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Yodeling The Classics / Mary Schneider

Release Date: 06/12/2007 
Label:  Koch Int'l Classics Catalog #: 7733  
Composer:  Gioachino RossiniAlbert William KetèlbeyJohn Philip SousaVarious
Performer:  Mary Schneider
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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. Now Koch has collected both of her previously released, legendary collections into a convenient two-disc set (as if one disc of this stuff wasn’t enough, right)?

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
Read more understand the classics. She performs bits and pieces of Rossini, Bizet (sound sample), Mozart, Offenbach, Brahms, Ketelby, 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 recordings–of its type, of course.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

Guillaume Tell: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Mary Schneider (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Italy 
In a Monastery Garden by Albert William Ketèlbey
Performer:  Mary Schneider (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; England 
Il barbiere di Siviglia: Largo al factotum by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Mary Schneider (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
Washington Post by John Philip Sousa
Performer:  Mary Schneider (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; United States 
Work(s) by Various
Performer:  Mary Schneider (Soprano)

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