“The Knight With His Hand On His Chest”~by Carmen, Friend of Daniela.

Carmen is my Spanish friend who teaches Art History.  She loves IL VOLO and loves to make comparisons between IL VOLO and artwork.   Her teaching method  is to create this parallel so that the lessons result less heavy  for the students.

It is very interesting and I thought to ask Valeria to translate it for you.

 This is what she thinks of Piero.

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THE KNIGHT WITH HIS HAND ON HIS CHEST,   

 written by Carmen Garcia Rodriguez.

When I first watched the trio Il Volo for the first time, two of its members immediately reminded me of the characters I had seen in various artworks. Gianluca has a classic beauty that reminded me of Hermes of Prassitele and Ignazio, for his deportment and for his face, he seemed to me a Knight of the seventeenth century, coming out of a picture of Caravaggio or Dumas’s novel “The Three Musketeers”.

And many people have asked me: “And Piero, do not you remember any character?” The fact is that he reminded me, yes, some, but I did not understand who. His glasses, which give him so many personalities, I think, prevented me from accurately identifying what character of the past he was like, until I saw his picture without glasses and black dress. Then I understood: Piero was “The Knight with his hand on his chest”.

 

His austere air, his serious face, and the penetrating look were those of the famous Toledo horseman depicted by El Greco. Afterwards I realized that, very often, singing or greetings, Piero carried his hand to the chest in a gesture very similar to that of the man of the painting, and I thought: finally I found Piero’s character.

El Greco was a famous painter of the sixteenth century, born in Crete and artistically formed in Italy, although today he is considered a Spanish painter since he settled in Toledo and in Spain reached the fame he still maintains. “The Knight with his hand on his chest” (Museo del Prado) is surely his most famous portrait. Unfortunately, we do not know for sure who the Knight is, but El Greco, as a portraitist, has been able to grasp the character of the character. .

It is a simple portrait in which black and gray predominate, which gives arousing air to the character, but there are three elements that characterize the portrait: the penetrating gaze, the grip of the sword pointing to his character noble origin and, above all, the hand on the chest that represents it as a man of honor.

Of course Piero is more attractive than El Greco’s Knight and also wears glasses that I hope will never be removed because they characterize his image. I do not know Piero personally, so I do not know if his personality resembles the one that comes from this horseman, but for some reason Piero is for me “the Knight with his hand on his chest”, one of my favorite portraits.

 (translated from Spanish to Italian by Valeria Bosch)

The teacher Carmen Garcia Rodriguez has a blog dedicated to art and IL VOLO. This is her link,

http://ilvoloarteycultura.blogspot.it/p/los-protagonistas.html

~Credit to all owners of photos.~

Thoughts on Ignazio, by Daniela

Ignazio has posted on Instagram this  beautiful photo.

 

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Ignazio’s sincere look gives a deep affection and respect to the person who is close to him.

From this shot, these comments were born.

Melina AnastasiThis photo does not require comments !!! 

Ignazio has called it “life lessons.” It is infinite delicacy, affection, depth and attention, Ignazio’s glance is a caress of the soul!

Carmen Verdi = After the summer fun, the sea, the car races, the laughter with friends, the carefree, the time comes to stop, listen, and follow the advice. To listen carefully to the story of a difficult and tiring life as it would have been for the elderly relative and to take lessons. Not everything is taken in life, I imagine the wise man, strong in his experience, and Ignazio seems to hang from his lips, looks at him with respect, admiration, and even affection. These meetings are good, they bring to reality, they do not lose sight of reality, they remind, if they ever need to, always have their feet well planted on the floor and never forget where they left. We know how Ignazio is ready to listen.

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Ignazio always amazes us, what is your thought?

Credit to all owners of photos.

~Jane~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Trip In Sicily~Looking For Il Volo, by Daniela

Hi – just a shout out to everyone experiencing these crazy and unusual weather phenomenas we are having right now… fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, any flooding, etc.  It’s been a really crazy year for weather and I’m sure we will all be glad when the new year starts.  Puerto Rico had a direct hit with Maria and I read the entire island is without power.  Let’s pray that the guys keep missing all of this tragic weather and stay one step ahead!  🙂  One more bit of news – just a reminder that we will only be doing ONE POST per country.  Brazil has 3 concerts alone from Sao Paolo, as well as Curitiba.  Look for Curitiba/Sao Paolo next Monday.

