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OSTUNI REVIEW FROM FINLAND by Leena

While the Italian summer tour was in progress and then the one in Canada-North America-Australia, I received some concert reviews you attended.
I could not publish them before, because I was busy following all the various stages of the Il Volo tour, but now that Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca are at home, I intend to publish them.
I start by publishing the Ostuni concert review that came to me from Leena.
Leena is a Finnish woman, married to an Italian and they have two children. They live in Finland and in the summer they come to Italy on vacation.
I have known Leena thanks to the publication of the Ostuni concert. You remember that in the comment of a video, I explained that a woman had raised a sign that read:

 “I come from Finland and I love you.”

Well, Leena read our post published on the Facebook page and understood that we were talking about her, she wrote me a message: “It was me with the sign, thank you, because I didn’t understand that Piero had read and commented on it”.
So we got in touch and exchanged many messages.
Leena, in Finland teaches Italian to a class of nearly 50 adults. She also talks about Il Volo and sometimes she uses their book “An Extraordinary Adventure” to give lessons, isn’t it fantastic???
But here’s her review:

The concert in Ostuni on July 26, 2022

I could not believe my luck, that of having the opportunity to attend a concert of Il Volo, only because this year they had decided to stop over in Ostuni and only because at that time we were already in the neighboring region for the holidays. Even now, after three months, I still can’t believe it. It seems something detached from my everyday life.
I would say that the one in Ostuni was a routine concert for the boys of Il Volo. It was still too hot when the concert started, if I remember correctly thermometer in the center of Ostuni showed 34 degrees (93 degrees Fahrenheit) and the heat there of Puglia is a humid heat that suffocates.
I had already noticed on the streets of Ostuni that there was very little publicity for the concert, practically  I only saw some billboards hanging near the town villa but that billboard also advertised all the other concerts of the “Soundtrack festival” of that one week, not just theirs. I was sorry about this because I couldn’t understand why there was so little publicity given their talent and international fame.
On the evening of the 25th, while walking in Ostuni, I heard an American tourist say to their phone, “Tomorrow they will sing there,” so maybe this person too was there in Ostuni for the concert.
About a week before the concert they sent us the message in which they said it would be possible to attend the soundcheck in Ostuni. I was overjoyed because I had hoped so much since I didn’t intend to attend the M&G after the concert. On the day of the concert they called us for 6:20pm at the main entrance of the Foro Boario, the place of the concert.
The Foro Boario is a former market square for the cattle, in the shape of a stadium where they now hold concerts, and is surrounded by high walls.

