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THE CONCERT STEP BY STEP – Part 3 by Daniela

Here we are at the final part of the concert. There will be some things that you may not have seen, because they do not exist in the RAI video.
Gianluca singing his solo with Piero and Ignazio sitting behind
After the electrifying experience of VOLARE, while I am still flying on the clouds …. the actress Laura Chiatti returns to the stage who says that as a muse, she has to make a request to them, she wants to hear the beautiful UN AMORE COSÌ GRANDE. How could we blame her, it is a beautiful song that Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca sing excellently, so we are very happy to listen to it.

I admit that the choreography behind our boys, although beautiful, is a little deviant, also because it has nothing to do with the song, but the voices of our boys are truly formidable.
The boys continue, apologizing to the Arena audience for their backs, because they speak directly to the people at home and confirm that they have always admired the American genre and then introduce the beautiful MY WAY.

I must say that I have always considered the top performance of this song, the one made by Gianluca and Piero, but I admit that tonight, in trio, they gave their all, everyone interpreted and all together were simply stellar!!!
Such an intimate moment, the three of them sitting on stools and for us audience the possibility of being able to admire them in all their beauty, as well as hearing these magnificent voices.
Left to right: Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero sitting and singing on the arena stage
Ignazio continues with renewing his thanks to the Morricone family and in particular to the maestro Andrea Morricone who directed them in some pieces.
Piero announces that Maestro Andrea has written a piece for Il Volo, an unpublished one: I COLORI DELL’AMORE (The Colors of Love).

It was a wonderful surprise, an unprecedented one. Beautiful music and beautiful words, it is a song very suitable for Il VOLO, which performs it with a lot of feeling. I hope to hear it often in concert.
Here are the beautiful words:
Strade buie e vuote un solco dentro me
Passa il tempo con la mente senza un se
Le mie foglie cadono sopra di te
Sono bruciature dentro l’anima
Notti insonni senza fiato a scrivere
Un suono in lontananza
serve a vivere
Vetri appesi alla speranza di chi c’è
Sguardi trasparenti e pieni di perché
Ritornerai
accanto a me
Ti spoglierai
dentro di me
E rivivrai
il tempo di una realtà
con me
Sono i colori dell’amore
di passione e libertà
in mano un fiore e poi
due attimi di noi
immagini di un film
istanti senza età
 
Semino parole irraggiungibili
Occhi già bagnati senza brividi
Due gocce di sudore cancellabili
Un urlo si dirada
siamo liberi
Abbraccerai
la luce che
si accenderà dentro di me
 
Sono i colori dell’amore
di passione e verità
in mano un fiore e poi
ci siamo solo noi
viviamo dentro a un film
E il tempo svanirà
E il tempo svanirà…

IL VOLO with Maestro Andrea Morricone waving

Dark and empty streets a furrow inside me
Spend time with the mind without an “if”
My leaves fall on you
They are burns inside the soul
Sleepless nights out of breath to write
A distant sound
serves to live
Glasses hung on the hope of whoever is there
Transparent gazes full of whys
 
You will return
next to me
You will undress
inside me
And you will live again
the time of a reality
with me
They are the colors of love
of passion and freedom
in hand a flower and then
two moments of us
pictures of a movie
ageless moments
 
I sow unattainable words
Eyes already wet without shivering
Two erasable drops of sweat
A scream disappears
we are free
 
You will hug
the light that
it will light up inside me
 
They are the colors of love
of passion and truth
in hand a flower and then
there is only us
we live in a movie
And time will fade
 
And time will fade …

Left to right: Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero singing on the arena stage

Great applause and the boys once again thank Maestro Morricone, the orchestra Filarmonia Veneta  and also Maestro Rota who has alternated with Maestro Morricone.
There is a nice standing ovation for everyone. They were all flawless.
Ignazio says that we are at the last passage.
Oh NO !! It was all so beautiful and so fast that I didn’t even notice the passage of time.
The notes of LIBIAM NE LIETI CALICI begin, we end up in joy with a very festive lyrical air, taken from LA TRAVIATA.
Left to right: Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero singing on the arena stage
People immediately start clapping their hands to the rhythm. There is a beautiful atmosphere of joy.
In the background scenography the interior of a theater is projected, beautiful, it seems to be in the balconies of an important theater, even the choir takes a position.
Ignazio’s ringing voice begins joyfully, Gianluca and Piero immediately follow and then the choir. How wonderful, an apotheosis for what we hear and for what we see, we all clap our hands in time, with Ignatius directing us from the stage.

All standing for a beautiful and well-deserved standing ovation.
The notes of THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY begin and Ignazio shouts “Grazie mille Verona !!!”, the boys thank the people, they are visibly happy.
In the RAI video, the closing credits start.
Ignazio says it was a wonderful evening,After a year and a half you gave us oxygen, thank you very much for being with us.”
Thanks to all participants, Torpedine, Barbara Vitali and Eliana Biondi (staff) and the families of the guys.
Ignazio warns us to stay connected, because there will be a goodnight greeting (after the midnight newscast).
Luckily, so there is still something !!
Last verse is sung of THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY, and the concert is all over.
Gianluca says:
“See you soon for a surprise.”
Ignazio brings his right hand to his heart, Piero greets everyone with his arms raised.
Standing ovation!
IL VOLO on stage in an embrace
The boys go backstage, amid the applause of the people, but only the time to have a drink and perhaps wipe their foreheads, and here they are again on stage, accompanied by Marco Giallini.
As the short midnight news is being broadcast on RAI1, they are back on stage to keep us company, so that we don’t get bored waiting for them ….. what sweets !!!😘😘😘
The boys thank Giallini for his support. You must know that in Italy, it is known that Giallini is a lover of hard rock, therefore, a completely different genre from that of our boys. Giallini takes the opportunity to greet and give his esteem to the drummer Bruno Farinelli who is always on tour with our boys, remember, I did an article about him.
Black and white photo of Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca standing on the stage
Then to pass the time, Ignazio says he can tell a joke and the others agree, as long as it makes people laugh.
Ignazio says: “Do you know what lipless cows do ???”
“UUUUUUUU”
….. Gianluca: “But it didn’t make anyone laugh !!!!”
These guys are really too strong and nice !!!😁😁😁😁😁😁
Ignazio, Gianluca and Piero on stage with Marco Giallini behind them
The RAI operators communicate that it is resuming live and so the boys resume thanking Giallini, who was an important presence for them, because Ignazio says it is their first live broadcast and he has given them great confidence.
Giallini thanks and tells them to sing the last song to say goodnight to everyone. Giallini greets and goes out.
If you watch the RAI video, you will see that at this point Piero makes a sign with a hand, behind Ignazio and Gianluca, to someone behind the scenes, as if to say “wait”.
Piero takes the floor to announce an absolutely moving and certainly not agreed moment.
These are his exact words.
“We want to say something important for the three of us.
This concert was dedicated to Vito, who we miss so much and is watching us from up there.”
Left to right: Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero standing on the arena stage
Gianluca hugs Ignazio who closes his eyes.
People applaud, Ignazio thanks with joined hands.
Piero bit his lip, moved and Gianluca too has tears in his eyes. The three friends hug each other.
The applause and the standing ovation continue.
The fraternal affection that binds Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero is evident and in these moments it is very strong.
It is a very, very moving and unique moment.❤❤❤
Left to right: Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero in an embrace on the arena stage
CONRADIANA begins, a beautiful song set to music by Morricone and the words are by Andrea Bocelli.
I admit that I had never heard this song before, but I must tell you that it is wonderful and the words, beautiful.

