Onslow - String Quintets Vol.1 | Naxos 8573600

Onslow - String Quintets Vol.1


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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8573600

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 9th September 2016



An English aristocrat with a mixed heritage, Georges Onslow (1784–1853) 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 the 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.

Elan Quintet:
- Benjamin Scherer Quesada (violin)
- Lelia Iancovici (violin)
- Julia Chu-Ying Hu (violin)
- Dmitri Tsirin (cello)
- Matthew Baker (double bass)

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