Notte Magica, Il Volo with Placido Domingo, Right Track Records, Out Now
Italian operatic trio Il Volo set out on recording their eighth album, Notte Magica, with the best of intentions.
A generation after two Spaniards and an Italian, Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti, burned their way into the consciences of millions of people for whom the world of arias and operas were a foreign language, a trio of Italians attempt to recapture the spirit of the 1990 World Cup in Italy.
To do so, Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble make the critical mistake of inviting Domingo to join them on stage at the Teatro delle Terme di Caracalla in the Italian capital, Rome.
Despite excerpts from such celebrated operas as Puccini’s La Turandot (Nessun Dorma), Tosca (E Lucevan le Stelle) and Verdi’s La Traviata (Libiamo Ne Lieti Calici), it becomes crystal clear to the listener which voice belongs to Domingo and who sounds like his young pretenders.
Where Il Volo do shine is on the bonus tracks, Catholic hymn Ave Maria, Mater Misericordiae Adeste Fideles (the Latin version of O Come All Ye Faithful).
But Notte Magica isn’t a patch on the original and best Three Tenors.
Review by Winston Brown