Notice Ignazio, in the beginning, his face is absorbed.
The music of the violins is poignant and the choir raises the voices, wonderfully the voices of Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero, united in the last verse.
Long applause, still standing ovation, the three boys embraced, thanked and greeted and started backstage.
Left to right: Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero standing on the arena stage
The RAI live broadcast ends, but it’s not all over, not yet !!
People continue to applaud and start saying BIS BIS (which means you want to hear a song again) and shortly after, the boys come back, the RAI connection is over, so they feel free from the impositions of the live broadcast.
They start singing the whole song of THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY. Ignazio has already got rid of his jacket, immediately also Gianluca and then in the end also Piero.

Without any inhibitions, all three run to embrace the maestro Rota, a  truly genuine gesture. (Which artist would do it this way?)
They are visibly satisfied and as the last notes are over, Ignazio stretches out his arms to look for his friends-brothers in a final contact.
A tender hug between Gianluca and Ignazio while Piero greets everyone.
It’s over.
Left to right: Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero singing in casual attire on the arena stage
The boys say goodbye to everyone and quickly run backstage, now it’s all over.
The people who during this last song, had gathered near the stage all standing, greet and thank by applauding.
Slowly we reach the exit, greeting all the friends we see to the right and left.
Left to right: Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio singing on the arena stage
It was a wonderful evening. The concert was perfect and Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio sublime.
The boys did not spare their strength, always remaining present, all three, from start to finish.
It was the reopening concert, the one that had to give the message that everything is back to normal, the first concert at the Arena after a year and a half of silence.
But it was also the concert of memory, of all those who are no longer there, primarily Vito. 
And finally it was also the evident renewal of the affection that binds Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, a deep affection of true friendship, of brother friends.

Now our thoughts are when will the next concert be?Fingers crossed!!! It will be soon!!!

Daniela

THE CONCERT, STEP BY STEP – PART 2 by Daniela

Here I am, with the second part of the concert step by step, this is exactly what I saw and heard on that beautiful evening of June 5th.
I had already written all this part, reaching the end of the concert, but due to a wrong movement, everything was deleted, and so I had to rewrite everything and, in order not to waste too much time, I preferred to redo up to the song VOLARE, and then there will be a third part.
I hope this does not bore you, also because in the third part I will tell you some things that you cannot see from the video, but that have happened.
So we were left at the first advertising break after the song METTI UNA SERA A CENA …….
Left to right: Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero singing on the arena stage(Francesca Brazzale ‘s photo)
The concert begins again.
Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca have changed the men’s suit.
Now they wear a blue D & G suit  with a double-breasted jacket and under the jacket, a midnight blue silk polo shirt.
A less formal elegance than the first, but what can I say, a real treat for our eyes, always elegant and beautiful, our golden boys !!!❤❤❤
Start a beautiful song, which was the starting stone of IL VOLO. The boys sing O SOLE MIO.
During the song Piero and Ignazio run from one side of the stage to the other, to allow people on the steps to see them more closely. Really very kind and generous.

At this point there is a small exchange of words between the three boys who happily remember their physical appearance when they were little, Ignazio and Piero who were chubby and instead, with amazement they say that Gianluca is always the same, handsome as always and always with the same pose. 😁
Piero presents the next song and it is a “milestone” in the career of our boys.
Hearing the first tolls of the piano, we all think about Sanremo 2015 and the joy of victory.
We listen to the always beautiful GRANDE AMORE.
In these days, Francesco Boccia (author of Grande Amore), posted this comment and this video,
“Thanks to Il Volo for this wonderful concert, you are always my #grandeamore .️”
He has to be very proud, his song is known all over the world, and of course the audience gives another standing ovation.
From the left side of the stage, Marco Giallini is framed, reading the sad chronicle of the story of Sacco and Vanzetti.
I look at Giallini and I don’t realize that, to perform this song with beautiful lyrics by Joan Baez, the boys go down the corridors among the audience.
My husband tells me, “Did you see Piero who passed by you?” Damn, I was looking at Giallini and I didn’t see him !!
I turn and see Piero in the corridor next to me, he is turned from behind, just as Ignazio and Gianluca, in the other corridors, are ready for the RAI operator to frame them, as soon as Giallini has finished reading.
It is at this point that I see the scene of Piero helping the two elderly people to return to their places and which I have already described to you.
Immediately after, I start filming with my mobile phone, it is not well made but it gives you the feeling of how close Piero was to me.
Behind him you will notice “the hunchback”, where all the words scroll, even of the songs, but I know that the boys preferred not to read but to “go off the cuff” (improvise).
In the video you will also hear my voice “Bravo Piero”, but what a thrill, he was so close !!
The voices of the choir also lend solemnity to the moment: HERE’S TO YOU.

Small advertising moment.
The boys return to the stage accompanied by Giallini who talks about the beautiful film “Once upon a time in America,” by Sergio Leone. For this film Morricone made the soundtrack, and then Tony Renis composed the text for Il Volo which recorded it in 2010.
Beautiful song E PIÙ TI PENSO.
Left to right: Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio singing on the arena stage(Francesca Brazzale’s photo)

It’s time for solos.

Mamma mia, I’m excited, I don’t know what to expect, but I want to be amazed!
Very jokingly, the boys introduce the moment. Gianluca begins, explaining that this time he wants to pay homage to a great artist: Elton John, with the beautiful song written 51 years ago (yes Jo Ann it’s really true, I checked) YOUR SONG, which he lovingly dedicates to his mother who is in first row. Sweet Gian ❤

Gianluca closeup pointing as he is singing

The arrangement of the song was done by maestro Melozzi, who wrote:
“Last night at the great concert of the reopening at the Arena di Verona there was also a piece of me. I am very happy with this arrangement of mine which has collected no less than 4 open stage applauses and a standing ovation. Bravo Gianluca! Long live Abruzzo.” (You will have understood that the master Melozzi is also from Abruzzo.)
The beautiful and velvety voice of Gianluca envelops us and we are on a very sweet cloud. What a beautiful interpretation, full of sentiment,  a beautiful standing ovation for him!❤
The boys joke about who has to do the second solo and the next to perform is Piero.
He presents his “workhorse” NO PUEDE SER, this time accompanied by the flutist Andrea Griminelli.
Maestro Giampiero Grani (who always accompanies the guys on tour) wrote this comment:
Piero singing his solo with Andrea Griminelli accompanying him on the flute
“This is a photo I really care about, even if I’m not in the frame. The reason is that I wrote the part for the intervention of Andrea Griminelli, an international level musician (Pavarotti, Sting etc etc). He appreciated it, and a great collaboration was born! The satisfaction of writing notes and a talented musician improves what you thought!”

Bravo Piero, an interpretation that is always perfect and what acute, what power. Your voice becomes more and more powerful and we all have the feeling, during your high notes, that you make no effort to get it, you make it all sound so easy, but it isn’t. Bravo!
For him, a standing ovation. ❤
And we are at the last solo, Ignazio,  immediately warns us that he will not be alone but accompanied by a talented little saxophonist: Julian Iorio.
Let’s dive into listening to the beautiful LISTEN.