Ok, now on with this lovely story from Daniela… In search of…. 


Summer was at the door. We usually spend part of August at the sea but this year we had the idea of ​​going to Sicily.
My husband is Sicilian, but for 39 years we did not return to Sicily moreover, it was well known that Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca would have had a whole month of holiday and with a pinch of luck we could meet at least one of them.
While I was preparing for the trip we would have traveled definitely train, as my husband does not like flying or even going to the ship.   I keep reading news about Piero and Ignazio, because it is clear that Gianluca will spend his summer at Roseto.
I read right away that Ignazio stayed with Alessandra in Sardinia where IL VOLO had their last concert so I miss the hopes of seeing Ignazio because he will stay the summer in Sardinia.
I focus on Piero.
We had a very detailed program, which included visiting almost all Sicily and visiting many places and monuments.
Meeting one of the boys would be the icing on the cake.
Last year Piero and his brothers spent their holidays in Taormina
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The evening before our visit to Taormina, I find out that Piero this year is not on vacation in Taormina, is  in San Leone, darn,  just this year had to change program ??
Even though I was a little disappointed, Taormina is always beautiful, I have seen the Greek Theater, a magnificent place for our guys concerts, and then the Botte where they often go to eat, the Metropole hotel where they stay and the Bambar where we also got a granite.
All places frequented by IL VOLO, but no trace of them.
That night, back to the B & B I realized what I call “the power of the union IL VOLO”, I phoned two virtual friendships known thanks to the common love for the boys. They live near the area where I was and so have come to know me, it was beautiful.   I now  know Melina (of which I posted the review of Taormina) and Nancy.
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The next stage of the trip is Agrigento, but passing from Naro, the town of Piero.
I would never go to Piero’s house, I wanted to see the Castle and House Teca dedicated to him.
We arrive at Naro which was almost noon. It was incredibly hot. Beautiful country in the hinterland, with all tuff houses.
As Marie and Jane had told us the roads  more go up and more tighten, we had thought to park down and walk on foot.
We did a long staircase and at last there is the castle, almost a manor that dominates the valley.   We take some photos and enter the courtyard. As I search the door of House Teca di Piero, a caretaker looks out and says “we are closing, we reopen at 4pm”, useless to insist.
We could not wait, we had an appointment at 3pm in Agrigento and definitely would not return to Naro again.
Darn it for the second time.
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As we reach our destination in Agrigento, I see on the map the place where our B & B was very close to San Leone where Piero is spending the holidays, not even 3 miles. I’m very happy, I have another chance to see Piero.
The next day we wake up early, we have planned a beautiful hike to the VALLE OF THE TEMPLES, an enchanting place full of history.   We walk for hours under a burning sun, but what we have seen repays us from fatigue.
It’s 2 pm and we have not eaten yet.   I suggest to my husband “we go to lunch at San Leone”?
We park at the harbor and have lunch and then take a long walk to the harbor, the nearby beach and the promenade.
Of Piero there is no shadow. It is very hot and we are tired of the day, we go back to the B & B for a shower and rest.
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The next day we headed to the SCALE OF TURKS where Piero posted photos with friends and his watercraft.
Even here nothing Piero, but we still have it all afternoon and my dear husband still takes me to San Leone for an ice cream.
Again we walk back and forth on the waterfront, we stopped until evening, seeing a beautiful sunset and the lights of the night.
My husband was more disappointed for me, nothing Piero.
I thought maybe that day Piero had gone to visit his parents.
Patience. Let’s go back to the B & B.   I connect to my phone that was unloaded and what do I see ??? Many photos of Piero just posted made in San Leone, exactly where we were up to 5 minutes before.
It is not possible, that anger.
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I lost hope to see Piero.
The trip continues, we go to Palermo. As we travel, I keep reading the news from my cell phone and what do I find out? Ignatius is no longer in Sardinia, now he is in Marsala.
Evviva, Marsala is closer to Palermo, maybe I can even see Ignazio, my favorite !!
Palermo is a huge, beautiful, chaotic city, full of monuments and my husband’s birth town. After seeing Palermo in the long and wide, we decide to visit  the surroundings also Erice very close to Marsala.
As we climb up the beautiful fortress of Erice what do we find out? Ignazio in those days is at Favignana, one of the Egadi Islands that you can see very well from the fortress of Erice, but to reach them you have to take the ship, which my husband will never do.
But Ignazio, why have not you been to Marsala for a few days yet? Darn, this opportunity is also lost.
 
