Onslow - String Quintets Vol.3: Nos. 28 & 29 | Naxos 8573887

Onslow - String Quintets Vol.3: Nos. 28 & 29

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8573887

Barcode: 0747313388776

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 30th November 2018



As a pianist and cellist Georges Onslow had a particular affinity with chamber music, and his String Quintets are given an almost orchestral quality with their addition of the rich sonorities of a double bass. String Quintet No.28, with an especially beautiful Adagio with more than a trace of the influence of Mendelssohn, combines Baroque poise with expressive Romantic writing, while String Quintet No.29 is light-hearted and good-natured, with hints of Schubert in its melancholy lyricism and unexpected key changes. In praising the Elan Quintet’s first volume (8573600) a MusicWeb International reviewer declared, ‘I cannot fault their playing: their tonal quality is ravishing, their ensemble perfect.’

The first two volumes of our recordings of Onslow’s String Quintets have been a great success and were warmly received by the critics. Vol.1 (8573600): “The performances by the Elan Quintet are outstanding – brilliant playing all around, really” (Fanfare); “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” (Gramophone).

Vol.2 (8573689) was released in September 2017 and admired by The Strad for playing of “expressive lyricism and exuberant virtuosity”, for “sparkling performances” by the Audio Video Club of Atlanta, and “[as] for the music: I feel that it really does have something to say. Onslow writes so naturally for the quintet. [The Elan Quintet’s] enjoyment of this music is palpable and contagious.” (MusicWeb International)

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