When they let us in we all lined up, maybe there were 8-9 people. They sang three songs: Grande Amore, Nessun Dorma, and No Puede Ser.
I could notice many interesting things: Gianluca had a little sore throat or was it mildly cooled and seemed very suffering from the heat, Ignatius seemed the most relaxed of the three while Piero was the one who entertained us talking into the microphone throughout the soundcheck. After trying No puede ser, Piero was not happy with the performance by the musicians . After that song, it was clear that it was all over and I think they were leaving without getting off the stage to talk to us, therefore, I took courage and I am rushed to Ignazio and I asked him if they accepted gifts, so I delivered him the gifts I had bought in Finland, he seemed to me extremely kind and good.
If I had had more courage I would have asked him for the autograph for their book “An Extraordinary Adventure” that I had with me at the soundcheck but since they hadn’t gone down, I didn’t want to disturb them.
Now I regret it bitterly, if only I had had the courage to ask for that autograph, I am sure he would have done it to me. Maybe there will be another occasion.
After the soundcheck I went back to our accommodation, ate and then, I am back to the Forum again. I immediately noticed that the audience was composed mostly by people older than me, people aged 50 upwards, mostly by ladies but also by their husbands. This thing surprised me a little bit because I was expecting a slightly younger audience but I was pleased see that Il Volo attracts this type of people (perhaps people a little like me). The audience was very calm and polite, the atmosphere was very familiar and in the air there was this great expectation and enthusiasm among all of us to see and listen to the boys.
The concert started almost on time, at around 9:37pm and lasted exactly two hours. They sang 24 songs.
Here is the lineup in exact order (I wrote them down during the concert):
1. The Ecstasy of Gold
2. Nessun dorma (short version, only the first verse and the first chorus)
3. Il Mondo
4. Se telefonando
5. Se
6. Granada
7. Your Love
8. All by myself (Ignazio)
9. Your Ssong (Gianluca)
10. Un amore così grande
11. Delilah
12. My Way (Gianluca and Piero)
13. Hallelujah (Gianluca and Ignazio)
14. La donna è mobile (Ignazio and Piero)
15. Io che non vivo senza te
16. Here’s to You
17. Medley from:  L’ amore si muove – Musica che resta
18. Can’t Help Falling in Love (Gianluca)
19. Caruso
20. Volare
21. Surrender
22. O ‘sole mio
23. Libiam de lieti calici
24. Grande Amore
When they got on stage and started singing, I heard right away that Gianluca’s voice no longer seemed as cold as it had been at sound check. Really very good !! I don’t know how he could fix it in a short time. We had the fourth row seats on the left so I was a lot focused on him during the concert. I noticed he had put on, or a makeup artist had put on him, a lot of black eyeliner on his eyes, this thing stood out immediately. Instead Piero and Ignazio seemed without makeup either, at least I didn’t notice anything. They started by singing the first three songs and only after the third did they start talking.  When they finished “The Ecstasy of Gold” or “Nessun dorma”, I don’t remember exactly which one, Gianluca  turned towards us, and with a little bow and with his hand over his heart he told us : “Good evening everyone”. You couldn’t hear it but I read the lips. After having sung “ Il Mondo”, they welcomed us and gave some compliments on the beauty of Ostuni, Gianluca said : ”How wonderful!”looking at the old part of Ostuni on the hill (I laughed because Gianluca says always “how wonderful”).
Ignazio immediately started joking saying that those people who had gathered at the foot of the city walls were tax evaders because from there it was possible to follow the whole concert without paying the ticket. Then they continued to sing. I remember that after “Your Love” Piero and Ignazio were terribly serious and also sad, they remained in silence in front of the microphone for a while. I know they think of Vito when they sing this song and I know that too little time has passed since his death but in Ostuni they didn’t mention it in any way.
My heart breaks too every time I hear Ignazio sing this song (I presume to say that I know exactly how it feels because I too lost my father at 25 and in my opinion at 25 is too young to lose a parent). Perhaps others in the audience have also heard this because even if we were sitting scattered in the stalls and in different rows, far from each other, it occurred to us to raise the billboards at the same time to lighten the atmosphere a little. I had made a big billboard, sticking together with tape cartons made from four packs of brioches and pasting on some sheets of paper on which I had written:

 “I come from Finland and I love you.”

