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GRANDE AMORE AL PRIMO ASCOLTO – A FAN TRIBUTE by Daniela

As you have already seen on the various pages of the fans, a beautiful new book has been published dedicated to IL VOLO.

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The title of the book is GRANDE AMORE AL PRIMO ASCOLTO. It is written by Patrizia Ciava, our good writer and dear friend, who has collected numerous testimonies from us fans all over the world. In fact, the book is a “fan tribute” of how each of us has become aware and has begun to follow IL VOLO.

For now, the version of the book is only in Italian, but it is not excluded that it can be translated into English.

The book is preceded by a beautiful preface by Marino Bartoletti.

Since it is not yet known, if and when the English version will be published, for the moment I will translate the presentation of the book of the publishing house (AltrEdizioni) and the preface by Bartoletti.

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Unique in its kind this book-tribute to the Il Volo group by its fans, on the occasion of their ten-year career. The book bears witness to the affection and admiration that people around the world have for Gianluca Ginoble, Piero Barone and Ignazio Boschetto, well highlighted by numerous testimonies collected in the second part. An exciting journey into the music and soul of every person.

In the first part of the book, the author guides us on the extraordinary journey of the three young artists, approaching a discussion on the repertoire and on the vocal and interpretative qualities that have made the trio an Italian excellence and a phenomenon almost unique in the international music scene, not only because of the diversity and heterogeneity of their admirers.

The book also collects, in the second part, unique and often moving stories, written by people of all ages and coming from different countries and continents, which tell the ability of the three very young artists to create with their voice a magic that enchants and that it even causes a beneficial form of addiction.

“Once again Il Volo proves to have understood that mutual respect, sharing and teamwork are the real driving force to achieve and maintain success. (…)
I therefore thought of collecting some testimonials to describe what appears to be a unique phenomenon of its kind, it does not seem to me, in fact, that in the international music scene a group of twenty-year-olds who in a few years succeed in achieving global success, winning at the same time people of different generations, nationality and culture.”

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THEY CALL ME UNCLE MARINO (Foreword by Marino Bartoletti) 

Yes, they call me Uncle Marino. But they know very well that my affection (and obviously my esteem) in their regard will never ignore sincerity and even – if it were useful – from knowing how to pull their ears if I saw that they “missed” something.

When, four years ago, a slanderer fed the media the news that they had “destroyed” a hotel in Switzerland, I went on TV and said: 

“The Gianluca, the Piero and the Ignazio I know, would never do and they could not have done such a thing. But if, in a moment of madness, which I cannot imagine, this happened, the first to slap them would be their parents. That they are their strength, their anchor and their wisdom.”

It is history that everything was invented: but it is also true that there are people, “enemies”, who even today, not knowing what to say to “criticize them”, revive that absurd story as if it were true. And they even avoid a correct verification of the truth.

From then on I told them that even this “trial” so sad was the symptom of a success that has no equal (and therefore, for a perverse logic, used in our country, has disgusting symmetries on the part of those who have no other arguments to attack them): but certainly their dismay was mine, and even their pain was mine. Because it would be easier to “defend” oneself from faults than one has, rather than from the sick imagination of those who would pretend to invent our sins.

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I have known Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio from the beginning of their … real flight. I know their families. I know Michele Torpedine. Yes, they are guys I really love: to the point that someone told me that, while I have always managed, in my work, to hide my sporting faiths, to them, sometimes I “line up” with a transport, even far from my usual offer. 

But how can you not be indignant when you see and read certain things (almost always the result of ignorance, envy, frustration, pure malice: at best a stink under the nose)? God gave us intelligence and conscience: I too, at the beginning of their career, was conceptually suspicious of a “cold fusion” that did not coincide perfectly with my canons as an educator. But then, to love them, it was enough to know them, follow them, appreciate their passion, their humility, their spirit of sacrifice, their sympathy, their desire to always get back in the game and improve: and of course their talent!

This year, in Sanremo, I was forced to witness disgusting scenes that were unbearably beyond the right / duty of criticism. Yet I saw them react once again with composure, education and a smile.

While I myself burst out, as on “Domenica In” when I said verbatim that on the part of the famous “Jury of honor” I had witnessed an authentic demonstration of “artistic racism”. Evidently being good and admired in the world is the biggest (strictly Italian) “guilt” there is.

But in the end, why make bad blood? Their smile must be our smile. Their “beauty” of boys and artists must be the only thing that matters. And then, as far as I’m concerned, there’s friendship. The joy of embracing them whenever I meet them inside and above all outside their professional contexts.

