Sunday, April 10, 2011

Cherubini & Onslow - String Quintets - Diogenes Quartet, Nahmer







The byways of nineteenth century string chamber music contain many little known works that are worth exhuming. This CD contains world premiere recordings of three such works: two string quintets by the French composer George Onslow (1784-1853), and one by Luigi Cherubini (1760-1842). Considering that Onslow wrote 34 string quintets (or 36, depending on whom youThe French composer George Onslow. read) and that Cherubini's sole quintet has been recorded before but not in the 'complete version' that appears on this CD, this claim is not hard to understand.

The Diogenes Quartet is based in Munich and is made up of Stefan Kirpal and Gundula Kirpal, violins, Stephanie Krauss, viola, and Stephen Ristau, cello. The cellist Manuel van der Nahmer plays the first cello part in these quintets, with Ristau taking the second cello line. Musically, this ensemble is excellent.


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