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Mary Schneider Yodelling the Classics
     

Mary Schneider Yodelling the Classics

by Mary Schneider
 
If you had the power to genetically engineer a combination of Lawrence Welk and Dame Edna Everage, would you be able to stop yourself? There's a fine line between genius and madness, and Mary Schneider, "Australia's Queen of Yodeling," takes the meaning of the term "crossover" to territories unexplored

Overview

If you had the power to genetically engineer a combination of Lawrence Welk and Dame Edna Everage, would you be able to stop yourself? There's a fine line between genius and madness, and Mary Schneider, "Australia's Queen of Yodeling," takes the meaning of the term "crossover" to territories unexplored until now. A five-time winner of the Mo (the Aussie Grammy award) for other forms of singing, Schneider says she came up with the concept of a yodeling approach to the classics in a dream. Back she went to polish the yodeling skills passed on by her Bavarian grandfather. Working out arrangements -- and "special" lyrics! -- with her sister Rita, she began to perform them in concert. And voilà! Instrumental works by Beethoven, Rossini, Bizet, and Strauss are transformed before our very ears into overwhelming displays of vocal virtuosity. She's been a favorite subject on The Howard Stern Show, but does she actually mean to be funny? She sings with a kind of shameless bravado and with such technical skill that it's hard to believe she is being even remotely ironic. But she may be dropping a hint in the final track, a medley of popular marches -- the first of which is the Liberty Bell March, beloved by many as the Monty Python theme music. Coincidence? Don't make me laugh.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
In an era of superstar divas and pop-friendly opera uncles, the sight of a classically trained singer yodeling her way through the classics might seem like another stab at giving classical musicians some mainstream clout. But Mary Schneider's talent is undeniable and her delivery sincere and astounding enough to banish thoughts of Top 40 offshoots or sold-out stadiums. For this 1996 disc, she is joined by Tommy Tycho and the somewhat dubiously named Sydney International Orchestra for a refined Swiss romp through the music of Brahms, Mozart, Beethoven, Rossini, and Bizet. Schneider shifts from some yodeling acrobatics on Offenbach's "Can Can Overture" to a singing and yodeling combo on the pop-friendly "Toselli's Serenade." She further runs the gamut by moving from the delicateness of Brahms' "Lullaby Yodel" to the patriotic bombast of some Sousa marches. While classical music purists will be aghast, those who appreciate a set of truly astonishing pipes will find much to enjoy here.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/27/2000
Label:
Koch Int'l Classics
UPC:
0099923665021
catalogNumber:
366502

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Performance Credits

Mary Schneider   Primary Artist
Mike Butcher   Trombone
David Ellis   Electric Bass,Double Bass
Doug Gallagher   Drums
Geoffrey Collinson   French Horn
Biagio Antonacci   Track Performer
Dick Montz   Trumpet
Tommy Tycho   Conductor
Daniel Williams   Trumpet
Robert Ingram   Violin,Leader
Annette Christensen   Violin
Andrew Malee   Oboe,Cor anglais
Amelia Skinner   Flute
Alex Todiecscu   Viola
Adrian Wallis   Cello
Adriana Bobocea-Illiescu   Violin
Barbara Woolley   Cello
Herb Cannon   Trombone
Louise Johnson   Harp
David Wicks   Viola
Fiona Ziegler   Violin
Martin Silverton   Violin
Gordon Skinner   Bassoon
Rebecca Steele   Flute
Scott Stiles   Violin
Robyn Stout   Viola
Samuel Veale   French Horn
Steve Williams   Trumpet
Rebecca Irwin   Violin
Emma Hayes   Violin
Peter Jenkin   Clarinet
Steve Williams   Trumpet
Bob Johnson   Trombone
Cecilia Bersee   Violin
Virginia Blunt   Violin
David Manuel   Percussion,Drums
Robert Johnson   French Horn
Valmai Coggins   Viola
Gordon Bennett   Violin
Dominique Guerbois   Violin
Brian Nixon   Percussion
John Philip   Violin

Technical Credits

Glen Phimister   Engineer
Tommy Tycho   Orchestration
Mary Schneider   Arranger,Lyricist,Producer
Rita Schneider   Arranger,Lyricist,Producer

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