Buon Natale: The Christmas Album

Buon Natale

CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAY ITALIAN STYLE

We are fast approaching the Holiday season in New England and soon shoppers will be fanning out to find presents to share with friends and family. For the music aficionados on your list the latest CD from Il Volo, Buon Natale may be the perfect gift. This CD is part of a Christmas Special for television recorded earlier this year in Miami and soon to be released on most PBS stations. The group is managed by the savvy Michele Torpedine. The instrumentals on the CD are produced by the dynamic team of Humberto Gatica and Tony Renis.

Il Volo, are comprised of Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble. The young singers hail from Italy and are presently wrapping up a lengthy concert tour that took them from Canada all the way to Argentina, delighting their vast audience of English and Spanish fans in the Americas. They appeared as special guest artist during Barbra Streisand’s tour Fall 2012. And, have sung at the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony in December of 2012.

Il Volo are unique in today’s music scene presenting the full-bodied harmonics of a romantic baritone, lyric and dramatic tenors. Their vocal range has taken them from classic Italian songs such as their signature, “O Sole Mio” to “Torna a Surriento/Surrender” demonstrating remarkable competence in such operatic standards as “Non Puede Ser” and “En Aranjuez Con Tu Amor”. Il Volo are notable in their presentation of pieces by Sinatra, Elvis and Elton John. They delight with the great songs of stage in “Maria” and “Memory”. Their natural vocal talents along with warm and endearing charisma make for a spectacular star on your Christmas Tree.

While new fans will be delighted with the classic Christmas play list, returning fans will appreciate the inclusions of “Ave Maria” sung in its native language, “White Christmas” and a sweet version of “Mis Deseos/Feliz Navidad” sung with Belinda the Spanish-born Mexican singer-songwriter and actress. Belinda’s sweet, gentle ultra-feminine performance is more pronounced beside the masculine presence of Il Volo. The artists demonstrate international versatility with songs in German, Spanish, English and their native Italian. From the sacred to the secular, there is something for everyone.

Fans in Italy can look forward to the scheduled performance at Basilica of San Francesco d’Assisi in Perugia Italy this Holiday season. “Panis Angelicus” will take on a whole new meaning sung under such an auspicious crown. Bravi!

Buon Natale: The Christmas Album is sure to become a classic recording for the holiday party season.

Play List:

v  Ave Maria

v  Holy Night

v  I’ll Be Home For Christmas

v  Silent Night

v  Christmas Medley: Jingle Bells Rock / Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow / It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

v  White Christmas

v  Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

v  Mis Deseos / Feliz Navidad [feat. Belinda

v  Panis Angelicus

v  The Christmas Song [feat. Pia Toscano]

v  Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree

v  Stille Nacht

v  Notte Stellata (The Swan)

“Buon Natale: The Christmas Album”

Il Volo

Geffen Records

$13.95

http://www.ilvolomusic.com

by Il Volo

© 2013, Frances Ann Wychorski

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Il Volo Christmas Special – December 2013 Boston MA

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December 2, 2013  Boston MA area fans enjoyed the appearance of Il Volo (IV) in the Bay State. The local PBS affiliate, WGBH Boston aired the Buon Natale: Christmas Special as part of the December fund drive for membership and support of the Public Broadcast Service.

Piero Barone tweeted out their departure to Boston and Gianluca their arrival. Local fans were caught by surprise to learn of a Meet and Greet event held at the Westin Hotel which may or may not have been a private function. Tickets were required to attend and the late publicity created a moment of confusion for area fans.

IV did appear in studio during the fund raising viewing of the Christmas Special at 7:30 p.m. on Channel 2. The Christmas Special was the third concert filmed exclusively for PBS and available for purchase in the USA. The hostess, Lo Hartnett, is an unabashed IV fan and was also the hostess during the fund raising viewing in June 2012 of Il Volo Concert from the Detroit Opera House. The camaraderie between “I raggazzi” and Lo helped foster a warm and relaxed interaction between herself and the viewing audience. Piero took the lead in conversation and displayed his bright, affectionate personality openly thanking God for IV and the swift road to success as recording and performance artists. Piero is notable for always wearing the cross at his neck resting just on his voice box, clearly he believes Grace sings through him with every note.

The Christmas Special is delightful and pure IV magic. Piero was brilliant in his cardinal red jacket. Gianluca suave and personable in style and voice. Ignazio balanced and poised singing his personal best. There an A  Capella of Blue Christmas sung originally by Elvis Presley. This moment alone is worth the price of the DVD. Ave Maria also stands out with its plaintive cadenced melody akin to the resting state of the beating heart. Even my calico house cat that generally lives in a very self-involved world, joined the chorus and began to meow repeatedly during this performance. This recalls the legend from the Bible of animals being able to speak on Christmas Eve. In studio and on DVD, IV did raise the Spirit of Christmas and reminded us all this is a sacred event on the Christian calendar.

Piero Barone, Gianluca Ginoble and Ignazio Boschetto are stars on the rise. We have to speculate on where their careers are bound. Piero openly professed his love of opera and desires to one day perform in it. Gianluca is dreadfully homesick and needs to find balance between the demands of a public career and the need for a private life. Ignazio is open to whatever comes finding harmony in his elfin foxy way. We shall see what destiny has planned.