There are fairy tales that want to hear from me and listen like enchanted children. And there are messages that sometimes come to me, in the middle of the night: “Uncle Marino, I know that this time I really fell in love, what do I do?”

“Sleep, that tomorrow, pass.”

Come on kids, you know perfectly how much love, you move!

And this book is yet another proof. It’s another voice inside that is bringing you where the sun is born.

Marino Bartoletti

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It is really a beautiful reading, a splendid introduction by Bartoletti, excellent the first part with the chapters edited by Patrizia Ciava and then in the second part, all the stories of us fans, from all over the world, stories that unite us for this affection and respect we have for these three adorable young men, Ignazio, Gianluca and Piero: IL VOLO.  ❤️

Daniela

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The book can now also be ordered on Amazon.
The cost of the book is 18.00 euros.
For those who will be in Verona, there is the possibility to buy it directly in Verona.

 

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INTERVIEWS BY LUCA MAGGITTI by Daniela

Luca Maggitti is a good journalist who lives in Roseto degli Abruzzi. In these days of early August, he interviewed, for EMOZIONI MUSICA FESTIVAL, Gianluca Ginoble, Michele Torpedine and also Marino Bartoletti.

Of these three interventions, I will translate the most interesting moments.

Let’s start with GIANLUCA.

After the various initial pleasantries, where Luca Maggitti asks Gianluca the importance of his Abruzzo and thanks him for always bringing the knowledge of his land up high in the world, they remember together the first meeting with Massimo Ranieri, which took place in Roseto, again before Gianluca became part of IL VOLO.

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Luca asks Gianluca if Massimo Ranieri is an example for his life, as he is a singer, actor and director, and that’s what Gian answers.

GG= Surely Massimo Ranieri is a great example, he is a complete artist, but I, as you know, am a big fan of American music, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and they too were great actors.

I am closer to the type of music, but also to the type of acting, more American, but Massimo Ranieri, has always been an artist that I greatly admired.

Towards the end of the interview, Maggitti asks Gianluca the plans for the future of IL VOLO.

Gianluca replies that they are celebrating their 10-year career, with a tour that started in Japan and will end in the US, and the first date will be at Radio City Music Hall in New York, for the third time.

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And now let’s continue with the interesting parts of the interview with Michele Torpedine.

Maggitti asks Michele, why every year, he comes for a week in Roseto, what he likes about this place, since he could go anywhere, but he chooses to come here.

Michele answers that Roseto is his second city, perhaps more than the first, because in Bologna he lead a retired life, he live in a reserved manner. Here he has many friends, beyond the relationship with Gianluca, everyone loves him here, and for him that’s important.

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Maggitti shows the book RICOMINCIO DAI TRE and asks Torpedine for an explanation of his phrase “I love music, but not the world of music.”

Michele explains that there is a lot of ingratitude in the musical world and his book served to explain this fact.

Maggitti congratulates Michele, for his cover photo, of the book, confirming that it is a shot made by Gianluca.

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Michele admits that Gianluca is very good with the camera and confirms that the photos that Torpedine uses on his Facebook page are made by Gianluca.

Maggitti asks how important the figure of the manager is. Torpedine confirms that if there is a good relationship, the figure of the manager is of considerable importance. Below he talks about his experience with Pavarotti and the importance of having understood the success of combining classical music with pop music.

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But in my opinion, the interview where really important things were said, is this of the dear friend Marino Bartoletti.

At the beginning, Maggitti recalls the early days when Bertoletti came to Roseto, but then, confirming that for him this place has become a fixture, for him, he admits that the second reason for his coming is to re-embrace Gianluca Ginoble.
(His exact words.) “Everyone knows my respect for him, but I should say, my friendship, my affection for him.”

Maggitti’s question is very strong: “What has IL VOLO to do 11 consecutive world tours and still fills all the theaters and what is the appeal of you, great music expert and journalist, who talks about them as famous and well-liked in the world?”

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Bartoletti = I could answer you by reversing the question, that is, by asking me how there are still people (even our journalist colleagues) who still do not understand, this success of theirs and their talent. I admit, that I am attached to them by affection, friendship and admiration towards them, but they have everything that is asked of bel canto, skill, the ability to transmit the Italian genius abroad. But it’s the same Italian genius that should be better understood in Italy, and then I wonder, what else do these guys have to prove?

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They are boys who have reached their tenth year, and sold out everywhere, even here in Italy. I can only say that I admire them very much, that I admire their “spirit of sacrifice” which is extraordinary, because they could “sit on their laurels”, instead they continue to improve, to improve. This year they were very good, even in Sanremo, where they achieved third place, so very elegantly. I would like the Italian guys to look more like them, especially as the families of the Italian boys were more like the families of Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio, because I always say this publicly, that the strength of these guys is what they have behind them, family, culture, education, humility.

