I was one of the very first writers to write columns for the Flight Crew and I always enjoyed doing it and I always was proud of the fact that many you would write comments and some would email me when they wanted to. The last time I wrote an article of any length was for the wonderful “Notte Magica” program – both the PBS presentation and the CD. Since then I was always waiting for a new album and/or a new PBS show. Well the Latin American songs were MP3 and digital download. I do CD’s (as old fashioned as that is) but I did listen to the songs they recorded in Miami with Emilio Estefan. I did not write an article then because I was told there would be a CD eventually. Well, so far ? ? ? I really ended up worried about the challenges that the boys were putting their voices through. The songs were each very similar to the next but I did like some of those songs. My problem was the stress and extreme tight throat they were developing in the recording process.
Now we skip ahead to right now. Good news. In the process of preparing for this new album they must have gone back to working with their vocal coaches (always the foundation to the incredible sound these guys produce). I sent an email to Barbara Vitali this afternoon and asked about vocal coaches and hope to get an answer soon. Bottom line is that each guy has progressed in spite of the extremes of some of those previous songs. The other factor is that I really do like the songs on this album. Good for them!
Gianluca: In some of these songs the approach to vowels starts out a little closed and tight in the throat. But as he warms up the throat gets more and more free and the size and sound of the vowels is bigger and more rich than ever. As I have said many times in other reviews, this is the finest baritone working the professional music world today and he sings Latin, Broadway, light rock, pop ballads, Italian romantic songs, opera and classical recital songs. He can do it all and do it all superbly!!
Piero: a little bit of the same problem that I think is left over from singing a whole different style of music. But, as with Gianluca, he loosens up and gets rid of the old (sometimes) tight sound and lets it fly free and big. This is an instrument that always was a big instrument and now is bigger.
Ignazio: Listen to him float and soar up and around those high notes. Greatest Lyric tenor working today. I have said that many times before also. There is a way that he and Gianluca can “caress” and “romance” a beautiful phrase of love until the listener falls to the ground in a rush of emotion.
Do you ever listen to these guys and find yourself getting chills up and down your back? Do you ever find yourself having a hard time breathing when they handle the word “subtle” in their singing. Too many young singers cannot sing soft without ending up with a dead sound and they cannot sing loud without screeching their brains out. When our boys sing soft it is with absolute control and beauty – the kind that does send chills out. And they do not just sing with a mindless LOUD. They produce a gorgeous large sound that fills the room without being harsh or formless. That kind of sound can make your heart skip a beat.
So here is where all that vocal work really pays off.
The songs on this CD are:
Musica Che Restaby Gianna Nannini & Emilio Munda & Antonello Carozza
I think all of the Il Volo fans know by now this song was featured for the 2019 Sanremo Festival. I was asked to address the controversy comparing “Musica Che Resta” to “Grande Amore” composed by Francesco Boccia. First of all they are two different songs composed by two different composers. The “fuss” is silly and a waste of time. These are two different songs and each has a special energy and works well for Il Volo. Having listened to “Grande Amore” many times and “Musica che resta” a good number of times I can see where some people would find similarity in the way the piano/softer opening sections layered over fast tempo rhythmic sections would have a “sameness” to them. But they don’t really. Another place where you might find similarity is in the form of the two songs.
This is one place where there is a resemblance but, once again, it is of no importance.
Vicinissimo – more to come later.
Arrivederci Romaby Renato Rascel & Pietro Garinei & Sandro Giovanni
A good number of the “crooners” of the late 40’s, 50’s and 60’s sang this at one time or another. It was used in the movie “Seven Hills of Rome” and it was a hit for Dean Martin and also Mario Lanza, Well you can see the attraction going from Dean to Gianluca and from Mario to Piero.
Gianluca starts out a little tight in the throat but gets more loose as he moves ahead. Piero starts the same – restricted throat but changes as he moves to the next phrase and he is showing off a much more open vowel sound concept. I am anxious to see him in person soon and what how he uses his jaw. Ignazio really makes this song very romantic in the way he works the musical phrase.
A chi mi dice (English=“those who tell me”) by Lars Halvor Jensen & Martin Larsson musicians of Danish background but now live in United Kingdom. This song was featured by their own band.
