Kharasho - Great!
P. Forrester | No. Grafton, MA, USA | 10/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD was great! The scenery was most beautiful and of course, Helmut's singing only enhanced that beauty. For those who do not understand Russian, there are subtitles in 4 languages. It was delightful to listen to the old traditional folk songs as well as some newer ones. One has become my favorite, Lutshje Bulo. I may wear out the DVD player repeating it again and again. Also interesting was learning Helmut sang the songs phonetically, as he doesn't speak the language. Sure could have fooled me! His accent was right on the money and his arrangements were outstanding. I think you'll be very happy with this DVD. I know I was. As a newbie to Helmut Lotti, I plan to get more of his music CDs and DVDs. If they are all as good as this piece is, I'm sure I'll be delighted."
Lotti Loves Russia
Alejandra Vernon | Long Beach, California | 01/08/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
""From Russia With Love" is Helmut Lotti's 4th PBS special, and finds him taking the Trans Siberian Express with musical virtuoso Andrej Kotov, as they view the magnificent vistas of this "Country of Superlatives" from the "so rough, so wild, so barren" Siberia to the final sequence in Moscow's Red Square, where the Belgian singing star, along with the Russian Air Force chorus sings the Russian National Anthem. Other songs include "From Russia With Love," which is not the John Barry film theme, but one composed by Lotti, "Dream Away," which many will remember as "Stranger in Paradise," but is actually based on the original "Prince Igor" theme by Borodin, and my favorite of the songs, "Those Were the Days."
The rest of the 18 track list includes: "Lara's Theme," "Vetscherni Zvon," "Far East of the Sun," "Ej Ukhnem," "Kalinka," "Two Guitars," "The Legend of the 12 Robbers," "Hold Me Once More," "Dorogoj Dlinnoju," "Lutshje Bulo," "Moscow Nights," "Poljushko Polje," and "Otschi Tschornije."
Lotti's rich, beautiful voice, which has a phenomenal range, is well suited for this material, and he sings the songs in both Russian and English. Born in 1969, Lotti still looks incredibly youthful, and untouched by the world, though his multi platinum album sales have led to a career that has taken him to the far corners of this planet, to the delight of his many fans, and those who enjoy Russian music will definitely like this DVD scenic concert."
R. Hernandez | CA United States | 03/09/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I heard this dvd on Public Radio when they were having a drive to raise funds. I could not wait to purchase it. The songs they picked were well chosen. All but one. And Lotti's voice was outstanding. I have been to Russia several times and this DVD sent me back in time. It is one of my favorite DVD's and I listen to it often. And on my 60' Sony........dam its like being there."