"Classical crossover" albums are big business these days; discs that combine elements of folk or pop vocals with classical music. But here's one for the record books: "Australia's Queen of Yodelling," Mary Schneider, transforming some best-loved arias into something entirely her own. You get a little Rossini, a taste of Strauss, a hint of Brahms, and some Beethoven, but--more than anyone else--you get a lot of Schneider. She sings, she jokes, she yodels, and--throughout the whole mess--she's hilarious. The Sydney International Orchestra is led by the conducting prowess of Maestro Tommy Tycho. Classical lovers with a sense of humor--make that anyone with a sense of humor--need to hear this. Schneider is a jewel, and this, without a doubt, is the best yodelling CD you'll hear all year. --Jason Verlinde
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Peter Throckmorton | Seattle, WA United States | 02/02/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"First of all, the disclaimer. I found out about this CD by consulting a website which suggested things to force people to listen to while they are restrained in erotic bondage. The intent there was no doubt less than complimentary.
That said, however, I've found it to be a marvelous album which I listen to often. It should, in most cases, be played at full volume through as many speakers as are available.
I was allowed to use it only once at my local adult social club, at the end of the night when it was time to let the lovebirds know it was time to head home to their own roost. It wasn't popular that night, although it was effective.
Many a time it has helped me to get through the drudgery of household chores, doing laundry, washing dishes, and so forth, with a smile on my face.
More than once, having driven up close to a car playing heavy bass thumping contemporary music I've put Mary's CD on my car player and pumped it also to full volume, and left my younger compatriots in the next car stunned.