Vitamin String Quartet

Vitamin String Quartet - VSQ Performs The Hits Of 2017 (2017) [Official Digital Download]

Vitamin String Quartet - VSQ Performs The Hits Of 2017 (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time - 29:07 minutes | 346 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Vitamin String Quartet (VSQ) is a top-selling collective of classical musicians who perform cutting-edge string renditions of modern and classic rock songs. Since 1999, VSQ has fused virtuoso technique with the hits of contemporary artists such as Muse, Coldplay, Adele and more. In that time, VSQ has sold millions of recordings, while amassing an incredible following. Inspired by their growing popularity, VSQ now offers exclusive sheet music and can be seen in one-of-a-kind live performances.
The Vitamin String Quartet - The String Tribute to Nirvana (2003)

The Vitamin String Quartet - The String Tribute to Nirvana (2003)
EAC Rip | FLAC + CUE + LOG | 243 Mb | Covers | 35:55
Genre: Classical

The Vitamin String Quartet (VSQ) is a group of Los Angeles musicians widely known for its series of tribute albums to rock and pop acts. Their albums are released through Vitamin Records and primarily performed by a string quartet, though other instruments have been used. "Vitamin String Quartet is about applying rock n' roll attitude to classical technique," says Tom Tally, a violist and arranger who has performed on and produced over fifty Vitamin String Quartet albums.

The String Quartet Tribute To Depeche Mode (2003)  Music

Posted by Designol at March 13, 2017
The String Quartet Tribute To Depeche Mode (2003)

The String Quartet Tribute To Depeche Mode (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 237 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 98 Mb | Scans included
Classical Crossover, Tribute | Label: Vitamin | # CD-8486 | Time: 00:39:44

Vitamin takes on the brood and sway of Depeche Mode with this string quartet tribute, running through nine of the band's songs with the aid of violin, cello, acoustic bass, viola, and a bit of percussion. Like most string interpretations of pop music, the album can grow tedious over the long haul. However, there's plenty to like incrementally, especially for fans. Highlights include "Personal Jesus," with its hint of mouth percussion during the breakdown, and the violins aping the tradeoff vocals of "Master and Servant." There are a few glaring omissions – "Everything Counts" and "Policy of Truth" among them. Even still, Depeche Mode completists should get a kick out of the novelty and slight decadence of this collection.

The String Quartet Tribute to Nirvana's Nevermind (2005)  Music

Posted by Designol at Feb. 20, 2017
The String Quartet Tribute to Nirvana's Nevermind (2005)

The String Quartet Tribute to Nirvana's Nevermind (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 277 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 141 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Classical Crossover, Tribute, Instrumental | Label: Vitamin Records | # VIT-8865 | Time: 00:41:58

As persistency goes, one must give credit where it is due to the Vitamin imprint. Their rigorous schedule of releases assures the public that there will be, at bare minimum, one to two releases per month paying homage to a current pop icon or legendary rock figure. With this installment, the label looks to honor one of grunge's most revered albums, if not the most revered album of the era: Nirvana's Nevermind. Stripped of the brutal percussion work, the squelching fierce attack of Kurt Cobain's guitar mastery and his trademark screams, the quartet find and emphasize layer after layer within the simplicity of Cobain's melodies and song arrangements. While some songs don't transfer over well in the process, others work quite nicely. While most people can easily dismiss this as a novelty (and to a degree, it is), there are interesting aspects to this album that the die-hard Nirvana fan will find intriguing and enjoyable.
Anatomy of Evil: The String Quartet Tribute to Iron Maiden (2003)

Anatomy of Evil: The String Quartet Tribute to Iron Maiden (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 313 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320/Stereo) ~ 120 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Tribute, Instrumental | Label: Vitamin Records | # VIT-8765 | Time: 00:41:58

Vitamin's String Quartet Tribute to Iron Maiden draws primarily from the pioneering U.K. metal band's fertile early-'80s streak: Number of the Beast, Piece of Mind, and Powerslave. It starts strong with "Run to the Hills," "The Number of the Beast," and "Two Minutes to Midnight," all three of which feature stirring violins and crisp changes. The addition of light percussion to the normal lineup of violin, viola, and cello is also an interesting move. Later highlights include "The Trooper" as well as the Somewhere in Time favorite "Wasted Years." It would be impossible for the musicians here to fully replicate the power and rapid-fire playing of Iron Maiden. But they are able to climb into the grandeur and ambitious structure of these songs, and that's something in which Maiden fans are sure to be interested.
The String Quartet Tribute to Tori Amos Volume 1: Precious Things (2001) & Volume 2: Pieces (2007)

