~Grande Amore – A Very Beautiful Song ~ by Daniela

Often a song that wins the Sanremo festival, gets a good publicity and also the direct passage to the Eurovision.

It is not said that a song has the same favorable feedback with the public because sometimes a winning song does not get a follow-up with the public, or after a short time it can also be forgotten.

This is certainly not the case of GRANDE AMORE.

Since the first execution it has achieved great public success.

Are not served, the many radio passages to accustom people to the musical motif.

This song has immediately entered the head but even before in the hearts of the people and has spread everywhere, in the world.

This song was liked  so much that it was sung in many languages, as this video demonstrates.

Add to the series also this little girl of Moroccan origins OIUAM participant in Sanremo young.

Also, as we have seen, this song has also been used for sports   competitions, such as figure skating or rhythmic gymnastics.

 

So many times IL VOLO has been accused of making “cover” of songs, now it is the other singers who make “cover” of Grande Amore.

Also in the Rock version.

Did you know that GRANDE AMORE was not to be sung by IL VOLO but by a male and female duo called Opera Pop?

Due to the age overcoming by the male, they could not participate in Sanremo and so the song, thanks also to Carlo Conti, was proposed to IL VOLO.

Here are the Pop Opera in their version, do you think they would have won Sanremo all the same? I believe, NO.

Ok, I do not know if you have had the courage to watch all these videos of the same song repeated so many times, and I have to tell you that I could go on forever, but the message is that GRANDE AMORE is a beautiful song.

But let’s enjoy it one last time from our wonderful guys.

Eurovision 2015 version.

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Credit to owners of all videos.

Throwback Thursday! Notte Magica – Fox Detroit MI – Mar 16, 2017

 

 

Ok, I thought we might all enjoy a little throwback to the Detroit concert last year, just about a year ago…  Some fond memories of the guys and good friends.  I miss them so, as I’m sure we all do right now.  Impatiently awaiting their new album!  Enjoy!

(I have to say, I just reread this myself and was pleasantly surprised, or maybe not, that I had actually forgotten some of this.  It’s so amazing we have these archives for us to remember these magical moments!)detroit fox 2017

 

This year, we didn’t have to wait quite as long as last time. November 29th could not come quick enough though, as soon as we knew when the pre-sale tickets were going on sale. We were all waiting with fingers and credit cards ready at 10:00am EST to get our hands on the best seats we could. Ten AM hit and we were off. Our fingers flying like a tornado, tearing through all the codes, and commands, and “I’m not a robot” games! Then it was sticker shock for Detroit! $450 each! Ok, you only live once and it was front row. So, trying not to think about the price, we took a quick breath of recovery, and painfully punched in our credit card numbers! There, it was done. Our tax returns were coming soon, right?

Ok, fast forward – after many months of careful planning, the Detroit Il Volo Girls, were joined by a few out-of-towners for a fantastically planned evening. Most of us met at my place in Dearborn and were whisked off by our contracted driver in a Ford Transit to the original “Antonio’s” called Roman Village in South Dearborn. We had 3:30p reservations, as we did not know what kind of traffic we’d run into. We had a lovely meal and left about 5:30p. Due to the construction on I-75, there was a lot of traffic going south, so we just stayed on the side roads and got there in plenty of time; arriving approximately 5:45p. Thankfully, the box office was open, so we got our tickets from will call. We still had to wait a little bit for them to open the doors. I was anxiously waiting for the arrival of Marie and Leelee. As I was looking out the door, I saw them get out of the taxi! It was so good to see them – I had their front row tickets waiting for them. As soon as they got in the door, they were letting us in the lobby. We went through security, then quickly bought our souvenir t-shirt and little furry bag. Awaiting us in our VIP bag were the Il Volo wintergreen mints, another long, fuzzy, black bag with Il Volo on it, and a deck of cards with their picture on the box, and of course, our signed VIP badge for the night.

We were escorted to our seats. I sat on the end in the front row, with a direct view of where Gianluca would be standing. They were only about 5 feet or so from the stage. Our seats were so close, we could touch the stage. We mingled with the others and met up with old friends; making some new friends along the way. It was so great to see so many people you knew and remembered and who remembered you! Before you knew it, it was 7:30p and time to begin. They started pretty much on time.

The lights went down on the theatre, and they went up on the stage, a deep blue light created a reminiscent backdrop of the evening sky in Florence. The smoke machine started to create a subtle breeze in the air. A quiet hush fell over the audience as the orchestra members strolled out onto the stage. The crowd clapped politely. Then the maestro, Joseph Modica, came out; again, the crowed clapped. The lights changed from red, to blue, to purple, to teal, and back again, all night. Very similar to the Florence concert, actually. Joseph raised his hands and the first notes of the violins could be heard resounding over the crowd. That song, that most of us had only heard on the CD or TV, was now playing live, right in front of us. The sing-songy violins spoke and the cellos and bass answered back to them. Soon, it was over. The audience cheered and clapped, knowing that what they were really waiting for was about to appear before our eyes. Seconds later, the notte magica truly began. The guys, dressed elegantly in their velveteen jackets, strolled out onto the stage, amidst what would be the first of many standing ovations that night.

