JETHRO TULL - THE STRING QUARTETS
Well this certainly is an interesting CD and a bit different to my usual fayre, but I do a have casual interest in classical music so I was keen to hear how these great Jethro Tull songs would respond to this new interpretation by their original writer , Ian Anderson and The Carducci Quartet . This Anglo-Irish quartet has appeared at prestigious venues across the globe including the Wigmore Hall, London; National Concert Hall, Dublin; Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen; Carnegie Hall, New York and Library of Congress, Washington DC.
I found the whole CD a wonderful experience and it certainly throw some new light on songs I was very familiar with. I loved the intro on Bungle (Bungle in the Jungle) before we get into the more familiar rift of the main song. Likewise In the Past (Living in the Past) and Aquafugue (Aqualung) benefit hugely from the remakes of the songs.
Another treat is the piano work and flute on We Used to Bach (We Used to Know / Bach Prelude C Major) – beautiful.
Now this collection of songs won’t be to everyone’s taste, and I’m sure there will be some people who think the original songs should never be messed around with, but I love it. This a totally new take on these songs and as Ian said “I felt a responsibility to delve deeper and offer a new imagining of each piece,” and to my ears this has been achieved.
01. In the Past (Living In The Past)
02. Sossity Waiting (Sossity: You’re a Woman / Reasons For Waiting)
03. Bungle (Bungle In The Jungle)
04. We Used to Bach (We Used to Know / Bach Prelude C Major)
05. Farm, the Fourway (Farm On The Freeway)
06. Songs and Horses (Songs From The Wood/ Heavy Horses)07. Only the Giving (Wond’ring Aloud)
08. Loco (Locomotive Breath)
09 Pass the Bottle (A Christmas Song)
10. Velvet Gold (Velvet Green)
11. Ring Out These Bells (Ring Out, Solstice Bells)
12. Aquafugue (Aqualung)