The Elan Quintet began from a combination of performance experience in lyric, symphonic and chamber music shared between its members, all musicians of the opera orchestra of the Palau de les Arts. The combination of string quartet with double bass has opened up a richness of tone and distinct soundscape that the Elan Quintet has dedicated to exploring, celebrating works by composers such as Schubert, Dvorak and Piazzola and rediscovering forgotten masterpieces such as by Onslow and Bridge.
Described as having “expressive lyricism and exuberant virtuosity” (The Strad) and “playing of great charm” (Gramophone Magazine), the Elan Quintet has recorded and performed with Grammy Award winning composer Claudia Montero for her 2016 CD “Irremediablemente Buenos Aires” as well as for international clarinet soloist Joan Enric Lluna. In 2015, the quintet began their project with Naxos Records to record the little known string quintets of George Onslow and are currently releasing their 3rd CD of the cycle.
“The Elan Quintet, comprising members of the opera orchestra of Valencia’s Palau de les Arts, performs Onslow’s version for string quartet and double bass with unanimity and well-blended sonority”
– Robin Stowell, The Strad, December 2017
“The group’s performance here captures the subtle shades and shifting dynamics with great lyricism: sagacious, thoughtful and expressive”.
– Bass World (International Society of Bassists)
- Richard Hanlon, Music Web International, Nov 2017
“This is playing of great charm”
– Gramophone Magazine