Formed in 1968, Jethro Tull has released 30 studio and live albums, selling more than 60 million copies. After undertaking more than 3,000 concerts in 40 countries throughout four decades, Tull has played typically 100-plus concerts each year to longstanding, as well as new fans worldwide.
Nearly 50 years later, to help commemorate the momentous occasion, Ian Anderson, John O’Hara and the Carducci Quartet are set to release, Jethro Tull - The String Quartets, a collection of 12 Tull classics re-imagined in the classical sense.
For the first time ever, Tull fans, and classical music connoisseurs alike, can enjoy hearing timeless hits from the groups vast catalog performed by a string quartet.
"Aquafugue (Aqualung)" for example, starts with the recognizable six note theme before continuing to follow the rules of a fugue. A subject, counter subject and an accompanying counterpoint all alternating between the tonic and dominant keys.
"Loco (Locomotive Breath)" begins with a cello cadenza inspired by the writing of J.S. Bach, an influential composer in Jethro Tull history.
Other Tull favorites such as, "Farm, the Fourway (Farm on the Freeway)", which starts with a violin cadenza drawn from the recognizable harmonic progression of the song, and "In the Past (Living in the Past)", opening with the famous 5/4 time riff that helped make the song successful rounds out the tracklisting.