It had taken me hours to make it. When I raised it I was so excited that Piero’s immediate reaction escaped me. I only heard his question, “How do you say I LOVE YOU in Finnish?” But I absolutely didn’t want to shout it at him among the nice ladies who were sitting around me, and then also because in Finnish it is long, there are eight syllables (MINÄ RAKASTAN SINUA), I don’t think they would have remembered it.
They sang several songs without introducing them. This got me thinking that they were in a hurry to finish because they were really tired. I could also be wrong, but I had the feeling that Piero was looking forward to reaching Agrigento for the long-awaited concert in his native land, and Gianluca was just really exhausted by the heat and the frantic rhythm of the tour (Ostuni was their fifth concert in seven days, the tenth in the whole month). I wanted to hear a lot of their speeches, too about their career , but they talked little about it. They only said that they three who had met on that program and who had put them together and since then they sing and go around. I think they were almost too modest !!! Maybe their modesty is something that goes away with the years … but this is their still being very young, they are all less than 30 years old, it is another thing that I only understood attending this concert. Just watching them on TV I didn’t realize. You almost want to protect them the way you protect a child.
(Leena at the concert)
Before “Your Song” Gianluca did a slightly longer monologue on the importance of parents during adolescence, he was very sweet.
When he speaks, an enormous wisdom transpires, it makes me think that perhaps he reads a lot or that he spent a lot of time with older people when he was little. Personally he is my favorite of the trio when it comes to vocality, I’ve never heard anyone sing so well. It opens completely to the public, sometimes when he sings in certain songs it seems to me that he cries, with his voice. In my opinion he is the foundation of the group. Also as a physical presence, he looks like a god of Antiquity or a man of Renaissance. I looked at him there in Ostuni from my place and thought: “Now I look at this singing god. “ There are no words. I have seen many of their performances on YouTube and you don’t understand it when you only see it on your computer screen, but now that I’ve seen it live, I immediately noticed that it has a lot of dramatic presence.
This was my first impression during the soundcheck when I saw him and thought that this man was born to be an actor. And he would also be good … But let’s hope not because we still want him for a long time singer. Or if he wants to, he has to keep singing too.
Piero is the one who on stage keeps the rhythm with the speeches with the audience, has a way of speaking a little “professor” while Ignazio knows how to be both, very playful and very serious.
Perhaps Ignazio is the one who is more in the hands of the three. His interpretation of the song “All By Myself” was wonderful. He has such a clear voice and crystalline voice that when he sings loudly, I sometimes think it’s as if he were screaming his despair to the world, and it’s beautiful. Immediately after “Delilah” he entertained the audience by saying that his pants were broken, perhaps he said it in all the concerts, but the joke was so well done it seemed improvised.
A lady sitting not far from me said to him: “Come here, we sew it for you!” And the other ladies around us agreed. Piero commented: “Here we have many expert seamstresses.”
Compared to previous years, in my opinion they have become a little more serious, they do not joke more, as well as before. In Ostuni Piero and Ignazio teased a little Gianluca and Gianluca defended himself but never belittling them or in a vindictive way.
However towards the end of the concert they appeared very worn by the heat. Gianluca’s hair had become full of small curls due to the humidity and because of the heat, he must have sweated a lot. During the last song “Grande Amore” I raised my billboard for the second time, which I had done with so much love and dedication. Piero was positioned exactly in front of me on the stage and had it revised. He smiled shyly and nodded his head. I did not think that even Piero was so shy … I knew of Gianluca, that he had been at least as a child but now after the concert in Ostuni I know that Piero is a bit too. When I think about it again and I get excited … Piero gave me an excellent impression during the whole soundcheck and the concert even if in Ostuni he has not sung his solo. He took us very seriously and wanted us to be well and kept a good memory of it.
After they finished the concert, they still had to welcome the people with a smile because they had purchased access to Meet &  Greet. I felt bad for the boys because they were exhausted. There were maybe 20 people waiting for this meeting. I did not take the ticket because in my opinion the price is exaggerated and I had already paid a lot for the tickets for all of my family.
I was very lucky to be able to attend this concert because the next day we still had to go to another concert, that of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Puglia, in the same place, but they decided to cancel it shortly before due to strong wind.
My big dream is one day be able to attend one of their concerts in Finland. Here they are still little known but at least in my small way I try to spread the word thanks to my work.
They are the best trio in the world right now and it’s impossible not to love them. Besides, if they never come here in the North, I’m sure they will other occasions to see them again in Italy.
Now, my sign is here, hanging in my home, reminding me of a beautiful concert.
Leena

Thanks Leena for the wonderful review.
It is truly remarkable that you try to make Il Volo known in Finland by teaching Italian.
See you soon with more reviews:
Daniela 🤗

LAST MINUTE NEWS!!

A new book has been released and written by Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero.
It goes on sale November 8, but you can pre-ordered it on Amazon.

The title is:Il Volo, WHAT I CARRY IN THE HEART

I’ll translate the presentation for you.Il Volo is the Italian music trio that today more than anyone else represents Italy in the world.
Since the success of Sanremo in 2015, it has had an unparalleled escalation of notoriety, which has led Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio to perform in front of millions of spectators, during the various intercontinental tours, due to which they are often far away from home.
But it is not for this, indeed perhaps by virtue of this, the bond that the three artists have with their lands of origin, with their roots and their families and traditions, remains very strong, and always represents an emotional and sentimental comfort. .
In this book the three boys talk about themselves, precisely in the light of that indissoluble bond that characterizes their artistic expression: an intimate, personal and extremely intense story of their past, their present and their future.
………… I can’t wait to read it !!!!  

 

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VOLO TOUR 2022: OSTUNI and AGRIGENTO by Daniela

Slowly we arrived at the last two concerts in July:
July 26: OSTUNI
The beautiful square of the Apulian town was waiting for Il Volo and welcomed them with great warmth.