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Our trip is about to end, we have seen magnificent cities full of history and marine landscapes of an enchanting blue color.
Sicily is truly enchanting, and the delicious food.
We did not meet  Piero or Ignazio, patience there will be other occasions.
Returning home I saw photos of Ignazio and Piero published in the same places I was just before.
Darn, the guys did not synchronize the time with me.
Next time we will be better off, meanwhile Sicily is in my heart !!
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Credit to owner of photos that I’m guessing are Beppe’s!

Pavarotti 10th Anniversary Show – Special Exclusive by our own Daniela!

 

Our very own Daniela surprised us all by sending us an email of her attendance at the taping and rehearsals for the Pavarotti Event on September 6th!  Below, is her experience, as well as some editing and formatting by me.  But still mostly in her own words…


From Daniela…

This is the promo of the broadcast:

https://www.facebook.com/raiunoofficial/videos/1544358462269865/

Here is the video of their song, as well as the beginning of the evening.

 

 

“Ciao a tutte,

Ten years ago, a great tenor died, Luciano Pavarotti.  In his memory, a great event was scheduled at the Verona Arena broadcast live on Rai1, September 6, 2017.

Yesterday, September 5, from the official fanclub arrived an e-mail that if you wanted to attend the free rehearsals you just had to show up at 7pm. in front of the Arena gate and we can bring other people, the card was not required. I just wanted to tell you that I have just returned from Verona Arena where I and my husband have attended the event in memory of Pavarotti that will be done tomorrow. Lucky for us, we just lived less than an hour away from Verona.

All this was done because for IL VOLO, besides the rehearsals, there was also the recording of their participation, in short for them tomorrow will be a “fake direct” because will be transmitted how much was recorded tonight.

The big evening came.

The beginning of the evening it is announced that Il Volo will perform Granada together with the soprano Angela Gheorghiu. They were very good and there was a lot of support for them, but let me say I would have preferred they sing a song all to themselves.

At first, we were about 500 people but the rehearsal was long and in the evening, it was cold. At the end, we were about 150 people all arranged focused because during the television shooting you could see the audience. I was in a good position in the central corridor.

They were allowed to sing as if it seemed they were actually present in the Arena.

Their show was recorded on Tuesday night, the boys had to leave for Mexico, shortly afterward, as we saw from the pictures of Gian and Piero on the plane.

My husband and I had the pleasure of being there when the boys were recording their song at the Arena, it was a great experience and absolutely free. Piero Ignazio and Gianluca are wonderful as usual.

I enjoyed the show. I did some photos and a couple of videos. They asked us not to divulge photos and videos until tomorrow evening.

We have seen the tapes of the tenors: Carreras, Grigolo, Meli (I’m not sure he is), and of course IL VOLO.

The guys were very stylish, there was also the presenter Conti and the orchestra, all were elegant.

Carlo Conti asked Angela and Il Volo their thoughts on Pavarotti after they finished their song….lucky for us, Daniela translated the guys’ answers for us!

Piero: We did not know Luciano but for us he is the image of music, music in the world.  I remember when the master disappeared in 2007, on the news in China raised the black flags and there I realized that we had lost someone important.

Ignazio:  Surely for us it was a great inspiration, especially for the project we have faced to date. For me personally, I imitated Luciano when I was a little kid in my bedroom, then my mom came and said to me “but it was you Ignazio?” For me I grew up a lot with Luciano and we really bring him into our heart, and who does not?

Gianluca: The most charismatic man in the world, probably of the century, has succeeded in his mission of bringing lyrical music to everyone, to the people but especially to the young and this is the most important thing.

I finish with a phrase, today an important Italian newspaper has devoted a long page to Pavarotti’s memory and after describing not only the great artist but the simple man who had also succeeded in his spontaneity, this newspaper finished the article writing: “IL VOLO, like it or not like, are his virtual sons.”  (I love this quote!…jmv)


Pictures below from Daniela:

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These pictures below from RAI, but sent by Daniela…

I think Igna and Luciano have the same cheeks!  🙂

 

Til next time….a presto!

Jana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENERGETIX, by Daniela

Our heartfelt wishes and thanks to all the Laborers of the USA and Canada, wishing them a safe and happy Labor Day, if they get the day off!!  It’s a bit ironic, a day to celebrate the workers and unions, the government gives us the day off, but many in retail and other fields of work, have to work!


On September 2, our boys had a commitment to Berlin.

Little was known about this commitment, perhaps because it was a private event.

But the event had already been advertised by our guys with a video some time ago.

 The boys made a photo shoot in Siracusa, Sicily, this summer for the new catalog of the ENERGETIX jewelery line.

On September 2, the new catalog was presented at this event!

 

The event took place at the Estrel Berlin where many people had the pleasure to see and feel the exceptional guests: IL VOLO.

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Foto di Myrjam Minaer

 

 

Here are some photos in the catalog.

What about beautiful jewels worn by our wonderful home jewels: Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca.

 

What is your opinion of the cover photo as “Sicilian picciotti?”

 

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This appears to be a recording of the guys singing, Grande Amore, put to a beautiful artistic impression, presented to the audience before the concert actually began.  

You do not see very well but look at that presentation

 

 

Then the guests could hear a real concert of IL VOLO, were they not lucky?

 

The concert included:

 

GRANDE AMORE

NESSUN DORMA

O SOLE MIO

CARUSO

CANZONE PER TE

L’ AMORE SI MUOVE

IO CHE NON VIVO

LIBIAM NE LIETI CALICI

VOLARE

 Grazie Mille and vielen Dank to die fruende  Il Volo Bavaria for this beautiful video of the concert!!  🙂 

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Here is a link to the Energetix jewelry site.  And as Jana put it, “Hey, this stuff is actually affordable!”  🙂

Also below is a link to Amazon – where else!?  🙂

Credit to all owners of videos and photos.

The Dream Becomes Reality ~ by Daniela

From Daniela:

Time ago I saw and shared this old video of IL VOLO, then I thought, maybe some of my friends did not see it or maybe they do not know what was said so I thought about translating it for you.
 
The interview is conducted by Enrico Lucci of the Iene. Le Iene in Italy is a different type of interview, often very pungent.
 

IGNAZIO

Ignazio = You know every morning I wake up and I have to think about what happened to me, because sometimes I do not believe it, it’s like a dream.
 
Lucci = When the dream becomes reality, it happens like for IL VOLO, the trio born of a talent show. IL VOLO has remained almost unknown in Italy, but it has exploded abroad.  (Keep in mind this is an old interview.)
 
Caterina = It’s an emotion behind each other, we still do not believe it.
 
Ignazio = Over one hundred concerts around the world.
 
Vito = For me it was a dream why I find myself in America so …..
 
Caterina = We were both in Washington, we looked  us in the face and said, “but do you realize that we are in Washington?”
 
Lucci = From the outskirts of Marsala, grown up in arancini and panzerotti.
 
Vito = I was  mason, now I’m unemployed (I think he is forced to be unemployed for to follow Ignazio)
 
Lucci = (to Caterina) and what job did she do?
Caterina = Pizzaiola.
 
Lucci= A mason and a pizzaiola, how  you’ve come to classical music?
 
Ignazio = I do not know. I was three years old and singing LA DONNA E’ MOBILE.
 
Lucci = Ignazio never stopped.
 
Vito = We tried to find a teacher to follow singing studies.
 
Ignazio = See 20,000 people at Barclays Center in New York with Barbra Streisand, who applaud you and stand up, means that all sacrifices were worth it.
 
Caterina = In Barbra Streisand I was lucky to shake hand, I was hugging to Ignazio and trembling.
 
Lucci = And between one event and the other has changed everything.
Do you have the terror that everything can end?
Ignazio = Yes, like everyone else.
 