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I don’t know for you, but for me to read the beautiful and deserved words of Marino Bartoletti, towards IL VOLO, is like taking a sip of fresh and clear water, when you have a throat burned by thirst.

Thanks Marino, you are a true friend !!

Daniela 

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MASSIMO RANIERI, A DEAR FRIEND by Daniela

Surely in these days, this beautiful photo has not escaped you, but perhaps (Italians aside), not everyone knows who this man is that warmly embraces Michele and Gianluca.

He is a very good singer, indeed a true complete artist.

For those who do not know him, Massimo Ranieri is a fantastic singer with excellent vocal talents, but also a good actor, a historian, in the true sense of the word.

The photo below has been posted by Ranieri himself, with a beautiful dedication.
He was in Roseto degli Abruzzi, for a concert, which was very successful. Michele and Gianluca also went to his concert.

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The dedication:

Ieri magnifica serata a Roseto degli Abruzzi in compagnia dei miei cari amici Gianluca Ginoble e Michele Torpedine.

Translation:

Yesterday wonderful evening in Roseto degli Abruzzi, in the company of my dear friends Gianluca Ginoble and Michele Torpedine.

Il Volo, in 2016, had already been a guest of a transmission conducted by Massimo Ranieri, entitled SOGNO O SON DESTO?

During that transmission, Gianluca showed the photo with Ranieri, whom he jealously kept in his cell phone.

Here is the video of the evening, it is not of excellent quality but it is seen and feels quite well.

Massimo, at the end of the song “QUANDO L’AMORE DIVENTA POESIA”, presents IL VOLO with these words, “Here they are, these three fantastic, wonderful boys”.

After the pleasantries, Massimo says he was moved when Gianluca showed him the photo, stored in his cell phone. 

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There is a lot of respect and affection between Gianluca, Ignazio, Piero and Massimo Ranieri.

Another thing you may not know, is that the beautiful song “VENT’ANNI”, sung in concert in 2016 by Gianluca and Piero, is a song brought to success by a young Massimo Ranieri.

And here is the video of Massimo Ranieri who sings “VENT’ANNI” during Canzonissima (a transmission of songs) of 1970. Massimo was 19, the song was a great success.

And here, the beautiful words of the lyrics of the song.

VENT’ANNI

La mia vita cominciò
Come l’erba come il fiore
E mia madre mi baciò
Come fossi il primo amore

La la la la la
La la la la la

Nasce cosi
La vita mia
Come comincia
Una poesia

Io credo che lassù
C’era un sorriso anche per me
La stessa luce che
Si accende quando nasce un re

Una stella una chitarra
Primo amore biondo e mio
Con l’orgoglio dei vent’anni
Piansi, ma vi dissi addio

E me ne andai
Verso il destino
Con l’entusiasmo
Di un bambino

Io credo che lassù
C’era un sorriso anche per me
La stessa luce che

si accende quando nasce un re.

Io credo che lassù…..

Translation:

TWENTY YEARS

My life began
Like grass like a flower
And my mother kissed me
How I was the first love

La la la la
La la la la

Thus was born
My life
How it begins
A poem

I believe that up there
There was a smile for me too
The same light that
It lights up when a king is born

A star a guitar
First blonde love and mine
With the pride of twenty years
I cried, but I said you goodbye

And I left
To destiny
With enthusiasm
Of a child

I believe that up there
There was a smile for me too
The same light that

It lights up when a king is born

I believe that up there……

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Did you enjoy getting to know Massimo Ranieri better?

What do you think of his performance at 19?

Daniela

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FRANCESCA LORITO, A SWEET MEMORY by Daniela

In these days Regina Hanna, who is part of the crew, sent me an e-mail and wrote “do a summer post on this video”.

Okay, I thought, it’s a beautiful video from almost four years ago, and maybe some of you haven’t seen it and, for those who have seen it, it’s certainly nice to see them again.

Unfortunately there is only one single video of that evening, but I remember well all that happened in the transmission and that now I am going to tell you.

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Francesca Lorito, is a beautiful and good girl who participates in the program broadcast on TELEFE, called LATEST CORAZONES (an Argentine television program) , where the children sing with their parents. Francesca performs with her father Giorgio, of Italian origins. Giorgio taught Francesca the beautiful Italian songs and that evening they will sing “VOLARE”.

