Combining the beauty and power of a string quartet with the harmonies and melodies that were the hits of 2017 is a great idea, but does it work? Yes, with the Vitamin String Quartet, or VSQ, which is a series of string quartet projects developed and produced by CMH Label Group, an independent record company based in Los Angeles. The CMH team works with a cast of arrangers, producers, string players and other creatives to bring each project to life. Since beginning in 1999, the series has amassed sales of over 3.8 million downloads and 1 million CDs, while maintaining almost half a million monthly listeners on Spotify. Enjoying Billboard chartings and featured regularly in numerous hit TV shows. The project has now grown to include signature sheet music of the arrangements, video and instructional content, TV appearances, and exclusive live performances. These live performances include a featured performance at The Spotify House at SxSW. Their latest project in the series VSQ Performs the Hits of 2017 Vol. 2. The Vitamin String Quartet transforms these seven popular songs, creating a style that joins the beauty and intensity of classical string quartets with the tunes we all know and love. A must-listen for classical and pop music lovers alike. VSQ’s virtuosic playing and creative arrangements bring the world of contemporary classical music to new heights. That’s the short of it!
VSQ Performs the Hits of 2017 Vol. 2
01 - Issues (Originally performed by Julia Michaels)
02 - Feel it Still (Originally performed by Portugal. The Man)
03 - New Rules (Originally performed by Dua Lipa)
04 - Despacito (Originally performed by Luis Fonsi)
05 - Humble (Originally performed by Kendrick Lamar)
06 - Young Dumb and Broke (Originally performed by Khalid)
07 - Scarecrow in the Garden (Originally performed by Chris Stapleton)
Release Date: February 2, 2018
Excellent balance, intonation and clarity of parts within the quartet. The melodies are played beautifully, and the arrangements build interest and complexity. The ensemble is top-notch as is the orchestration, a win, win here!