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Offline david johnson

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Georges Onslow
« on: December 01, 2017, 08:58:26 AM »
I had not heard Onslow's music until today.  I enjoyed his sym1 and 4.  You guys listen to him very often?

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Re: Georges Onslow
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2017, 10:23:27 AM »
I had not heard Onslow's music until today.  I enjoyed his sym1 and 4.  You guys listen to him very often?

I like his symphonies, but his forte is chamber music. I am very fond of his many quartets and quintets. Here's a thread that is semi-active and fairly informative.

http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php/topic,13552.msg334409.html#msg334409

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Re: Georges Onslow
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2017, 10:38:00 AM »
I would agree that the chamber music is definitely worth investigating.
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Re: Georges Onslow
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2017, 01:12:31 AM »
Thanks, guys.  I'll be checking into his chamber works.

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Re: Georges Onslow
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2017, 01:48:32 AM »
Onslow wrote many works of high quality (in terms of craftsmanship) that can at times seem not very distinct from one another, despite the consistently wide variety of invention: I think this is because he sticks to four-movement plans most of the time, doesn't write a lot of good tunes and doesn't aim for originality. I think this recording is the most satisfying overall that I know: http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/album.jsp?album_id=138490

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Re: Georges Onslow
« Reply #5 on: Today at 09:59:05 AM »
The post and my reply below were in the 'Purchases Thread' late last month - I already owned a number of Onslow's String Quintets, so was curious 'how many' he wrote and whether the 3 volume Naxos series were going to duplicate what I had in my collection - SO, put together a list of the composer's opus numbers in this genre, nearly 3 dozen - w/ the addition of Naxos V. 2 & 3, I now have 14 of these quintets - thought this list should belong in the short and neglected thread on Onslow; hopefully, some more contributions will follow.  Dave :)

I have these on preorder:

   

The first 2 volumes have been highly enjoyable.

Hi New Erato - I'm a big George Onslow fan (20+ CDs at the moment), so the Vol. 3 offering above piqued my interest - checking his Composition List, he wrote 34 String Quintets (see first quote below) for those interested - SO, had to see what I already owned - nearly a third w/ just one duplication (second quote) - AND surprisingly, the 4 quintets on the Naxos V. 2 & 3 (own V. 1) are not in my collection - will put on my 'want list' - thanks.  Dave :)
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Op. 1 - 3 Quintets (1806) (Nos. 1-3)
Op. 17, 18, 19 (1821) (Nos. 4, 5, 6)
Op. 23, 24, 25 (1823) (Nos. 7, 8, 9)
Op. 32, 33, 34, 35 (1826-28) (Nos. 10-13)
Op. 37, 38, 39, 40 (1828-30) (Nos. 14-17)
Op. 43, 44, 45 (1832) (Nos. 18-20)
Op. 51 (1834) (No. 21)
Op. 57, 58, 59 (1835-37) (Nos. 22-24)
Op. 61 (1837) (No. 25)
Op. 67, 68 (1843-44) (Nos. 26, 27)
Op. 72, 73, 74, 75 (1847-48) (Nos. 28-31)
Op. 78 (1848) (No. 32)
Op. 80,82 (1849-50) (Nos. 33, 34)

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George Onslow’s String Quintets Owned:

No. 10 F minor - Op. 32*
No. 11 E minor - Op. 33”
No. 12 A minor - Op. 34+
No. 13 G Major - Op. 35+
No. 15 C minor - Op. 38+
No. 19 C minor - Op. 44#
No. 20 D minor - Op. 45*
No. 22 EF Major - Op. 57*
No. 26 C minor - Op. 67*+
No. 27 D Major - Op. 68^
No. 28 G minor - Op. 72*
No. 29 E FMajor - Op. 73*
No. 30 B FMajor - Op. 74”
No. 33 C minor - Op. 80^

*Elan Quintet (Naxos)
+Quintett Momento Musicale (MDG)
“Ensemble Concertant Frankfurt (MDG)
^Sextuor a Cordes France (Erato)
#Mandelring Quartett (CPO)