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Georges Onslow (1784-1853): String Quintets, Vol. 1 - No. 20 in D minor, Op. 45 & No. 26 in C minor, Op. 67 / Elan Quintet

Album Summary

>Onslow, George : Quintet no 20 for 2 violins, viola & 2 cellos in D minor, Op. 45
>Onslow, George : Quintet no 26 for 2 violins, viola & 2 cellos in C minor, Op. 67
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

An English aristocrat with a mixed heritage, Georges Onslow was highly regarded for his musical talents during his lifetime, being praised by Berlioz and Schumann and becoming known as the "French Beethoven". Onslow composed 34 string quintets at a time when teh string quartet was dominant and his discovery of the double bass to replace the second cello was transformative. Challenging notions of stringed instruments as being merely lyrical in character, these quintets are striking for their contrasts of warm expressiveness and great dramatic intensity. They are true hidden gems to rival the great composers of chamber music in this era.

Gramophone Magazine, December 2016
These five players make a beguiling case for this music. Their ensemble sound is attractive: it is warm and slightly inward which, combined with the small-room acoustic, makes for a real chamber-music feeling... these sound like five individuals in conversation.

MusicWeb International, 7th November 2016
A real discovery.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Auditorio de Rafelbunyol, Rafelbunyol, Valencia, Spain (12/12/2015-12/15/2015).



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>Onslow, George : Quintet no 20 for 2 violins, viola & 2 cellos in D minor, Op. 45
  • Ensemble: Elan Quintet
  • Notes: Auditorio de Rafelbunyol, Rafelbunyol, Valencia, Spain (12/12/2015-12/15/2015)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1831

>Onslow, George : Quintet no 26 for 2 violins, viola & 2 cellos in C minor, Op. 67
  • Ensemble: Elan Quintet
  • Notes: Auditorio de Rafelbunyol, Rafelbunyol, Valencia, Spain (12/12/2015-12/15/2015)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic