After the cycle of concerts in the US, I noticed many new names following our site, and I believe some are new fans, who have joined us, after having heard Il Volo sing live in the last concerts.
Maybe not all of them are updated on Il Volo, like us who follow them daily, and so I wanted to go back a little bit in time when Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca were not yet IL VOLO, indeed they didn’t know each other at all …… the inspiration was given during that television broadcast: TI LASCIO UNA CANZONE – year 2009.
Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, have been presented in this transmission, as solo singers. And here they are in some of their performances:
Piero Baronesings “PIOVE” by Domenico Modugno.
Oh my God, Piero, you were 15 years old, I would say rather plump, and those ears …… but you already showed security, and we want to talk about the voice? An enchantment, even then, surprised us and was a contrast between you, with childlike features and this adult voice.
Really very particular, I would say a kid to keep in observation !!!
And here is Ignazio Boschettosinging“È LA MIA VITA”by Al Bano.
Wow Ignazio, what a difficult song, but I had no doubt that you could do it very well. Al Bano is known for having a very high tone of voice but you have not been less than him, quite the contrary.
Your voice had no problems, and you immediately enchanted everyone.
But let’s talk about you, a still clumsy child, forced to wear sizes of adult clothes because of the weight, but those dimples, what to say have fascinated everyone, as much as your voice.
This kid, to be taken into consideration!!!
And now Gianluca Ginoble sings AVE MARIA.
Gianluca, what a sweetness, your voice is so caressing and so deep, that it touches us in our soul.
The deep admiration for Bocelli’s style is felt in the execution.
14 years old, good and handsome. You seem shy but so terribly sure of your voice.
What a great power. Another one to keep definitely observed!!!
Three really promising children.
In the various stages of the broadcast, the director decides to create duets, and the result is not at all disappointing.
Piero Barone and Simona Collura sing CU’MMÈ , beautiful Neapolitan song.
Gianluca Ginoble and Sara Pischedda sing L’ABITUDINE.
Ignazio Boschetto and Massimo Ranieri sing QUANDO L’AMORE DIVENTA POESIA.
I did not understand why in Piero and Gianluca, in the duets joined small girls, also participating in the transmission, while instead Ignazio, in the duets was associated with already famous singers, guests of the evening.
However, our three guys even in the duets have pointed out their skills and then ………… why not try to make a song in a trio:
And so Roberto Cenci the director of “Ti Lascio una canzone”, thought well of trying to unite these three children with powerful voices in a trio, and make them sing O Sole Mio.
O SOLE MIO, the first time sung by Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio, 25 April 2009.
Wow, what strength, what power, these children could make a fortune ……. but someone at that exact moment, a great manager of famous singers, Michele Torpedine, was watching television while on the phone with his friend Tony Renis ……….. this is the beginning of IL VOLO, and everything else is history !!
Sometimes I think of the extraordinary randomness, which made Piero, Ginaluca and Ignazio, coming from different places, be registered in the same year for this show.
The randomness of the director who wanted to try to combine their voices.
The coincidence that Torpedine was watching TV on the phone with Tony Renis.
A long series of fortuitous circumstances, which made the project take shape in a short time, was April 25, 2009, this year has been 11 years and we are still enjoying these beautiful voices …… and it’s not over yet !!
In these quarantine days, Gianluca and his friends Giuseppe and Eraldo communicate via a video call, which I translate for you.
Gianluca cuddles his dog Luna and says that he will make a live broadcast with Giuseppe and Eraldo.
Friends ask Gianluca how the quarantine is going and Gian replies that he does nothing but run between sofa and kitchen, kitchen and sofa. Instead the twins reply that, however, it is nice, that their whole family in this period is all together, which is almost anomalous.
Giuseppe tells Gian that, after all, the quarantine is pleasant for him who has been away for so long.
Gian replies that after a month and a half outside, it is nice to be at home, with the family, and confirms that he is with his mother, in quarantine in his home and shows that the neighboring house is that of his parents, but says that he and his mom, they saw his father and brother from afar and could not hug them.
Gian admits that it is not easy, to return and not be able to embrace the grandfather, the dad, the brother, the friends (surely even if he does not say it, his girlfriend).
He says that while they were in California, the virus alarm also arrived there and then they closed everything there too, however from Italy they told me, “You can’t imagine what the situation is like here.” He realized it when they landed in Rome – there was nobody at the airport.
They did concerts with a lot of people, then also the Meet & Greets. Luckily they are fine, they didn’t have any problem and he also says this for the people who are watching them.
Piero and Ignazio, who are now in Sicily and Bologna, were also lucky.
Unfortunately they had to cancel the last three concerts, but health above all. In the US, they are now getting scared and are now taking the example of us Italians, even in Europe.
Giuseppe replies that even England, even if they were reluctant, is taking measures. Everyone has to do it, because the virus is getting everywhere, to be able to travel without problems again, otherwise the infection continues to return.
