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Onslow: String Quintets / Quintet Momemto Musicale

Album Summary

>Onslow, George : Quintet for strings no 15 in C minor, Op. 38 ("The Bullet")
>Onslow, George : Quintet for strings no 26 in C minor, Op. 67
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Notes & Reviews:

"The first thing that is immediately obvious about the MDG recording is its high level and extremely wide range. The string bass immediately takes a palpable presence in your listening room, just left of center. The Op. 38 Quintet is quite unusual in that II was written on the day following Onslow's wounding in a hunting accident. The first cello is very explicit in describing the shot, which lodged in his cheek, and the resultant pain. The later movements deal with his suffering and recovery. It is remarkable music. The Op. 67 is also a dramatic work that was written for the then-new four-string double bass and makes great use of its increased capabilities. The Quintet Momento Musicale is specifically structured with a double bass, which makes Onslow a good subject. They play splendidly. Good notes accompany them." -ARG

The Strad - Robin Stowell
The Momento Musicale Quintet, a group of prominent orchestral musicians from Halle and Leipzigàinteract with each other in a spontaneously inventive partnership admirably suited to the cornucopia of mesmerising textures, harmonies, timbres and events in Onslow's semi-programmatic Quintet op.38àThere is a notable degree of erudition about these players' account of Onslow's op.67 Quintet, in which they demonstrate a keen control of dynamics and fastidious balancing of parts. The dividends throughout are valuable, particularly in the melancholic Andante and frantic Scherzoàexpressive lyricism and exuberant virtuosity are again outstanding. "Chamber disc of the Month"



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Works Details

>Onslow, George : Quintet for strings no 15 in C minor, Op. 38 ("The Bullet")
  • Ensemble: Quintett Momento Musicale
  • Notes: Rathaussaal Markkleeberg (07/12/2005-07/15/2005)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Onslow, George : Quintet for strings no 26 in C minor, Op. 67
  • Ensemble: Quintett Momento Musicale
  • Notes: Rathaussaal Markkleeberg (07/12/2005-07/15/2005)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic