Axioms: Moments of Truth

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An axiom is a self-evident truth. Everything on this album represents different aspects and shades of truth. On their debut recording, Axiom Quartet probes the soul and delivers a deeply satisfying statement on truth and inner fulfillment. Each track is a whirlwind journey of soul-searching expression. From the bravado of “Insight” into the confounding swirl of “Hindsight,” and on to the profoundly elegant “Pur Ti Miro,” this recording turns tempo and style on a dime leaving the listener exhilarated. While “Insight” is the exhilarating realization of truth, “Little Lies” bends truth. Axiom Quartet’s arrangement of the Fleetwood Mac classic is a refined, yet provocative update that feels surprisingly at home in a chamber setting. An understated dignity adds depth to country-folk standard “Wagon Wheel,” with a delicate banjo dancing under the Quartet’s strings. In “Everything Means Nothing to Me” an artist painfully expresses the truth in his heart while Billie Holiday begs a lover to not tell her the truth in “Don’t Explain.” “Axiom” is a work about seeking truth and reason, only to have had the answers present from the beginning. Karl Blench wrote all of the arrangements and original compositions for this album. There are small moments of music, also original compositions of Karl Blench, between each of the longer sections of this album. They blend and blur the ideas of the music that comes before and after them to portray the grayer tones of truth. Known for creating and performing programs that mix traditional string quartet repertoire and transcriptions of works from a variety of genres, Axiom Quartet introduces audiences to extraordinary music from different genres and creates new fans of the classical repertoire.
Item number NV6151
Barcode 896931004510
Release date 4/13/2018
Category Chamber Music
Number of units 1
Ensemble Axiom Quartet
Disc: 1
Insight (arr. K. Blench for string quartet)00:04:00
1 Insight (Arr. K. Blench for String Quartet) 00:03:42 Axiom Quartet
Transition I: Hindsight00:01:00
2 Transition I: Hindsight 00:00:56 Axiom Quartet
L'incoronazione di Poppea: Pur ti miro (arr. K. Bl00:05:00
3 L'incoronazione di Poppea, SV 308: Pur ti miro (Ar 00:04:33 Axiom Quartet
Transition II: After Monteverdi00:01:00
4 Transition II: After Monteverdi 00:00:29 Axiom Quartet
Little Lies (arr. K. Blench for string quartet)00:03:00
5 Little Lies (Arr. K. Blench for String Quartet) 00:03:23 Axiom Quartet
Transition III: Don't Lie00:03:00
6 Transition III: Don't Lie 00:00:33 Axiom Quartet
Don't Explain (arr. K. Blench for string quartet)00:05:00
7 Don't Explain (Arr. K. Blench for String Quartet) 00:05:14 Axiom Quartet
Transition IV: Before Ives00:01:00
8 Transition IV: Before Ives 00:01:06 Axiom Quartet
Piano Sonata No. 2, "Concord, Mass., 1840-60", "Co00:06:00
9 Piano Sonata No. 2 "Concord, Mass., 1840-60": III. 00:05:47 Axiom Quartet
Transition V: After Ives00:02:00
10 Transition V: After Ives 00:01:36 Axiom Quartet
Everything Means Nothing to Me (arr. K. Blench for00:03:00
11 Everything Means Nothing to Me (Arr. K. Blench for 00:02:58 Axiom Quartet
Transition VI: Everything and Nothing00:01:00
12 Transition VI: Everything & Nothing 00:00:36 Axiom Quartet
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244: Part II: Aria: Erbar00:06:00
13 St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244: No. 39, Erbarme dich 00:05:57 Axiom Quartet
Transition VII: Off the Wagon00:01:00
14 Transition VII: Off the Wagon 00:00:59 Axiom Quartet
Wagon Wheel (arr. K. Blench for string quartet)00:04:00
15 Wagon Wheel (Arr. K. Blench for String Quartet) 00:04:00 Axiom Quartet
16 Axiom 00:09:21 Axiom Quartet
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