Lucci = Meanwhile, however, for any prediction, did the money put them under the mattress?  (Did they put their money under the mattress?)
 
Catherine = Yes, of course!
 
Lucci = Ignazio, the first thing you bought?
 
Ignazio = Television, the one with the surround effect.
 
Lucci = But behind the lemon field there was also a recording studio.  (Ignazio had accompanied Lucci outside the door at the back of the house, cross a small lemon field and enter a room where Ignazio made a recording room.)
 
Ignazio = And then for my dad’s birthday I gave him the BMW.
 
Vito = Not new,  specify.
 
Ignazio = Not new, used.
 
Lucci = You wanted  new, did you feel bad?
Vito = No, I did not want  new, I specified why I  want to make it clear to people that he did not  buy me the new BMW so they not  think  the money  got our heads ( that we  now spend all the money.)
 

GIANLUCA

Lucci = The village always murmurs in Abruzzo at Montepagano, where from the Central bar Gianluca has arrived in the world.
 
Gianluca = That’s my grandfather, he also came to New York to see the concert with Barbra Streisand.
 
Lucci = In three years your life has been overturned.
 
Gianluca = Yes, United States, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Singapore, Australia, Malaysia Kuala Lumpur.
 
Lucci = There is nothing to talk about in the village.
(Ask people at the bar) Are you all near Gianluca? Are you envious?
 
(Answer) NO, NO, is the Maradona of Montepagano.
 
The trio photos with famous characters are everywhere.
 
Gianluca = Here with Clinton
Lucci = What did Clinton tell you?
 
Gianluca = “Hey men, your voices are amazing.”
Yesterday a fan came from Australia.
 
Lucci = From the Central Bar tables, nothing is more like before, especially among the friends of the heart who think of him continually.
(Addressed to two friends of Gianluca) How bored are you of this country ……
 
Friends = It is weird, he was with us playing here in the country and now he goes to America, sooner or later he also takes us to America.
 
Lucci = Are you envious? You are still here, and Gianluca knows the best women in the world.
 
Friends = No, we are not envious.
 
Lucci = When the dream becomes real like the screams of fans, everything  in the family is overwhelmed.  (Nothing in the family is more like before.)
(Addressed to Leonora) Did you expect such a success?
 
Leonora = No, so no.
 
Ercole = It has changed our lives in dizziness, I’ve been 13 times in the United States, I left the job to follow him.
 
Lucci = And what do your colleagues say?
 
Ercole = Maybe even say “What a hit you got lucky”
 
Lucci = Certainly it’s a big blow of luck ….
 
Ercole = Impressive.
 
Lucci = The grandfather then did not understand something.
Did you know Barbra Streisand, did you give her your hand? (Did you shake her hand?)
Let me see , gave her his hand of a worker and that she understood the value of this hand?
 
Grandfather (looking at his hand) I think so, beautiful ( his hand), true !!

PIERO

Lucci= Also in Naro near Agrigento where Piero lives, the third of the group, there is another grandfather at the base of success.
 
Grandfather = Sorry, I just do not see you, I have the atrophied optic nerve.
 
Lucci = Does not change anything, but you saw  far away with this grandson. (As in into the future.)
 
Piero = I was 4 or 5 years old.
 
Grandfather = I put him on this table and made him to sing.
 
Lucci = You have never seen your grandson?
 
Grandfather = NO, I touch him, I hold him, kiss him, I’m 28 years old I do not see, he has 20.
 
Lucci = You know he goes to America, sings with Barbra Streisand?
 
Grandfather = It seems to me a dream, what I feel, I can not even say it, as if I wanted to break my eyes, for me it is like seeing him.
 
Piero = My grandfather helped me, he paid  all my piano lessons for 6 years, every Monday night we went to lesson walking under arm. (Arm in arm)
 
Grandfather = Because he was afraid of dogs and then we walked under arm.
 
Lucci = But if you did not see the dogs as you did to defend him ?
 
Grandfather = Look, if they had to attack him, I was able to throw myself, I went to the dog’s voice.
 
CALIFORNIA
 
Lucci = Go and tell in California, where in front of the hotel there is the siege of the fans for photos.
 