Fino a quando fa bene –
People (from musical “Funny Girl”) by Julie Styne & Bob Merrill. Funny Girl was a huge Broadway hit back in the mid-1960’s and made Barbara Streisand a star. Then Columbia Pictures made a truly great film of the musical and Streisand, once again, starred. At Oscar time, she ended up in the only tie ever in Best actress with Katharine Hepburn. All you loyal Il Volo fans should know that the boys have always loved her and, better yet, sang with her on her 2012 tour. Great experience for them. They learned a lot from her. This song is her theme song and it works very well for the guys. Each guy is doing his best work on this song. Makes sense since they are loyal to her. Rumor has it she may join them for the PBS program – hope so.
La nave del olvidoby Dino Ramos and Armando Manzanero
This song was a big hit for the famous Mexican singer Jose Jose. Remember IL VOLO singing for him at an awards program because he has lost his voice forever. They sang “El Triste” at that time.
Lontano dagli occhiby Sergio Endrigo and Sergio Bardotti
Be My Loveby Sammy Cahn & Nicholas Brodzsky
Those of us of a certain age (now wait a minute, I did not say the word “old” ) – anyway for those people of that age we all remember what a strong impression was made on us when Mario Lanza sang this song in the movies. Check out the video of “That’s Entertainment” from MGM which is a fantastic collection of many scenes from MGM musicals from the 1930’s to the 1960’s He is very much part of the late 40’s and the 50’s. He was way too young when he died.
Here is another song that I bet Piero loves. I would be interested in finding out in which order these songs were recorded. Certain songs show that the boys have a rather tight throat take a verse or so to get loosened up to a more free sound
When you read my reviews of the past years you will see that the control of their instruments (voice) was always one thing that amazed me for their age and their more pop interests. One note about Sammy Cahn. He is a composer that wrote a lot of Frank Sinatra’s best songs.
La voce del silenzioby Paolo Limiti and Elio Isola
This song was a hit in 1968 from different singers first in Italian and then in English under the title “ Silent Voices” sung by Dionne Warwick
Meravigliosa creatura by Gianna Nannini & Mara Redeghieri
A few more thoughts:
I have been reading that our boys have been getting negative comments for the style of music they do. They seem to get more support here in the USA than they do in Europe (although that is getting better). My thought is that we who stick by the boys no matter what kind of music they do because they are the best and because they show their love in every note – we must always make sure that loyalty gets to them and gets known by them.
I have a feeling that upcoming programs will be just wonderful.
As promised, here is the review of the film UN AMORE COSÌ GRANDE by our PATRIZIA CIAVA, which I translate with great pleasure for you – Daniela.
“UN AMORE COSÌ GRANDE”: LOVE DECLINED IN ITS VARIOUS FACETS
The debut on the big screen of the trio ll Volo in the film Un Amore Così Grande in the role of young mentors who discover the natural talent of a young unknown, their age, and help him to achieve success.
As announced by the title, love, declined in its various forms, is the motive that permeates the whole story of “Un Amore Così Grande”, the debut feature of the television director Cristian de Mattheis, which will be released in cinemas on September 20, produced by Federica Andreoli, who also edited the subject, and Michele Calì.
Not only the romantic love between the two young protagonists, interpreted by Giuseppe Maggio and Francesca Loy, but also that between parents and children, between teacher and pupil, between friends, and above all the love for music that is the real common thread and the bond that unites all the characters in the film in a symbolic embrace.
And to unite them is the passion for a genre generally considered elite, the lyric, which here is presented as an art form accessible to everyone, even to constitute the exercise of a street karaoke in which anyone can try, proposed by young people for young people.
In this lies the true peculiarity of the film that sees in Il Volo’s participation its raison d’etre. As repeatedly explained by the three members of the trio, in fact, the “Notte Magica” tour, whose poster is known from the beginning of the film, was born with the intention of bringing young people to the lyric as only “three boys, of twenty years can do”, in an ideal continuation of the project launched by Pavarotti to bring the Opera “outside the theaters” and make it accessible to the general public.
The presence of the three young singers, the two tenors Piero Barone and Ignazio Boschetto and the baritone Gianluca Ginoble, who impersonate themselves, is not really a simple cameo, but offers the key to the film in which they play the role of young mentors in able to understand talent and to encourage and accompany the protagonist to the success he deserves.
Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet, where the film is set, is therefore the ideal setting as it is at the same time the city of love par excellence and temple of opera with its Arena.
The plot, however, also returns to the city its role as a symbol of contrasting love, of the destiny that first unites lovers and then tries to divide them. Love for music proves to be the only driving force able to transform suffering into passion and creativity.