SE

ALL BY MYSELF

At the beginning of the video, Piero sees a woman holding a sign and tells Gianluca.

PIERO = Read, read what is written.
GIAN = (he reads) I have a (loving) relationship with Piero Barone but nobody knows, not even him.
PIERO = Me neither! (laughs)
GIAN = A platonic love.
PIERO(He reads another sign) I am from Finland and I love you. We love you too, how do you say I love you in Finnish?
GIAN = (Reads another sign) I have a dream in my heart, singing with Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero Barone.
Why did you write the surname to Piero and not us (him and Ignazio)? Ah, to rhyme, I didn’t get there !!
Then Piero talks about how they met and introduces Ignazio.

IL MONDO and SE TELEFONANDO

29 July, AGRIGENTO, the beautiful Valley of the Temples.
It goes without saying that Agrigento is the province where Piero lives and therefore there was a lot of emotion and participation.
Here is Piero’s message before the concert.

I am excited for the concert in the Valley of the Temples.
I have been spending my holidays in San Leone for years and I love jogging here.
It’s great to see people stop me and tell me: “We got tickets. Piè (Piero, abbreviated), for the concert.”
It fills me with pride.

This video was made by AGRIGENTO TODAY is a nice summary and I will translate the beautiful words of Piero.
GIAN(He says to Piero) You are at home tonight.
PIERO = We are home. Sorry, but tell me something, but in Roseto, where you live, do you receive such a welcome? Let me understand! (applause).
GIAN = (On the nearby promontory you can see the ruins of a Greek temple. Gian points to the temple and says):
What house, is that your house?
PIERO = From here you can see my bedroom, up there, see the one there.
(Then Piero turns to the audience).
Before I took the stage, I looked at you, and I thought:
I have never taken for granted such great affection, such great love, from my fellow countrymen. Thank you! ❤ (applause).
I am, we are three extremely privileged guys, all thanks to you, for these 13 years of journey we have done together (applause).
Tonight we will sing the songs they have ….. (he sees Ignazio) but what happened? What are you doing back there? You speak, you do not speak, good evening …
IGNAZIO = No, I was looking at what seems to be in the Po Valley, you can’t see anything (Pianura Padana is the Italian plain in the north, Ignazio means that the expanse of people is as big as the Po Valley, moreover there is it is often fog and nothing is seen and the effect of the stage lights does not show anything to the singers).
PIERO = But in fact, turn off this talcum powder (type of diffused light), there are the ancient temples behind.
Ignazio, why don’t you speak? Let me understand!
IGNAZIO = I was thinking about something, if that’s your room (part of the temple), did you save on the fixtures? (Laughter)😁
GIAN = Think in the winter that the air is blowing!
IGNAZIO = In summer everything is fine, but in winter, you die of cold!
GIAN = Then you don’t sing if you get a sore throat.
PIERO = (he turns to Ignazio) Do you want to introduce? Are not you happy? I understand that we are not in Marsala, (Ignazio’s city), today we sing in Agrigento ….. (someone from the audience throws a small red pillow at Piero) thank goodness they are cushions but they are red like tomatoes …. ( then Piero reads on the pillow) … ah I LOVE YOU !! , thank you honey, thank you my love, hello joy.
……….. we said that tonight we will sing the songs ………..
IGNAZIO = And then I’m sorry, I think this is also the concept that we two (him and Piero) give, that it doesn’t matter Agrigento, Marsala, Catania, it’s all Sicily. (applause) These are things that an Abruzzese does not understand !!😁
GIAN = I understand everything, I can speak in Sicilian with you (Gianluca pronounces all this in Sicilian) (applause)
IGNAZIO = But I was saying an Abruzzese, not you Gianluca.
GIAN = Shut up, don’t speak (Gianluca pronounces this again in Sicilian and then turns to the audience) Do you understand? huh !! (and gestures with his hand towards his ear which means that he is saying the Sicilian pronunciation well)
IGNAZIO = May I?
GIAN = You can, of course. I don’t mean to be rude.
IGNAZIO = A Sicilian would never have said YOU CAN, ever! If you don’t talk, you don’t have to talk.
GIAN = Go, I won’t interrupt you anymore, Mr. Boschetto.
IGNAZIO = But I have nothing to say …
PIERO = Tonight we will sing the songs that are part of our artistic path. We will also sing some songs that are part of our latest recording project, where we decided to dedicate an entire album to a great teacher, a great composer, maestro Ennio Morricone. (applause)