Ah, it began…. Gianluca with his first note of Nessun Dorman…..his velvet voice caressing our ears and his gorgeous eyes, penetrating our very souls. After their first song, everyone in the first 5 rows stood up and gave them glorious cheers, whoops, and applause! Then came Granada. Ignazio stood with a devilish grin on his face, with his hands tightly clasped behind his back, just waiting, as Piero held that now famous long note. The crowd cheered, and then Ignazio began his part.

Soon, it was time for their solos. Ignazio was first with Una Furtiva Lacrima…. To see him sing that with such passion, power, and anguish, was truly an incredible experience. He has such a soft voice when you talk to him. You would never believe something soigna1 powerful could escape those lips. Standing ovations from all! More whoops, and cheers! Especially from the first 2 rows!

Then came La Danza, with Gianluca. Again, flawlessly executed. How he gets all those notes in there is pure magic, that is for sure! Another standing “O!” Then it was Piero with No Puede Ser, I believe. I have to say, that is one my favorites by him. Piero does seem to always be the crowd favorite with thunderous applause and cheers. Still, Ignazio is my favorite!

I was fearful that the concert would be a little on the stiff and boring side, but I was pleasantly surprised, as the guys were joking and laughing in between each song, and fooling around as much as they dared; standing in relatively one spot all night. They did take a few breaks and let the orchestra play. What was also nice was that they would come out to center stage to take a few bows after their songs, so everyone was able to see them. Of course, those of us on the left or right side of the stage, could still not see them well to get any good pictures. However, I was able to get some good shots from my vantage point, although many were close to just profile views.

I loved their one little joke about Piero and Ignazio calling their siblings, or in Ignazio’s pierocase, his dog; the others’ names! Piero admitted to sometimes calling his brother and sister Igna or Gian. But then he said it was worse that Igna called his dog, Franz, by THEIR names – Piero, or Gian. Ignazio said, with his cute accent, “it happens….” And I can see how it can, for I called my own cat by my other cat’s name! Comes out Kam-ari (for Kamina and Mari). Lol!

When it came to O Sole Mio, Gianluca did a little intro saying that many artists recorded this song and the different versions. He mentioned liking the Elvis version and Ignazio says ELvis!” in his deep voice, and does a little hip movement. (of course being polite here, but it was pretty slight…) Yep, can’t get away from that one!

As mentioned in previous reviews, they did Grande Amore and the awesome new Ave Maria, which Gianluca says was written for them and they want to sing to the Pope one day. It was hauntingly beautiful and amazing to hear them sing it in person, since that was not part of the Florence concert.

Our group and the first several rows stood and clapped after every song. All too soon, the notte magica quickly came to an end. In their reprise of Nessun Dorma, the whole theatre was on its feet, with cheers and more thunderous applause! They did not take a break, and it ended just about 9:30pm.

 

MEET AND GREET

Yes, one part of the magical night was over, but we were still anticipating the real finale of the evening where we could touch these angelic creatures with these heavenly voices! Unlike last year, things moved pretty quickly. It was a little confusing at first, but they directed us to the elevator to the 2nd floor. Good, much better than last year. We ended up on the 2nd floor, near the mezzanine area, I believe. It was a nice area and much bigger and better than last year. It was very pretty and a nice open area, overlooking the downstairs lobby. When we got up there, we saw where the guys would be. Shortly, the OMGVIP guy came out and gave us the usual “lecture” but he was very nice and told us how things were going to go. They were very organized and had tables so we could set our belongings on them. Everything was pretty orderly. We waited maybe a little over half an hour. Shortly after 10p or so, out came the guys through the velvet curtains. Before it began, there were like two groups – one to the side and one to the front of where the guys would be. The OMGVIP guy actually said – just come on up here and you guys decide who wants to go next! Wow, that was cool! No pushing, no shoving, etc. There were also nice chairs scattered around the perimeter if you wanted to sit down. Like a total 360 from last year’s cattle call! So, by the time the guys came out, everyone was relaxed. Barbara and Alessandra came out first and we were able to chat with them if we wanted to. Leonora came out also, but then hid back in the wings – I guess she didn’t want to join us that night. Gaetano was on the sidelines as well. It really is nice they all have a family member present. I guess Ignazio figured all he needed was Alessandra on this trip. Vito and Caterina stayed home this tour.

