The Elan Quintet began from a compendium 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 Dvorak and Cambini and rediscovering forgotten masterpieces such as by Onslow and Bridge.
Described as a “delicious discovery” (Las Provincias) 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.
“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)
“Members of the Orquesta Communitat Valenciana make up this magnificent string quintet…. It is a luxury that such great musicians come from all over the world to develop their art in our city. For certain this is a magnificent ensemble that they have put together.”
Joaquin Guzman May, 2015
“This is playing of great charm”
– Gramophone Magazine
“This will be a series to follow avidly, especially in performances as good as these”
– Music Web International