What a great duo. Spectacular!
Julian you are a boy of only 8 and a half but how talented. Ignazio, fantastic, we all know about your soul soul, but you have pleasantly surprised us! Your interpretation wowed all us and your voice, oh what a voice!! Chills!
A standing ovation for both of them!
Ignazio is visibly satisfied and, at the end, he does Julian a funny little interview.
The moment of solos is over, but what a wonder of a moment of the highest level.
Multiple emotions have unleashed these three artists: amazement, admiration, wonder and so much love, because there is so much skill, so much talent, but also, and it shows, so much affection between them.
Congratulations to all!!!
Julian Iorio playing the saxophone with Ignazio smiling at him
Marco Giallini returns and explains that those who have seen the film Mission surely know the sad story of the Jesuits and the Guarany Indians.
Giallini explains that Morricone went to London to see the film that had already been edited. He told the director that his film was so beautiful, there was no need for his music, but the director insisted that he compose the backing track.
Morricone was inspired by the scenes of the film, where Father Gabriel, in the forest, to warn the Indians of his presence, played a rudimentary flute, moving his fingers at random over the holes. Morricone tried to interpret with the notes, the movements of those fingers and thus the beautiful music of GABRIEL’S OBOE was born.
Then the lyrics were composed and the song took the name of NELLA FANTASIA.
The scenarios completely change color, we are immersed in a lush forest, beautiful scenery, beautiful choreography, sweet music and the voices of our boys who imitate the way of singing of the Jesuits, all very beautiful and very mystical.

Here are the lyrics: NELLA FANTASIA 
Nella fantasia io vedo un mondo giusto
Lì tutti vivano in pace e in onestà
Io sogno d’anime che sono sempre libere
Come le nuvole che volano
Pien d’umanità in fondo all’anima
Nella fantasia io vedo un mondo chiaro
Lì anche la notte è meno oscura
Io sogno d’anime che sono sempre libere
Come le nuvole che volano
Pien d’umanità
Nella fantasia esiste un vento caldo
Che soffia sulle città, come amico
Io sogno d’anime che sono sempre libere
Come le nuvole che volano
Pien d’umanità in fondo all’anima

IL VOLO singing accompanied by Andrea Griminelli on the flute

In fantasy I see a just world
Everyone there live in peace and honesty
I dream of souls that are always free
Like the clouds that fly
Full of humanity at the bottom of the soul
In fantasy I see a clear world
Even the night is less dark there
I dream of souls that are always free
Like the clouds that fly
Full of humanity
In fantasy there is a warm wind
Blowing over the cities, as a friend
I dream of souls that are always free
Like the clouds that fly
Full of humanity at the bottom of the soul
IL VOLO singing accompanied by Andrea Griminelli on the flute
The setting in the forest gives reason to Ignazio and Piero to talk and to thank Legambiente, a non-profit association that defends the green, and that has saved from degradation, one of the most beautiful beaches of Lampedusa (an island close to Sicily).
As Ignazio and Piero have mentioned Sicily, Gianluca takes the opportunity to greet all his friends from Abruzzo. Piero and Ignazio laugh because they expected this quality / defect of Gian !! 😁😁😁
Small commercial break.
The first notes of VOLARE begin, the beautiful song by Modugno.
I’m careful, because I know very well that the boys, during this song, go down in the audience, and the first one to go down is always Piero.
So my eyes follow him fixedly and in fact he goes down the corridor furthest from mine, but then at the first intersection, he doesn’t go straight on, he also forgets a couple of words of the song, but then he turns towards my position.

Damn, he’s coming towards me !!!

Ignazio urges people to sing with them, and people react immediately by singing.
Blue lights flood the Arena, it’s like being in a blue sky and we’re flying !!
Ignazio on stage pointing his microphone towards the audience(Francesca Brazzale’s photo)
Piero stops right next to me, to go high, people touch him and I say: “Bravo Piero”…. 
……Vooooolareeee,……. even Ignazio has reached him is very close to me…….oh oh.…… and with the microphone Ignazio turns towards me and all together ………….. cantare, oh oh oh oh.
Gian has arrived too and then all three quickly return to the stage, but what a thrill!!!
I filmed everything with my cell phone, it’s not great, but it gives you an idea of how close they were to me.
I’m still in awe of what happened right in front of me. Fantastic!

In this beautiful screen shot taken by RAI, you see exactly the moment when Piero and Ignazio are close to me. I am sitting behind Ignazio, completely covered by him.
Ignazio smiling closely at Piero while he sings in the audience
But finally, thanks to this short and beautiful video by Francesca Brazzale, I can see myself, while I watch the whole scene, thanks Francesca.
Yes, I’m the one with the electric blue cardigan, in a slightly tilted position because I was filming with my cell phone.
It was really exciting.🤗

Also, at the beginning of this video, you will have noticed that Ignazio goes to give a kiss on the forehead of his sister and not his mother, as I already told you. Of course we all know the strong bond of affection between Ignazio and Nina.❤
Left to right: Closeup of Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero standing on the arena stage with Gianluca looking to his right and smiling at the camera(Francesca Brazzale’s photo)
That’s all for now.
At this point of the concert, I was already fully satisfied, everything had been magnificent, but by now I know, with Il Volo, there is always so much more to discover, because they don’t spare themselves, until the last moment of the concert they donate more than they can, without ever stopping.
Wonderful!!
Daniela

 

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

Phenomenal!

Get used to it, I’m going to use the word phenomenal a lot in this article.
Let me say, I can write at least five pages just on the opening of the concert. If I wrote what I felt, saw, experienced in this concert, I would have to write a book!
Let’s set the scene!
The first note and we immediately know it’s “The Ecstasy of Gold.” The whistle of the wind!
The setting is gold! Then white! Then gold! Look at the gold flecks that come in and out! The orchestra vibrates! Each note intensifies our senses. We’re drawn to the back of the stage. To a tunnel where we know our guys will appear! The focus is always rear center stage! The lights change to intense red and now we are looking at the stage from the back of the arena. We are coming forward. The shadow of Il Volo turns into a force that is coming towards us! The theme of the concert is set!

Left to right: Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero singing on the red arena stage

Listen to the intensity of their voices! What force! Watch their motions. Look at Gianluca! Watch his body react to the music! The fist that comes at you saying this is the punch, just the beginning.  Listen to how Ignazio rides the note that guides us into the story! Now we’re sailing on the wind! Piero intensifies the moment with his powerful voice that says the journey has begun! Follow us!
The scenery is in motion again. In the background, the movie comes into view and blends with the voices! Everything on the stage comes to life! We’re now inside the film. Even the guys are taken by the movement around them. They look around and they are feeling the moment! Andrea Morricone steps up the music and we step back and look, in amazement at what is before us!
What exactly is before us? A work of art! A Titian painting. In Venice there is a very magnificent painting by Titian called the Assumption. It is a painting in motion! Believe me, when I tell you what you are looking at on that stage is a Titian painting. Titian was known for his movement in painting! Titian was 24 years old when he painted the Assumption. Our guys are in their mid-twenties and they have painted the scene before you. If you don’t know the renaissance artist Titian, google him! You’ll understand what is going on here!
Now let me explain what is before you. Movement. Lots of movement.
Take a look at the stage! You the audience are the spectators! You’re being drawn to the stage. You watch the guys’ approach and, you are in awe of their presence. You feel the intensity of the music, you and the guys are pulled into the movie. The music is all around you!  Their voices are a force in your head. You look up in amazement! You are a part of the scenery! You are a part of the orchestra! You are a part of the movie! You are a part of ~ Il Volo!  You have arrived and you are ready to follow the guys no matter where this journey leads you! It’s only the beginning! Fasten your seat belts. Phenomenal! 
View of the stage lit in blue from the back of the arena
In each set the scenery and the music all come together to form a symphony of color!
Now let’s listen to some very romantic songs!  Even songs not geared towards romance are romantic when they are sung by our guys. Notes flowing through the air. Very ethereal, very light, very eerie, very romantic! Just so beautiful!  Phenomenal! 
“Your Love” is a very beautiful love song. This is a song we are emotionally attached to. It will always be a part of our lives. If you saw the guys’ performance at Sanremo 2021, you know what I mean! In Sanremo the guys, especially Ignazio, were in shock. They were experiencing something they never experienced before. The loss of one of their own! Yet, they delivered this song with such dignity and emotion that it will always be a special moment in our lives.  We will long remember it. In this tribute they reminded us of Sanremo but in a bittersweet way. It is an emotional feeling that is a mixture of happiness for where we are and sadness for where we came from. This will become a signature song. The guys will come back to it and we will expect them to.
The song we will always love!
“Se Telefonando!” Both Laura Chiatti and Ignazio said: ”From three notes one of the most beautiful songs of our century was born.” And I couldn’t agree with them more. What a magnificent song! Just Phenomenal!