The problem is worldwide and that he hopes that the arrival of the heat will mitigate everything.
“Contagion is the most important problem also in South America”, says Gian because a message arrived while the two of them were talking. Gian says that when he saw, from cell phone, Italian Prime Minister’s first speech, he cried, imagining his nation in that way.
Gian reads some greetings from people from South America and Russia.
Giuseppe asks Gian to tell him something about the tour, as they have traveled around America far and wide.
Gian says it was beautiful, one of the most beautiful tours they have done in the US, a month and a half of great satisfaction, many people, many emotions.
In the comments of the video, someone asks to sing something, to raise morale at all. Gian says that he trained a little on the piano and therefore plays a song, he also makes a mistake and says that he gets emotional.
Now he will have time to train, and says he would also like to write a song.
Gian shows the panorama of Montepagano and Giuseppe shows the panorama of his city: Ascoli.
Gian says that in the evening he will watch TV, there is the second film of the Harry Potter saga and (he is a fan of the saga) and Gian remembers that he was in Orlando to visit Universal Studios.
Gian replies in English to an American fan.
Then they say goodbye to various fans, including Saretto of Bambar and they tell him that they will soon go to Taormina. They remember having eaten 40 granitas in one day.
Then Gian talks about fans from South America, saying that Il Volo knows that the US audience is more adult, while in South America they are all young girls.
Giuseppe confirms that this is because Il Volo is liked by a transversal audience that is liked all over the world.
Then he asks Gian if he has seen the video commented also by Trump, on the Frecce Tricolori (our aerobatic aeronautics) and Gian confirms that it is very beautiful, on the Nessun Dorma sung by Pavarotti.
Both then stress the importance of observing the rules in these moments.
Gian says that he recommends this to his brother Erny, who however says that he is a very responsible boy.
Then he says that he has not been able to embrace his grandfather, they have not even seen each other, despite the fact that his grandfather is the love of his life, “Woe to those who touch him.”
Gian continues saying that many will understand him, because in his situation there are many people.
Giuseppe says that now attitudes among people have also changed, we are all far away.
Gian says that he thinks that the virus problem will continue until 2021, and he hopes that a cure, a vaccine will be found soon, otherwise there will always be anxiety about being in a crowded place.
It will be hard to overcome this moment.
Then Gian shows the window from which he sees his brother and dad, who greet him, like Giulietta and Romeo.
Then Gian shows his lounge rhino.
One of Giuseppe’s uncles welcomes Gian back.
Luna arrives and Gian fondly cuddles him, he says that when she arrived, it changed his life.
Eraldo also returns and Gian says that the two of them and Alessio are his best friends. They met about three years ago, through a relative of Gian who knows the grandfather of the twins (Alessio has always been his friend.)
The twins ask Gian what the banana cake he cooked was like and Gian shows it to them, and says that the dough also contained banana, along with almonds and walnuts.
The twins ask Gian to tell everyone what his breakfast consists of and he says: “Lactose-free Greek yogurt, inside a crushed banana, almost liquid, then chopped almonds and walnuts …..” Giuseppe says not to say last two ingredients, which maybe he will play a game to guess these components.
Eraldo says that he spoke to his grandfather who told him that now the young people complain, because they have to stay at home, but then, what should his generation have done, who was called to war? Gian replies that in fact the younger generations complain too much, instead in grandparents there is wisdom.
Gianluca says that our generation is spoiled, it is hard to stay in quarantine, but it must be done for health. This situation will make us grow and face problems differently and we will face life differently. We will be more mature and look at life with other perspectives, and when we are grandparents, we will say that in 2020 we were closed at home, because of the C19.
So Gian offers some nice masks on his face, and the meter, away. The twins say that we have to play down and laugh a little.
Then Gian says that he has also done some physical training and shows his small personal gym.
Giuseppe says that in the next few days they will do a live broadcast while Gian or all three sing or while Gian is cooking.
A fan in the video asks Gian if he saw Piero’s new haircut and Gian says that with that mustache, he looks like Pablo Escobar.
Another fan, however, asks Gian to do a live broadcast every day.
Gianluca reads some greetings from the fans and in the end it is he who greets everyone.
Well Gianluca, it seems to me that with your speeches, you have given good messages to follow.
Cynthia from the Philippines, who is part of our crew, sent me this message:
“When I saw the video of “Mi Mancherai” for the first time, sung by Gianluca at the concert in Rome, I was no longer able to look at other things.
Every night I saw that video several times. I could not watch other videos or follow other posts, I was as bewitched by that performance.”
“Gianluca’s execution of the song: • seamless • powerful • sublime • delicate
It fascinates me and takes my breath away.
Enters the depths of my soul.
It makes me cry … in a purifying way, purging the muck out and lets shine what is pure and true inside.”
