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Georges Onslow: String Quintets, Vol. 1: Nos. 20 and 26

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String Quintet No. 20 in D Minor, Op. 45  
I. Allegro grandioso
George Onslow; Elan Quintet
II. Menuetto
George Onslow; Elan Quintet
III. Andante cantabile
George Onslow; Elan Quintet
IV. Finale. Allegro innocente
George Onslow; Elan Quintet
String Quintet No. 26 in C Minor, Op. 67  
I. Introduzione. Molto moderato e grandioso
George Onslow; Elan Quintet
II. Scherzo
George Onslow; Elan Quintet
III. Andante
George Onslow; Elan Quintet
IV. Finale. Allegretto quasi allegro
George Onslow; Elan Quintet
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Total Playing Time    64:43
An 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 the string quartet was dominant and his discovery of the double bass to replace the second cello was transformative. On this first volume devoted to his quintets, the Elan Quintet presents the world premiere recording of the String Quintet No. 20 paired with the String Quintet No. 26. 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, true hidden gems that rival the great chamber composers of the era.
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Recorded at the Auditorio de Rafelbunyol, Rafelbunyol, Valencia, Spain, December 12 - 15, 2015 Producer, engineer and editor: Phil Rowlands Booklet notes: Katy Hamilton Cover photo © Alex Baker Violins: Italian, Turin, c. 1860 (I); Paolo Antonio Testore, 1737 (II) Viola: Yuri Malinovsky, Moscow, 1991 Cello: Caressa & François, Paris, 1909 Double bass: unknown Tyrolean, c. 1750 Tuning: 442

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