Left to right: Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero smiling on the arena stage

The three notes are from the sound of a police car siren and when they are played, they are immediately recognized. This seems to be a signature with Ennio Morricone. Think of “The Ecstasy of Gold” and “Cinema Paradiso!” These are songs that are recognized with one or two notes of the song. The guys put such love and emotion into “Se Telefonando.”  I think they fell in love with it! I know I did. This will be the song that I take away from this concert that will always lead me back to the concert and the history that was made that night. The song is about love being born fast and being lost before it has a chance to begin.
And how do the fans feel about this song? Everyone, everywhere on Instagram and Facebook posted this song and commented about the beauty of it.
Now let’s talk about “Cinema Paradiso.”
Again, from the first note, we recognize this song! It takes us back to a time, just after World War II, when cinema was beginning to make its impact in Italy! How the guys present this song, accompanied by the strings of a romantic guitar is why this song pierces our hearts and impacts us in this amazing way.
They present love in a different light.  This song tells of a first love for Totò. His love for a local Sicilian girl. But it also speaks of his love for film. Totò takes over Alfredo’s job as projectionist. Alfredo knows how much Totò loves film and he convinces him to leave his small town and follow his dream to become a filmmaker. 

Left to right: Gianluca, Totò Cascio, Piero and Ignazio speaking on stage

This song sings of two loves. A romantic first love and a love of film. It is a very romantic love song! Listen to some of the words, they could just as easily apply to love of a woman as to love of film.
“If you were in my soul one day
you would know what I feel in me
that I’m enamored
over those instants together with you
and what I feel is
solely love!”

Left to right: Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero singing on the arena stage

Beautiful song, delivered, in a Phenomenal way!
And then there was “I Colori dell’amore” a beautiful unreleased piece. A special gift from the Morricone family.
Piero said: “To  the whole orchestra and to the organization, really fantastic!  Thank you very much, thank you very much teacher! The teacher wrote the song for us. We present it to you this evening and we hope you like it ~ “I Colori dell’amore.”
These are just a few words from the song.
You will come back
next to me
You will undress
inside me
And you will relive
the time of a reality
with me
They are the colors of love
of passion and freedom
in hand a flower and then
two moments of us
pictures from a movie
ageless moments
The guys bring light and beauty to this song. Very romantic voices singing a very romantic song! Very sensitive! Very Phenomenal!
Let’s move on!
As you know the guys make decisions about where and how a song is presented. Their decision to do “Here’s to You,” in the audience had a lot of significance. We are used to having the guys in and out of the audience, interacting with the fans but, this was not possible at this concert.  But the guys made sure the audience would feel their presence, so they chose a very sincere, very personal song to share their time with the fans.

IL VOLO standing on floor level singing in front of the audience

To explain this, let me start by presenting the meaning of the song. From Marco Gallini’s explanation and from my story last week you know Sacco and Vanzietti were executed for a crime that many believed they did not commit. But what you don’t know is why they were accused of this crime. To understand this, we have to go back to America at the turn of the 20th century. Each group of immigrants that came to America experienced prejudice by the former immigrants. Therefore, the Irish were prejudiced against the Italians and the Germans against Irish before them and so on back to the beginning of immigration.
After a few hours deliberation, the jury convicted Sacco and Vanzetti of first-degree murder.  Anti-Italianism, anti-immigrant, and anti-Anarchist bias were suspected as having heavily influenced the verdict.
Back to the guys and where all this fits into their story.
By performing this song in the audience, the guys were first and foremost toasting Nicola and Bart but more so, they were three links which represented the people who stood in defense of Nicola and Bart. They told them they would not be forgotten and the crowd, the audience, stood with them.
Now the irony of it all!
This song was composed by an Italian composer for an American movie and, it was written in the English language.
The song was sung, in English, by three phenomenal Italian men who came to America and immediately became a success. The American people embraced them and called them their own. We feel they are a part of us and a part of our culture. You have to see the irony in this!
Now let’s turn to the showstoppers! The solos!
First up, Gianluca!

Gianluca remarks: It’s hard to be alone after twelve years together on stage. I guess like all of us in times of difficulty, in moments of happiness, I take refuge in music. This is something I’ve done since I was little. I had headphones, I walked, I also went to the park to listen to music. Even at school I was distracted. In short it was my biggest distraction. Let’s say the music I feel this evening is a celebration of a great genius of music Maestro Ennio Morricone.  But I want to talk about other geniuses who changed my life. Artist like Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra but also the great Elton John. Tonight, I will sing for you one of the most beautiful songs written in fifty-one years and I want to dedicate it to my mother.”
Elton Johns’ lyrics to “Your Song” express the romantic thoughts of an innocent person. Gianluca brings the song to another dimension. He is very romantic and everything he sings turns into a love song. His warm beautiful voice expresses the thoughts behind Elton Johns’ words. Here are just a few words to the song.
And you can tell everybody this is your song
It may be quite simple, but now that it’s done
I hope you don’t mind, I hope you don’t mind
That I put down in words
How wonderful life is while you’re in the world
These beautiful words certainly express his feelings for his mother, Eleonora, who has been at his side throughout his career.
His beautiful rendition of this song would make Elton John praise his performance. Gianluca got a well-deserved standing ovation! Just phenomenal!
Next up Piero!

Piero said: “I always had a great desire to be accompanied by a great musician, a great flautist. I’ve always watched his videos while playing alongside Maestro Pavarotti, Sting and many other artists. This evening, he did me the great honor of accepting my invitation. The Master Andrea Grimmenelli.”
What can I say about Piero singing “No Puede Ser?” It’s my favorite aria that he sings. He takes my breath away. No one, and I have heard many tenors sing “No Puede Ser,” no one sings it like Piero.
These are just a few words of the aria, in English. They really express the meaning of the song. Piero makes you feel his love for this woman.
It cannot be so! This woman is good.
She cannot be a wicked woman!
In her look, like a strange light,
I’ve seen that this woman is unhappy.
She cannot be a cheap siren
who poisoned every moment of my life.
It cannot be so! Because I’ve seen her pray,
because I’ve seen her love,
because I’ve seen her cry!
Always a showstopper, always a highlight, a splendid moment in the concert. Please never stop singing it. A Phenomenal performance!
And last but, not least Ignazio!

