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ONSLOW, G.: String Quintets, Vol. 2 – Nos. 10 and 22

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String Quintet No. 10 in F Minor, Op. 32
II. Andante

From ONSLOW, G.: String Quintets, Vol. 2 – Nos. 10 and 22 (2017)

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Onslow: String Quintet No. 10 in F Minor, Op. 32 – II. Andante

It was Robert Schumann who praised the Anglo-French Georges Onslow, alongside Mendelssohn, as one of the successors to the chamber music legacy of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. His string quintets were intended for a market of cultivated amateurs, with parts for a second cello or bass. No. 10 in F minor, Op. 32 reflects Beethoven’s influence, its Sturm und Drang elements revealing a masterly balance between the stable and unpredictable. No. 22 in E flat major, lively and playful, offers an almost Schubertian songfulness.

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