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Yodelling the Classics II
Mary Schneider

Mary Schneider: Yodelling the Classics II

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  • Koch Crossover Music CD 3-6660-2

    $16.99

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Yodelling the Classics
Mary Schneider

Mary Schneider: Yodelling the Classics

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  • Koch Crossover Music CD 3-6650-2

    $16.99

currently unavailable

"Not since Spike Jones gargled the William Tell Overture has there been a disc to compare with that classic. Until now. While the booklet information seems to give Koch the credit for the original recording, the fact is that Mary Schneider, Australia's Queen of Yodelling, has been kicking around the classical music underground for some time now on an independent Australian label. A party record "par excellence," it's probably fair to say that if you haven't heard Madame Schneider's way with this music, then you don't truly understand the classics. She performs bits and pieces of Rossini, Bizet, Mozart, Offenbach, Brahms, Ketelbey, Beethoven, Strauss, Jr., and a few others as well, but there's nothing superficial or glib about these interpretations. Indeed, Madame Schneider treats all of this music with the high seriousness worthy of the greatest classics, and brings her considerable yodelling artistry to bear on each selection. The contributions of her daughter, Melinda, the Khan Dawson Singers, and the Sydney International Orchestra, to say nothing of the conducting and inspired (by what, I'm not too sure) arrangements of Maestro Tommy Tycho, add considerably to the fun. One of the great records, of its type, of course."

Classics Today.Com, July 2000


"For my part, I'm perfectly willing to start the rumor that Mary Schneider was cloned from the supporting cast of 'The Lawrence Welk Hour." She has all the requisite wholesomeness, fashion sense frozen in the golden age of polyester and a sense of irony that's either totally lacking or extremely advanced, who knows which . . . "Yodelling the Classics" sets a new, probably unmatchable standard for "crossover" music, the genre in which classical violinists play bluegrass, pop singers croon opera arias, and other novel interpretations occur with mind-blowing regularity. This one is, you should pardon the expression, a classic."

Richmond Times Dispatch, June 30, 2000


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