String Quartet Tribute to Madonna

The String Quartet Tribute to Madonna

by Vitamin String Quartet
     
 
Spanning Madonna's entire career over nine songs, The String Quartet Tribute to Madonna is an entertaining, often whimsical look back at some of the most memorable pop songs of the latter 20th century. Performed instrumentally on violin, viola, cello, and bass, the arrangements

Overview

Spanning Madonna's entire career over nine songs, The String Quartet Tribute to Madonna is an entertaining, often whimsical look back at some of the most memorable pop songs of the latter 20th century. Performed instrumentally on violin, viola, cello, and bass, the arrangements stick closely to the originals, often simply replacing the vocal line with a violin. Often, the instruments will emulate specific sounds from the songs. For instance, the high-pitched squeals that drop between lyrical couplets in the verses of "Material Girl" are specific to that song and imprinted on listeners' brains. Here, the violinist pricks the strings of her instrument with her bow to achieve the same effect. It makes the performance, as to exclude the squeals would have been to kill the vitality of the song. Elsewhere, reverb is employed to the violin for ethereal effect on "Like a Prayer," "Crazy for You"'s already beautiful melody is accentuated by the warm tones of a cello, and "Ray of Light" is transformed into an outtake from a Björk album (which the original sort of was in the first place).

Product Details

Release Date:
10/15/2002
Label:
Vitamin Records
UPC:
0027297867529
catalogNumber:
8675

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Vitamin String Quartet   Primary Artist
Marc Riley   Conductor
Jim McMillen   Conductor
Tom Tally   Viola
Steve Velez   Cello
Frederick Charlton   Bass
Pamela Jacobson   Violin
Da Capo Chamber Players   Ensemble

Technical Credits

Bob James   Composer
Curtiss Maldoon   Composer
Marc Riley   Arranger
Peter Brown   Composer
John Bettis   Composer
Madonna   Composer
Patrick Leonard   Composer
Jon Lind   Composer
Jim McMillen   Arranger
Shep Pettibone   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Myke Smith   Engineer
Callie Chung   Graphic Design
Consuela Lee Morehead   Composer
Joe Esposito   Cover Art

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