Ignazio said: “I want to say that tonight is extremely exciting and, we all know in this year that we have experienced shortcomings. Especially shortcomings!
Many had great losses but many who had great satisfaction economically modify this concert. To all the people who have not made it through the whole year, our thoughts go up there to them.
I feel a little alone, but I will not be alone. I have a big but small surprise that is great because it is a crazy talent.  It is really a great talent. Gentlemen and ladies, ladies and gentlemen my comparative accompaniment in this my performance – Julian.”   
Ignazio sings Beyonce’s beautiful song “Listen.” It’s a song that expresses how many people are feeling. These are just a few words to the song.
Listen. I am alone at a crossroads
I’m not at home in my own home
And I’ve tried and tried
To say what’s on my mind
You should have known, oh
Now I’m done believin’ you
You don’t know what I’m feelin’
I’m more than what
You’ve made of me
I followed the voice you gave to me
But now I’ve gotta find my own!
Yes, it’s time to find our own voices. Ignazio knocks it out of the box with this song. His voice goes to unreal heights.  Not only does he express how we are all feeling but he gives us a beautiful version of the song that fills our souls with emotion. And, little Julian adds to the moment with his Phenomenal saxophone accompaniment. As I said before, guys, Julian is all of you at 8 years old. Now you know how people felt when they experienced your voices at such a young age!
Ignazio we always Listen to you and, we wish we could feel what you feel in your heart! You and Julian made a Phenomenal team!
What an ending!
And so, we come to the end of the concert and Piero’s closing words!
“I need to say an important thing. This concert was dedicated to Vito who we really miss and is watching us from up there.”
The dedication of “Conradiana” to Vito, Ignazio’s dad is very touching, very emotional and it certainly touched the heart of Ignazio and his brothers Piero and Gianluca, and I know it also touched our hearts. Their eyes said more than words. And the beautiful exchange when Ignazio looked into the audience at his mother, Caterina and his sister, Nina. His eyes said it all!

Left to right: Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero embracomg on the arena stage

These are some of the words to this beautiful song.
Beyond the horizon
a sea of oblivion
You wander among the waves
you get lost in the scroll
Heart of darkness
life is gone away
Rock the ocean with
a sad joy.
Spaces beyond the sea
search for a way
Clear open sails
among clouds of mist
Heart of darkness
life is gone away
Rock the ocean with
a sad joy.
A very touching ending to a spectacular concert! Just Phenomenal!

Left to right: Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero singing on the arena stage

I usually end here but, this week I can’t. As I said in the beginning, I could write a book about this concert! The feeling I got when I watched this concert, was indescribable! Thank you, guys for these magic moments!  
Join me next week as I go back Through the Fields of My Mind and open the door to a new adventure!
If you would like to share a story with me, please email:  susan.flightcrew@yahoo.com
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THE CONCERT, STEP BY STEP – Part 1 by Daniela

After giving you a quick overview of the whole concert in the Arena on June 5th, here I am back to you, to tell you every moment.
Jo Ann has already translated the “chat” of the boys and Susan has already given you other explanations.
I will recall to you the smallest details of my beautiful evening and I will linger for a long time, because I do not want you to lose even a moment of this fantastic concert.
I start by telling you that Saturday started with the best wishes, a beautiful day, the sky of an intense blue, and so much emotion for the concert that I would see in the evening. A perfect start.
I have already told you other times that Verona is very close to Brescia where I live (only 50 miles), so my husband and I would have gone in the early afternoon and returned after the concert.
Here in Italy there is a curfew at 11pm (from 16 June it will be abolished), but the government had given special permission only to those who were in the Arena for the concert, to return to their homes by 02:00 am.
Right after lunch, I tried to rest, knowing that the evening was long and certainly exciting. But the sky turned gray, the sun was gone, and a little later it started drizzling. An annoying drizzle, but light and really boring. Damn, I hoped it wouldn’t rain in Verona, I was thinking about the guys, after so much work and such a long stop, this inconvenience was not welcome.
The light rain, which almost did not wet the earth, came and went. Every now and then a few drops and then nothing, just to make everyone nervous.
Ready for the evening, and with the best expectations, my husband and I left for Verona.

Daniela Perani with her husband, Beppe

Arriving, without any problems, we park the car quickly and head towards the Arena.
It goes without saying that Verona always has a magnificent charm. It is a beautiful town that preserves the flavor of the ancient.
Among the old alleys of beautiful Verona, we can all still think of Romeo running to go to his Juliet. The great entrance gate with the scalloped walls, which still continue through the city, and which once closed the whole city, are magnificent.
After the city gate the huge Piazza Bra, with the beautiful buildings that surround it and in the center, the ARENA is imposing and memorable.

View of Piazza Bra

The first thing I have to do is contact my friends who are waiting for me to be able to greet me, some of them who have really come from far away, from the US.
The first one we meet, right in front of the Arena, is Laura with her husband Ugo, they are Italians, from Trieste, but Laura met me through Flight Crew, they are our readers and it is really special that we met like this.
Soon after I go in search of my American friends.
Here they are, beautiful and happy, together at the coffee table, looking forward to the evening, Deborah, Wendy and Joanie, whom I already knew personally and Judith, whom I had never met.

IL VOLO friends at table before the concert

Only a few words of greeting, unfortunately, because Nonna Maura is waiting for me in front of her hotel, but what a pleasure to see my sweet friends who have faced such a long journey to be here.
Yes, because Il Volo is also this, the pleasure of meeting each other, of making friends from one end of the world to the other.
So let’s go to Nonna Maura’s hotel, I remind you that she is 90 years old and arrived in the morning by train from Rome. Fantastic Maura, she would not miss a concert of Il Volo and her beloved Gianluca for anything in the world.
Also Maura and I met thanks to Flight Crew, isn’t that great?

Maura Pucci, Daniela, Beppe and friends at table before the concert

The weather continues to give us a few drops of rain, so my husband goes back to our car to get some rain dusters, in case they were needed and then we approach the Arena, the entrance time has already started and the adrenaline starts to rise.
The controls to enter the Arena are meticulous. There are different entrances depending on the places awarded. They check us for fever, documents and related tickets, and if we have the FFP2 mask (only that is allowed) then they see the camera that my husband is holding and tell him to take it in the car, because otherwise they won’t let him in. So my husband goes back to the parking lot to deposit his camera. When he comes back, we can finally enter the Arena.
We reach our seats, we are in the central row, right in front of the stage, row 11, excellent position. Between one occupied seat and another, due to Covid rules, an empty seat is expected.

Daniela wearing her mask and standing at her seat in the arena with the stage behind her

The orchestra pit (the space between the stage and the first row, where the orchestra is usually placed) is empty, but in the center a round stage is positioned, as if it were a protruding extension, of the current stage, on it  already in placed, 3  microphones with the auction, it is clear that often the guys will sing from there, and it is right in front of my position.
On the rear stage, the whole orchestra is positioned. A huge backdrop that continuously changes color and position with two large lateral pillar columns and two large lateral videos, completes the scene. The whole at the top is covered by a roof in which hundreds of lights are placed. If it rains, at least the guys will be protected.
Everything has a really great impact.
A voice on the speakers often reminds us that we must keep the masks well worn and that we cannot leave our seats to greet other friends.
While we wait, I look for the various scattered friends and raise our arms, we greet each other in the distance, and then, we wait patiently for the scheduled time to arrive.