“Every note by Gianluca, every half note, every nuance, every breath … comes from the depths of his soul … truly honoring the music … giving (the) music (the) maximum respect …
I can only pay him homage, with so much dedication to his craft. What is kindled within me is that reverence to music, that awe…. ”
And here is the video that Cynthia is talking about.
Scrolling through the various comments, under this video, one immediately caught my attention:
Myron Heaton = I think the audience is on drugs – such small response ! This is one of Gianluca’s best songs ever and so beautifully done. This should have been shouts and tears and cheers. Bravo !
Gianluca is allowing his passion to show more and more these days. This is an example of that growth. From the shy kid 10 years ago to a stunning young man with exquisite musical heart.
A friend of mine, Rita Spera, after attending the concert in Palermo, wrote these beautiful words about the execution of Gianluca.
“With a tribute to Massimo Troisi, on the notes of the soundtrack of the film IL POSTINO by Bacalov, who received the Oscar for these music, Gianluca did not deny it, on the contrary, with “Aranjuez” he made me know the power of his voice, this time I saw and heard other aspects. He touched all the notes I never imagined could be sung, he modulated his voice like so many musical instruments, sweet deep and poignant before, in a crescendo then up to make his voice tremble inside me. Like rising from the ground and then descending down, sitting on the steps to end his enchanting performance.
Tears did not stop me from observing his elegance in his posture, and in his gestures, which were used as an ornament, to his song.
Thanks, my boy, for the beautiful emotions you make us live, and the surprises that you reserve for us.”
And here is the text of the beautiful song from the movie IL POSTINO,
Beautiful Italian film, last work played and directed by Massimo Troisi, a good Italian actor who died prematurely due to a heart attack.
Candidate for 5 Oscars, got only the one for the soundtrack, by Bacalov. The words of the text are instead of Josh Groban.
Massimo Troisi, in a photo taken from the film Il Postino. (The Postman)
Mi mancherai se te ne vai Mi mancherá la tua serenitá Le tue parole come canzoni al vento E l’amore che ora porti via
Mi mancherai se te ne vai Ora e per sempre non so come vivrei E l’allegria, amica mia Va via con te
Mi mancherai mi mancherai Perché vai via? Perché l’amore in te sé spento? Perché, perché? Non cambierá niente lo so E dentro sento te
Mi mancherai mi mancherai Perché vai via? Perché l’amore in te sé spento? Perché, perché? Non cambierá niente lo so E dentro sento che
Mi mancherà, l’immensità dei nostri giorni e notti insieme a te i tuoi sorrisi, quando si fa buio la tua ingenuità, da bambina tu
Mi mancherai, amore mio ti guardo e trovo vuoto dentro me
E l’allegria, amica mia va via con te
I’LL MISS YOU
I’ll miss you if you leave I’ll miss your serenity Your words like songs in the wind And the love that you take away I’ll miss you if you leave Now, forever, I do not know how to live And the joy, my love, Goes away with you I’ll miss you, I’ll miss you Why do you leave? Because the love inside of you is dead Why, oh Why? Nothing will change, I know that Inside of me, I feel you
I’ll miss you, I’ll miss you Because you go away Because the love in you is dead Why, oh Why? Nothing will change, I know that Inside of me, I feel you
I’ll miss the immensity Of our days and nights together Yours smiles when it was dark Your being naive like a small girl I’ll miss you, my love I look and I find emptiness inside of me And the joy, my love Goes away with you
There is not much to add, this music is really poignant, the words touch the heart and the voice of Gianluca …… caresses us deep into the soul, creating strong emotions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?”
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?
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.
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.
Today I definitely want to tease the female consensus.
We all know that Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca are very good, and it is for all that we admire them a lot. But today I want to confirm another thing that is obvious to all ……. BUT HOW BEAUTIFUL IS OUR GIANLUCA ???
He is a very sweet and sensual beauty, but it is not only an end in itself, because all of us know that behind that beautiful face there is also an incredible voice, which goes deep into you and amazes you.
In reality, IL VOLO are all three handsome guys, but Gianluca has a style and elegance, for which he could be also a beautiful model or even a handsome actor.
These days, then, were published beautiful black and white photos that show Gianluca in all its beauty.
The shots were made by photographer Pier Costantini.
Those eyes, so beautiful and sincere, that can scrutinize you but that have also been often witnesses of warm tears coming from emotions that come from the heart.
That smile, perfect and disarming, blazing with perfect teeth.
These beautiful shots, have managed to make a very serious image of Gianluca, a thoughtful but charming man.
Who does not know it, seeing these shots could immediately think “what a magnificent photo model …. is he an actor ???”
In reality, even when Gianluca lends himself to a simple selfie or to some shots made by fans, the photos are just as beautiful, perhaps less artistic but very natural and the beauty of Gianluca does not suffer at all.
This is Gianluca, a really nice guy, but also sincere, elegant, proud, sweet, sensual, generous and affectionate.
Credit to owners of all photos.
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