Dear Flight Crew,
Our friend, Patrizia Ciava, wrote a review on NOCHE SIN DIA in Italian two days ago. I found it noteworthy. It keeps our various takes on the subject in perspective. While maintaining the integrity of our guys, she focuses her opinion on video quality.
I asked her if I could have it google-translated to English for publishing at our Flight Crew Blog to which she agreed. She has further refined the translation and below is her refined translation. I am submitting it to you for featuring on our Flight Crew Blog.
Thank you so much for your kind attention.
Cynthia from the Phillipines
Il Volo: “Noche sin dia”
Patrizia Ciava (Trishadria) • 27 May 2018
It is no mystery that I think the three singers of Il Volo are among the best vocalists existing today on the international music market, I wrote several articles about them and it seems superfluous to remind it.
On the other hand, I have always tried to be objective and impartial in my reviews and I believe (and I hope) that this feature of mine is appreciated by those who read me.
After the tribute to opera music and to the Three Tenors, with “Notte Magica”, Il Volo have decided to pay homage to Latin American music with the new CD and single just released “Noche sin dia.”
I will not dwell on the decision of the record company to exclude Italy and other countries from the initial launch, which many fans have deemed offensive; there are certainly valid reasons and commercial evaluation or agreements between labels that we cannot know. It often happens that CDs come out in some countries and not in others, and I do not see anything that is disturbing or disrespectful.
I would like to say that I love Spanish and Latin American music, I enjoy listening to the songs of Enrique Iglesias, Alvaro Soler, Marc Anthony and Luis Fonsi, and I certainly contributed to make the over 2 billion views of the video “Bailando” starring Iglesias with Gente de Zona, the same group that dueted with Il Volo in their latest work.
Regarding the song and the video of “Noche sin dia” I found them pleasant but not of the quality that I would have expected from a great producer like Emilio Estefan and not up to international stars like Il Volo.
This is obviously a personal opinion that does not question the artistic talent that the three young singers have already widely demonstrated to possess.
To try to explain the reasons for my view, I wondered what attracts me in a music video, pushing me to watch it several times.
My opinion is not based on the lack of emphasis given to the voices of the three singers in the song; I believe that they can indulge in a project that is not mainly based on their vocal talents, which by now everyone is well aware of.
The song has an enjoyable and attractive rhythm but it is all contained in the refrain, it lacks a less rhythmic part that usually tells a “story” and gives meaning to the whole song, creating empathy with the listener. The underlying story is then usually hinted at and “told” through the video, with the background actors and dancers surrounding the protagonist singers. The most famous songs, which became dancing hits thanks to their cheerful and rhythmical refrain, such as “Despacito”, “Sofia” or “Bailando,” also have this feature that helps make them more attractive to a wider audience.
In the video of “Noche sin dia” instead there is no underlying story or at least a common thread, it just shows the singers singing and dancing along with everyone else, without even a choreography.
In fact, what seems to be lacking in the video of “Noche sin dia” is the film direction and the scenography, because to ensure the success of a music video the music is obviously important but strangely not fundamental. The music video should be a mini-film with a captivating plot that stirs empathy. Or it could have a spectacular photography, or a choreography that excites and arouses admiration. I did not find any of these features in the video of “Noche sin dia.”
A good video is of paramount importance nowadays to promote a song. It has often helped to make a song famous that otherwise would have gone unnoticed. Just think of “Take me to church” by the Irish singer Hozier, which came out in 2013 and was successful only locally and then became an international hit with the release of the video in 2014, totaling more than 200 million views.
I have always considered that the management of Il Volo has paid too little attention to this aspect; except for some official videos which have a nice setting and storyline, like “L’amore si muove”, “Canzone per te” and “Grande amore”, the others are rather ordinary and I hoped that this video would mark a turning point in this respect.
For this reason I was a bit disappointed, but I am sure that the loyal fans that Il Volo has been able to conquer in every corner of the world thanks to their undisputed talent, professionalism and friendliness, will support them with enthusiasm in this project … while waiting for new surprises.
Credit to owners of all photos and video.
I’d like to say a special thank you to our loyal blog reader, Cynthia, for grabbing and running with this review from Patrizia! Grazie mille! Jana
To quote the song, “My Way…” “And now…. the end is near… and so we face, the final curtain….” I’m sure the guys are feeling this right now – maybe even a little bit of bittersweet, perhaps? Just a few more concerts in Kiev and Japan and a few more special appearances in Australia and the cruise ship, and it’s over. I can only imagine what they are thinking. We all know they are excitedly starting to work on their new project with Emilio, quickly leaving Notte Magica behind – at least for a little while.
Daniela found the following pictures for me and there were a few short videos, but somehow they cut off in the middle of them. I’m sure they are out there, but I did not find too many videos from Chile, but it’s about all the same from the last concerts…
So, enjoy the pictures and meet/greet photos!
photos from Karina Ale Diaz
Meet/Greet: not too many, looks like several of them got a few pictures!
