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Axiom Brass

Axiom Brass wants to crush the stereotype that their instrument family is only bombastic. The quintet plays with precision and expressiveness while redefining the idea of brass chamber music.  

"I think a lot of people know brass instruments for being able to play loud and powerfully," explains Mary Tyler, trombonist in the ensemble. "I don't think a lot of people have heard brass instruments play on the softer side or with a lot of finesse."

In Chopin: Works for Piano & OrchestraPolish-Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki's explores Chopin's ability to bring emotion to his audience.

"He connects with our soul, with our heart right away," Lisiecki tells Katy Henriksen. "His writing was revolutionary and stands alone."

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In this week's Of Note on demand installment, we explore an enticing new Deutsche Grammophon recording from mandolinist Avi Avital.

A collaboration with longtime friend and bass/oud player Omer Avital, this blend of of Avi's classical and Omer's jazz styles creates a distinct soundscape described by the label as "pure unadulterated exoticism." Listen to 10 hours of handpicked compelling classical music in on demand Of Note episodes available through July 5.

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