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Helmut Lotti Goes Classic
Johannes Brahms, Salvatore Gambardella, Charles Gounod
Helmut Lotti Goes Classic
Genres: Folk, Jazz, Pop, Classical, Broadway & Vocalists
 
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Flemish pop sensation Helmut Lotti here presents another side of his chameleon-like personality. But there's no mistaking the lightweight, smoothly pleasing voice that his legions of fans have come to depend on. The "class...  more »

      
   
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Flemish pop sensation Helmut Lotti here presents another side of his chameleon-like personality. But there's no mistaking the lightweight, smoothly pleasing voice that his legions of fans have come to depend on. The "classic" angle to these selections--recorded at Belgium's Cleydael Castle--refers to Lotti's arrangements (often to his own lyrics) of familiar tunes from the likes of Brahms, Grieg, and Tchaikovsky rather than to high-flying operatic feats. For all the schmaltz of Lotti's phrasing, his demeanor is likeably unpretentious, making no claims to assume the status of the "fourth tenor." Indeed, the echoes here are less of Pavarotti than of Lotti's idol Elvis, of whom he gives a credible, crooning imitation in "Amazing Grace" and "John Brown's Body." Lotti's evident sense of fun throughout the proceedings is infectious. --Thomas May

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Helmut's Music is spellbinding
scott scudamore | Virginia | 06/19/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"My wife and I first heard Helmut on PBS the end of 1998. We have since been to 8 concerts and own all of his CDs. As has been mentioned, he is not professionally trained, however you would not know that when you hear him. He has the total package, voice, showmanship, class and he really relates to his audience. Once you hear him in person you will be hooked. This album mixes Italian Opera with Elvis and everything in between. He has been labeled a so-so tenor but after having heard him often, he says he is not a tenor but a "crooner". I would completely agree with that. He reminds of a Tony Bennett, Elvis, Mel Torme and Pavoratti all rolled into one. I was not a big "Classical" fan before Helmut but I am now."
The wonderful voice of Helmut Lotti
Vicky Cortellessa | Bristol, RI (USA) | 08/20/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I listen to Helmut Lotti's tape "Helmut Lotti goes classic" every day! His voice is magnificent, dynamic and soothing. I first heard his music on PBS Television and was soon hooked on him! I have purchased 2 of his tapes so far!"
He's a great man
Eddy De Ruyver | Belgium | 08/21/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Hi,I went to the same school as Helmut Lotti (and I live in Belgium and from about 20 miles from where he lives). Let me tell you a little about Lotti: He started his career singing stupid songs for a long time, he wasn't a big sensation at that moment, till he discovered his amazing voice, became very popular in Belgium, amazed Europe and afterwards the rest of the world's continents. He became most famous singer from Belgium. Allthough I'm 19 and you could think such music isn't my style, I highly recommends this and many other cd's to anyone, young and old. Besides several releases of Helmut Lotti goes Classics and Out of Africa, you may be interested he has another bestseller about Latina songs. I have all his cd's and whish him despite his devorce much success allthough I've heard he stops his great career."