So nice of someone in the audience to give them these shirts with their birthday days on them! Even nicer of them to wear them! 🙂
“They did it their….way….!” 🙂
I may even have to come up with a new sign/logo after this tour is over!! Hmmm…??? 🙂
Ah, there go our boys again… to Rio! Do you know there are over 100 songs that have been written about Rio de Janeiro? According to Barry Manilow and many others, it’s the “hottest spot north of Havana!” The guys enjoyed 5 awesome concerts in Brazil and it’s no wonder their Notte Magica CD/DVD won the highest award! The crowds at their concerts certainly proved that point. There were some beautiful pictures posted by Piero and Ercole of the Copa.
Thanks again to all owners of pictures and videos!
Here are your Meet/Greets! Those are some brightly colored shirts at the end!
rio ercole Rio de Janeiro – 8/27/17
rio Piero Copacabana Beach – Rio de Janeiro 8/28/17
Piero, in suspenders? Maybe Igna should give them a whirl? 🙂
We leave you with one more review from South America – Chile!
We saw Ercole posting he was flying back to Italy, but it looks like Piero detoured to Miami, but where are the other two misteriosos? Only Twitter and Instagram know… 🙂
Alessandra posted an adorable picture of Franz, waiting for his master’s arrival! (Oh, yes, I can see the comments now… lol)
Til next time…
The guys are quickly making their way now through South America with just 3 more concerts to go. It is hard to believe and what events they have been through so far, earthquakes, just missing hurricanes, etc. Things seemed to have settled down a bit, weather-wise since they actually got to South America. We are certainly glad of that!
The Latin crowd seems to be getting an all-around concert, kind of what I’d hoped for in the US – a little of this, a little of that, but as we all say, it doesn’t matter what they sing, it is awesome and never long enough! However, they are getting to hear Volare, Canzone per Te, Il Mundo, Mas Que Amor, and maybe even a few others people haven’t shared. Through these last few video clips, I think the guys are finally having fun again. The clip from Il Mundo, reminds me of “old” Igna, where he was bouncing on his toes during the refrain. Their voices just keep getting richer and richer. Their tones continuously awesome. Adding nuances here and there, just to keep it interesting!
Very special thanks to the AAIV group, who appeared to attend all of the concerts in Brazil and uploading their clips to Instagram. Also thanks to all owners of the videos and pictures and of course Ercole, Piero, and Gianluca, for always keeping us entertained. 🙂
I’d also like to welcome all the fans from the AAIV site, to enjoy our site. Please forward to all of your friends! 🙂
OMG PICS! (we of course do not have the group from Sep 24 because it is tonight’s concert)
https://www.omgvip.com/il-volo-september-23-2017/ (look, a REAL Igna fan at the end of this one – the look on Igna’s face is priceless!) Sorry Marie, that should have been you – wait, I think there is one of you like that? lol!
My doctor said I should add more cardio to my exercise routine, do you think he would approve of this? 🙂
piero workout Notte Magica Tour – Piero – workout – Curitiba 9/19/17
Piero – looking up and down at life!
piero sound check Notte Magica Tour – Sao Paolo concert rehearsal – 9/19-24/17
sweet dreams piero Notte Magica Tour – Piero – Brasilia – 9/19-24-17
The picture was a little gift from the hotel….was Piero trying to be incognito? 🙂
piero hotel Notte Magica Tour – Piero – hotel room – Sao Paolo Brasilia 9/19-24/17
pirro Notte Magica Tour – Piero – Brasilia Concerts 9/19-24/17
I think he might just have to retire that shirt….
Hey, guys, can you let us in on the joke? 🙂
And now a few videos…
Muchas Gracias Todos! 🙂
Hasta luego! (3 more to go, Igna gets to spend his birthday at home with darling Alessandra, then it’s off to the Ukraine, Japan, and home for the holidays – and a night on a cruise ship? 🙂 ) And can’t forget Australia!
The guys made it safely out of Mexico, swiftly navigating both hurricanes and earthquakes to arrive in Santo Domingo on Sep 13 and Panama on Sep 15. They met with the usual amount of screaming and adoring fans at both airports and put on awesome shows as usual. They were also on a special show in Santo Domingo.
Credit to all owners of pictures and videos! Some are straight from Piero and Ercole.
Notte Magica Tour – Ignazio – Panama Concert 9/15/17
Notte Magica Tour – Gianluca – Panama Concert 9/15/17
Notte Magica Tour – Piero and fan Panama Concert – 9/15/17
Below, they are meeting with the Italian ambassador to Panama. The looks they capture on their faces!
meeting with Italian ambassador to Panama – 9/15/17
italy ambassador panama with Il Volo 9/15/17
And we can’t forget the meet/greets!
And that about wraps it up for Santo Domingo and Panama. I wish I could have found a few more pictures and videos.
Up next is their special evening in Puerto Rico and on to Quito!