Fans = I love IL VOLO.
 
Lucci = Do you like IL VOLO?
Fans = Oh my God, oh my God, they are part of my life.
 
Lucci = Enrico Lucci of the IENE, do you want the picture as well? Ah, should I do it for her? She does not want to take the picture with me. I am very humiliated, I accompany them as a grandfather at the press conference.
 
Gianluca = We are 18 and we are in Los Angeles in a limousine.
 
Lucci = (to Piero) Think of your grandfather at this time.
 
Piero = I think of him under the tree in the armchair, who thinks and is waiting for my phone call, he writes poems, of songs, of course since he is a blind man can only do it with a recorder and every time I return, he makes me  listen to  all he has done.
 
Lucci = Now recorders are those of American journalists.
You know the English well!
The manager hopes well.
(Turned to Torpedine) Are not you afraid they say a lot of nonsense? (Jokingly)
 
Torpedine = The fact is that with my English it’s hard to control them. (Meaning their English was better than his.)
Lucci = But there is evidence of the concert.
 
Piero = These are our trucks, there is the stage and all of our production here.
 
Lucci = The Gibson Theater, inaugurated by Frank Sinatra, and already set up with gadgets and shirts of the long American journey, nearly 6,000 seats and inside … “O sun, or my sun,”  Paul Sorvino waits for them and this evening  he will sing a song with them.
 
Paul = They are good, they are phenomenal, because they all love this IL VOLO in the United States.
 
Lucci = An artist as important as you, what do you try to sing with talented but young guys?
 
Paul = It’s a great pleasure for me, first of all in America you can come from under a train, but if you have the talent ….
 
Lucci = What advice do you give them?
Paul = To stay with your feet on the ground, you must always stay with art, always seek the truth.
 
Gianluca = Who could imagine that at 18, an orchestra played for me.
Look here, 6,000 people in Los Angeles.
 
Lucci = In the evening there really is the line of fans to take the picture outside,  but also in the dressing room.
 
Ignazio = They are our Los Angeles friends.
 
Lucci = To see them today is Quincy Jones who produced Michael Jackson, and Elvis’s wife, which is one in the room.
 
Ignazio = Thank you Priscilla.
 
Lucci = IL VOLO manager discovered Zucchero, Bocelli and Giorgia.
How much is the ticket?
 
Torpedine = Average of $ 90.
Lucci = If one has a great talent, is it safe to come out?
 
Torpedine = Yes, I believe who has the numbers, eventually comes out.
 
Lucci = Torpedine noticed IL VOLO at a talent show.
Are the talent shows a thing about or cheating thousands of kids?
 
Torpedine = They would also be positive because they give the opportunity to promote new voices.
 
Lucci = Do they really have talent?
 
Torpedine = These are really phenomena.
 
Lucci = The public goes crazy, and for every song, there is applause, and standing ovation, between banners and fans, who want to touch them, as when a dream really comes true.
 
Fans = I love IL VOLO, I keep a lot of love in my heart.
Piero’s grandfather = When I’m alone and I close my eyes, I can believe it, if I could see, maybe it would not happen.
 
Lucci = Why?
 
Grandfather of Piero = I could continue my work, my way, without stopping on him.  (He means if he had  not become blind, he would continue to work, so he would have less time to notice the qualities of his grandson.)
 
Lucci = And secondly, is it worth the loss of sight for such a giant success?
 
Piero’s grandfather = This is a question too important, because if I tell you it is better not to see my grandson  would be a lie, and vice versa it would be a bigger lie.
(He can not answer because in either case his grandfather loses something important:
To see his grandson,  but Piero would not have become famous,
or not to see his grandson, but so Piero has become famous.)
 
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Credit to all owners of video and photos.

Thank you, Daniela, for this wonderful translation!

~Jane~

(a little history of…) Grande Amore… We never get tired of listening to it.

On December 16, 2016, this article was published on Zon.it, by Antonella Esposito. Although it has been a while of time, I (Daniela) will  translate it for you because it is worth reading.

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GRANDE AMORE OF VOLO:  BECAUSE WE DO NOT GET TIRED OF LISTENING TO IT

 

After the first listening to GRANDE AMORE, did the song really like you and did  join your favorite playlist? Are you still irremediably attracted to the melody and lyrics of the song? That’s why GRANDE AMORE of IL VOLO does not tire you.