Closeup of Daniela wearing her mask with the stage behind her

Fortunately it does not rain and it will not rain all evening. There is a good temperature, everything seems to be going well.
At a certain point the boys enter the stage, normally dressed in jeans and a jacket. We are amazed, but they greet us smiling and tell us that they are waiting for the connection with the evening news. Meanwhile, they smile, they tell us they are excited, we take advantage of them to take pictures of them.
The boys look at the audience and recognize their American friends, greet them and say “you came up here for us”, they are happy with this and then on the other side, Alicja from Poland and they say “Ah, also from Poland”.😁
Left to right: Ingazio, Piero and Gianluca greet the fans before the concert
Here is what appeared during the television broadcast.
The guys say they are happy and honored to be doing this concert, so they say hello and invite people home to watch the evening.
After the connection with the TG1 news, the boys greet us and go to change their clothes and get ready. A voice tells us that we have to wait for television time, because this concert is live.
Meanwhile, I see Nonna Maura in the front row, lucky her, she is right in front, I’m really happy for her. Ercole and Eleonora arrive, Gianluca’s parents go in front of the front rows and Eleonora stops to greet Maura.

Maura Pucci is greeted by Eleonora Ginoble before the concert

I also see Michele Torpedine in front of the stage.
Ernie also passes in front of me and also Gaetano Barone, whom I then see, joins his wife already in the front row.
Shortly before the concert begins, Caterina and Nina Boschetto also arrive. Nina is now leaner and prettier with longer hair than usual.
People continue to enter and the Arena is filling up with the 6,000 admitted people.

View inside the arena from the stage showing the audience

It begins to get dark, the lights of the stage come on, every now and then you can hear the voices of Piero and Ignazio who from behind the stage make the warble (warmup) for the voice: iiiiii eeee aaaa ……
In silence, the 70 members of the orchestra take their place on the stage and in the orchestra pit (i.e. in front of the stage) the choir takes place, making two wings on either side of the central round stage.

Here we are, everything is starting, what emotion!

View of the arena stage from the 11th row.

The preview is projected on the screens, where Piero Ignazio and Gianluca, in the back of the Arena backstage, meet the actor Marco Giallini and talk about Ignazio’s shoes, nice skit, the boys say they are excited.

Marco Giallini and the guys talk backstage

And here they are, the lights create the atmosphere, three silhouettes can be seen at the end of the scene, it’s them !!!  😍

IL VOLO arrived on the stage

The boys advance and the music begins, the applause that welcomes them is a little hesitant, I think we are all a little inhibited due to the Covid restrictions and also the live television. But Gianluca, in a strong and confident voice, begins to sing.
His voice is beautiful and Ignazio and Piero follow, and everything becomes magic. Chills on the skin, the beautiful music of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, fills every corner of the Arena and the voices of our boys, rested after the long period of inactivity, are stronger and safer than ever.

Left to right: Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero singing on the arena stage

The scenography is beautiful, while the boys sing, on the screens and on part of the scenography, the images of the film scroll, the lights constantly change colors. The voices of the choir rise high.
Piero Ignazio and Gianluca are very elegant in their beautiful midnight blue D&G tuxedos with lapel pins, a beautiful elegance that is increasingly rare in today’s young artists.
The boys are also visibly excited.
The song is beautiful, at the end there is a big round of applause.
Ignazio is the first to speak, these are his exact words.
“Good evening!!
You really can’t understand how happy we are to return after a year and a half of silence, to wait for this very day to arrive. Surely all the guests of honor are all of you tonight. Thank you so much for coming, thank you very much.” (applause)
The emotion of the boys is evident, Gianluca admits that their legs are shaking.
Piero thanks the Morricone family.
And we proceed immediately with the second song “YOUR LOVE”.
This song, for all of us, is full of profound meaning, given the moment it was sung in Sanremo. It is really moving to see Ignatius who, from the beginning of the song, caresses with his fingers the ring he wears in his right hand, a wedding ring, which we think belonged to his beloved father. Even his eyes often close, as if to make eye contact with the one who is no longer there.❤
It is a very intimate and touching moment, as well as the beautiful music and the words, which seem to be written on purpose:

“….. Your strength has made me strong,
though life tore us apart
and now when the night seems long,
your love shines in my heart …..”

(video made by Deborah Georgini Beaupre)

And then, immediately below here is a tribute from Notte Magica, Ignazio asks the audience who was there that evening, of course I raised my hand !! Piero remembers the beautiful evening in Florence in Piazza Santa Croce, remembers the master Placido Domingo who directed them and begins “NESSUN DORMA”.
At the end of the “Nessun Dorma” there was a long applause and the first beautiful standing ovation .
The standing ovation excites the boys a lot, they hug, they thank and Piero says: “So, you make us excited, they have a lot of effect, these applauses, after a year and a half.”

Enter the actress Laura Chiatti and, with the boys there is a nice “curtain” (nice dialogue) that Jo Ann has translated well.
Laura introduces a short video, an interview with Morricone, where the presenter tells that Morricone that he has a very intense relationship with “doing” (in the sense that he works very hard) and Morricone replies that “doing” (in Italian FARE), is not just a verb, but is the union of two musical notes: the FA (F) and the RE (D).

Laura Chiatti and the guys chat on the arena stage

Ignazio presents the song “SE TELEFONANDO”, which, as Susan has well described, was written by Maurizio Costanzo, set to music by Morricone and sung by Mina many years ago. Beautiful and timeless song.
Ignazio explains that Morricone thought of this music, while he was in the post, queuing to pay a gas bill, and then he concludes by saying that he (Ignazio) only goes to the post office to pay the fines. 😁
The guys making animated comments on the arena stage

Left to right: Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca singing on the arena stage

Upon returning, the exchange of words on Ignazio is beautiful: he is always a disaster, but also he has an incredible voice, then Piero introduces “IL MONDO”.

While Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca sing Riccardo Cocciante enters and they sing together, but what about, Cocciante performs a verse of the song, but when he finishes the verse, Ignazio begins and for me, Ignazio’s voice is truly unique and powerful.
Cocciante met Morricone personally, but he doesn’t want to remember any anecdotes, because he says that the greatness of an artist is in his works. Then he plays a beautiful song of his.

Left to right: Ignazio, Gianluca, Riccardo Cocciante and Piero singing on the arena stage

Marco Giallini enters, he says is very impressive to be in front of the audience of the Verona Arena. Together they introduce “SE”, the song taken from the film Cinema Paradiso. A scene from the film starts with little Totò Cascio. The melody  is written by Andrea Morricone, (the son who is conductor).
At the end of the short clip, Totò Cascio enters, now an adult. Totò says that during the shooting of the film, Philippe Noiret acted in French, while Totò in Sicilian and Italian and between them a good feeling had been created and he remembers it with affection. Then Totò also remembers the director Giuseppe Tornatore, whom he calls Peppuccio (Giuseppe in Sicilian) and whom he considers as an older brother.
Here are the lyrics of the song SE.  
Se tu fossi nei miei occhi per un giorno,
vedresti la bellezza che, piena d’allegria,
io trovo dentro gli occhi tuoi,
non so  se è magia, o realtà.
Se tu fossi nel mio cuore per un giorno,
potresti avere un’idea,
di ciò che sento io,
quando mi abbracci forte a te,
e petto a petto noi, respiriamo insieme.
Protagonista del tuo amor
non so se sia magia o realtà.
Se tu fossi nella mia anima un giorno,
sapresti cosa sento in me,
che m’innamorai,
da quell’istante insieme a te,
e ciò che provo è
solamente amore.
Da quell’istante insieme a te,
e ciò che provo è
solamente amore.