Francesca likes IL VOLO, which are fresh from victory, in Sanremo (we are in October 2015). What Francesca does not know, while singing, with her beautiful little voice together with her father, that Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio, are behind the scenes, ready to go out during the live, to give her a nice surprise.

When the boys come out into the open, Francesca remains open-mouthed, but then, after the initial astonishment, she starts singing with them, and the voices of all four are very beautiful and well blended.

This beautiful video is really moving, but I remember very well, the emotion of Gianluca, while he was singing and holding little Francesca, the tears ran down his cheeks, and the presenter, seeing so much emotion in Gianluca, told him, not to be ashamed of show his emotion and sensitivity.

 

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Definitely very excited Francesca, but perhaps even more our treasure of Gianluca. His gentle soul could not resist, sweet Gian.

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Francesca told the camera that it was her mother who introduced her to IL VOLO and she immediately fell in love with Gianluca: “What I know about him is his name is Gianluca and he is the most beautiful of all.”

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The conductor thanked Il Volo, describing them with words of respect and admiration, saying that they are great personalities of international music but also humble and very helpful boys.

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At the end of the stay IL VOLO sang “Grande Amore” dedicating it to Francesca who was giving them big smiles. She certainly felt like a real princess!  👸

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Thank you guys for making this little girl’s dream come true!

Crew, did you see this video before and know all the background?
I hope I told you something new.
Daniela

 

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NOT ONLY CONCERTS by Daniela

While they were in Abruzzo for the Chieti concert, Ignazio, Gianluca and Piero made a very special visit.

This video was broadcast by the Abruzzo TV news program.

Man = Exceptional visit to the small patients of the pediatric oncology department of Pescara. The singing trio of IL VOLO has arrived to bring gifts and joy.

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Woman = They kept their promise, they returned to find the small children of the oncohematology department of the hospital in Pescara, the children of IL VOLO.

Occasion, the stage of the tour, for the concert at the Civitella di Chieti, before going on stage, Ignazio Boschetto, the Abruzzese Gianluca Ginoble and Piero Barone, wanted to meet the small children who in these days, are hospitalized in the structure of Pescara.

Among small gifts, photos and hugs, a moment of true solidarity among those who suffer.

I= We do a little, but we know that it is worth a lot for these children, and it is a pleasure every time, to be able to come here to Pescara and thanks to AGBE (Association Parents Emopathic Children) that gives us this opportunity.
Woman = Gianluca, for you Pescara and Abruzzo, have a special value.
G = Absolutely, then I adapt to what Ignazio said and what we want to do is give strength to children, and especially to families, being close to them with a few gestures, for us it is important.

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P = There is nothing more beautiful than sharing our passion, we are extremely lucky, because there is nothing more beautiful than seeing the people who look at you and smile at you.

A gesture of great significance for the AGBE, which accompanies children and families, in the difficult moments of their lives. Achille Di Paolo, is its president.

AdP = We are proud to have these guys, who support us every time. Whenever they are in the area, in Pescara, even in the Marche, a visit always make a visit to us. They fill us with joy and above all, they make our children smile and this is very important.

P = We have to thank heaven every day, for what we are experiencing right now, we are all extremely lucky, but we don’t realize it. These experiences give you a strength that fills your heart and makes you understand so much about life.
I = It’s nice, when you can give a smile to younger children, it’s always a beautiful thing. Besides, I am one who tries not to see only the tragedy, today we live in the present and tomorrow, we will worry, when it will be tomorrow.
Today we are here, in the present and we are with these young people and we try to give them a smile now.

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G= I am very close, like Ignazio and Piero, to AGBE, we thank them for all the work they do every day, to stay close to these children, and their parents, who need support, above all moral support. Children are naturally unaware of what is happening, but parents, it is clear that they need as much strength. We promise to return, this time too, absolutely, every time the boys, Ignazio and Piero, are here in the area, for a concert, or whatever, we promise to come back, to give you a smile too, to stay together, which is the most important thing.

And here is the AGBE video of the visit of IL VOLO.

Also these days, Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio, have also given this special message.

I = A few days ago we heard about a sad story, we met a little girl, her name is Jo. She needs an intervention at the heels, this intervention can only be done in America at a cost of around 500,000 euros. We are here, to raise awareness, people like us, who can help us, even with little.
P = For more information, go to the Facebook page, “Jo’s dreams”.
G = We can help this little girl, who needs all of us, please…

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Below are the donation codes from Jo’s photo enlarged.

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This is the least known part of our boys, but it is a part that does them much honor.
Always look to those less fortunate than you.
Try to give a smile to those who don’t want to smile.

What a big heart. ❤️

Thank you guys!

Daniela

 

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