A love story, therefore, that explores the different facets and whose meaning is contained in the title that is also that of one of the most beautiful songs of the Italian musical tradition, “Un Amore Così Grande”, composed by the maestro Guido Maria Ferilli , on whose notes the last scene of the film closes.
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.
Warmly, 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
These are a few of the things we reported to you in our first year. How much do you remember? Answers below.
No, I don’t plan on using this picture in every post. Just leave me alone! Besides, it’s my best side. His too!
♥ August 9th was our proud startup. We held our breaths hoping some of you would follow. You all did!
♥Paul Sorvino sang with the Boys in los Angeles. (thanks Anne)
♥ We were all up in arms about a newspaper review of Il Volo in Vancouver. “Opera is in trouble.” Complaints were followed by an “apology” from the editor. What was the name of that paper? How about the name of the author?
♥North American Concert Tour – “We Are Love 2013”. We reported on all of them!
♥Our Guys realized a dream come true this month. What was it?
♥♥ Happy Birthday Ignazio
♥ We reviewed the South American Tour this month. Screaming Senorita’s and all.
♥ We asked you to “Rock the Vote”. For what award?
♥ The Boys were back! We followed them to the Tree lighting at the Grove in L.A. and the CD signing in Santa Monica.
♥ Three of our Flight Crew members had a private audience with Il Volo at the Mall of America.
♥ We upgraded our blog to a dot-com. We became an actual website and registered our domain name!
♥ We reported a bunch of promotional appearances for their new album “Buon Natale”. Name at least one of the shows we told you about.
♥♥ I gave you “T’was the Night Before (my) Christmas” My favorite Poem. Probably because I ended up with the present!
♥ The Boys performed in Assisi. Where?
♥ Our Guys were on much deserved vacations.
♥ It was a slow month that’s why among other things we… began Gianluca’s Birthday Project, learned about Perry Como from Linda, began Michele’s “Italia” series, Told Kelly why we were smiling, Read about Power, Passion and Joy from Lijoy, brought you an RAI recap and I thanked you for “Flying with the Crew”.
♥ We also learned from Linda that one of our Guys sang at weddings to help pay for his music lessons. Who?
♥♥ Happy Birthday Gianluca!
♥ Toward the end of the month we were finally able to announce to you the long-awaited “2014 Summer Concert Tour” Schedule!
♥ Instead of performing Il Volo was happily in the audience. Where?
♥ Myron reported about speaking to Ignazio on the phone at his sisters Pizzeria.
♥ Il Volo held their first major concert of the year. Where?
♥ We watched Il Volo win the Latin Billboard Award for “Latin Pop Artist of the Year (Duo or Group)”. If you would like to, once again, see Gianluca’s best imitation of a Pogo Stick here’s the YouTube Video:
♥ On April 28th we reached a major milestone – one-quarter of a million views! How many countries were viewing?
♥ May was filled with promo’s in their home country.
♥ Ignazio got another tattoo. I reported that one!
♥ Michele showed us Photo’s taken by Piero while on an outing. Where?
♥♥One of my favorite things in May was their appearance on TLUC. My eyes filled with tears like the announcer and judges who knew them before they were the fabulous Il Volo! Plus the Boys looked hot! Here it is again for my your viewing pleasure.
♥ The 2014 Summer Concert Tour – Finally!
♥ Piero’s Birthday
♥ You told us your wonderful concert experiences.
♥ Bless their hearts, Two of our Flight Crew Members purchased and presented a Birthday cake to Piero from all of us. Who performed that selfless deed?
♥ The Boys sang to a full house in Taormina – twice!
♥ Ignazio wrote, “When a woman says not is NOT.” Who did he give this sage advice to?
Well, there it is, our first year in a nutshell. Our nutshell included 413 separate featured posts about news, stories, recipes, history, travel, 1st hand experiences, poetry, games, photos, videos, music reviews, lists, and everything for or about Il Volo.
You commented back to us 14,000 times!
What a year!
Thanks Flight Crew!
August – The Vancouver Sun. So called reporter – Erika.
September – They performed at the Radio City Music Hall.
October – The People’s Choice Awards.
November – Good Day L.A., Young Hollywood, Yahoo Music, Home and Family, Washington D.C. PBS Station.
December – The Basilica of St. Francis.
January – Piero was the one who sang for his lessons.
February – the Vatican – an audience with the Pope.
March – Russia
April – 110 on April 28th – Today 131 different countries. Who even knew there were that many countries!
May – His home – Sicily!
June – Loretta and Penina. Thanks again Ladies.
July – “Oh my Buddy” His pup.
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