Left to right: Gianluca, Ignazio (singing) and Piero seated on the arena stage

Translation:
If you were in my eyes for a day,
you would see the beauty that, full of joy,
I find inside your eyes,
I don’t know if it’s magic or reality.
If you were in my heart for a day,
you might have an idea,
of what I feel,
when you hug me tightly to you,
and chest to chest we breathe together.
Protagonist of your love
I don’t know if it’s magic or reality.
If you were in my soul someday,
would you know what I feel in me,
that I fell in love,
from that moment together with you,
and what I feel is
only love.
From that moment together with you,
and what I feel is
only love.

Left to right: Gianluca (singing), Ignazio and Piero seated on the arena stage

Sweet words, sweet moment and sweet Gianluca, who touches Ignazio’s shoulder with his hand, as if to encourage him.
There is also a beautiful dance moment with the circles.
What to say, the sound and visual combination is very beautiful, and how much interpretation in our boys, everything is perfect!
Laura Chiatti is now in the audience and tells us about a film that made an era, transgressive (for that time), which talks about love triangles.
Two other guests arrive: on stage Raphael Gualazzi and Nina Zilli and all together they perform the song of “METTI UNA SERA A CENA.”
And after this beautiful performance, Piero announces the advertisement and ends the first part of the concert.
At the piano, Raphael Gualazzi who accompanies IL VOLO singing with Nina Zilli
I hope you enjoyed reading every moment of the concert, I believe that by combining what JoAnn and Susan have written for you, you can get a fairly complete overview of what happened, but we are only at the first piece of the concert, if you want to read the rest ………… I wait for you in a few days !!!
Daniela

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

Here’s to You!

Do you feel that? The excitement in the air! It’s been going on since last week but, it intensified on the morning of June 5th with Ignazio’s message. “Finally, June 5th! You don’t know how long we waited for this day! How many days to think, to study, to develop ideas! How many days to hope it would come! Today is an important day for the entire music industry. We start singing in front of an audience!”
You can hear the excitement in his voice! His words sent chills up and down my spine. His words say it’s over! We made it! Live is back!
Let’s go to the stage!
Did you notice the interesting scenery? So different from what we are used to in an Il Volo concert. Spectacular scenery! And the videos that go along with each song. Such precision! Just amazing! Everything so well thought out. Down to the last detail!

The guys kept the set list a secret. They wanted to surprise all of us. Piero said, “As for the set list we like to keep it a secret. We will try to satisfy every need of our audience by always keeping the master at the center.” And that they did!
Remembering Morricone’s music and having our guys sing it is by far one of the most incredible things that can happen for us. An event that will never be repeated by anyone! Spectacular!
Piero went on to say, “The Concert will anticipate the album that will be released later.” We anxiously await the release!
While they were dealing with the pandemic, they were being very productive. Gianluca said, “We dealt with the pandemic productively, we tried not to give upYoung people must not give up the strength to believe in their dreams and pursue their goals.” He also went on to thank the Morricone family for allowing them to sing an unreleased song, written by Andrea Morricone, “I Colori dell’amore.” A very beautiful song!
Piero was excited to say that: “This is the first time we have performed live TV.” Well guys you did an amazing job!”
We really appreciate the tribute to Ennio Morricone because as Ignazio reminded us “it is the only (concert) date scheduled in 2021.”
I must say, the Morricone project kept them very busy.  They had to select and study songs from the master’s repertoire. That was no easy task.

Left to right: Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio on stage talking and waving

So how do you go about selecting the songs and fitting them to your voice. It’s very difficult! Let me remind you about something Ignazio said about recording a song. Ignazio explains, “….a take is the recording of the single phrase that each of us sings when we record a song. We continue to redo it until we get the best version.”
Can you imagine going through all of Morricone’s songs and deciding which ones to choose? Remember a song that may be good for a baritone may not be good for a tenor. So, what do you do? You redo the arrangements to fit your voice. How? You take the song apart and then decide which part is able to accommodate a tenor or baritone. Not an easy task! Think about some of the concerts where the guys have sung a song as a group (the three) and then decided it should be a duet. Why? Because it is more suitable to two voices perhaps baritone and tenor or tenor and spinto tenor. You need to see how it fits your voice and how it relates. In the end it’s all about the delivery. Once you’ve taken the song apart, you must put it back together again. Shall I say it again, not an easy task! It takes months to rearrange this many songs and believe me these guys worked very hard for long hours and long periods of time, many, many months, to get these songs where they needed to be. Great songs, arranged to great voices!
Left to right: Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero in tuxedos singing on stage
Let me give you an example of what I’m talking about. These are the words to the song “Se Telefonando.” It is a song that was performed by a famous Italian singer, Mina. It was released in May 1966. I want you to listen to Mina sing the song and then listen to Il Volo sing it. You will note that the words did not change. Just the arrangement changed to fit the voices of our guys.

Lo stupore della notte
Spalancata sul mar
Ci sorprese che eravamo sconosciuti
Io e te.
Poi nel buio le tue mani
D’improvviso sulle mie,
È cresciuto troppo in fretta
Questo nostro amor.
Se telefonando
Io potessi dirti addio
Ti chiamerei.
Se io rivedendoti
Fossi certa che non soffri
Ti rivedrei.
Se guardandoti negli occhi
Sapessi dirti basta
Ti guarderei.
Ma non so spiegarti
Che il nostro amore appena nato
È già finito.
Se telefonando
Io volessi dirti addio
Ti chiamerei.
Se io rivedendoti
Fossi certa che non soffri
Ti rivedrei.
Se guardandoti negli occhi
Sapessi dirti basta
Ti guarderei.
Ma non so spiegarti
Che il nostro amore appena nato
È già finito
So now you can understand what I mean by taking a song and arranging it to fit another voice. Without changing the words look at how the song has changed. The delivery is spectacular! Just magnificent!
The studio work is done. The songs are in the bag and everything in place. It’s time for the guys to restart the live concerts! In essence, symbolically, restart the entire sector.

Left to right: Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero standing on the front, circular part of the stage

As to Rai 1, Claudio Fasulo explained, “For our flagship network it is an honor to host this date. Rai 1 wants to remember Morricone who has done so much for our culture through the many arts. I wanted three young people to do it that I admire so much. They were born into a talent, but they also teach us that talent is sometimes meritocratic.”
“Il Volo has the artistic and behavioral characteristics of Rai 1. It is no coincidence that in our schedules of great music, the trio is always present. Dedicating an evening to Ennio Morricone was a duty for us.”
Gianluca says: “For us it is a great journey, a wonderful adventure. A year after his death we want to remember the master in the best way. We were born as child prodigies and after 12 years of career we can say that this project makes us proud and makes us feel more mature”.
Piero says, “At last, we sing. It’s been a tough year and there’s a desire to get on stage and bring all the workers in the show with us. I want to point out that it will not be the orchestra that will accompany us, but we will sing together.” Alluding to the long-awaited return to live, Ignazio said, “Let’s go back to singing in one of the largest outdoor theaters in the world, finally safe. The ancient sayings are always the truest, hope is the last to die.”
In an interview given to the magazine Mio, Piero, allowed himself to go to a painful confession about the very hard period from which we come and, which now seems, fortunately, to give us a moment of respite. “Finally, we sing, after a year and a half we could not take it anymore! Ours is a dream job. We are incurable dreamers. Every wish is finally coming to fruition. On June 5th we will give a message of hope, there is a great desire to get on that stage.”
And that is exactly what they did!
So, let’s turn to the master!