Some of you knew I made these scarves for the mothers, Nina, and Barbara. Marie graciously took Caterina’s and Eleonora’s, along with the one for Nina, to them when she visited Sicily. But I still had Leonora’s and Barbara’s left. So, I was able to give the remaining scarves to Barbara and she said she would give the other to Leonora. scarvesWhen I gave the package to Barbara, she saw the crystal wing and her eyes got real big!  I gave her the black one.  So, I think she liked it, even though she didn’t open it right away. I really should have had her open it, but I didn’t. I also gave each of them a card that had a picture from my Italy trip that I had made on Shutterfly, with a note inside. I did see Barbara open the card and could tell she was reading the note. But, the deed was finally done and they were out of my hands. I got back in line and awaited my turn.

Soon, I was next. I had it all planned out. I was going to say each of their names and give them all a big hug, and I had practiced in my head what I was going to say to each one of them! So, here is how it went….

They were in their “almost” usual spots… Gianluca was on the left, Piero in the middle and Ignazio on the right. I went up to Gian and said “Gianluca!” and gave him a big hug. I told him I was in Montepagano last summer and it was beautiful. Next was “Piero!” I told him “sempre perfetto!” Got a smile out of him. “Ignazio!” I hugged him and whispered again that he was always my favorite. I got his “aww….” again in his sweetest little voice. I also handed him the package of M&Ms we had left over from celebrating his birthday last year and told him we celebrated all of their birthdays. Then, again, it was all too soon that I felt that familiar tap on the shoulder to turn around and take the picture. I quickly felt a lot of movement beside me and realized Gian was pushing his way in between me and Piero. Odd?

Wait….no, YES, it really DID happen that way this time!!! I guess the 6th time is the charm? I was not nervous at all, it was like they were old friends I had not seen in at least 7 months or so? Lol! I met each of them with open arms and hugs.

Then it was time to go home. I think, for the first time, I was actually very pleased and happy with myself on how things turned out. I also said “ciao” to Alessandra and said to her, “I’m sure everyone tells you, you are the luckiest girl in the world.” And she said, “yes…” She is a beautiful girl, even with her glasses on!

Next is Chicago!

 

Again, I can’t stress enough how much we want to hear your comments and reviews from the concerts!  Please send your quotes and comments to:  flightcrew.nottemagica2017@gmail.com

Grazie Mille!

Jana

Festival Di Sanremo, by Daniela

After a long wait, yesterday came the evening of the Sanremo Festival where we could see the boys again.

They sang three songs, NESSUN DORMA, CANZONE PER TE, and LA VITA E’ ADESSO.

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Beautiful in Armani, they immediately presented themselves with NESSUN DORMA.

Good as always.

They had a very long applause from the audience and a standing ovation.

The audience liked the show very much.

Soon after they paid homage to Sergio Endrigo, composer of CANZONE PER TE. They performed it together with Baglioni and in the original version.

Honestly I prefer when the guys sing it alone in their version.

 

Baglioni asks Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, what an effect it has been returning here since 2015.

 

Ignazio replied that after three years, great emotion.  We were born here in 2009 with TI LASCIO UNA CANZONE (was broadcast by Sanremo) as a trio.  We won the Sanremo Festival in 2015 and meet again here after three years and be received with a great standing ovation is a great honor and pleasure.

Thank you so much indeed.

Baglioni continues by saying that yesterday there was a tribute to a great composer, Luis Bacalov and tonight we would like to make another tribute as is the custom in this Sanremo for a great singer-songwriter and performer who has been missing for thirteen years, Segio Endrigo.

Sergio Endrigo won exactly 50 years ago in 1968 together with Roberto Carlos ……. what did you do 50 years ago in 1968?

Piero answers that their grandparents went to work.

 

Gianluca asks Baglioni, “and what did you do in ’50 ?”

 

Baglioni answers, “nothing, I was in the dreams of mom and dad.”

 

Ignazio (joking) tells Baglioni “you remember when we went for a bike ride.”

Then they left the stage and we all thought that their performance was over.   We were also disappointed with just two songs.

After a long wait, towards the end of the show, they came back to sing LA VITA E ‘ADESSO, a beautiful song written by Baglioni.

They sang, IL VOLO and BAGLIONI, and it was fantastic, engaging, loose, sung well and involved the audience who gave many applause and another standing ovation.

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After so much waiting, all over, beautiful memories remain and the certainty that the boys are always in good shape.

 

Nothing has been said about their next projects.

 

Congratulations guys, ahead of all.

 

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Credit to all owners of videos and photos.

More News of Sanremo! by Daniela

Here is the latest news: the Flight will pay tribute to Sergio Endrigo, so we think it can be CANZONE PER TE.  It will not be the only song that they sing but for now is the only new clue.

