GEORGE ONSLOW (1784-1853): Piano Quintets in B Minor, Op. 70 and in G, Op. 76.

Catalogue Number: 01Y006

Label: Brilliant Classics

Reference: 96720

Format: CD

Price: $12.98

Description: The Piano Quintet Op.76, written in 1846, is an arrangement of Onslow’s Fourth Symphony. An interesting feature of this work is the nickname of the Finale, ‘Le Coup de Vent’. Although not mentioned by Onslow himself, this movement is suggestive of the Aeolian harp, an instrument popular in the 19th century. When placed by an open window, the instrument, consisting of strings in a box, would vibrate in the wind, producing an ethereal sound. Onslow might have been imitating this effect in the Finale with his use of rapid chromatic scales and a glass-like tinkling that can only be achieved with a special pedal effect available on some instruments of that period. Nepomuk Fortepiano Quintet.

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