IL VOLO standing on stage in front of a photo of Ennio Morricone

You can ask anyone if they know who Ennio Morricone is, many people will say no. But, if you ask them if they know the theme song from “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” They’ll say of course I know it. Everyone knows Morricone’s music! They may not know his name but, they certainly know his music.
So where did our guys begin the concert? They began with the most famous of Morricone’s songs from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – “The Ecstasy of Gold.” Smart! This song set the mood for the concert. What they did with this song and, the other songs, is amazing!
Let’s talk about some of the music. Let’s start by asking the question, “What made Morricone’s music different? Why was it so popular? Why was he the most sought after composer in the last 40 years? The answer is his arrangements and his style. Unlike anyone else in his time Morricone composed and wrote songs that reflected nature and reflected everyday life! In his music we hear the wind and the rain, the howls and the silence!  Again, I will go back to songs like “Se Telefonando,” where we hear three notes in this song that represent the siren of a police car. He wrote about reality. How he heard it, is how he wrote. He didn’t describe the event he used the event! When you write a theme song or compose a score for a film, it has to draw you in. It has to tell the story before you witness it.
Now I’m going to step out of the concert for a moment but stick with Morricone because I need to pay a compliment to Ignazio.

Ignazio in tuxedo singing

As you recall, the first time we heard the song “Makari” which Ignazio composed and wrote, was during Sanremo 2021. When I heard the song, I felt like there was something very familiar about it. Last night after I wrote about three quarters of this article, I was tired so I went to bed. And, as it often happens with me, I wake up in the middle of the night and think about something I want to say in my story. This is what came to me. I finally figured out what was so familiar about “Makari.” Ignazio wrote in the style of Morricone. Think about it. What is Ignazio doing for us in this theme song? He is painting a picture for us! Remember I said, it has to draw you in. It has to tell the story before you witness it.
Ignazio’s song invites us to take a better look at this other land in the south (Sicily). It speaks of  “a land of sages and a land of fools, made from devils and saints.”  It invites you to live a new reality through his eyes. This is exactly what Morricone does in his songs.
In a Morricone song you hear life! In Ignazio’s song you hear the sounds of Sicily. It is the “silence” of the land that screams for you to open your eyes and look around at the wonder of the landscape, of Makari, and the traditions of the land that go deep into your soul?
There is something very mysterious in the song, Makari. Very much like Morricone’s “The Ecstasy of Gold” from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
Ignazio’s song sings about approaching Makari and, the colors of the island come to life. The houses, the people, it’s all there. It comes to life before you approach the shore! It’s written very much like a Morricone song. And that’s what I was feeling when I heard the song!
Ignazio, I said you are a great composer and, some day you will compose a great opera. This is the proof. You learned from the master! Imitation is the greatest compliment you can give anyone. You are your own master but, we have to begin somewhere and where you began was at the front door! Amazing!
Now, let’s get back to the concert!
I’m not going to write in any detail about the songs. There are a few other articles which will be written for Flight Crew this week which will discuss the songs individually. I am merely going to name the new songs and where necessary, give you some details on how they came about.
“Your Love” from Once Upon a Time in the West, is a song we all are familiar with. It is the song that the guys sang at Sanremo 2021. As Il Volo fans, this song will be with us forever. There are tender moments attached to it.  It is an absolutely magnificent song. No one else could sing it like our guys. I know it touches my heart not just because of the circumstances but because of the emotion and passion the guys have when they sing this song. It will always be a signature song for them and for us!
Piero in tuxedo singing
So, what did they need in this production, a good pop song, set to music by Morricone, “Se Telefonando.” As I already mentioned, “Se Telefonando” is a song that was performed by a famous Italian singer, Mina. The music was composed, orchestrated and conducted by Ennio Morricone to Italian lyrics by Ghigo De Chiara and Maurizio Costanzo. The song was written for an episode of the Aria condizionata a Sunday morning television program. The main theme of the song was composed around just three notes, taken from the siren of a police car in Marseilles.
At this point, the guys did their solos. Where do I begin to talk about the solos?
As I said, I am not writing about the individual songs, but I will say that each of the guys’ solos were phenomenal. Gianluca’s “Your Song,” Ignazio’s “Listen” and Piero’s “No Puede Ser” were exceptional experiences in a sea of amazing voices.

Gianluca speaking to the audience

What I will comment on is little Julian. Many critics praised him and so do I! See guys, this is how you were at 8 years old. Blowing everyone’s mind. Ignazio, if you didn’t already sign him, you need to do it before he gets away!

Julian Iorio playing saxophone with Ignazio singing next to him

Riccardo Cocciante the guest of Il Volo sang “Quando finisce un amore,” an Ennio Morricone song which he first recorded in his Riccardo SOUL 1974 album.
We go back to the theme song of “Nuovo Cinema Paradiso” from the film of the same name. At the end of the song there is a small exchange between our guys and Salvatore Cascio, the child, now adult, of Nuovo Cinema Paradiso.
Raphael Gualazzi on the piano and Nina Zilli, together with Il Volo perform the beautiful theme song from the film of the same name, “Metti, una Sera a Cena.”
Raphael Gualazzi on the piano and Nina Zilli perform with IL VOLO
Next came “Here’s to You”, the theme from Sacco and Vanzetti. This was preceded by a reading of the story of the two unfortunate Italian immigrants, read by Giallini. For those of you who don’t know the story of Sacco and Vanzetti here is a brief summary:
Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were Italian immigrants, anarchists, who were controversially convicted of murdering a guard and a paymaster during the April 15, 1920, armed robbery of the Slater and Morrill Shoe Company in Braintree, Massachusetts.
A series of appeals followed, funded largely by the private Sacco and Vanzetti Defense Committee.  As details of the trial and the men’s suspected innocence became known, Sacco and Vanzetti became the center of one of the largest causes célèbres in modern history.
Responding to a massive influx of telegrams urging their pardon, Massachusetts governor Alvan T. Fuller appointed a three-man commission to investigate the case. After weeks of secret deliberation, the commission upheld the verdict. Sacco and Vanzetti were executed in the electric chair just after midnight on August 23, 1927.

Left to right: Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio talking between songs

And so, we come to the end of the concert and the dedication of “Conradiana” to Vito Boschetto, Ignazio’s dad. “Conradiana” is a beautiful song written by Andrea Bocelli and Ennio Morricone. Very touching, very emotional and it certainly touched the heart of Ignazio and his brothers Piero and Gianluca, and I know it also touched our hearts.
We were so busy waiting for this Tribute that it seems we have missed an important event. Italy won Eurovision. What does that mean for us? It means next year Italy will host Eurovision. Rai, I don’t want to tell you how to do your job but, I think I know three very handsome, very talented young men who would absolutely be the best possible hosts for the program. Are You listening? Great events should have great people hosting them.
In closing today let me say that the guys showed us their talent and their love in this concert. And they really dedicated it to us. When they were singing their song, to Sacco and Vanzetti, they were saying to us, their fans, “Here’s to You.”
But what I really need to say is “Here’s to You” for a phenomenal, unforgettable, Concert!
Join me next week as I go back Through the Fields of My Mind and open the door to a new adventure!
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Left to right: Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero standing together on the Arena stage

 

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