similar to what we saw, we were satisfied.
IGNAZIO= It was nice, shooting on film, the count of what was left of the film in meters, so there was the director who said:
“How many meters are left?”.
WOMAN = This, is also a record of great collaborations, I think of Chris Botti, David Garret, how did you involve them?
GIANLUCA= They are all artists we have met during our journey, relationships that we have cultivated, friendships that have remained over time. We paid tribute to music, above all, our three voices, surely they had to be accompanied by great musicians, to best express the music of Maestro Morricone.
WOMAN = Do you remember the first time you met Maestro Morricone as listeners, as spectators?
IGNAZIO = In 2011 in Piazza del Popolo, we sang directed by him, E PIU ‘TI PENSO which is a medley between Malena and Once upon a time in America, and it was on our first record.
PIERO = This was the first artistic collaboration.
IGNAZIO = Yes, the first meeting was right here in these studios, we were recording our album in the other studio, he was working on this one, we met in the corridor, every now and then he came to visit us in the studio and listened to the song we were playing singing.
WOMAN = Thank you very much for your time.
I + P + G = Thanks to you.
And then their video of THE ECSTASY OF GOLD was also released, here it is !!
I don’t know about you, but I was literally fascinated by this video, shot like a real western movie, with real performers, three magnificent voices, spectacular setting and enveloping and fantastic music. Wonderful, a really well done job.
I hope with all my heart that Piero Ignazio and Gianluca will achieve maximum success from their great work.
One last piece of news, Il Volo, Sunday afternoon will be the guest of Verissimo, the beautiful program conducted by Silvia Toffanin, so ….. see you soon !!!
And finally, let’s enjoy these photos and screenshots too.