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Georges Onslow was descended from an aristocratic English family, his paternal grandfather being the first Earl of Onslow. Georges was born in France, where he studied, though he also took lessons from Dussek and Cramer in London. His esteem was such that he later succeeded to Cherubini’s chair of music in Paris. He was famed for his chamber music, and the three Cello Sonatas, Op. 16, completed in 1820, were compared with those of Beethoven. They represent some of the fi nest such sonatas to be written in France in the fi rst half of the nineteenth-century.
George Onslow: Cello Sonata in F major, Op. 16, No. 1
George Onslow: Cello Sonata in C minor, Op. 16, No. 2
I. Allegro espressivo
II. Menuetto: Allegro
III. Adagio cantabile
IV. Finale: Allegretto
George Onslow: Cello Sonata in A major, Op. 16, No. 3
I. Allegro vivace
III. Finale: Agitato e molto espressivo
“These elegantly crafted Sonatas from 1820 combine some of the thematic rigour of Beethoven with the ornate virtuosity of Weber. These are strongly committed and highly expressive performances.”