The String Quartet Tribute to Tori Amos Volume 1: Precious Things (2001) & Volume 2: Pieces (2007)
EAC | APE | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 570 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320/Stereo) ~ 270 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans Included
Genre: Classical, Tribute, Instrumental | Label: Vitamin Records | # CD-8541, CD-9462 | Time: 01:26:43

Celebrating the music of Tori Amos, the string quartet tribute Precious Things was an elegant and haunting reflection of an incendiary artist. Pieces follows that original release with more incredible interpretations of Tori's best-loved classics. Spurred by incredible feedback from her dedicated fans, talented musicians recorded another set of sparse, lyrical arrangements. Pieces is a meticulously-crafted album and classically-charged suite of music that every Tori Amos fan will want in their collection.
Escher String Quartet - Mendelssohn: String Quartets Nos. 5 & 6 (2016)

Escher String Quartet - Mendelssohn: String Quartets Nos. 5 & 6 (2016)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 363.15 Mb | 71:17 | Scans included
Classical | Country: USA | Label: BIS (BIS-SACD-2160)

The Escher Quartet opened their traversal of Mendelssohn’s string quartets with the first and the fourth quartet, along with an unnumbered early work in E flat major, on a disc which the reviewer in The Strad summed up as a ‘A deeply rewarding release … and by any standards a distinguished one.’ The same magazine made the sequel – with the second and third quartets – its recommendation in the November issue of 2015, while the reviewer on MusicWeb-International found the performances on that disc to be ‘some of the most beautiful string quartet playing I have heard in many a day’. On the third and final disc in the series, time has come for the two final quartets, as well as the Capriccio and Fugue from the set of Four Pieces for String Quartet, Op. 81 begun on the previous instalment.
VA - James Matheson: String Quartet, Violin Concerto & Times Alone (2016)

VA - James Matheson: String Quartet, Violin Concerto & Times Alone
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 77:55 min | 368 MB
Label: Yarlung Records | Tracks: 11 | Rls.date: 2016

This release features a double bill of Massenet's Le Portrait de Manon and Berlioz's song cycle Les nuits d'ete, recorded from live staged performances at the Royal Opera House with artists from the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme and the Southbank Sinfonia led by Geoffrey Paterson and Volker Krafft. This is the first time the composers Massenet and Berlioz have appeared as part of the Opera Rara catalogue. The single-disc set comes with a lavishly illustrated book, including a complete libretto for Le Portrait de Manon and song translations for Les nuits d'ete, as well as detailed notes on both pieces written by the eminent musicologist Hugh Macdonald.

Arianna String Quartet - Beethoven: The Middle Quartets (2017)  Music

Posted by Pisulik at Sept. 5, 2017
Arianna String Quartet - Beethoven: The Middle Quartets (2017)

Arianna String Quartet - Beethoven: The Middle Quartets (2017)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 02:42:07 | 376 MB
Label: Centaur Records

This release sees the respected US-based chamber ensemble the Arianna String Quartet present Beethoven's five "middle period" quartets. Opening with the invigorating and lyrical String Quartet No. 7 in F Major, the Quartet tackle all three of the “Rasumovsky” quartets, written at the behest of the Russian patron of Beethoven and members of the string quartet that premiered these works. These varied and stylistically boundary-pushing pieces are then followed by the String Quartets Nos. 10 and 11, nicknamed the “Harp” and “Serioso” respectively, all of which are performed with fire and the utmost nuance by the world-class Arianna musicians.
California String Quartet - Taneyev: String Quartets Nos. 2 & 6 (2017)

California String Quartet - Taneyev: String Quartets Nos. 2 & 6 (2017)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:14:57 | 172 MB
Label: Centaur Records

As 19th-century Russian composers go, Sergei Taneyev was one of the most interesting but scarcely one of the most famous. Tchaikovsky, Cui, Rimsky-Korsakov, Mussorgsky and Borodin are only a few of those who eclipsed him during his lifetime, and since he lived until 1915 you could also throw in Scriabin and Rachmaninov. Yet as these two string quartets prove, he wrote some very interesting and intense music, although its intensity is increased here by the straight-ahead, no-relaxation-or-pause style of the California String Quartet.