In addition, the official Facebook of IL VOLO has asked us via email to do this thing that I consider very pretty.

The evening of Wednesday (for us) just before their entry on the stage of the Ariston, we were asked to post on all social networks (facebook, twitter, instagram) the photo of the boys with #ILVOLOSANREMO, so as to make the boys feel all our support and make the topic trendy.

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So I recommend, Wednesday, for you between 14:00 and 15:00, to post this beautiful picture with #ILVOLOSANREMO.

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We are all super excited !!!

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Credit to owner of photo.

~VILLA ZANCHI-GRANDE AMORE

As we are all waiting for news from the boys, and for the moment everything is silent, I thought to translate this article that appeared immediately after the victory of Sanremo in the newspaper IL CORRIERE DELLA SERA that has so titled:

AFTER SANREMO, THREE MILLION CLICKS, AND WITH IL VOLO TAKE OFF VILLA ZANCHI.

On January 15th they made the filming of GRANDE AMORE, the video shot in Stezzano. 

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Some find them snooty for the classic style, the tuxedos and the voices set. Those who meet the three singers of Il Volo, triumphers in Sanremo, tell us instead that they behave like any three teenagers. At Villa Caroli Zanchi, in Stezzano, the trio spent a day, January 15, for the filming of Grande Amore. The video of the festival’s winning song has already totaled over three million views on YouTube. “They sang, sang classic arias, joked with models,” says Loris Olivato, managing director of the estate. There was the atmosphere of a happy company.

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The movie (video) opens in the central hall. The boys are standing and light beams filter through the windows. It is a scenic effect because that day it was raining heavily. In the other rooms the scenes that shoot famous love films have been shot. There is Ghost with Ignazio Boschetto, the tenorino with the goatee, Bolognese, 20 years old, grappling with the processing of the terracotta pot with a girl who reminds us with the haircut, of Demi Moore. And to think that, six years ago, when they were launched by Antonella Clerici in Ti I leave a song, he was chubby, not at all sexy. “On the day the video was shot, he ate one tangerine after another,” says Olivato. They worked without interruption from 9 to 22.

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A Gianluca Ginoble, from Abruzzo, 20 years old, has had the task of impersonating Spiderman.  The superhero descends from above, upside down, to kiss his beauty. Since the first is never good, he had to repeat the scene several times.

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Piero Barone, the eyewear of the group, Sicilian, 21 years old, met the greatest difficulties. His piece, which recalls Back To The Future, was shot late in the evening under water(rain).   He can be seen, glistening and with a bow tie, while he comes across a rival to get his woman back.

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The crew of IL VOLO for filming in Stezzano consisted of 35 people. To accompany them there was also the father of one of the three and their agent. On that day some students arrived at the villa and asked the singers for some autographs.  And  Olivato says they have proved to be very friendly. “They promised me that if they won Sanremo, they would come here to celebrate. Now – says Olivato – I was waiting for them to keep their promise.”

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Our golden guys are always kind and available.

For your information the video of Grande Amore was made by Oblivion Production in the beautiful  Villa Zanchi.

Villa Zanchi is located in Stezzano, a town in the province of Bergamo, which is the city adjacent to Brescia !!

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Translated by Daniela

Credit to all owners of photos and article.

~ OBLIVION ~ by Daniela

A few days ago a post of OBLIVION PRODUCTION  aroused much excitement for many fans ……. but maybe not all of you know who we are talking about.

OBLIVION PRODUCTION specializes in making music videos and we are talking about videos like:

GRANDE AMORE that has reached 100 million views.

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OBLIVION PRODUCTION has posted some backstage fragments.

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But also CANZONE PER TE.

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Some backstage fragments:

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But we also talk about L ‘AMORE SI MUOVE.

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Some backstage fragments.

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……… but back to the post of these days, here it is:

Hello,

We are the experts who make the videos of this fantastic TRIO.

Follow us in the coming days, (especially on January 1) because we will have some big video surprises for all the fans of IL VOLO.

Our facebook page is Oblivion Production and on our website www.oblivionproduction.com you can find all their videos and backstage photos.

Thank you all!!!

Happy Holidays!!!

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What do you think????

In addition to celebrating the new year we will also celebrate a new video?

Fingers crossed!!!

Meanwhile: GOOD YEAR TO ALL!

 

Credit to all owners of video and photos.

Il Volo Professional ~~ Sharon Stone Charity Gala Part 2

All the professional dealings of Il Volo

 

Hello!

They’ve made their rounds on Facebook, but here are some more pictures from the Sharon Stone Gala at the Grand Hotel des Bain, St. Moritz Switzerland.

 

 

Kempinski Grand des Bain; Top Hotels in Switzerland

 

 

 

Planet Hope Facebook Page 

Planet Home Website

 

 

 

 

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~~ Kelly