Sicilian friends also made pizza in honor of IL VOLO 😁

HERE’S TO YOU – L’AMORE SI MUOVE – MUSICA CHE RESTA

ECSTASY OF GOLD

NESSUN DORMA

Many beautiful articles in Sicilian newspapers, but among all I chose this one and I translate it for you:
To view the article, CLICK HERE.
IN VOLO WITH MY FRIENDS by Flavia Verde
I am referring to the concert last night in the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento by the trio “Il Volo”. Why with my friends? Because they were there, among that public in delirium for these guys who embody, at least for those of our generation, the best you can have: beauty, professionalism, Sicilianity.
For personal reasons I could not participate, but it seems interesting to tell you their impressions, which I fully share, since more than once I have also had the pleasure of being there. The most celebrated was Piero Barone, and the community of Naro, massively present to support that boy who grew up “on hard bread and milk” and today at the top of international fame. Yes, because even if our children wrinkle their noses, we, these kids, we love them viscerally. Because after having done so much apprenticeship, they have touched the sky. And last night, the illuminated Temples served as a worthy backdrop to their exhibition.
“Magic and familiarity.” – says Maria Luisa. Two components that accompany any of their performances, but above all the concerts in Sicily, in which we hear them tell episodes of their childhood, we listen to their dialectal expressions, we feel them deeply rooted in our island reality, so colorful and colorful, so proud of their success.
“The word Agrigento unleashed a riot of festive screams,” Luisa tells me while now, Paola and Giuseppina tell me that it seemed to be in the family, for the confidential and empathic relationship they have created with the public. “It was a hymn to the beauty and harmony of Sicily – continues Luisa – happy people, families celebrating.”
Well, after having seen the recent film “Elvis” and previously “Bohemian Rhapsody”, with the inevitable pitfalls that the entertainment world inevitably manifests, I must say that these three guys, who are also in the hands of a great manager like Michele Torpedine , they do not show anything artificial in their interpersonal relationship.“ They are authentically friends and brothers“- says Dina and, after years of international tours and sensational successes, they remain the three Sicilian guys we have always known. Their solid family roots, always remarked by them with pride, I hope they keep them away from the bad sirens that almost always dominate the entertainment world.
And finally, thanks to my friends for their cooperation!
It was undoubtedly a concert full of emotion, but there is still an appointment for Il Volo and it is not part of the tour, Il Volo will open the MAGNA GRECIA Film Festival in Catanzaro, on July 30th.
Here they are on the red carpet!!
They sang only three songs, Ecstasy of Gold, Grande Amore and Nessun Dorma, greeted by warm applause, and even if the songs were only three, the people of Catanzaro enjoyed the articles in the newspapers the next day very much and full of beautiful words.
But look at the professionalism of our treasures, during Grande Amore, Piero’s microphone no longer works and, without any problem, Ignazio approaches Piero and offers him his microphone, Gianluca understands the situation and is close to the other two to make it seem that the song should be sung by all three neighbors. A second microphone arrives for Piero, but this too does not work, and the three of them go on without any problem and finish their performance. Really great !!!
During the Magna Grecia Film Festival, Michele Torpedine was awarded the Golden Column.
But also Il Volo was awarded with the Golden Column and it is the same goldsmith who made the prize to go up to deliver it. On his Facebook page Michele Affidato (goldsmith) writes this comment:
“On our journey we meet many people … with some a true friendship is born. Thanks to Michele Torpedine and the Trio il Volo for their presence at the Magna Graecia Film Festival.”
As they receive the award, the speaker says these words:
“To Il Volo, which makes us proud in the world with bel canto.”

Il Volo is also rewarded with the Vela del Successo.
Some moments of the beautiful evening.
Beautiful events awaited our three golden boys at the end of July, but there is no time to rest, just one day at home to pack your bags, and then, off you go, Japan is waiting for you.
Have a good trip, come back soon !!
Daniela

 

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