Grande Amore is the winning song of the 65th edition of the Sanremo Festival, interpreted by the trio opera lirico Il Volo. Although it seems to have been written specifically to brush the powerful and versatile voices of Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, the piece had a tough road before cutting the finish line “Il Volo”.

 

THE SONG

Composed in 2003, by Francesco Boccia, songwriter and frontman of the music band I Quisisona, together with Tommy Esposito of Il Giardino dei Semplici, the romantic piece already having a precise layout designed for lyric lyricals, is presented at the selections of the   Festival of the Italian Song, in 2005, with a negative result.  So it remains to dust in the drawer for 10 years.

 

It is in fact 2015 when the song is enthusiastically evaluated by the commission of Sanremo Young and assigned to the duo Operapop. Even then, fate is a strange joke, because the duo is excluded from the competition for the age limit reached by one of the two components, Enrico Giovagnoli.

 

Grande Amore  is also offered to Orietta Berti, who proves to be favorable to the song but she is, however, unable to participate in the singing contest for personal reasons.

 

Once again, bounced back and without interpreting the fate of the piece, it is entrusted to the hands of the artistic director Carlo Conti.  At his first conducting of the Festival, using the help of the Operapop manager, convinces the producer of Il Volo, Michele Torpedine, to compete for the three young singers with the signed song Boccia-Esposito.

It’s the evening of 11th February, 2015, when IL VOLO sing for the first time, Grande Amore, in the slaps of applause from the Sanremo audience. The three different and perfectly complementary voices of the three singers, enter the heart and fill the audience’s eyes in the theater and viewers who are following the kermesse  (festival) in the world. Grande Amore.

 

For some it’s a discovery, for others it’s a confirmation. The elegance of the guys of Il Volo, the stage presence with which they saturate with energy each single tile on the stage of the Ariston, and the dramatic might with which the three young singers sing the love all or almost conquer.

 

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MELODY AND TEXT

 

Great love strikes, likes and creeps in the head with a basically simple and essential text and for this easy to memorize. The plain strode opens with the term “love” which in a vibrant and prolonged acute spreads the basis for the beginning of the refrain. And here comes the engaging redundant melody that never touches the nenia, by the way, draws a rhythmic curvature cleverly caressed first by the baritone basses of Ginoble and then raised by the strong and precise setting of Boschetto and then exploding with Barone in a  Love screaming to all generations.

 

It is therefore a universal love that sang by IL VOLO declinable in all the nuances of loving sentiment, not by chance as revealed by the same authors: “The text is not inspired by a specific person, but it is a story always valid as it may be love declaration”.

CLASSICISM

Musicality, universality and pop-lyrical contamination are probably the key elements to place with a certain conviction the classical lyric passage for the song’s story. Grande Amore with an extraordinary rapidity of diffusion not only musical but cultural has already been able to fully fit within that pink of international pieces representing Italianity. Grande Amore has all the characteristics of symphonic sweetness needed to become the Caruso of the new millennium. It  has that rhythmic and flamboyant stylistic cadence so that it can be sung by the middle world as has always been the case with O ‘sole mio.

 

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IL VOLO

 

It seems despicable and yet between different artists the song would not get the same feedback or maybe yes, but this is another story. The truth is that each song chooses its own interpreter and Grande Amore was born and struggled to end in the repertoire of Il Volo, altering in a shocking way the same artistic path of Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca who so much to the song that made him disconnect the ticket to success in Italy. Not that the three were not good enough, just as often happens the masterpieces make a difference and Grande Amore is without too much delay the diamond tip that has given the group the gender specificity that has always been sought after.

 

These are the technical reasons why listening to Grande Amore does not tire and will not even tire in twenty or thirty years. Stylish stylistic lists that are merely fine to themselves, which, because the longevity parable is valid over time, then add other elements with the most irrational flavor. These are the emotional ones, those you can not explain and that with a song almost invite you to listen to it and listen to it again and again.

 

 

Article translated by Daniela.  Credit to all owners of photos and video.

 

 

~~Jane~~