Following in the footsteps of Il Divo and the Three Tenors, Il Volo offers soaring opera pop on the group's self-titled debut. Unlike those acts, however, the three members of Il Volo were in their teens when they recorded these songs, which include bona fide opera selections like "'O Sole Mio" -- which the trio was discovered singing on the Italian talent show Ti Lascio Une Canzone -- as well as standards such as "Smile" and new pop material, including a pair of songs penned by Diane Warren, "Painfully Beautiful" and "La Luna Hizo Esto." It's no surprise Il Volo appeared on American Idol and worked with Josh Groban producer Humberto Gatica on this album; it's polished, romantic music from talented young vocalists and perfectly targeted to classical crossover fans. ...See Full Description
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|CD Universe Part number||8488468|
|Release Date||May 24, 2011|
|Producer||Humberto Gatica; Gretchen Anderson; Tony Renis|
|Engineer||Cristián Robles; Davide Palmiotto; Humberto Gatica|
|Recording Time||49 minutes|
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Recorded for a PBS fundraising special on one of their first ever North American shows, * Takes Flight: Live from the Detroit Opera House is the first live album from *, the Italian teenage trio dubbed as the Three Tenors meets the Jonas Brothers. Produced by Grammy-winner Humberto Gatica (Michael Bublé) and Italian composer Tony Renis, it features eight performances of tracks from their self-titled Billboard Top Ten debut, including "E Piu' Ti Penso," the medley of Morricone themes from Once Upon a Time in America and Malena, an emotive take on Charlie Chaplin's "Smile," and two songs that allude to their American Idol connections in the shape of the Diane Warren-penned "La Luna Hizo Esto," a bilingual duet with 2011 finalist Pia Toscano, and the bossa nova-tinged reworking of "'O Sole Mio" that launched them to fame in both the U.S. and their homeland. Elsewhere, there are new recordings of Neapolitan classics such as "Funiculi' Funicula'," "Non Ti Scordar di Me," and "Mattinata," and expressive renditions of Agustín Lara's "Granada" and Jimmy Fontana's "Il Mondo," all of which showcase their impressively mature and warm romantic tones in front of a lush 66-piece orchestra and a receptive sellout crowd. A far more authentic proposition on record than their older counterparts, Il Divo, Live from the Detroit Opera House shows that * are just as convincing on-stage. ~ Jon O'Brien
Photographer: Glenn Coreoran.
Personnel: Dean Parks (guitar); ...