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Axioms: Moments of Truth


Performed by: Axiom Quartet
Label: Navona Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 13 April 2018

An axiom is a self-evident truth. Everything on this album represents different aspects and shades of truth. On their debut recording, Axiom Quartet collects together a varied selection of music and presents it in their own style...

Breaking down boundaries and smashing the image that string quartets are boring, stuffy and for stuck up toffs, Axiom Quartet deliver their album Axiom, which illustrates beautifully why Classical music is for everyone.

The quartet takes tracks that you wouldn't think would work as classical pieces and proves the listener wrong. From Billie Holiday's 'Don’t Explain', through Old Crow Medicine Show's Folk-based 'Wagon Wheel' to Fleetwood Mac's 'Little Lies', musically it visits so many genres.

This is an album for those that want a light-hearted Classical collection or for those that are not overly huge fans of Classical music. This release will certainly ease you in and make you realise what you've been missing all these years.

Track list:

01 - Insight (Arr. K. Blench for String Quartet)
02 - Transition I: Hindsight
03 - L'incoronazione di Poppea, SV 308: Pur ti miro (Arr. K. Blench for String Quartet)
04 - Transition II: After Monteverdi
05 - Little Lies (Arr. K. Blench for String Quartet)
06 - Transition III: Don't Lie
07 - Don't Explain (Arr. K. Blench for String Quartet)
08 - Transition IV: Before Ives
09 - Piano Sonata No. 2" Concord, Mass, 1840-60: III. The Alcotts (Arr. K. Blench for String Quartet)
10 - Transition V: After Ives
11 - Everything Means Nothing to Me (Arr. K. Blench for String Quartet)
12 - Transition VI: Everything & Nothing
13 - St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244: No. 39, Erbarme dich (Arr. K. Blench for String Quartet)
14 - Transition VII: Off the Wagon
15 - Wagon Wheel (Arr. K. Blench for String Quartet)
16 - Axiom


Darren Rea

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